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The Best Attractions & Things to do in Woods Hole, MA

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting vacation destination, look no further than Woods Hole, MA! There are many things to do in this charming New England town, from exploring its picturesque beaches to enjoying its vibrant arts scene. And when you stay at the Treehouse Lodge, you’ll be right in the heart of all the action! Read on for a detailed guide to some of the best attractions and things to do in Woods Hole.

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Check out some of the best things to do in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

1. Take A Trip To Martha’s Vinyard 

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If you’re looking for a beautiful and relaxing day trip while in Woods Hole, look no further than Martha’s Vineyard! This charming island just off the coast of Massachusetts is home to stunning beaches, lush forests, and world-class vineyards. 

To get to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole, you can take a quick 45-minute ferry ride which also offers stops at Nantucket and Cuttyhunk. The ferry runs multiple times a day and offers amazing views of the surrounding area on your way to your destination. 

2. Visit Historic Nobska Lighthouse 

The Nobska Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located right here in Woods Hole. It was first built in 1876 and has been lovingly restored to its original condition. The lighthouse is open to the public and offers one-of-a-kind views of the surrounding area. 

 3. Discover The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) 

 The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a world-renowned marine research center located in Woods Hole, MA. Founded in 1930, the institution has played a leading role in many of the most important discoveries about the ocean and its inhabitants.  
 The WHOI offers tours of its facilities to the public and is home to the world’s largest privately owned fleet of research vessels. The institution also operates a marine mammal rescue program and is dedicated to ocean conservation. 

4. Explore The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) 

The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA is an international center for research and education in biological and environmental science, affiliated with the University of Chicago and founded in 1888. 

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The MBL is open to the public and offers tours where you can learn more through their exhibit center and purchase souvenirs from their gift shop! Learn more on their website and pay them a visit while you’re in town! 

More Activities in Woods Hole

1. Visit The Beaches in Woods Hole 

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One of the most popular things to do in Woods Hole is to visit its beautiful beaches! Whether you’re looking to relax on the sand or take a dip in the water, you’ll find plenty of great options here. Be sure to check out Nobska Beach, Quissett Beach, and Eel Pond for some of the best views in town.

2. Bike trails 

Biking is a great way to explore the charming town of Woods Hole. And when you bike the Shining Sea Bikeway, you’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful views in all of New England. Read on for more information about this amazing bike trail. 

3. Visit the Woods Hole Aquarium

Are you looking for a fun and educational activity for the whole family? Look no further than the Woods Hole Aquarium! We have a wide variety of sea life on display, from sharks to seahorses. We guarantee there’s something for everyone. Come and learn about the amazing creatures that call the ocean home.

Events in And Nearby Woods Hole, MA 

1. Whale watching 

Whale watching is another exciting activity to enjoy while you’re in the area. The waters off the coast of Woods Hole are home to a variety of whales, and there’s no better way to see them than from the deck of a boat. Read more here and add this to your itinerary!

2. Cape Cod Marathon Half and Cape Cod Marathon

Looking for a challenge? The Cape Cod Marathon and Cape Cod Half Marathon are annual running events that take place annually in Woods Hole, MA. The marathon was first held in 1998, and the half marathon was added in 2007.  

The courses for both races wind through the picturesque towns of Woods Hole, Falmouth, and Mashpee, and offer runners some of the most beautiful views in all of New England. If you’re looking for a challenge, and an amazing experience, the Cape Cod Marathon is the race for you! 

3. Cape Cod Brew Fest

The Cape Cod Brew Fest is another annual event that takes place in September in Falmouth. The festival was founded in 2014 and has since become a favorite destination for beer lovers from all over New England. 

Close-up cold draft beer on wooden board.

The Cape Cod Brew Fest features beer from some of the best breweries in New England, as well as food from some of the area’s best restaurants. If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to spend a day, the Cape Cod Brew Fest is an event you don’t want to miss! 

4. Woods Hole Film Festival

The Woods Hole Film Festival is another exciting annual event that typically takes place in late July through early August right here in Woods Hole. The festival was founded in 1991 and has since become one of the most respected film festivals in the country. 

The Woods Hole Film Festival offers screenings of both feature films and documentaries, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals. If you’re a fan of film or just looking for a fun and cultured way to spend a few days, the Woods Hole Film Festival is for you! 

5. Falmouth Road Race

Falmouth Road Race is a 7-mile road race held annually on Cape Cod in Falmouth, Massachusetts. It is one of the premier road racing events in the United States and attracts runners from all over the world. The race is held on the second Saturday in August and is one of the largest road races in New England, with over 12,000 runners participating.

6. Strawberry Festival on Cape Cod

Do you have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied? We certainly do!  
The Strawberry Festival on Cape Cod is another early summer, annual event you should consider! The festival features delicious strawberry desserts from some of the best

restaurants on Cape Cod, as well as live music and entertainment. If you’re looking for a fun and delicious way to spend a day, the Falmouth Strawberry Festival is worth a visit! 

Restaurants In and Nearby Woods Hole

1. Enjoy the Best Seafood In New England! 

If you’re looking for a delicious seafood meal while in Woods Hole, you’ll want to check out some of the local restaurants. The Cape Cod region 

is known for its amazing seafood, and Woods Hole is no exception. Find more dining options here.

Read on here for few of our favorite seafood restaurants in Woods Hole.

Shrimp on Bread with Lettuce

2. Wineries and Breweries In Woods Hole

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We’ve also put together a list of our favorite wineries and breweries in the area. There is no shortage of craft beer, top shelf liquor, and delicious wine, regardless of your taste! Would you like to sample beer or wine right by the sea? Add our Classic Picnic By The Sea special to your stay.  

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