sand sculpture showing summer activities in Yarmouth Mass

Sand Sculpture Trail 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Are you a fan of 15-ton rock-and-mineral-particle based art? Of course, you are. So, you’ll want to pay attention to this post about Yarmouth’s 2019 Sand Sculpture Trail, the longest trail in the U.S.

The Sand Sculpture Trail has been a sightseeing staple, and people come from all over to see sand swept into art. The trail officially opens Memorial Day and runs through Columbus Day.

This year, visitors will be able to scout 33 original detailed sculptures. The sculptures are scattered throughout the town’s landmarks and mostly along Route 28. You can find a map of the trail here, or pick one up from the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce Visitors Centers located on Route 28 and along Route 6 East or some participating businesses.

sand sculpture of a man relaxing on a hammock

What do the sand sculptures look like?

Every year Fitzysnowman Sculpting makes new and original designs by working with the businesses on their vision for the sand sculpture. Past sculptures have included ships, town landmarks, and even starfish-themed movie characters! You’ll have to see them all this year and tell us your favorite!

sand sculpture of a sheep with two lambs

How are the sand sculptures made?

Amazingly, these extremely detailed pieces of art are made with a special quarried sand and tender loving care. It takes a professional artist a full day to build a single sculpture using shovels and hand tools.  When finished, the sand structures are surprisingly strong. The weakest spot is the surface, so the artists apply a mix of Elmer’s glue and water to coat each sculpture and protect it from the elements.[

To keep them around for the whole season so that everyone may enjoy them, we ask that you don’t go inside the roped areas and definitely don’t touch the sculptures.

sand sculpture of star fish dressed as Star Wars characters

Take part in our Sand Sculpture Photo Contest!

Every year, we have a photo contest where you can win gift certificates to local businesses. This year, you can submit your photos for three categories: Most Creative, Sand Sculpture Selfies, and Best Location Photo. The contest runs through early September. You can find detailed information about rules and submissions here.

Be sure to follow us on social media. We have a dedicated Facebook page, Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail Photo Contest 2019, or find us on Instagram @sandsculpturephotocontest.

The annual Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail is sponsored by the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and participating businesses, with partial funding from the Town of Yarmouth’s Tourism Revenue Preservation Fund.