Falmouth, on Massachusetts' Cape Cod seashore, has been luring families back to its shores year after year. Falmouth offers some of the most beautiful warm-water beaches in the entire area. Falmouth Heights is great for families with teenagers who want to be near the action downtown and on the beach. The Buzzards Bay beaches (especially Wood Neck Beach) are good choices for families with toddlers seeking warm waters and protected coves for the little ones. Watch out for the horseflies during late July and early August, though, as parents have told us they can get particularly nasty in the Wood Neck Beach area. The mid-beach area on Surf Drive Beach is another good choice for parents with small children.
If you're looking for a place to stay, here are some suggestions in the Falmouth area:
Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort: This upscale hotel located on Old Silver Beach offers indoor and outdoor pools, four tennis courts, health club, and a restaurant. If possible, ask for the lower level of building two which opens out onto the beach. This resort offers both outdoor and indoor pools, windsurfing lessons, watercraft rentals, tennis, bocci, shuffleboard, volleyball, basketball, and a putting green. Exercise buffs will appreciate the two-level fitness center. A children's program is for kids ages 3-12. For more information, call (800) 225-3110 or (508) 540-9400 or visit their website at: Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort.
Elm Arch Inn: Families on a budget might try this inexpensive inn located in the heart of the Village of Falmouth. It has connecting rooms for families, and is within walking distance of the beach, shops, and restaurants. This historic inn was built in 1810 and offers families both a pool and a patio. For more information, call them at: 508-548-0133 or visit their website: Elm Arch Inn
New Seabury Resort: This resort, halfway between Falmouth and Hyannis, is great for families. It offers over 160 villas in four different styles spread out on 2,000 oceanfront acres of land. Resort amenities include pools, two golf courses, tennis, biking, a fitness center, dining options at the Country Club, and a summer children's program. For more information, call (800) 999-9033 or (508) 477-9400 or visit their website at: New Seabury Resort.
Real Estate Associates: This rental agency offers homes and cottages for rent in the Falmouth area. For more information, call (508) 563-7173.
Donahue Real Estate: This rental agency offers homes and cottages for rent in the Falmouth area. For more information, call (508) 548-5412.
This website Falmouth Vacation Rentals is also good for finding vacation rental possibilities in Falmouth or on other areas of the Cape.
In addition to trips to the beach, vacationing families enjoy biking along the Shining Sea Bikeway, fishing aboard one of the many party boats in the area, visiting the National Marine Fisheries Aquarium, taking an OceanQuest excursion in Woods Hole, and playing golf or tennis at one of the local area clubs. In addition, the Cape offers great whale watching trips, horseback riding, and lots of areas to explore.
For more information on Falmouth, call the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce http://www.falmouth-capecod.com at (800) 526-8532 or (508) 548-8500. For more information on attractions and accommodations on other parts of family-friendly Cape Cod, call the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce http://www.capecodchamber.org/ in Hyannis at (888) 33 Cape Cod.