Things to Do
Even if you are not a cyclist, don’t miss the 10.7-mile-long Shining Sea Bikeway. The sweeping views at the Sippewissett Marsh stretch alone are worth biking, walking, or running to, and birding opportunities are everywhere.
The song of the red-winged blackbird is a familiar refrain along much of the trail, which parallels the coastline, and great blue herons and osprey feed nearby. For spectacular floral beauty and a little less strenuous exercise, stroll Spohr Gardens (www.spohrgardens.org, 508-548-0623), a six-acre woodland garden along Oyster Pond, where daffodils, azaleas, rhododendrons, and daylilies magnificently bloom through the spring.
For more of the great outdoors, visit Coonamessett Farm (www.coonamessettfarm.com, 508-563-2560), where members (and visitors with day passes) can pick their own veggies and berries, mingle with the alpacas, and feast on vegetarian and Jamaican dishes.
Wood Neck Beach in West Falmouth, with its meandering inlet and shallow swimming, is an ideal beach for children. It’s short on seaweed, which can be the bane of a kid’s beach experience, and big on sea creatures. Bring a net and bucket for the minnows and crabs little ones can easily catch. Nearby is the actual beach, which is rocky but still great for swimming and sunbathing (in a chair). The parking lot is sizable and the ice cream truck pays a visit most summer afternoons.