Local Attractions & Sightseeing
Cape Cod Attractions
Shining Sea Bike Path
Located less than a mile from the Inn. The Bikeway extends 10.7 miles, from County Road in North Falmouth to the Steamship Authority’s Ferry terminal in Woods Hole, a historic seaside fishing village and the site of several major research institutions. It also connects at a number of points to the network of designated Bike Routes across Falmouth. The Bikeway traverses salt marshes, cranberry bogs, ponds and woodlands; it skirts sandy shores and a busy working harbor. Its course includes numerous intriguing geological features. It is also the only bikeway on Cape Cod that has a section along the seashore.
Located in Woods Hole, this land continues to be a major attraction to the public for its nature walk, birding, marsh, coastal bank and its spectacular views of Quissett Harbor and Buzzards Bay.
Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary
Salt Pond is located just off the Shining Sea Bikeway and is flanked by Elm Road, Mill Road and Surf Drive. The 41 acre parcel was originally owned by Mass Audubon and was transferred to Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries in 1962 under the guidance of Ermine Lovell. The property has wonderful nature trails. Maps are located in two kiosks on the trails just off the bike path.
Take a leisurely walk in this beautiful six acre Cape cod woodland garden located on Oyster pond in Falmouth, MA. This magnificent site is open to visitors year around. Spring brings thousands of daffodils, followed by azaleas, rhododendrons and then daylilies.
45 Fells Rd, Falmouth, MA 02540
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility dedicated to the study of all aspects of marine science and engineering and to the education of marine researchers.
86 Water St, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Woods Hole Science Aquarium
A small public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle-Atlantic U.S. waters. The aquarium features an outdoor seal pool, 20 tanks and 15 aquaria with fish and invertebrates, two touch tanks where children can gently touch marine animals, and a behind-the-scenes area where visitors can talk to the staff as they go about their daily tasks of caring for the animals.
166 Water St, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Liberte SchoonerSail aboard this Magnificent 74′ Schooner on the Beautiful Waters of Cape Cod. Offering Day & Sunset Evening cruises. Call for reservations. Seasonal.
227 Clinton Ave, Falmouth, MA 02540
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
More than 20 interactive play-&-learn exhibits designed for 6-month-olds to 8-year-olds.Hands on exhibits, indoor planetarium, puppet theatre and more!
577 Great Neck Rd S, Mashpee, MA 02649
Coonamessett Farm is a twenty-acre farming and research enterprise located in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The operation is organized in three Divisions: Agricultural Production, Research, and Consulting.
277 Hatchville Rd, East Falmouth, MA 02536
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Heritage Museums & Gardens is made up of 100 acres of landscaped gardens, water features, sculpture, walking trails, nature trails, gallery buildings and more. The gardens and gallery buildings are accessible via walking, wheelchair or electric scooter. We recommend allowing yourself at least 2 – 3 hours to experience the gardens and exhibits.
67 Grove St., Sandwich, MA 02563
Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center
50 Nauset Rd, Eastham, MA 02642
The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod’s past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today’s visitors.
The 17th-Century English Village is a re-creation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims* along the shore of Plymouth Harbor. The English Village brings colonial Plymouth vividly to life. Here, you will find modest timber-framed houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens, and heritage breeds livestock. Engaging townspeople are eager to tell you about their new lives in Plymouth Colony.
137 Warren Ave. Plymouth, MA 02360
Provincetown / Pilgrim Monument
The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Massachusetts, was built between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in 1620 and the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor. Explore P-town with all of its eclectic shops and restaurants.
1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown, MA 02657
Ferry Service to Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket
Sail away from Falmouth to the island of Martha’s Vineyard aboard the Island Queen. Relax with the sea and sky and wind on a delightful 35-minute mini-cruise across the sparkling waters of Vineyard Sound off the coast of Massachusetts. May thru October.
75 Falmouth Heights Rd, Falmouth, MA 02540
Frequent daily departures to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole. To visit Nantucket they offer daily departures from Hyannis. Open year round. Daily departures for passengers, automobiles, groups and trucks. Reservations required for vehicles. Satellite parking available there is no parking in Woods Hole for ferry service.