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Frequently Asked Questions

Taking a vacation to Cape Cod is the perfect way to explore New England culture and some of the most famous attractions on the east coast. We are here to answer your questions regarding our corner of the cape and what to expect when you visit!  

What are some fun things to do in Woods Hole?

There are so many great things to do. Our favorites include: Going to the Woods Hole Aquarium, touring the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, riding a bike, or walking the Shining Sea Bike Path. 
There are also a dozen different eateries, enjoying the beaches or using the year-round steamship ferry port to head to Martha’s Vineyard during peak season. Feel free to ask our front desk for more fun options!   

Are Falmouth and Woods Hole the same? 

Woods Hole is one of eight villages within the town of Falmouth.

Where is Woods Hole, MA?

Woods Hole lies at the southwest corner of Cape Cod. The town is located just about 2 hours south of Boston.

Where do I park here in Woods Hole?

We offer free parking to registered guests in our lot.

Where can I grab breakfast within walking distance?

Pie in the Sky & Coffee Obsession.

Where can I get a nice cocktail in Woods Hole?

Landfall, Captain Kidd, Water Street Kitchen, Shuckers

How do I get to Martha’s Vineyard?

Grab a ticket from the ferry terminal (called the Steamship Authority) and hop on the ferry as a walk-on passenger or bring your vehicle. The airport is an 8-10 minute walk from the Treehouse Lodge. Ferries run approximately hourly from 6 am to 10 pm daily, year-round.

How much are the ferry tickets? 

Children’s tickets are $10.50, and adult tickets are $20 per person for a round-trip passenger ticket.

Should I take my car on the ferry?

Car tickets cost $196 and up. Reservations are important in the summer months—$ 98-$125 one way, depending on the time of year. 

Is there a market in Woods Hole?

Yes, Woods Hole Market. A 10-12 minute walk from the Treehouse Lodge.

I want to explore the Shining Sea Bike Path; where can I get a bike?

The Treehouse Lodge offers fun cruiser bikes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Grab a bike from us and hop on the bike path entrance in front of the ferry terminal to explore for a few minutes or the entire day.

What fun things can I do with kids?

The Woods Hole Aquarium is fun – This small, unique aquarium is open from 11 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday year-round (closed all federal holidays). The WHOI Exhibit Center is available in season and has exhibits on the Titanic, ocean life, and the submersibles that explore the ocean floor. Monday through Saturday, 10:30-4:00 p.m.

Where can I go whale watching close by?

We recommend setting up your whale-watching adventure with us before your stay. Hyannis Whale Watch cruises (50 min drive) is our recommended company; we offer a significant discount if you book through us. Other great tours are with Captain John’s in Plymouth (50 min drive), or watches are leaving Provincetown (over a 2-hour drive). 

Where is the closest beach?

Two beaches are within walking distance of the Treehouse Lodge: Nobska Beach is .5 miles (about 12 minute walk). This looks out to Vineyard Sound and gets the prevailing southwesterly breeze. The sand is nice, but it’s a bit rocky getting in. There are no facilities here. Stoney Beach is 1 mile in the opposite direction. This is good on a day when the wind blows from the southwest. There is lots of sand, and it’s great for kids. There are freshwater showers here to rinse off. There are port-a-potties. We offer beach buggy services to and from the beach from 10-6