“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
Woods Hole is a salty, sea spray village that brings the Nobel Laureate and the local fisherman together in harmony. It is a village of the past, with many seafaring tales, and it is a village of the future. The scientific community includes: the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Sea Education Association and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, renowned for finding the Titanic and for the deep diving research submarine, ALVIN. Visit the Oceanographic's Exhibit Center on School Street. The National Marine Fisheries maintains a small aquarium on Albatross Street. It is said to be the oldest aquarium in the country and "petting" the fish is permissible! It is also home to the first Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome.
In the summer, Woods Hole bustles with visitors, shoppers, scientists and residents. Many are passengers waiting for the next ferry to the island of Martha's Vineyard. Year round connections are available to "the Vineyard" and to the island of Nantucket. The Falmouth Road Race starts in Woods Hole.
It is a strolling village, easily reached in the summer aboard the "WHOOSH" trolley or by the "Shining Sea Bikepath," both of which originate in the town of Falmouth. As you amble about the village, you'll discover many great eating places and unique shops and galleries. A short walk will bring you past the U.S. Coast Guard base, or hike a little further along the beach road, Church Street, to historic Nobska Lighthouse for sensational views of Vineyard Sound, Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard.
Other places to include in your visit to the Woods Hole area: The secluded secret held by Spohr's Garden on Fells Road is hard to find, but the spring sea of daffodils in this waterfront garden is spectacular. A visit to the Bradley House Museum to explore the history of whaling and the Woods Hole Historical Collection is a "must" for history buffs. Serene Quissett Harbor is perfect for peaceful walks any time of the year. Just follow the path that leads to the "Knob," a little chunk of land overlooking Buzzards Bay and perfect for viewing spectacular sunsets.
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