Where is Old Silver Beach Located?
Old Silver Beach at 318 Quaker Rd North Falmouth, Ma is one of the prettiest beaches on Cape Cod. It is a 1 hr 20 minute ride from Boston which makes it a perfect day trip during the week. Once over the Bourne Bridge, you will find that this beach lies on the western shores of Falmouth.
The beach is divided into two parts . One is for Falmouth residents who pay for sticker parking and the other is open to the public where there is a daily fee of $20.00 for parking. The parking lot does fill up quickly, so better arrive a little early.
The water is unbelievably warm benefitting from an ocean current that carries tropical fish into Buzzards Bay. The soft sand makes it easy to walk on and there are lifeguards stationed in the event of an emergency. Most Cape Cod beaches are rocky and full of seaweed, but Old Silver Beach is very clean. Since it is such a wide strip, it is also great for walking along the shore. There is a snack bar called The Burger Shack. It is open daily and serves up some tasty burgers and salads. A bathhouse with restrooms is available in the parking lot as well.
What makes Old Silver Beach so special?
Old Silver Beach offers something for everyone. The warm waves roll in gently with little or no undertow and the views of Buzzards Bay are some of the most spectacular on the Cape. There are very few west facing beaches in Massachusetts. On a clear day, you can see all the way over to Mattapoisett . Since it is on the Bay side, there have been no shark sightings.
This beach is perfect for families with children. In order to get up to your waist, you have to walk a pretty good distance out into the water. When the tide is low, there are tidal pools or sandbars that offer safe havens for small toddlers to play. Loads of crabs and minnows keep the older children exploring and happy. What’s more? Seashells! I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t like collecting seashells. That’s an all time favorite of any age!
If solitude is what you crave you can cross the street and put your chairs along the Herring River Salt Marsh. Be sure to check the tides. You’ll be glad to see hundreds of different birds that come to this Buzzard Bay salt marsh.
Egrets, blue and green herons are always a welcome sight and if you are lucky enough you might even see ospreys building their nests. If time allows, do plan to stay for sunset and have your camera ready to capture some of the most gorgeous color filled sunsets on the Cape.
The Seacrest Hotel, adjacent to Old Silver Beach, does offer dining for non- guests for dinner, but it is always better to have reservations. Music on the outside patio deck is a refreshing change for those who need a quick respite from the sun and sand.
If you are lucky enough to be at the Beach after a summer storm you may be able to catch a wave or two for your surfing pleasure. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of Cape Cod’s finest beaches.