10 Things to Do in West Yarmouth That You Shouldn't Miss

July 23, 2017 Alice Mieles

West Yarmouth is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Yarmouth in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 6,012 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in West Yarmouth

1. Putter's Paradise

119 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673-8154 +1 508-790-3400
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

Putter's Paradise

The spouting white whale is this mini-golf course's signature. The "mini Pebble Beach" of Cape Cod. Serving Gifford's famous ice cream.

Reviewed By Michael M - Crestwood, Kentucky

This miniature golf course was right next to our Cape Cod hotel (the Tidewater Inn), so we saw it right away when we reached Cape Cod. Being as to how miniature golf is something of an addictive hobby of ours, we targeted it right away as a "must-do".

That said, we honestly weren't expecting too much. The curb appeal from the road wasn't bad - but it just didn't appear to be quite as exciting as some of the other courses. We couldn't have been more wrong! We had an absolute blast on this course, which was challenging and different. The owner told us about how he started out with the course a few decades back - and how there were no trees (he planted them all) and everything was bare. Now, the course is pretty well-shaded (a definite plus since we played in the afternoon, when there was not much of a crowd - but when it was really hot!).

In the afternoon, they apparently offer some sweet deals....play a round and get a round free was offered when we went. Not bad at all!

If you don't mind waiting, this is a great place to go in the evening, but it was very popular and had a lot of folks there when we dropped by one night around 9 pm.

The price was reasonable...

ALSO....a big hit with my 19 year old....they sell ice cream. Apparently, a LOT of it. Quite a few choices, too.

2. Edward Gorey House

8 Strawberry Ln, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-1725 +1 508-362-3909
Excellent
79%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 160 reviews

Edward Gorey House

Dedicated to the author-illustrator, Edward Gorey, and to raising awareness for animal welfare issues.

Reviewed By CapeCodDiamonds - Barnstable, Massachusetts

Quirky. Bizarre. Delightfully decadent. The man's home is not for sensitive little children and their helicopter parents. The rest of us love the wicked escapades of the Ghashlycrumbs and all Edward Gorey's creatures, many of whom can be seen in various states of demise/repose on windowsills, buried beneath the massive magnolia, or flung across the narrow staircase inside. Everywhere you look there is a Gorey story unfolding in macabre detail. He was a unique one, and his house is the perfect representation of one strange dude. Loved it.

3. Cape Cod Beer

1336 Phinneys Ln, Hyannis, MA 02601-1890 +1 508-790-4200
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 328 reviews

Cape Cod Beer

Cape Cod Beer is Cape Cod's original craft beer located at 1336 Phinney's Lane in Hyannis with beer on tap in over 400 locations and in 125 package stores from Plymouth to Provincetown. Founded in 2004, Cape Cod Beer produces four year round offerings: Our Flagship Cape Cod Red, our light and refreshing Beach Blonde Ale, our dark and malty Porter and our bold & hoppy Cape Cod IPA, plus seasonal favorites such as Cape Cod Summer, Harvest Ale, Big Sea Saison, float Your Boatmeal Stout, Old Man Winter and Stargazer Stout, to name a few. We have a retail center that is open year round, where you can taste our beers and shop for a variety of logo goods and a wide selection of products Made on Cape Cod. We have daily tours Monday through Saturday at 11:00 am or you can taste all the beers we have available during our retail hours. We hope you come visit soon!

Reviewed By Amanda L - Syracuse, New York

My husband and I love finding breweries and wineries in new areas. We were super impressed with cape cod beer! The place is huge with plenty of seating indoors and out. For $5 you get 5 3oz pours of your choice. That’s a steal! The beer was tasty. I enjoyed the Harvest and the porter. This is a great spot to put your phone away and play a board game or enjoy conversation. I’m definitely glad we made a trip here!

4. Bass River Beach

Bass River Beach, South Yarmouth, MA
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Bass River Beach

Reviewed By Amy B - Worcester, Massachusetts

Nicknamed "Smugglers," this beach is family friendly, large and has a pier that overlooks Bass River and the many sail and motor boats going out to sea. The beach also has a Sunrise Sunday Methodist mass/service @ 7:30 am. The beach is clean and has a Snack Bar with beach eats and public bathrooms. Lifeguards are on duty. Beware NO DOGS allowed.

5. Cape Cod Maritime Museum

135 South St, Hyannis Port, MA 02601-4014 +1 508-775-1723
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Located on the inner harbor in Hyannis, Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum is a devoted to maritime culture on Cape Cod. The museum houses a rotating collection of maritime art, featuring world renowned artist John Stobart for the 2017. CCMM also displays the largest publicly displayed scrimshaw collection on the Cape and has a primary exhibit that examines the impact local workers have had on the craft of boat building. The Cape Cod Maritime Museum is available for weddings and special events as well.

Reviewed By tommyboyks - Topeka

This is a nice little museum. It does not cost a lot and does not have a lot to see. The boats inside are pretty cool and it is near the water. There is not much to say about it.

6. Whydah Pirate Museum

674 Ma-28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673 +1 508-534-9571
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Whydah Pirate Museum

Experience Cape Cod's newest interactive science museum featuring real pirates and real treasures! A must-see attraction for all ages where you will touch, see and interact with the worlds only authenticated pirate treasure, discovered in 1984 off the coast of Wellfleet.

Reviewed By roymette2017 - Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

We visited this West Yarmouth museum in September 2017 to research material for pirate songs and loved it. Staff are knowledgable and helpful, willing to chat and explain about pirate life, their history and the items on display. We also visited the sister museum on the pier at Provincetown but this one was best if you have limited time.
We even met Barry Clifford himself the archaeologist, explorer, treasure hunter and discoverer of the Whydah - he was a real gent.
The displays have items that have been preserved, those undergoing preservtion and those still encrusted with crud (crudstations?) from 300 years in the water.
We'd recommend it to anyone remotely interested in piracy but especially families and researchers.
Seems like there are plans to expand the scientific element of the museum and that can only be good.

7. Cultural Center of Cape Cod

307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, MA 02664-4534 +1 508-394-7100
Excellent
81%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 65 reviews

Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Reviewed By apacheChatham_ma_ - Chatham, Massachusetts

Check their schedule of events; they have live music performances at night and on-going art shows. For music shows, it's set-up like a club, with tables around the dance floor. AND you can "Bring Your Own" to the shows. Very cool place.

8. Bass River Kayaks, Cruises and Paddleboards

118 Main St, West Dennis, Dennis, MA 02670-2213
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Bass River Kayaks, Cruises and Paddleboards

Reviewed By Baby-whisperer211 - Saratoga Springs, New York

Took my 19 year old daughter to paddle board on the Bass River. The folks working there were helpful and friendly, gave good instruction and answered all questions thoroughly, a professional outfit for sure! The wind picked up shortly after we started which made paddling...MoreThank you for joining us and for making the best of a windy day! We're glad Horsefoot Cove was still fun. = )

9. Seagull Beach

off Seagull Road, off South Sea Ave, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 432 reviews

Seagull Beach

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Lots of parking, very clean, beautiful views, love the fact the bathrooms are open even off season on Columbus weekend and the fireworks they do that weekend are spectacular. Great show! I was impressed with the police presence. I felt safe and even more impressed at how organized it was. We were out of the parking lot in 5 minutes and back to our hotel in 10. For a firework show with lots of people, that is unheard of.

10. The Steamship Authority

69 South St, Hyannis, MA 02601-4013 +1 508-477-8600
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

The Steamship Authority

The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Island of Nantucket from Cape Cod. We offer the lowest fares and the most frequent daily departures for passengers, automobiles and trucks. Our ferries to Nantucket depart from the iconic Hyannis Harbor. Please note, we offer limited premium on-site parking as well as off-site parking with free shuttle service. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status. Our seasonal high-speed passenger-only ferry, the M/V Iyanough, gets you to Nantucket - dock-to-dock - in just an hour. Enjoy great savings with our special $50 same-day, round-trip, available Monday - Thursday, April - December. For a perfect day trip Nantucket makes wonderful destinations - with magnificent beaches, charming scenery and fabulous shopping and dining.

Reviewed By wakey47 - Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Did a day trip to Nantucket with this company. Everything perfectly organised by friendly staff. The trip takes about an hour and is enjoyable. There is a snack bar on board and plenty of inside accommodation and some limited seats outside for the hardy souls. Nice trip to a lovely island.

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