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“Small, informative and free”

Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Woods Hole
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Owner description: This aquarium offers visitors the chance to watch the seals being fed.
Concord, New Hampshire
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93 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Small, informative and free”
Reviewed 30 July 2011

It's a small, public aquarium that displays approximately 140 species of marine animals found in Northeast and Middle Atlantic waters. And, it's free. Come on a rainy day or arrive early for your ferry from Wood's Hole and take a half hour to an hour and enjoy the small, informative aquarium. The highlight of a visit, if you time it right, is the 11am and 4pm harbor seal feeding. It's fun, informative and interactive.

Other highlights include: Touch tanks where you may find lobsters, tautogs, quahogs, horseshoe crabs, spider crabs, sea stars (starfish), and hermit crabs. Information about marine animals, marine environments, endangered species, marine science, and resource management issues. Exhibit cases with bones, skulls, and teeth. Animals of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic waters

Visited July 2011
2 Thank Ian F
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“so-so aquarium”
Reviewed 20 July 2011

If you're in Woods Hole, it's worth going to because it's something to do and free, but there's not much going on here except for the touch tank and seals. I wouldn't travel there just for the aquarium.

Visited June 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Brave New World: Woods Hole Explored”
Reviewed 29 December 2010

This isn't the largest or the most elaborate aquarium in America. Still, if you're in the area, it's a nice treat and it's worth a brief visit.... All of Woods Hole can be summarized with a similar description. Unless you're involved with the marine sciences - if so, you already know about the importance of places like WHOI and the MBL - it's unlikely that Woods Hole is your final destination. Still, the village is an intriguing place and it's worth exploring if you're in the area..... Walk around and visit the aquarium, local shops and restaurants, and other attractions. The village has its own library and, nearby, there's a small museum.

According to a local legend, William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" was inspired by an Elizabethan voyage to what is now the Woods Hole area. On New Year's Day, local people march around the village and celebrate, with a reading from "The Tempest" at the end of their revels.

Trying to identify all of the sources of inspiration for a Shakespearean fantasy play is like trying to identify all of the stories that inspired "Avatar" or the "Star Trek" series. Still, "The Tempest" is the right play
for Woods Hole. It's a wonderful play about extreme weather, politics and science, and the uses and abuses of personal power.... That's the story of Woods Hole. It seems right for the 21st century.

3 Thank CelticRambler
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Gaithersburg, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice aquarium, info on local species and marine environment”
Reviewed 25 December 2010

I would like to echo what the previous reviewer wrote, it is a little aquarium, but it is free and it is nice. When you arrive, there is a little history on the aquarium. The tanks have fish that are local. I liked the large turtle shell. Outside there is a seal pool Behind the aqarium, there is a photogenic inlet.

Interesting fact - this is the oldest public aquarium in the US.

4 Thank GAL_Sews
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“A great little aquarium!”
Reviewed 7 August 2010

Woods Hole is an overlooked place on the Cape. So is the Aquarium. And its free!
It may not be the biggest aquarium, but its free! Informative too. There are tanks of local critters and fish, including some you just saw yesterday on the beach. There are touch tanks and some friendly seals, too. And did I mention it is free?
(Drop a little donation at the door, even a buck or two!)
One note: finding parking in Woods Hole is difficult.

4 Thank familytravel13
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