Where do I park my car in Woods Hole?
There are 110-metered spots in the village of Woods Hole. The Woods Hole Business Association operates three additional Parking lots:
- The Dwyer Dock lot (just before the drawbridge on the left on Water Street) is open after 5 pm nightly and on Saturday and Sunday days for a fee.
- The MBL Lilly lot (Located about 150 yards on the right after the draw bridge) is open Saturday nights for a fee.
- The Fisheries lot (located after waterfront park on the left) is open Friday night and also Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 am, free of charge.
Can I walk or bike to Woods Hole? Where do I park my car in Woods Hole?
Yes! Visit our Biking page for more information. Woods Hole is three miles from Falmouth, and the Shining Sea Bike Way runs along the beach making it a very pleasant journey. There are several free parking lots in Falmouth, West Falmouth (about 6 miles) and North Falmouth (11 miles) designed for park and ride.
» Download Shining Sea Bikeway Map (pdf)
Is there a beach near Woods Hole?
There are two beaches that are easy walks from the center of Woods Hole. Nobska Beach (0.5 miles) looks out at Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Sound and the ferries crossing to the island. There is limited parking at Nobska, but it is an easy walk from the center of Woods Hole.
Stoney Beach (0.5 miles) faces Buzzards Bay and is especially great for kids as the water remains shallow for a ways out. There is a small parking lot at Stoney, and you must have a Falmouth beach sticker or day pass ($10) which is available at the Beach House on Surf Drive. There are lifeguards at Stoney Beach in summer, as well as bathroom facilities and free freshwater showers.
Is there any place to get something to eat?
Woods Hole is packed with restaurants, bakeries and cafes. In fact, there are more water front restaurants clustered together here than in any other Upper Cape town! Check here for a full list of Woods Hole eateries.
Are there public bathrooms?
The public restrooms at the Steamship Authority are located to the right of the ticket lines.
Where can I get a boat slip for the night?
Woods Hole has several marinas that rent slips and moorings both in Eel Pond and Great Harbor. Please see listings here.
Where can I launch my boat?
The town dock has a boat ramp on Albatross Street, next to the Woods Hole Aquarium. Short tie-ups are allowed on the town dock. Parking for boat trailers can be arranged in Falmouth.
Where can I tie up my boat or dinghy when I stop off in Woods Hole?
There are short-term tie ups available in front of the drawbridge and at the Town Dock (near the Fisheries and Aquarium on Great Harbor). Woods Hole is well stocked with boating supplies, see here for a list of services.
What is open in the off-season?
Some of Woods Hole’s restaurants, shops, and inns stay open during the off-season. For year-round dining, visit Pie in the Sky, Coffee Obsession, or the Quahog Republic Leeside Pub. For year-round shopping, pop into Under the Sun or Masterson Made. And for your off-season stay, book a room at the Woods Hole Passage or Woods Hole Inn. Many other businesses stay open into late fall or early winter including Landfall, Captain Kidd, Water Street Kitchen, and Woods Hole Market for dining and Inlet for shopping. Please visit our What’s Open page or the business’s website to see updated hours.