Falmouth is a large town geographically, and probably has one of the longest coastlines in the State. Consequently, there is a lot of land development with high value, high demand, and the choice views that create real property wealth. At the same time, Falmouth has a lot of agencies that are very attentive to the environmental demands of that coastline, whether it be the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Conservation Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, Shellfish Warden, Harbormaster and the Board of Selectmen. Home to the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole Science Aquarium, Nobska Lighthouse, Shining Sea Bikeway, Highfield Hall and Gardens. Large geographical tracts of land have been set aside for public conservation, not necessarily exclusively waterfront, but some of the woodland and back land areas that are the natural habitat for wildlife and are locations that also serve to enhance the attractiveness of the community.
Southeastern Massachusetts,situated on the shoulder, or southwest end, of Cape Cod. Bordered by Bourne and Sandwich on the north; Mashpee on the east; Buzzards Bay on the west; and Gosnold, Vineyard Sound, and Nantucket Sound on the south. Falmouth is 72 miles southeast of Boston and 239 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 59 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, MA 02540. The Main Number is 508-548-7611.
|Falmouth Museums on the Green||65 Palmer Ave., along village green||508-548-4857||Falmouth||Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through October 14 but events year long. Falmouth-Braddock Dimmick House exhibit in 1724 Conant House. Tours available of 1790 Dr. Francis Wicks house, which shows how an affluent physician would have lived in Federalist period. Whaling Wives Gift Shop offers nautical and history-themed items. Rebuilt Hallett Barn Visitors Center features interactive space for kids and exhibit on Falmouth’s whaling past. Explore grounds of colonial and memorial gardens. Walking tours (weather permitting until Columbus Day) 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays ($5). $5, children 12 and under free; Falmouth residents admitted free on Fridays.|
|Woods Hole Historical Museum||579 Woods Hole Road||508-548-7270||Woods Hole||Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Guided walking tour of Woods Hole, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July and August. Exhibits and gift shop. Archives open for study 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round and by appointment. Museum curators collect and maintain papers, photos and objects of cultural, historical and artistic value about Woods Hole. Winter talks and workshops. Campus includes exhibits at Bradley House (1803), Small Boat Museum, and workshop of a 19th-century doctor. FREE!|
|Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Exhibit Center||15 School St||508-289-2663||Woods Hole||Closed January through mid April. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Starting May Mondays through Saturdays. Learn about the institution’s ocean science research and the vessels and tools developed by WHOI engineers. Gift shop. $3 for 10 and older.|
|NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium||166 Water St, Woods Hole, MA||508-495-2001||Woods Hole||Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; seal feedings 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. most days; closed federal holidays. Small public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle-Atlantic U.S. waters. Self-guided tours of main exhibits and behind-the-scenes look at aquarium operations. Donations accepted.|