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Things to Do in Yarmouth (MA)

Table of Contents

1. Premier Attractions

2. Must-do Activities

3. Family Friendly Activities

4. Pet-Friendly Yarmouth

5.  Dining in Yarmouth

6. Travel Tips

Yarmouth, Massachusetts is where serenity meets energy. It's one of very few places in the world where you can spend hours strolling along pristine beaches – then turn a corner and find yourself immersed in a downtown brimming with cultural gems and lively energy. Indeed, it says a lot about this lively town that one of its newest attractions is devoted to Cape Cod’s rich past: the Whydah Pirate Museum features on many travel guide lists of top things to do in Yarmouth.

Yarmouth offers the quintessential Cape Cod experience but with a unique twist. We boast a stunning coastline, offering both sheltered bays and the exhilarating energy of the crashing Atlantic. But it's also where history whispers from centuries-old structures – alongside thriving, vibrant communities across the three distinctive villages of West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth.

Whether you're a historian, an adventure seeker, or simply in search of beach relaxation, Yarmouth caters to all interests. Today we'll delve into the town's top attractions, from museums to water activities. We'll also provide practical tips to ensure your Yarmouth experience is truly unforgettable, including options for luxury vacation rentals. Get ready to discover a Cape Cod gem that offers something for everyone.

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Premier Attractions in Yarmouth

From coastline to coastline, each village in Yarmouth offers distinct must-see attractions, flavors, and charm. On the Nantucket Sound side, West Yarmouth boasts a bustling commercial center, while South Yarmouth balances the beauty of its beaches with a lively downtown scene. On the Cape Cod Bay side, Yarmouth Port exudes elegance and history, with its streets lined with meticulously restored sea captain's houses, charming antique shops, and art galleries.  

This is why Yarmouth is so attractive to such a wide range of interests. History buffs can delve into Cape Cod's past at the Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum. This restored mansion lets you literally walk in the footsteps of a prominent 19th-century sea captain. For those seeking a taste of more modern adventure, Skull Island Sports World in South Yarmouth provides a thrilling escape, complete with mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, and batting cages.

Nature lovers are equally spoiled for choice. A stroll along the iconic Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray's Beach in Yarmouth Port will reward you with breathtaking Nantucket Sound views and a highlight reel Cape Cod experience. Alternatively, explore the trails of the Yarmouth Port Conservation Area, a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

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Must-do Activities in Yarmouth

Yarmouth is a haven for active spirits and leisurely souls alike. Got wanderlust? Rent a bicycle and explore the scenic beauty of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a paved pathway that winds through the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet – and offers a wide range of photo opportunities, from cranberry bogs to pristine shoreline. Alternatively, history buffs can step into the town's past at the Whydah Pirate Museum, an ode to the "golden age" of piracy (and pirate treasure!) ... or drive along the "Captains' Mile" for a view of over 50 sea captain's houses, now private residences.

Beyond the typical tourist attractions, Yarmouth offers unique experiences including whale-watching expeditions and chartered fishing excursions, world-class golfing at the Bass River Golf Course, and a vibrant arts scene. It's worth exploring the many galleries and studios that showcase local artists' work, or catching a performance at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. The summer season is also when open-air concerts and local festivals come to life.

For a couple of unique perspectives, explore the town's rich maritime heritage with a kayaking tour through the harbor, or experience a world of whimsy in the strange works on display at the Edward Gorey House, a museum dedicated to the life of the renowned illustrator.


Family-Friendly Activities

Yarmouth offers a delightful mix of beach fun and interactive experiences for families of all ages. There aren't many better ways to take in the sun than building sandcastles and sand sculptures at Seagull Beach, followed by simply splashing in the waves. Picnicking at Bass River Beach is another popular family activity. For a touch of adventure, head to Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, which features pirate-themed obstacles and a treasure hunt.

The Cape Cod Inflatable Park in South Yarmouth is another option for active families. Bounce houses, obstacle courses, and slides will keep children (and some adventurous adults) entertained for hours, while parents can relax in the designated viewing area.

For a different perspective on the town, rent bikes and explore its network of bike paths, weaving through scenic parks, wooded areas, and beautiful neighborhoods.


Pet-Friendly Yarmouth

Several pet-friendly options allow you to explore Yarmouth with your furry companion. Lace up your walking shoes and hit the trails – the Yarmouth Port Conservation Area welcomes leashed dogs, offering scenic paths perfect for a morning stroll with your canine companion.

Looking for some sandy adventures? Leashed dogs are allowed on Seagull Beach and Grey’s Beach during the off-season, from the day after Labor Day to April 1. Dogs on a leash are allowed on all other beaches from the day after Labor Day to May 15. Remember, always clean up after your pet!

For some off-leash fun, head to the Yarmouth Dog Park. This fenced-in park offers separate areas for large and small dogs (as well as shy dogs), allowing them to run free in a safe environment.

Finally, Del Mar Vacation Rentals' Yarmouth vacation rentals offer a range of options to ensure a comfortable stay for both you and your pet!

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Dining in Yarmouth

Yarmouth's culinary scene is diverse and top-notch. For a taste of the Cape Cod classics, head to the Skipper Chowder House overlooking Nantucket Sound and boasting award-winning clam chowder. Remember, for the best waterfront views, aim for an early dinner or make reservations during peak season. Other Cape Cod classics (along with a lively atmosphere) are on offer at Captain Parker's Pub.

Craving something more casual? The Route 28 Diner is a Yarmouth institution described by guests as "tiny but mighty," and offers classic American fare in a nostalgic setting. It's perfect for a quick bite or a family-friendly breakfast.

For a touch of international flair, explore culinary adventures beyond the Cape Cod staples. The Inaho Japanese Restaurant offers delectable Japanese cuisine, while Il Montebello Restaurant has excellent Italian fare.



Yarmouth Travel Tips

1 Yarmouth offers a delightful Cape Cod experience year-round, but the best time to visit depends on your preferences. Shoulder seasons (spring and fall) boast pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and the ultimate in New England charm. Summer is peak season, offering vibrant energy, bustling beaches, and extended daylight hours, but be prepared for larger crowds. To make the most of your stay, book a luxury Yarmouth vacation rental with Del Mar Vacation Rentals.

2 Getting to Yarmouth is a breeze. Boston Logan International Airport is the closest major hub. From there, you can rent a car for a scenic drive (approximately 90 minutes). Yarmouth itself is highly walkable, but for exploring the wider Cape Cod region, a car is recommended. Consider day trips to nearby destinations like Barnstable, Hyannis (the unofficial capital of Cape Cod!), Chatham, and Falmouth.

For history buffs, a day trip to Plymouth, the landing site of the Mayflower, or a ferry ride to explore the rich history of Martha’s Vineyard all are compelling options within easy reach. Yarmouth is also conveniently located near Provincetown, the "tip of the Cape," known for its vibrant arts scene and bohemian charm.


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About the Author


In 2015, driven by his own challenges as a homeowner dealing with a rental management company and a desire for a better solution, Luke Chapman founded Del Mar Vacations. His goal was to simplify the process of managing and caring for rental homes and their guests, offering a comprehensive, full-service solution. As a lifelong Cape Codder, Luke's deep-rooted love and knowledge of the area infuse every aspect of his business. Through this blog, he shares his insider tips and local insights, aiming to transform each visitor's trip into an unforgettable Cape Cod adventure.