Welcome to Woods Hole


Indeed, Woods Hole is home to one of the most prestigious marine research facilities in the world. Research at the private, nonprofit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI; pronounced 'hooey') has run the gamut, from exploring the sunken Titanic to studying global warming. With dozens of buildings and laboratories, and staff and students numbering about 1000 (including world-class scientists and engineers, and Nobel laureates), it's the largest independent oceanographic institution in the US. A number of other scientific facilities and organizations have a presence in Woods Hole.


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$97 Day Trips & Excursions

Boston To Martha's Vineyard Day Trip

Your day will start by being picked up at your hotel between 6:45 and 7:30am, depending on stop quantity and location. Complimentary snacks, water, maps and discount food cards are included on all vehicles used for travel. You’ll be transported to the Martha’s Vineyard Steamship Authority ferry in Woods Hole, MA. Before boarding, you are welcome to enjoy Woods Hole shopping or breakfast if you like. The vessel will leave at 9:30am. You will take an enjoyable 45 minute ferry ride to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard. Food and drinks are available on the ferry, at your own expense. Inside air-conditioned seating as well as outside sun deck seating is available. There is plenty of room on this vessel to explore and take many pictures.  Upon arrival to Martha’s Vineyard, you will have approximately 6 hours to explore the beautiful island. Guests who have chosen to take the 3 hour island tour, will be greeted directly at the ferry dock. Everyone will depart Martha’s Vineyard at 3:45pm on the Steamship Authority ferry. Upon arrival to Woods Hole, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Boston.

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Exercise, Fun, Sightseeing!

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Shining Sea Bikeway - North Falmouth ParkingFor this tour, we can start at the Shining Sea Bikeway in North Falmouth and bike or rollerblade to Woods Hole. It takes about an hour at a moderate pace. We can walk through Woods Hole, maybe go the aquarium and have lunch, and then we will bike or rollerblade back to North Falmouth, or you can take off on your own to Martha's Vineyard.