census-designated place in town of Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States

The village of Woods Hole administratively belongs to the town of Falmouth, in the Upper Cape area of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Woods Hole has a great natural harbor and was once a fishing and whaling center but now is known for its beautiful beaches, sport fishing, quaint shops (no chain stores here) and marine research facilities.

Part of Woods Hole's tiny downtown

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Woods Hole is a wonderful place to walk around; everything is within 15 minutes' walk for people of normal fitness.

By bicycle edit

The Shining Sea bikeway begins at the end of Railroad Ave, right next to the Steamship Terminal & the Leeside Restaurant. It's a great way to get to Woods Hole from downtown Falmouth, about 4 miles, mostly along the ocean.

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  • WHOOSH Trolley[dead link] provides local summer service around Falmouth.

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Marine Biological Laboratory
Nobska Lighthouse
  • 1 Nobska Light. Nobska Rd. About a 10-minute walk from the village, the lighthouse overlooks Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands, as well as Woods Hole itself.    

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  • 2 Marine Biological Laboratories (Pierce Exhibit Center), 100 Water St, +1 508 289-7623. May Jun Sep Oct W–F 11AM–4PM; Jul-Aug M–Sa 11AM–4PM.    
  • Woods Hole Historical Museum, 579 Woods Hole Road, +1 508 548-7270. Jun-Oct Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • 3 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Ocean Science Discovery Center), 15 School Street, +1 508 548-1400. Apr-May M-F 10AM-4:30PM; Jun M-Sa 10AM-4:30PM; Jul Aug M-Su 10AM-4:30PM; Sep Oct M-Sa 10AM-4:30PM; Nov Dec T-F 10AM-4:30PM. Learn about the Institutions research (and their cool boats) with many engaging and kid friendly hands on exhibits. $3 suggested donation.    
  • 4 [dead link] Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water St, +1 508 495-2001. Tu-Sa 11AM-4PM. The aquarium has an outdoor seal pool (feedings are at 11AM and 4PM most weekdays), tanks filled with fish and lots of information about local marine life. Upstairs are touch tanks with horseshoe crabs, starfish, whelks and other animals. Free.    

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  • Woods Hole Film Festival, 89 Water Street, +1 508 495-FILM (3456). The Festival is held each year from the last Saturday of July through the first Saturday of August. This eight-day event screens around 100 films submitted from around the world.    

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Water St.

There are many small shops & galleries in the village, many featuring local artists, all within a 5-minute walk. There is an ATM at the bank, at the top of Water St., right next to the U.S. Post Office and Pie in the Sky.

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Budget edit

  • Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe, 10 Water St, +1 508 540-5475. 5AM-10PM daily. Year-round breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great for long hours, friendly service, and made-from-scratch breads, pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches and organic coffees, cappuccino, espresso, cocoa, chai, teas and cold drinks. Their baked goods are delicious in general, but their bread pudding is worth particular mention, as it's particularly moist, made with raisins, and what tastes like a touch of whiskey.
  • Woods Hole Market & General Store, 87, Water Street, Unit 1, +1 508 540-4792, . 8 am - 8 pm. A Local Staple in the Village of Woods Hole serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Groceries, Fresh Produce, Cut Meats, Full Deli with In House Smoked Brisket , Pulled Pork, House made Pastrami, Extensive Sandwich menu, Salads, Scratch Soups, Homemade Meals To Go. Ice, Farm Fresh Ice Cream, Organic Coffee & Tea, Cold Drinks, Handcrafted Pizza . Located on the water. locals call it the best kept secret. Amazing Decks to view the boats. $$.

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  • Captain Kidd Waterfront Tavern, 77 Water St, +1 508 548-8563. Year-round lunch and dinner daily. A favorite for fresh seafood.
  • Quicks Hole Taqueria, 6 Luscombe Ave, +1 508-495-0792. 11AM-10PM daily. Great seafood taco joint -- amazing local salads, lobster tacos, lobster rolls and homemade soups. Great local bands Friday and Saturday 4 - 7 pm in summer.
  • Shuckers, 91A Water Street, +1 508 540-3850. Lunch and dinner daily. Fun, casual bar atmosphere. Raw bar. Outdoor seating.

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  • Landfall, 9 Luscombe Av, +1 508 548-1758. Apr-Dec. The Landfall is a good restaurant for seafood and meat entrees. The sixty-year-old restaurant sits on a pier overlooking the tiny private ferry for Naushon Island, the home of the Forbes family. This restaurant is worth catching a later ferry for.

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Many private homes are rented by the week, month, and/or season. WHOI and MBL both maintain links on their websites listing local rental options

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  • Woods Hole Inn, 28 Water St, +1 508-495-0248. Check-in: 11, check-out: 3. Luxury lodging right in the middle of Woods Hole across from the ferry terminal. Water views from some rooms, free WiFi, breakfast included, free parking, lovely modern decor. $$.

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Move on to other areas of Cape Cod or the Islands.

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