The seaside village of Woods Hole, in the town of Falmouth on Cape Cod, was settled by fishermen and sailors because of its deep harbor, and became a whaling, fishing and shipbuilding town. Today, it is home to several marine science institutions and is a popular spot for tourists, many passing through on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. You and your fur-pup will find lots to do here! Rest assured that if she needs medical attention while in Woods Hole, there are several veterinarians in the area, including in Falmouth and East Falmouth.
One of the popular outdoor features of Woods Hole is the Shining Sea Bikeway, a rail-trail that is not only for bicyclists. It’s a great place to walk with your pooch, too! It runs almost 11 miles from Woods Hole to North Falmouth, and is an easy, level, paved trail that hugs the coast of Vineyard Sound. It passes through the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary, and by cranberry bogs, all the while providing the sights and smells that are unique to Cape Cod. You can find parking at the Steamship Authority lot at Woods Hole.
Whether you’re a visitor to the Woods Hole area or live here, you and your canine companion will find a lot to do year-round, from hikes and beaches to fine or casual restaurants. Have a woofderful time!
Woods Hole understands the importance of feeding its visitors, so many of whom want to share their meals with their doggos. One of the best for this is Landfall Restaurant, where outdoor tables in front and comfy chairs on the dock in back await you and your furry friend. Delicious seafood menu items along with steak and other land-lubber dishes are sure to pawlease! Or try Shuckers, a raw bar and café that specializes in sushi but also offers sandwiches and traditional Cape Cod fare. Or Water Street Kitchen which sits on the docks overlooking the harbor! With outdoor seating and special welcomes for pups, you can’t beat this for beating your hunger! Woof!
The Town Center neighborhood of Falmouth is where you’ll find Beebe Woods with its family and dog-friendly trail. This out-and-back path is about 3 miles long, and features small hills and clear trail markings, along with boulders to climb and a pond where Fido will be fascinated by the fish swimming beneath the surface. Other wildlife can be seen here as well, such as chipmunks, squirrels and birds. Woof! Side paths branch off the main trail and offer a more challenging walk, but not an impossible one. Visit Icehouse Pond, or the Punch Bowl, a kettle pond among rocks nestled in the woods. This is a bit of serenity and quiet that’s perfect for kids and their pawsome pups!
The Sea Farms Marsh Conservation Area is located in this neighborhood. It features two parking areas that provide access to Pacheco Path and the main trail that heads south to Indian’s Cove, and features a side path through marshland to Black Duck Cove. There are 2 loops in the otherwise out-and-back trail that meanders through lush woods and through wetlands for about a mile. Benches at Black Duck and Indian Coves provide pawrfect viewing of waterfowl such as heron, osprey, hawks and ducks. Pacheco Path is a dirt road that leads to a boat launch into Bourne Pond, perhaps for a little canoe or kayak trip with Fido! There is parking at the launch area. Woofderful!
This Falmouth neighborhood is where to head when you and your fur-baby are hungry and want a fur-date for something to eat. With no fewer than 6 restaurants with outdoor seating to accommodate your pooch, this is a gastronomic paradise for folks (and pups!) with varied appetites! From Grumpy’s Pub that offers water and treats for Fido, and the Bear in Boots Gastropub that offers traditional pub fare, to the Falmouth Raw Bar featuring shellfish of all kinds, there’s sure to be something for you and your furry bestie to enjoy. The hardest part will be choosing which one to try! Bone appetit!
This neighborhood of Mashpee is home to the South Cape Beach State Park which is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Pups are welcome on the beach from September 16th to March 31st and can have a ball with their humans running in the waves and cavorting in the sand. Besides featuring a picnic area with grills and restrooms, this park offers hiking on their dog-friendly 4-mile looped South Cape Trail. An easy, flat trail, it offers botanical and wildlife abundance that will please both you and your furry bestie. Part of the trail runs along the water and marsh areas of the beach, and ends with a lovely view of the ocean from the rock jetty at Dead Neck. This is an altogether pawrrific hike for you and Fido!