Yarmouth

Yarmouth, Cape Cod | Points of Interest

Capt. Bangs Hallet House, Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Nature Trails, Winslow Crocker House, Bass Hole Boardwalk, Baxter Grist Mill, Judah Baker Windmill, Taylor-Bray Farm, Zooquarium.

About Yarmouth

Yarmouth is comprised of the villages of Yarmouth Port, Bass River, Great Island, South Yarmouth, West Yarmouth and Yarmouth. Centrally located on the Mid Cape, Yarmouth's many lodgings, restaurants and kid-friendly attractions make it a popular destination for families.

Similar to Dennis, Yarmouth encompasses both the north and the south side of the Cape, and each section has its own flavor. In Yarmouth Port, along Route 6A on the northside, you will find historic homes--many of which once belonged to sea captains, antique shops, fine restaurants and historic spots.

Route 28, along the south side, is full of shopping, family fun and entertainment including several miniature golf courses to choose from, Zooquarium and many family-style seafood restaurants. South Yarmouth also has its share of nightlife.

History

One of the oldest towns on Cape Cod, Yarmouth (pop. 23,793) was established in 1639. There are indications that Leif Ericson navigated Bass River over 1,000 years ago.

A true sea captain's town, Route 6A in Yarmouth Port is dotted with historic homes, many of which are now inns and restaurants. At one time, more than 50 sea captains called Yarmouth home, hence the one-mile stretch along Route 6A called "Captains' Mile".


Gray's Beach Boardwalk in Yarmouth Port offers a unique view of Cape Cod's marshes and breathtaking sunsets.  Photo by Jane Booth.

Beaches

  • Gray's Beach: off Center Street
  • Bass River Beach: South Shore Drive
  • Bay View Beach: end of Bay View Street
  • Colonial Acres: end of Standish Way
  • Englewood Beach: end of Berry Avenue, off Route 28
  • Flax Pond: off North Main Street
  • Long Pond: Wings Grove, off Indian Memorial Drive
  • Parkers River Beach: off South Shore Drive
  • Sandy Pond: Buck Island Road
  • Seagull Beach: Sea Gull Road, off Route 28
  • Seaview Beach: off South Shore Drive
  • Wilbur Park: off Highbank Road
  • Windmill Beach: off River Street

Hiking & Biking

As with every Cape town--there is plenty to do in Yarmouth if you love the outdoors.  There are several walking trails in Yarmouth including the Nature Trails operated by the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. The Bass Hole Boardwalk at Gray's Beach is a beautiful spot for a walk as is Taylor-Bray Farm operated by the Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association.  There is also plenty to do at the Flax Pond Recreation Area.

Biking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maintained by the state's Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, the Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile former railroad, runs from Dennis to Wellfleet. Yarmouth has its own 3-mile bike trail that runs from Higgins Crowell Road to the park at Old Townhouse Road.

Golf

Golfers, get ready! Yarmouth is home to several courses.  Bass River Golf Course is an 18-hole course--one of the oldest on the Cape.  Bayberry Hills includes three 9-hole courses, the Red, the White and the Blue. Both are municipal courses.  Blue Rock is an 18-hole course owned and operated by Red Jacket Resorts.  The Golf Club at Yarmouth Port is an 18-hole private course open to the public.

Culture

Those who like history will find themselves instantly at home in Yarmouth. For history buffs, the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth operates several historical locations including the Capt. Bangs Hallet House Museum, the Kelley Chapel, the Judah Baker Windmill and the Baxter Grist Mill.

Fans of Edward Gorey will want to visit the Edward Gorey Museum housed in Gorey's actual home.  The Winslow Crocker House is operated by Historic New England.  The historic society offers walking tours, lectures and other special events throughout the year.

Gray's Beach Boardwalk in Yarmouth Port offers a unique view of Cape Cod's marshes and breathtaking sunsets.
Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port is an historic working farm on the marsh. Photo by Jane Booth.

If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Cultural Center of Cape Cod offering art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops and more.

The historic Yarmouth New Church is operated by the Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation and has become a cultural venue featuring concerts, performances and the like.

For over 30 years, this Mid Cape town has hosted the very popular Yarmouth Seaside Festival.  It is a weekend in October bursting with fun activities and entertainment (most of it free), food and other fun for all ages. There is a parade and fireworks too!

Folks in Yarmouth are also big baseball fans and show their pride in supporting their home team, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

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