Welcome to the enchanting coastal village of Woods Hole, where the charm of Cape Cod meets the allure of the Atlantic Ocean!
If you’re a traveler looking to embark on the summer adventure of a lifetime, or a local looking to try something new, you are in for an unforgettable experience! Woods Hole is filled with breathtaking views, delectable seafood, and vibrant maritime culture. From strolling along sandy shores and indulging in freshly caught delights to immersing yourself in the town’s rich history and scientific wonders, Woods Hole promises a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. Get ready to be captivated by its serene beauty and welcoming spirit as you uncover the hidden gems and delightful surprises that await you in this coastal paradise.
Let your wanderlust guide you as you dive into the wonders of our seaside village, a destination that promises to leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime. As a traveler visiting Woods Hole, here’s a list of 20 things you can do during the summertime right here in Woods Hole:
- Visit the Woods Hole Science Aquarium to learn about marine life and conservation efforts. The Woods Hole Science Aquarium was established in 1875, making it the country’s oldest public aquarium!
- Stop by the Woods Hole Historical Museum to explore the area’s maritime history.
- Take a scenic bike stroll along the Shining Sea Bikeway, a charming and convenient paved coastal trail.
- Relax and sunbathe on the sandy shores of one of our local beaches, like picturesque Stony Beach or Nobska Beach.
- Watch the boats come in and out of Eel Pond from the best seat in the house, the deck at Woods Hole Wharf. Don’t miss a chance to see the iconic Eel Pond Drawbridge which goes up every half hour during the summer months.
- Go for a relaxing walk around The Knob, a serene coastal trail that leads you through lush greenery and winds its way to the Knob’s tip, where you can witness breathtaking sunsets and enjoy the tranquility of the sea. Traveling with your pup? The nearby beach is dog-friendly!
- Watch a show at the Woods Hole Theater Company, a mighty little theater company inspiring audiences with the magic of the arts.
- Visit the Woods Hole Film Festival if you’re a film enthusiast during its annual summer run.
- Sip on summer cocktails amongst the sailboats in Eel Pond at Shuckers and Captain Kidd.
- Take a tour of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a world-renowned research center. Don’t miss their Ocean Science Discovery Center where you can learn about the Institution’s ocean science research, engineering, and exploration.
- Enjoy a leisurely day at the pool as a guest of the quaint family-owned Sands of Time Inn & Harbor House.
- Take in a stunning summer sunset over Woods Hole Harbor at Landfall or Water Street Kitchen.
- Explore Nobska Lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views of Vineyard Sound from the lantern room. You can sign up for a tour of the lighthouse in advance here thanks to the Friends of Nobska Light.
- Discover the art galleries and boutique shops in the village for unique souvenirs.
- Enjoy an afternoon picnic or sunset cruise exploring the stunning coastal vistas of Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands with Woods Hole Island Tours.
- Explore the Peterson Farm Conservation Area and neighboring Beebe Woods for serene nature walks and birdwatching.
- Sip a summer cocktail on the deck of one of our many waterfront restaurants including Captain Kidd or The Woods Hole Wharf.
- Savor a homemade breakfast as a guest of the Woods Hole Inn. Get fueled up for a fun-filled day of exploring Woods Hole with their freshly-made quiches, bread puddings, croissants, cinnamon rolls, and more!
- Browse the selection of books and learning materials at the Woods Hole Public Library, which dates back to 1910 and is housed in an iconic stone building.
- Step back in time and indulge in the old-fashioned candy shop on Luscombe Avenue, Candy Go Nuts. Fill your bag and pay by the pound, or get a local ice cream cone from the sweetest spot in town. Save this for last – it’s worth the trip!
With its maritime charm, beautiful beaches, and vibrant cultural scene, Woods Hole offers a delightful summer experience for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure. We hope you have a lovely time discovering this classic Cape Cod village!