Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center

The center is open from June 23-Oct. 24 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.Tours are held daily at 2:00 PM. The Center is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. The reception areas surrounding the canal include picnic areas, a herring run and two bicycle trails. Visitors can watch large vessels navigate the canal waters. Summer programs include guided walks and bicycle tours.There are also exhibits about the history and running of the canal. For more information:

Ocean Quest in Woods Hole

Cape Cod's Ocean Quest boat

Ocean Quest in Woods Hole is a non-profit, hands on discovery cruise where people of all ages can explore the living ocean.

Cape Cod's Ocean Quest boat
Ocean Quest. Photo 2011.

It is dedicated to quality marine education 1992. Participants cruise station to station aboard the Venture Inn II and enjoy the scenic beauty of Woods Hole. A Discovery Cruse introduces the major disciplines within oceanography. You can become actively involved manipulating equipment, collecting data, and discovering the wonders of ocean science. You can haul a lobster trap, pull a plankton net or reach into the live tank and learn about the natural history of the sea life you capture. (All organisms are safely handled and returned to their natural habitat at the end of each day.) Each discovery cruse is unique. The staff will guide you through discovery and exploration that is relevant, comprehensive and interesting.

The Venture Inn II is docked just 4 miles from the Palmer House the cruse is a great activity for your check-in afternoon. (Be sure to call ahead for reservations.) For more information contact: 800-376-2326,


Cape Cod's Emily Dickinson Room Five
Cape Cod’s Emily Dickinson Room Five

The Palmer House Inn is located just a couple miles from the village of Woods Hole. While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room or the Emily Dickinson room. Both rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your sea-going adventures.

Kayak the Cape

The Cape is a kayaker’s paradise.

To push-off from shore and explore any of the fresh or salt waterways is to see Cape Cod in its essential nature. Always remember to pack water, a hat and sunscreen and plan ahead so the tides work with you.

Two local kayak locations are: Cape Cod Kayak in nearby Cataumet (508) 563- 9377 and Cape Cod Watersports at old Silver Beach in North Falmouth (508) 801-9377. Cape Cod Watersports also has kite surfing, wind surfing, sailing and paddle boats.