Hop on the WHOOSH Trolley
The WHOOSH trolley operates in the summer from late June to Labor Day, shuttling visitors into Woods Hole in open-air style. (Photo). The trolley leaves from in front of Wal-Mart in Falmouth, passes through downtown Falmouth (where it stops anywhere you flag it or ask to get off) and ends in front of the Martha's Vineyard ferry terminal in the middle of Woods Hole. The WHOOSH trolley leaves every thirty minutes from 9.35 am to 10.05 pm, seven days a week in season only. The trolley costs $1 per passenger, one way. Parking in the Wal-mart lot is free and always available, so this is a cost-effective way to visit Woods Hole. From Wal-mart to Woods Hole is six miles and takes approximately 30 minutes with stops.
» View the WHOOSH Trolley Route
Ride the Shining Sea Bike Path
There are several lots in Falmouth designed to welcome biking enthusiasts. Park in any of these lots (see map) and join families who ride bikes into Woods Hole summer after summer. The journey from the Peter Pan bus terminal (where there is a convenient and large lot) is three miles and takes about 30 minutes on a bike. The path is along the former railroad tracks and away from the road, so it's safe for kids and families. The trip is all at sea level, and a relatively easy ride for anyone. Once in Woods Hole, there are bike racks at the entrance of the path, in front of Pie in the Sky, and at Quicks Hole. Corner Cycle in downtown Falmouth offers bikes for rent and is conveniently located near the bike path. There is a parking lot next to their shop for Corner Cycle patrons only. Art's Bike Shop in North Falmouth also rents bikes for the 11 mile ride down the Shining Sea Bike Path.
» Download Shining Sea Bikeway Map (pdf)
Take the Palmer
The MV Streamship Authority operates a regular bus system from their parking lot on Palmer Avenue to Woods Hole to facilitate day parking to access the Martha's Vineyard ferry. This is a three mile distance, and takes about 10 minutes. Parking is available within the Palmer Lot for $8 - 12 per calendar day (depending on the season). This lot fills to capacity on busy summer weekends, in which case, the Steamship directs traffic to the Gifford Lot and the Cataumet lot where there is also a free bus to Woods Hole. Signs on Route 28 and in front of the Palmer lot will inform you about current parking.