Gray's Beach Boardwalk in Yarmouth Port offers a unique view of Cape Cod's marshes and breathtaking sunsets. Photo by Jane Booth.
What You Should Know
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.
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."
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 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, Cape Cod Inflatable Park, and many family-style seafood restaurants. South Yarmouth also has its share of nightlife.
Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port is a historic working farm on the marsh. Photo by Jane Booth.
Hiking enthusiasts and walkers will love the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Maintained by the state's Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, this 22-mile trail made of a 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.
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. For a treat, check out the Whydah Pirate Museum, an interactive science museum featuring real pirates and real treasures. Meanwhile, 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.
If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Cultural Center of Cape Cod offering art exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops and more. And for over 30 years, Yarmouth 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.
Experience the Whydah Pirate Museum, Cape Cod’s interactive science museum featuring real pirates and real treasures. A must-see attraction for all ages, you can touch the world’s only authenticated pirate treasure, discovered in 1984 off the coast of Wellfleet, and view the recovered ship itself.
Speaking of pirates, head over to Pirate’s Cove in South Yarmouth for an unforgettable mini-golf experience. With an elaborate pirate theme, innovative hole designs, and courses that can challenge adults and entertain children, it’s a great way to get the family together for casual day of fun.
Beaches: Gray's Beach, Bass River Beach, Bay View Beach, Colonial Acres, Englewood Beach, Flax Pond, Long Pond, Parkers River Beach, Sandy Pond, Seagull Beach, Seaview Beach, Wilbur Park, Windmill Beach