Falmouth and Woods Hole, MA

Falmouth, Massachusetts

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Falmouth was once a major whaling and fishing port. Surrounding the village green are the stately foursquare homes of sea captains, whose wives watched for their return from widows’ walks atop the roofs. The Falmouth Historical Society Museum built in 1790 by Dr. Francis Wicks, has a widow’s walk, period furniture, whaling memorabilia, and a colonial garden. It is pleasant to stroll along the shaded streets past lovely captains’ homes to the village green. Falmouth has twenty-five public parks, many beaches, and several bicycle paths to choose from. Also in this itinerary you will reach the harbor in Woods Hole that is the base for ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Woods Hole is also a major center for marine research, home to the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries Service is part of a research project to study fish and invertebrates. It’s well organized and worth a tour both for adults and for children. Woods Hole has a couple good lunch spots to choose from in this itinerary. This eTrail contains everything you need to getaway for a quick daytrip or a long weekend jaunt. A route map is included and as are suggestions for the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.
Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts

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Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts

by Patricia and Robert Foulke (The Globe Pequot Press)

Falmouth was once a major whaling and fishing port. Surrounding the village green are the stately foursquare homes of sea captains, whose wives watched for their return from widows’ walks atop the roofs. The Falmouth Historical Society Museum built in 1790 by Dr. Francis Wicks, has a widow’s walk, period furniture, whaling memorabilia, and a colonial garden. It is pleasant to stroll along the shaded streets past lovely captains’ homes to the village green. Falmouth has twenty-five public parks, many beaches, and several bicycle paths to choose from.

Also in this itinerary you will reach the harbor in Woods Hole that is the base for ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Woods Hole is also a major center for marine research, home to the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries Service is part of a research project to study fish and invertebrates. It’s well organized and worth a tour both for adults and for children. Woods Hole has a couple good lunch spots to choose from in this itinerary. This eTrail contains everything you need to getaway for a quick daytrip or a long weekend jaunt. A route map is included and as are suggestions for the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.

©  Patricia and Robert Foulke/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Falmouth
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions and dining are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Falmouth and Woods Hole, MA

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