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What to do in Woods Hole

Jennie Sparrow | 9/4/2018

The quaint fishing village of Woods Hole is a wonderful spot to explore while visiting Cape Cod. Located at the tip of Falmouth, it is a town teeming with New England culture and where fishing boats and ferries abound. It’s also a nationally acclaimed hub of oceanographic studies.

If you plan a day trip to Woods Hole, be sure to visit these sites:

Nobska Light

Established in 1826, Nobska Lighthouse is perched at the southwestern tip of Cape Cod overlooking Martha’s Vineyard and Nonamesset Island. During the summer months, you can tour the lighthouse. But any time of year, the panoramic vistas are amazing.

The Woods Hole Drawbridge

This drawbridge is so small and quiet that, if you’re not paying attention, you just might miss it! While you’re out and about town shopping or enjoying lunch, see if you can catch it as it goes up and down for passing boats. The bridge is operated manually and will only be raised if mariners call the bridge operator ahead of time.

The Knob

If you’re in the mood to see some beautiful views, hike out to “the Knob.” It is found at the end of a hidden, seaside trail, and extends into Quissett Harbor. After a short nature walk along a small beach, marsh, and coastal bank, you will end up on the Knob. This little piece of land extends from Quissett Harbor to Buzzards Bay and offers amazing water views.


Woods Hole Historical Museum

A self-proclaimed “lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests,” the Woods Hole Historical Museum is a fun stop on your way through town. Admission is free, and the museum is open from mid-June to mid-October.

Woods Hole Aquarium

Displaying approximately 140 species of marine animals found in the Northern and Middle Atlantic waters, this aquarium is free to the public and fun for all ages! There’s a touch tank, whale and turtle displays, and a seal habitat—you might even catch a glimpse of a blue lobster!