NOAA Fisheries Aquarium US Map & Phone & Address
166 Water St, Woods Hole; (508) 548-7684
Woods Hole is more than just a place to catch a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard; it’s also well-known as a hotbed of marine biology. Here at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Aquarium, you can see over 100 different varieties of marine life, most hailing from the waters of the Northwest Atlantic.
Inhabitants include plenty of fish, of course; not to mention crabs, clams, mussels, (none of which are for eating) corals, and anemones. During the summer, there’s an outdoor pool of playful seals; try to get there during feeing times at 11 am. or 3 p.m. when staffers coax the seals into performing tricks for their supper. Inside, a hands-on tank is filled with snails, crabs, and other creepy-crawlies. Kids love it And parents love the free admission.
Hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the summer, and the same hours Mondays through Fridays only during the off-season. Admission is free.