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Woods Hole Science Aquarium

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Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great fish tanks for such a small aquarium!

Loved the educational notes, the tanks, the behind the scenes area and the "two finger only" touch... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Trabuco Canyon, California
Vacation visit

Good for families. Interesting and it won’t bore the kids. It is not very big but has some... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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This aquarium offers visitors the chance to watch the seals being fed.
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166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
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All reviews fish touch tank sea life behind the scenes harbor seals rainy day great for kids donations accepted second floor free admission blue lobster great place to visit small place aquatic animals quick stop fun to watch off season
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would have been disappointed with the small size and diversity compared to much larger aquariums we have visited, but it was free and was still interesting.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tutter2
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Loved the educational notes, the tanks, the behind the scenes area and the "two finger only" touch tanks. We had no kids with us and it met our curiosity just fine. I appreciate them making this a public space and I'd love to see even...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anonymous855
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We toured this free aquarium... donations requested but not required Saw east coast sea life that we had never seen, being “west coasters” all our lives. Well worth it, especially for families with young children. A few “touch” tanks.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank chrissyb622
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

You get to see a good selection of local fish, crabs, lobster etc. - some very pretty ones and some less so (the Black Sea bass for example). Their couple of seals unfortunately died and they didn’t yet get new ones. Don’t miss going upstairs...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lachbus
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Good for families. Interesting and it won’t bore the kids. It is not very big but has some beautiful fish and exhibits. It can be seen in less than an hour.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank PattieF
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Not really an "aquarium" as one would think of an aquarium but a great place for children. The best part isn't the simple fish tanks but going upstairs and interacting with the staff who are helpful with all of the questions. A great place

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ruckuspup
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Great take with young children. The seal pond in front is a lot of fun for the kids. Parking in Woods Hole is challenging. There are several good restaurants near buy and they are an easy walk from the aquarium.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank jbbuckaroo
Reviewed 30 August 2018

This little aquarium is run by the National Fisheries. It has local history, info on how fishing developed there around Georges Bank, and even fish in tanks. Great for kids. It is free with donations accepted.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Cyane G
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

It was great going to some place where they don’t have their hand out for money. Parking is scarce It was full of large local fish and other oceAn life. Great for kids. My only complaint would be that it would be nice to have...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank USMCRip
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Visited with two young kids. Though the place is small, our kids had fun. 30-45 mins to see the whole aquarium. It is free but pay what you want.

Date of experience: August 2018
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yehuda k
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Great place for the young folks! Some exhibits are hands on, but this is not the New England Aquarium :-) An hour would do it. Walk around the corner to the docks and check out the working boats too, this should keep them... More