Visiting Falmouth in the Fall

As August flies by, we can’t help but feel like summer vacation is coming to a close. Luckily for folks in New England, fall offers a wonderful chance to travel. Instead of being overcome by the end-of-summer blues, think of September as a second summer!

Benefits of Visiting Falmouth in the Fall

We’ll walk you through why autumn is a wonderful time to visit Falmouth and Cape Cod. During fall on the Cape, you’re sure to experience a trip with great weather. One of the Cape’s greatest charms of the off-season is its natural beauty, beckoning residents and tourists with colorful coastal foliage. If the foliage is something you’ve never experienced before, this year will be a great one to check it out!

Another bonus is that you’ll likely experience discounted rates at hotels outside of peak season. Fall in love with the Cape as you book a stay at any number of the hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts throughout Falmouth.

Cape Cod also offers fewer crowds than the June, July, and August months. During the summer, the population swells from about 215,000 to more than 500,000 (source).

Because most Cape Cod towns experience a doubling in population in the summer, this leaves you a great opportunity to marvel at the scenery and attractions without feeling like it’s too crowded. Travel will also be easier because, during the height of summer, getting off and on the Cape takes extra time due to traffic.

Photo credit: Salt Pond Area Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.

Pumpkin Picking and Farmers’ Markets

Falmouth in the fall also features pumpkin patches and farmers’ markets that offer locally sourced produce and other wares. Coonamessett Farm in Hatchville has a pumpkin patch, farm stand, picnic area, and concessions for you to enjoy. Tony Andrews Farm, also located in East Falmouth, hosts pumpkin picking in their patch in October, along with hay rides and other fun activities. 

There’s also the annual Pumpkin Day at historic Bourne Farm in West Falmouth. Salt Pond Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. hosts this fun family day where you can pick your own pumpkins,  enjoy pony rides, hayrides, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo, crafts, and more.

This year the festival will take place Saturday, October 9th from 9 am to 3 pm. Your best bet is to get the on the earlier side to avoid crowds and get first dibs on the pumpkins! 

On the Water in the Fall

Don’t miss the joy of boating on Cape Cod in the fall. You’ll likely have the chance to witness seals lounge out on the shoreline rocks– with an up-close-and-personal view!

Whale watching is also a great family activity for any season on the Cape. Most Falmouth boat tour agencies are closed starting in September, so your best bet may be a 40-minute drive to Hyannis or Plymouth. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises offers many tours for September, October, and even November as does Captain John Boats (also in Provincetown, but that would be a longer drive from Falmouth). 

The bottom line is that Falmouth is beautiful in the fall, and fun and foliage abound, so make your plans to visit now!