Destination guide

A quieter alternative to Portland

With the largest protected anchorage in Maine, Falmouth has become a haven for yachties on the northeast coast and a bustling metropolitan area in the northern suburb of Portland. Once a small fishing town with 3 shipbuilding firms, Falmouth now features 3 private golf resorts, a yacht club and no fewer than 4 wildlife preserves. There are plenty of things for visitors to do in this pretty little town situated on the banks of Casco Bay. When you step outside your Falmouth vacation rental, you'll discover a part of Maine rich in maritime history, cultural activities and outdoor pursuits.

Things to do

Visit the museums to work up a thirst

Among the town's many attractions, the most popular are often free to enter, with museums like the Portland Observatory close by to Falmouth vacation rentals. This former lighthouse, built to protect passing ships, now houses a maritime history museum and the best views in town. The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum is another great attraction, offering train rides that children particularly enjoy. For something decidedly more adult, the Shipyard Brewing Company has daily tours and tastings in its Portland Microbrewery. The Old Port, with its cobbled and brick warehouses, is an atmospheric venue for dining while in town.


A day on the course or shop local

Although more built-up than other parts of Maine, Falmouth still enjoys hiking trails and wildlife preserves in both abundance and easy reach. If you want to practice your swing, head up to the Portland Country Club, Riverside Municipal or Woodlands golf clubs which offer 18-hole fairways. Sailing and motorboating are also sought-after activities, allowing exploration across the shimmering waters of the bay, with its numerous tiny islands. Head south and Portland offers exceptional shopping and market experiences, with an emphasis on independent outlets specializing in handmade products from across the state.


Lots to do, whatever the weather

As with the rest of Maine, Falmouth is best visited during the warmer months. That said, because it's more metropolitan than other coastal towns further north, it is still a lively place to visit in fall and winter, when Falmouth vacation rental prices drop. With so many things to do in town, you can get out of the winter chill and into a host of exciting activities undercover in Falmouth or neighboring Portland. This makes winter a great time to come and enjoy Maine's world-renowned seafood at cheaper prices than you'd find in the high season.

Natural features

A bird (and fairy) spotters' paradise

Visitors are spoilt for choice with wildlife preserves around Falmouth. Situated a short distance from your Falmouth vacation rental, Gilsland Farm Audubon Center is the perfect place for a family outing with budding naturalists. The center is Maine's largest wildlife organization and connects people with the numerous ornithological conservation projects they undertake. Mackworth Island, a short distance away, is another natural beauty. Donated to the state in 1943 as a wildlife reserve, its easy looped walk with sea views is popular with birdwatchers. They also have a fairy village, a magical place for kids.

How to get there

How to get to and around Falmouth

Fly into Portland, ME (PWM-Portland Intl. Jetport), the closest airport, located 7 mi (11.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Brunswick, ME (NHZ-Brunswick Executive), which is 20.2 mi (32.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Falmouth?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 763 vacation rentals near Falmouth. From 387 Houses to 187 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Falmouth for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Falmouth?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Falmouth:

  • Falmouth Foreside: 24 vacation rentals
  • Town Landing: 23 vacation rentals
  • Goose Rocks Beach: 69 vacation rentals
  • Peaks Island: 85 vacation rentals
  • Pine Point: 278 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Falmouth?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Falmouth. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mackworth Island: 1,444 vacation rentals
  • Higgins Beach: 1,509 vacation rentals
  • Maine Mall: 1,447 vacation rentals
  • Ferry Beach State Park: 2,000 vacation rentals
  • Old Orchard Beach Station: 1,692 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Falmouth listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Falmouth?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 387 Houses in Falmouth. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Falmouth include:

  • Cottages: 187 rentals available
  • Cabins: 187 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 187 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Falmouth?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 49 vacation rentals with pool available in Falmouth. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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