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“Super cool (albeit quaint) & free aquarium”

Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries
Ranked #6 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole
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Owner description: The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for children.
Reviewed 21 April 2013

Another must-do for families staying in or around Falmouth. We rented bicycles in Falmouth & took the Shining Sea Bikeway to Woods Hole & enjoyed this free! aquarium. It's very small but is actually a great size for the littlest ones.
We got there at 11am -- the time they feed the 2 seals (11 am & 4 pm). This was really special to see because you can get so close to them & they do a great job explaining what they're doing & about seals & how these 2 arrived at the aquarium.
There's also a small area where kids can touch star fish & crabs, which our son greatly enjoyed.
Such a fun spot for families.

3  Thank Nicole R
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

I've been going to the Wood's Hole Aquarium for ages, first as a young adult, then with my children and now with my grandchild. It's a wonderful experience for child and adult alike. Check the times so you can arrive to see the two harbor seals being fed. This is a real treat. They are beautiful animals to watch swim and perform . The first floor is devoted to sea life behind glass enclosures. The second floor has some hands on areas which is great for the kids. It's a small aquarium but very well run and educational...and it's FREE.

4  Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

Free and awesome. Grandparents and parents should take advantage of this wonderful spot. So much to see and learn from. Not a world class aquarium but a true learning experience in a "true" place of learning. I love the setting... the ships that are used to do the exploration/experimentation are docked for you to see. Very inspirational!

4  Thank DebTrips
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

People should know that there is another review page for this attraction under "Woods Hole Aquarium." I reviewed this depressing place already on that other review page. (My review is called "NOAA should be ashamed.")

1  Thank ConnecticutLocavore
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

a classic, not to be missed by young and old,...fascinating creatures from actual scientific adventures, shared on a human scale...Sometimes less is more..and this little place is a GEM!

3  Thank nananina50
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