350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA 02556
My friends, my mom and I headed to Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth today to escape the heat and to do a wheelchair accessibility review. We heard Old Silver Beach was very beautiful and very wheelchair accessible so we were anxious to see for ourselves. Old Silver Beach is on Buzzards Bay and very easy to get to. It’s only about 15 miles from the Bourne Bridge.
There are two different parking lots at Old Silver Beach. The beach off the first parking lot is not wheelchair accessible for it only has steps leading to the beach. The beach off the second parking lot is best for persons in wheelchairs to park in for it is wheelchair accessible. I was in my van with my friends, Kellie and Kevin and my mom and my friend Ric followed us in my parents van which had my Beach Wheelchair in it.
We got to the parking lot and was told it was $20 a day to park. We asked if they had any discount or free parking for disabled like our State Beaches and some town beaches offer but the woman said they have no discounts for disabled. My mom asked if they would charge for only one of our vehicles since we were all together and explained that the only reason we brought two vans was to bring my beach wheelchair in one. The woman said no so my mom paid for both of our vans to park there. We really wanted to review this beach.
Handicap parking is conveniently located right up in the first row next to the restrooms and snack bar. The restrooms are very wheelchair accessible. They have very large handicap stalls which could even fit my beach wheelchair. The accessible sinks have rubber on the exposed pipes under the sink so they are under ADA guidelines. Old Silver Beach has two beach wheelchairs that they will loan to the disabled. One is for an adult and the other for a child. This is really great they offer this! There are four nice showers behind the restroom that are wheelchair accessible and a nice place to rinse off the sand before you leave.
The snack bar is right in front of the beach. The tables in front of the snack bar are picnic tables and not wheelchair accessible for they have attached benches that you can’t pull out but they do have a really nice wheelchair accessible picnic table on a deck in the rear of the snack bar.
This picnic table has an extra long extension at the end so a person in a wheelchair can fit. We decided to eat at our spot right on the beach. Seagulls are a problem so you have to really protect your food while you eat for they fly all around you and are not shy to attack and grab your food.
There is a winding wooden path that a regular wheelchair can wheel on down to the edge of the beach. We chose to just go on the sand for my beach wheelchair easily wheels on the sand. The beach is absolutely BEAUTIFUL with fine white sands and gentle waves. It’s very easy to wheel a beach wheelchair on.
The Buzzards Bay water is beautiful and very clean and clear. You can easily see the bottom. There are some large rocks in the water but they are easy to spot for the water is so very clear. The water is really warm and feels like bath water.You can go far out into the water before if becomes deep so I got to go far out today. Kellie, Kevin, Ric and my mom held my beach wheelchair real tight Lifeguards are on duty at this beach so if you need help they are ready to help. I just loved this beach!
I give Old Silver Beach FOUR STARS. They can earn the Fifth Star if they offer some discount or free parking for the disabled like our State and some other Town beaches do.