This is one world-renowned village at the end of the road.
Four miles south of Falmouth, Woods Hole is more than just a terminus for the Steamship Authority auto and passenger ferries to the Vineyard. It is also home to three major scientific institutions: the National Marine Fisheries Service (“the Fisheries”), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (or WHOI, pronounced hooey), and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Not to mention a kid-friendly aquarium.
Woods Hole, named for the “hole” or passage between Penzance Point and Nonamessett Island, was the site of the first documented European colonist’s landing in the New World. Bartholomew Gosnold arrived here from Falmouth, England, in 1602.
Eel Pond and St Joseph’s Bell Tower
Marine Biological Lab
Pie in the Sky
Spohr GardensWoods Hole Science Aquarium
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Woods Hole Historical Collection
Woods Hole Handworks
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