Many visitors come to Woods Hole by the water. There are several good deep water harbors within a dingy-trip of the provisions of Woods Hole: Great Harbor, Little Harbor, Eel Pond, Hadley Inner Harbor, Hadley Outer Harbor and Quissett Harbor. Mooring are available in Great Harbor and Eel Pond through several vendors including Woods Hole Marine. Moorings are free in Hadley Harbor which is near Woods Hole. See our listings here for all the services available to boaters in Woods Hole including provisions, fresh baked goods, take-out meals, ice, liquor and other supplies. Boaters look forward to a night in Woods Hole at one of the many excellent restaurants from which to choose.

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The currents and tides that run between here and the islands are famous for their treacherous passage, but also excellent for cultivating active sea life — aka fishing! People come from around the world to sport fish these churning and scenic waters. Some want adventure, others a nice boat ride where you can visit some of the deserted beaches and hidden places. Either way, there are plenty of charter boat captains waiting to show you around. Here are a few:

Boat Tours

Take the Martha’s Vineyard ferry — From atop the tall ferry, you have wonderful views, a cool breeze and gulls following the boat as you make your way 45 minutes across Vineyard Sound to the Vineyard. You will see the Woods Hole Passage with it’s churning waters, the peninsula called “Juniper Point” with a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired summer cottage called “the Airplane House”, Nobska Light and beach, the sands of Surf Drive (Falmouth) and Falmouth Heights in this distance as you leave Woods Hole harbor. Entering Vineyard Haven, feast your eyes on the tall ships and colorful waterfront of the island’s main commercial port.
» Steamship Authority
» Patriot Fishing Tours 

Looking at Boats

There are boats jammed all over Woods Hole, so if you love looking at boats, consider the Eel Pond walk and don’t miss the fishing vessels at the Town Dock (near the aquarium), the research vessels tied up at the WHOI dock, the Corwith Cramer (a three masted schooner in front of the Landfall Restaurant) or the house boats out in Great Harbor.

House Boats

One of the most unique things about Woods Hole is it’s collection of houseboats. People take day trips from the Vineyard, Chatham and Nantucket to tour the harbor and look at the house boats (it helps that some of the best fishing on the east coast is right here as well). Every spring, the drawbridge in Woods Hole is occupied with the migration of the houses from their winter home in Eel Pond, a slow march out to their spectacular perches looking out over all of Woods Hole. Perilously close to the multi-million dollar houses of Penzance Point, these tiny house boats have some of the most spectacular views in town…plus no need for air conditioning as out on the water, it’s breezy and cool most days. You can see them from Waterfront Park or the jetty in front of the Fisheries Building on Water Street.