Falmouth Harbor
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Falmouth Harbor is a quaint sea-side town made up of eight villages. This historic summer resort on Cape Code is also an active permanent community. Accommodations are plentiful. There are many great restaurants. Boasting New England's wonderful scenery, Falmouth Harbor also offers a wide range of activities. Those who love the sea will enjoy the over 100 kilometers (68 miles) of coastline with beautiful beaches and the warm waters of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay.

The climate at Falmouth Harbor is warm in the summer and cold in the winter. July, when temperatures average 16°C (almost 79°F), is the warmest month. In January, temperatures dip to -5°C (22°F). Rain is relatively constant throughout the year, but December is the wettest month.

Falmouth Harbor is the proud home of the Ocean Science Exhibit Center at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Visitors will learn about the research, vessels, and tools developed by the WHOI. Exhibits include a day-in-the-life video of Alvin, the famous deep-water submersible, They can also step into a full-sized model of its inner sphere while they watch footage taken of deep-sea thermal vents and video of the exploration of the wreck of the Titanic. Other exhibits cover ocean life forms and deep-sea natural processes. While there is no fee, the WHOI appreciates donations of $2 per person. Groups of 10 or more should make a reservation. The Center is closed on Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Falmouth Harbor's Beach Department maintains and staffs the town's beaches, gives swimming lessons to children over three years old, and conducts lifeguard training for young people over 14 years old. Grews Pond Beach at Goodwill Park offers lifeguards, restrooms, and parking.

Four beaches are available on Buzzards Bay to the north and west of Falmouth Harbor. Old Silver Beach offers lifeguards, restrooms, changing facilities, food services, and parking ($20 for non-residents) as well as wheelchair access. Wood Neck Beach offers the same services but is not wheelchair accessible. Chapoquoit Beach has lifeguards, restrooms, food service, and parking. Megansett Beach has lifeguards, restrooms, and parking.

Falmouth Harbor offers five beaches on Vineyard Sound. Menauhant Beach and Surf Drive Beach offer lifeguards, restrooms, changing facilities, food services, and parking ($20 for non-residents) as well as wheelchair access. Bristol Beach, Falmouth Heights Beach, and Stoney Beach offer lifeguards, restrooms, and parking.

The Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth Harbor is a 17.2-kilometer (10.7-mile) paved pathway from County Road to the Steamship Authority's Ferry Terminal at Woods Hold. It is the only Cape Cod bikeway that runs along the seashore. Traveling through cranberry bogs, salt marshes, woodlands, and ponds, the Bikeway runs along the shoreline and the working Falmouth Harbor. It is the only route in Falmouth Harbor that is limited to foot and bike traffic. Rock walls are visible on the route, and the Bikeway passes through seven cattle tunnels.

Falmouth Harbor has over 3.5 thousand acres of conservation lands where hikers, artists, and photographers will find beautiful scenery throughout the seasons. Bird watchers and hikers will love traveling through the highlands and the forests.

With miles of beautiful coastline and nine picturesque harbors, Falmouth Harbor is a favorite of sailors and boaters. The Falmouth Harbormaster can provide specific information on anchorage areas.

Falmouth Harbor is also a favorite destination for licensed fishers of all skill levels who love both fresh- and salt-water fishing. Whether casting in the surf for bluefish and stripers or in a pond or stream for trout and bass, Falmouth Harbor offers many docks, jetties, bridges, and beaches for anglers. In season, charter fishing excursions and charter boats are available.

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