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“Don't miss this little gem!”

Woods Hole Science Aquarium
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole
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Owner description: This aquarium offers visitors the chance to watch the seals being fed.
Reviewed 2 August 2011

We went to this aquarium without really knowing what to expect. We absolutely loved it. Each tank is pretty small, but that just allowed us to get good looks at each animal or fish. The explanations on the aquariums were quite helpful.

The best part is the second half, though, when you get to walk past the backs of the tanks! You can see how the tanks work, and get top-down views of the fish. There are also touch tanks, and a tank full of horseshoe crabs. Very fun!

This aquarium is not fancy at all. Don't expect anything like the Boston or Atlanta aquariums. No one is trying to impress you to death. But it is tremendously informative and well worth the hour or two it will take.

2  Thank PeachtreeMom4
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

nice for kids who just went to see fish and are curious . They have a spot where. You can feel some water animals.good if u don't want to go to a huge aquarium

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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

2  Thank Ian F
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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.

1  Thank jmac0126
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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.

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