Old Silver Beach

Quaker Road, North Falmouth

This writer has been swimming year-round for years at Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth, so I’m a bit hesitant to share my secret hide-away in these pages.

Oh, who am I kidding? Old Silver Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Cape Cod, for reasons too numerous to mention here. In the height of the summer, beachgoers lounge blanket-to-blanket on the beautifully raked sandy beach, dipping into the cool waters of Buzzards Bay, soaking up the sun and downing hot dogs from the Snack Shack.

What many beachgoers love about Old Silver is that the water is so shallow—even at high tide—and mostly calm. It’s an ideal beach for swimming and general play for all ages. It’s at its best in September, when the warm water remains and the crowds thin.

Another important feature of Old Silver Beach is the parking. There are three decent-sized lots—one for Falmouth residents with a beach sticker and two paid lots for visitors and residents without a sticker (in 2023, paid parking runs $30 per day). From late June to Labor Day, all three lots are monitored by attendants who will point visitors in the right direction. However, late arrivals, especially on weekends, can expect to wait in line for space.

Old Silver also is staffed by lifeguards through the high season. They provide a safe atmosphere, first aid and swim lessons for youngsters. Each of the two beaches at Old Silver have facilities, including bathrooms, changing rooms and snacks.

A recent reviewer wrote: “If you’ve never been, you must check this beach out. Beautiful sunsets! Very unique beach.”

We couldn’t agree more.