The 10 Best Things to Do in South Yarmouth, United States

August 21, 2017 Misti Hsu

South Yarmouth is an unincorporated village and census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Yarmouth in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 11,092 at the 2010 census, the most of the three CDPs in Yarmouth.
Restaurants in South Yarmouth

1. 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.

2. Bass River Kayaks, Cruises and Paddleboards

118 Main St, West Dennis, Dennis, MA 02670-2213
Excellent
81%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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. = )

3. Edward Gorey House

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

4. Putter's Paradise

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

5. Sea Street Beach

Dennis Port, Dennis, MA 02639
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Sea Street Beach

Reviewed By Kelley R - Holyoke, Massachusetts

This beach is actually a succession of a few, separated by jetties...family friendly, well patrolled by lifeguards. I do wish there was better cleanup by folks who visit, but I would go back.

6. Mayflower Beach

Dunes Rd, Dennis, MA +1 508-760-6159
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 242 reviews

Mayflower Beach

Reviewed By Andrea B - Massillon, Ohio

As we approached from the parking lot, I could not believe my eyes. The sand was soft and white - so pretty! And then we spotted the water, and it was a beautiful shade of blue-green! I would have thought we were in the Caribbean, not Cape Cod! We were there in late June. The water was very cold, so I didn't get in past my knees. But it sure was pretty to look at. We walked the beach a ways (even going past Private Beach signs). No one said anything as we walked along the water. Very clean beach.
My only complaint is the rocks that you have to cross over to get into the water (at least they were there in June). I would have brought water shoes to make it a little less painful if I had realized that was an issue. Otherwise, it is a perfect beach. The concession stand food was good. Plenty of choices. Prices were average for the area.

7. Devil's Purse Brewing Co

120 Great Western Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660-3715 +1 508-694-7171
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Devil's Purse Brewing Co

Reviewed By HaverhillJim - Haverhill, Massachusetts

Kolsch, ESB, and Session were very good. Funk was awesome. Our trio of hop heads did not dig the IPA nor pale ale - maybe we've been too spoiled with other New England IPAs (Sip of Sunshine, Heady, Trillium, Leatherlips, Harpoon, Tributary, etc.) Maybe the tap lines were a little dirty; those beers just didn't taste good. It was a muddy, off flavor that created a distracting aftertaste. But of course, you should make your own opinion on this.

It's located in an industrial park like Mayflower or From The Barrel Brewing, cute tasting room just a few feet from the fermenters. The decor and bar in the tasting room was very cool, a little industrial, a little craftsman with great signs/posters on the walls. But you are essentially standing in a garage / warehouse.

We went early in the season and it was still pretty crowded (20+ people), we were getting pushed out the door by groups of college kids - and then brewery staff scolded us for stepping one foot outside the open garage door. It must be a violation of a local code or something.

The one guy working in the brewery was very nice, one server was also very pleasant, the other server was constantly distracted on her cell phone. Sadly, that's the server that put together our "to go" order and accidentally gave us Pale Ale instead of Session. Very disappointed when we got home. It tasted a little better from the can, but not much.

Anyway, this is a great thing to do if you are in the area. It's always good to support local beer, and I look forward to more good things from these guys as they expand. A restroom and outdoor seating would be awesome.

8. 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.

9. Cultural Center of Cape Cod

307 Old Main St, South Yarmouth, MA 02664-4534 +1 508-394-7100
Excellent
81%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

10. Cuffy's of Cape Cod

723 Main St, West Dennis, Dennis, MA 02670-2201 +1 508-945-0544
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Cuffy's of Cape Cod

Reviewed By CraftBeers - Plano, Texas

We visited dozens of places in Chatham to find the right shirt and fleece to take home. We had gifts to buy for the owners of the house in Chatham. We also had gifts to bring back home. Cuffy's is by far the best place. I love the quality of the shirts and sweatshirts.

The one story building is much bigger than most stores throughout Chatham. It's a cute clapboard building painted white. Inside, there is lots of open space with white, yellow and slate accent colors adding to the openness. The floors are pretty wood planking. They have two huge sand sculptures built in different rooms. For a shirt shop, it's beautiful.

We ended up purchasing shirts, sweatshirts, fleece, coffee mugs and saltwater taffy. This store is pretty to look at. It's wide open with lots of space. They have quality nice looking clothing. I thinks it's better than most shops we visited.

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