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, www.oceanquest.org


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.

Places to Visit in Woods Hole

Woods Hole is one of the seven villages of Falmouth. There are a number of places to visit and many good restaurants.

There is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Exhibit Center & Gift Shop. It is open year-round.

The Woods Hole Historical Museum is open from mid-June to mid-October.

Ocean Quest is open from mid-June through August. They have wonderful scientific cruses.

The Marine Biological Laboratories Robert W. Pierce Visitors Center is open April through October.

The National Marine Fisheries Service Aquarium is closed only on federal holidays.

Four of the best restaurants are Landfall, The Phusion Grille, The Fish Monger, and Captain Kid’s. All have lovely water views.