Experience quaint Woods Hole: its forests, oceanfront, aquarium, and more!

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.

Known for

Forests, Ferries and Seafood

Top Hotels in Woods Hole

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sands of Time Motor Inn & Harbor House
2 out of 5
549 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA
$199
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.2/5Very Good! (53 reviews)

"Great view, roomy, older inn but it was a neat experience."…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Sands of Time Motor Inn & Harbor House
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Treehouse Lodge
2.5 out of 5
527 Woods Hole Road, Falmouth, MA
$126
per night
Oct 3 - Oct 4
3.8/5Good! (36 reviews)

"Call from Staff to alert me to office hours. Very friendly staff. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Treehouse Lodge
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Centrally-located Woods Hole Village Waterfront: 25% Fall Discount!!!
Falmouth, MA
4.8/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)
Wonderful Vacation

"It was a lovely home, very open with beautiful views of the lake and great location. Leonardo was incredibly responsive from my first question when we were deciding on a property to rent. This was our first time using VRBO and because of our experience with Leonardo, we will absolutely rent through ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Centrally-located Woods Hole Village Waterfront: 25% Fall Discount!!!

Popular things to do in Woods Hole

Nobska Lighthouse
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Nobska Lighthouse

Delve into the nautical heritage of the region and admire spectacular views from the top of the tower. 

Old Silver Beach
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Old Silver Beach

Go for a swim in the surprisingly warm water or enjoy the views across Buzzard Bay at Falmouth’s family-favorite beach.

Sandy Neck Beach
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Sandy Neck Beach

Breathtaking views and a rich variety of wildlife along this barrier beach make it a worthwhile trip any time of year. 

Top activities in Woods Hole

Autumn Cape Cod Explorer w/Cruise and Pirate Museum
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Autumn Cape Cod Explorer w/Cruise and Pirate Museum

$95

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.

Edaville Family Theme Park
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Edaville Family Theme Park

$37

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.

Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Cape Cod

$42

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.

Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour
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Lazy River Nature Kayak Tour

$70

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.

John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum Admission
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John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum Admission

$12

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.

Walk on Water Nature Tour
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Walk on Water Nature Tour

$70

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.