Amenities & Local Attractions
Amenities, Attractions, and Local information
You'll never be bored at Mariner's Point Resort! We have great activities & attractions that you can visit while staying on Cape Cod.
Amenities & Off-Site Attractions
The Town of Falmouth
The town of Falmouth was given its name by explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, the first European to land there. This area was originally home to Native Americans known as the Wampanoag. Beginning in 1660 Quakers settled here, moving in from Barnstable and Sandwich. Falmouth became a homeport to many sea captains and their merchant ships, as well as whale ships built in Woods Hole, West Falmouth, and Waquoit.
The Expansion Of Falmouth
With the growth in the community came growth in the industry. Townsmen began evaporating salt from seawater, producing as much as 35,000 bushels annually. Open meadows provide grazing for sheep used in supplying woolen mills in East Falmouth and Waquoit.
One of the most important historic events was the railroad expansion into Falmouth and Woods Hole. Although built to serve the Pacific Guano Company, the trains provided easy access of warm summer waters to wealthy residents of New York and Boston, turning Falmouth into a summer resort.
The Falmouth Coastline
Today, Falmouth is the second largest town on the Cape comprised of eight unique villages. Covering 44 square miles of land, the town boasts 818 acres of freshwater ponds and 70 miles of seashore. Katherine Lee Bates, born and raised here in Falmouth, is known for writing "America the Beautiful." The lyrics, "for spacious skies," are said to have been inspired by the spectacular views along the scenic coastline.
Choose Falmouth For Your Next Vacation
Here in Falmouth, you will find much to see and much to do. The beaches seem endless, as do the unique shops and restaurants. Golfing, biking, and hiking abound. The calendar is overflowing with never-ending seasonal events like the Wampanoag, Pow Wow, the Barnstable Country Fair and Annual Falmouth Road Race. The dress code is casual and the celebrations entertain all. Enjoy your Falmouth experience!
The Town of Woods Hole
Throughout the scientific community and many trivia experts, Woods Hole is best known for the Oceanographic Institute, renowned for finding the Titanic with the deep-diving research submarine "ALVIN." Also located here, are the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Sea Education Association. The Nation marine Fisheries maintain what is said to be the oldest Aquarium in the country.
The Seaside Village
Woods Hole is known to locals and returning visitors alike as a seaside village filled with the treasure of the Cape. It is easily reached from the town of Falmouth by the "Whoosh" trolley or by the "Shining Sea Bike path." Within walking distance are many shops, galleries, and restaurants frequented by passengers waiting for the next ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket Island. The U.S. Coast Guard has a base here open for touring and just a short distance away is the Nobska Lighthouse on Church Street. For History Buffs the Bradley House Museum and the Woods Hole Historical Collection are a must see.
Whether you desire to fish, shop and eat, or stroll down peaceful ocean paths, Falmouth is your destination.