A frequent jumping-off point for travelers to Martha’s Vineyard, Woods Hole also has its own attractions. Within the tiny town, find interesting marine attractions, as well as world-famous oceanographic institutes.
Until the arrival of Europeans in the 1600s, Woods Hole was inhabited by the native Wampanoag tribe. Today see its marine environment, providing one of the world’s most important centers for scientific exploration.
Explore Nobska Lighthouse to discover the village’s nautical heritage. Take a tour and admire the views from the tower. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands across the water.
Head to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium for a fun family day. The aquarium has about 140 different kinds of marine creatures, including seals, lobsters and crabs. Observe a seal training session or visit the touch tanks to handle sea stars and hermit crabs. Buzzards Bay Discovery Center is another great place to get hands-on experience with Cape Cod’s marine wildlife.
Tour the Marine Biological Laboratory, an outstanding facility that has hosted 54 Nobel Laureates. Here, see some of the animals being studied and view the laboratory grounds. Learn more at the Pierce Exhibit Center which chronicles the history of the Marine Biological Laboratory.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is one of the most respected institutes of its kind in America and offers visitors a fascinating look into its work at the Ocean Science Exhibit Center. Among the must-see items here is a model of the Alvin vessel, which was used to investigate the Titanic wreckage in the 1980s.
At the Woods Hole Historical Museum, inspect a model of the town showing how it appeared in the 1890s and check out old photography and paintings of Woods Hole. Various exhibits shed light on the town’s past.
Woods Hole has a ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard and is about an 80-minute drive from Boston Logan International Airport. The town itself is walkable.
Forests, Ferries and Seafood
Delve into the nautical heritage of the region and admire spectacular views from the top of the tower.
Go for a swim in the surprisingly warm water or enjoy the views across Buzzard Bay at Falmouth’s family-favorite beach.
Breathtaking views and a rich variety of wildlife along this barrier beach make it a worthwhile trip any time of year.
The brilliant colors of a New England autumn are on full display as you journey from Boston to Cape Cod. Smell the crisp sea air that comes with the arrival of fall, and explore idyllic communities along the Atlantic during this full-day excursion.
Step into the playful and imaginative world of Thomas the Tank Engine with a visit to a railway wonderland that brings everyone's favorite No. 1 engine to life. With real, life-sized engines amid great themed rides, you can find a whole day's worth of fun with the gang from the island of Sodor.
Connect with a local photographer to capture your most memorable Cape Cod moments during this private photo shoot. Get insider tips on what to eat, see and do and return from your trip with beautiful, high quality, holiday memories. The best souvenir ever.
Are you more into the relaxed pace of kayaking, we got you covered! A great option for the “take it easy” crowd to get to see amazing wildlife while feeling totally comfortable with the group and their ACA certified guide.
Visit: John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum, 397 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601-3914 The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and the deep connection to Cape Cod.
Experience the beauty and adventure of one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Our ACA certified staff ensures you are using the correct body mechanics and methods but this tour focuses on the unique vantage point of standing on water and what we get to see from our paddle boards.