Not to worry. By the second week of May, nearly everything will be up and running in Falmouth and many other towns on the Cape. You'll find plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs, activities and attractions open when you're here.
If you'll give us an idea of the kinds of things you enjoy, I'm sure you'll get lots of day trip and "don't miss" suggestions ...
It's too early for swimming. What did you have in mind to do?7
You could do a self-drive lighthouse tour, a great way to see the Cape
Also, you might take a daytrip to Martha's Vineyard, the ferry leaves from Woods Hole, a village of Falmouth. Check the "Top Questions" section on the main Cape Cod forum for a helpful thread on doing that. Lots to do there.
Rent bikes and ride the Shining Sea Trail in Falmouth; drive to Sandwich and visit the Heritage Museum & Gardens: http://heritagemuseumsandgardens.org/ There is a Norman Rockwell exhibit starting May 5. The Cape Cod Winery in East Falmouth also opens its tours/tastings on weekends beginning May 5
We have never been in that area, so we really just wantt to explore . see the best it has to offer
We are only in Boston for a day and a half. going to a Thursday night ball game of course. We thought about the on/off bus to get a good tour.
Any restaurants that are a must to show off regional cuisine?
Sorry..What do we like to do? Well like most of us, we are over worked exhausted parents looking to escape. It's our 25th anniversary
Husband loves history and I love nature. Lighthouses, whale watching, seafood are all a must. Both would love sailing trip, but I saw that the touring schooner doesn't arrive until summer Any suggestions?
You are so right. I checked the HyLine harbor cruises, the catboat (both from Hyannis) and whales.net and none start until the third week of May. I wonder if other contributors can suggest something to help you to get out on the water. Of course you can hop the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. It's only a 35 minute ride but there's nothing wrong with spending the day in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
More will be open on the weekends so you may want to plan a day trip to MV then.
It does appear that the sailing tours, harbor cruises, etc. begin the week after you're here. Hmmmmmm ...
I like kendrick and CCCharlie's idea of a ferry ride to MV.
Another way to get out on the water is kayaking. In/near Falmouth, Waquoit Bay and Washburn Island are great spots for kayaking. I expect there'll be some kayak rentals available in Falmouth by the 2nd week of May.
If you like the idea of kayaking but prefer a guided tour, check out this link: http://www.greatmarshkayaktours.com
For whale watching, you'll have a couple choices. There's a whale watch out of Plymouth - you could plan to do that on your way down to the Cape from Boston. www.captjohn.com/WhaleWatching/schedule.htm
Or you could drive out to Provincetown and take your whale watch cruise from there. It's a bit of a drive from Falmouth, but well worth it. Take your whale watch cruise, then spend the rest of your day touring the National Seashore area. (Plenty of history, lighthouses, and nature there!)
Those are the best ideas I can come up with at the moment for getting out on the water. I'll keep conjuring on it and post back if anything else comes to mind.Edited: 20 April 2012, 04:13
Thank you so much for everyone's suggestions. Anythingbcan look good on a website, so it is good to hear from real people..
Kathy, also look up top beside your screen name for a note.