Woods Hole is home to world renowned scientific institutions and other educational establishments. Discover the sea, and more, in new and different ways while you’re here.

Dive into Science on a Woods Hole Walking Tour

Ever wondered why Woods Hole became a mecca for science, or how the discovery of the Titanic happened here? All your questions about the science in Woods Hole will be answered on a delightful new walking tour. Starting at the MBL Exhibit Center located at 100 Water Street, you will walk through the streets of historic Woods Hole village and learn about the research conducted by the Marine Biological Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and other Woods Hole science organizations. These tours are recommended for a teenage to an adult audience. Space is limited.

Tour Schedule and Information

Saturdays and Sundays in July and August
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Tours leaves from the MBL Exhibit Center located at 100 Water Street in Woods Hole, MA and last about 1 hour.
Reservations are required. Please visit https://weekendtours.eventbrite.com to sign up. Tours are recommended for a teenage to adult audience.

These tours are made possible with support from the Woods Hole Business Association.

Buzzards Bay Coalition

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Buzzards Bay Discovery Center is an interactive exhibit center with a touch tank and tons of information on how to enjoy and protect Buzzards Bay. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Buzzards Bay Discovery Center
21 Luscombe Avenue
Woods Hole, MA 02543
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» Woods Hole office


Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Little Compton, RI and ending in Woods Hole between 2-4 p.m.
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Bridge to Discovery
M,W,F at 10:30 a.m.
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for Bridge to Discovery, a free, hands-on program for families with young children looking to discover Buzzards Bay. We’ll start with a Bay-themed story and craft, meet Bay creatures from our touch tank, and learn about how to explore the Bay with the whole family.

Creature Feature
Su,T,Th,Sa at 10:30 a.m.
How well do you know the critters in our bay? Come visit the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center during our Creature Feature program to get to know specific animals a little better. In this hands-on program we discuss a new organism each week; getting up close and personal with some individuals of the species as we learn about where you can find them in the bay, how they lives, and what ways they are impacted by pollution. This is a great way for visitors of all ages to meet Bay creatures first hand and learn about the important natural environment of Buzzards Bay.

Touch Tank Feeding
M,Tu,Th,Sa at 2:00 p.m.
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for the touch tank feeding at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center. Learn about the variety of animals living in Buzzards Bay and help feed the live animals in the touch tank. Visitors of all ages will have hands-on fun encountering the animals in the tank while learning how to make a difference in Buzzards Bay.

What's in the Bay Today
Su,W,F at 2:00 p.m.
Join us for ‘What’s in the Bay Today?’ at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center. Learn about the variety of animals living in Buzzards Bay and observe what animals are in the bay right in Woods Hole. Visitors of all ages will have fun discovering the animals hands-on while learning how to make a difference in keeping Buzzards Bay healthy for all of us to enjoy.

Northeast Fisheries Sciences Center (NEFSC)

This is the nation's original federal fisheries laboratory, established here in 1871. Research supports efforts to build sustainable marine fisheries, move to ecosystem-based fishery management, and to recover endangered marine mammals, fish, and sea turtles. The lab also conducts large-scale ocean and fishery monitoring. Its Woods Hole Science Aquarium is the nation's oldest public aquarium, open to visitors year round Tuesday-Saturday.

166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 495-2000
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» Woods Hole Science Aquarium

Marine Biological Laboratory

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-7423
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» MBL Gift Shop
» Free Summer Tours
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Sea Education Association (SEA)

Since 1971, Sea Education Association (SEA) has been a leader in marine education developing an understanding of the ocean and of its powerful role. SEA offers programs for college students, high school students, and teachers.The idea is to give students the opportunity to study the ocean from a multitude of academic perspectives and to do it from the platform of a traditional sailing vessel. The SEA sailing vessels – 134 foot brigantines - operate year-round. The SSV Corwith Cramer sails the waters of the North Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, while the SSV Robert C. Seamans sails the waters of the Northern and Tropical Pacific.

171 Woods Hole Road
P.O. Box 6
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 540-3954, fax 508-457-4673
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.

WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center & Gift Shop
Discover the world of ocean science. Featured exhibits include the submersible Alvin, disccvery and exploration of the Titanic, whale and dolphin research, and many videos and interactive exhibits. Summer hours: May - October, 10 am - 4:30 pm. Off season hours vary. Visit our online store.

15 School Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 289-2663, fax (508) 457-2180
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» WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center & Gift Shop
» Science Made Public

Woods Hole Research Center

Woods Hole Research Center is an independent research institute where scientists investigate the causes and effects of climate change to identify and implement opportunities for conservation, restoration and economic development around the world.

Gilman Ordway Campus
149 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 548-9900, fax (508) 540-9700
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Zephyr Education Foundation, Inc.

Zephyr Education Foundation hosts middle, high school and college class field trips in Woods Hole. Our Ocean Science and Technology Program for school classes includes a hands-on scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound and a session in a specimen tank room at one of the research labs.

97 Water St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543
(508) 566 7790
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