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Falmouth, the Cape’s second largest town has much to discover from natural wonders to tried-and-true local businesses that offer unforgettable experiences.


FALMOUTH, where locals seldom leave, and visitors wish they took the beach route in.

Explore the Cape’s second largest town beginning in North Falmouth, making your way south while stopping at October Gulls, Blooming Resale, the Old Main Mercantile, North Falmouth Cheese Shop, Eulinda’s, orWest Falmouth Market. Alternatively, start in East Falmouth with an early breakfast at Moonakis Cafebefore visiting Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum. Then awaken your taste buds with locally cultivated bevs at Cape Cod Winery or Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery.

Take the beach route into town, and stop by Shipwrecked and Falmouth Heights Beach to slip your toes in the sand. Aquatic Brewing, Tiger Ramenor Betsy’s Diner are perfect for afternoon bites.

Main Street in downtown Falmouth calls for shopping. For apparel, pop into Story, Green Eyed Daisy and Gaia or Maxwell & Co. Stop by Eight Cousins Bookstore,Celebrations, and Gilded Oysterfor unique gifts. The Quarterdeck Restaurantand Devour will hit the spot for lunch and Ghelfi’s Candies & Ice Cream and Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium are perfect for sweets. For a slice of culture, visit Highfield Hall and Museums on the Green, and learn about feminist history at the Katherine Lee Bates House. Dinner at Osteria La Civetta, Bluefins, The Glass Onion or Shiverick Cafe & Bar are just the ticket before a stirring performance at Cape Symphony’s Falmouth Campus. Off Main Street, find a meal with a view at Falmouth Raw Bar or The Flying Bridge.

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Woods Hole with leisurely hike at the Knob or Spohr Gardens, or rent a bike at Corner Cycleand pedal along the Shining Sea Bikeway. Refuel at Quick’s Hole Taqueria, Coffee Obsession, Pie in the Sky or Candy Go Nuts. Finish up at Shuckers, Leeside Puband Captain Kidd, ideal for waterfront bar-hopping.

For fresh seafood, try Water Street Kitchen or Landfall before walking across Eel Pond Drawbridge. Experience the Woods Hole Film Festival in the summer, and take in the sunset at Chapoquoit Beach, Black Beach, or Old Silver Beach.