Yarmouth stretches both sides of Cape Cod, with shoreline on both Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound.
To the north is Cape Cod Bay with the charming and serene village of Yarmouth Port, lined with stately sea captain’s homes, an 1889 pharmacy, an antiquarian bookstore and a sprawling village green. The Yarmouth Port area has a traditional New England feel and is flanked by marshlands with beautiful vistas and strolls. Olde Kings Highway (Rt. 6A), was once a Native Americans’ trail between Plymouth and Provincetown and is America’s largest designated historic district.
To the south, along southerly Route 28, the villages of West and South Yarmouth offer a different flavor. There are numerous strip malls, nightclubs, souvenir, taffy shops, family-style attractions, boating on the Bass River and wonderful wide beaches. If you are looking for lots of things to do for the kids, there are many activities in this area of Yarmouth.
Bass River, the longest tidal river on the eastern seaboard, is rimmed with antique homes and elegant waterfront estates. Legend has it that Norse explorer Leif Eriksson, of Viking era, set up a permanent camp by the Bass River in 1000 AD. The mysterious “Bournedale Stone” with runic inscriptions (at the Aptucxet Trading Museum in Bourne) fuels the legend that the Vikings roamed the Cape well before the Pilgrims.
Villages in Yarmouth
Yarmouth Port / Yarmouth / West Yarmouth / South Yarmouth / Bass River
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN YARMOUTH
Winslow Crocker House
Bass Hole Broardwalk at Gray’s Beach
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum
Edward Gorey House
South & West Yarmouth
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Baxter Grist Mill
Judah Baker Windmill on Bass River