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.

Shining Sea Bikeway

Shining Sea Bikeway
Shining Sea Bikeway
Shining Sea Bikeway

Need a little activity on your Cape Cod holiday?

The Palmer House Inn is right next to the Shining Sea Bikeway. Guests may borrow one of the bicycles from the Inn (first come basis). This winding bike path takes you passed beaches, ponds and marshes.

One of my favorite trips is to ride to Woods Hole (a little over 4 miles) for lunch at the Captain Kidd. It’s a great place to sit on the deck watching the boats in the harbor while having a pub lunch. If you’re looking for seafood for lunch Landfall Restaurant is another favorite.

Woods Hole Aquarium Seal Pool
Woods Hole Aquarium Seal Pool

Don’t forget to stop by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Museum and Seal Tank. They sometimes have recovering wild seals so remember to be quiet when you approach the tank.

Shining Sea Bike Path
Shining Sea Bike Path in Fall

Just opened this spring is an additional eight miles of the bikeway. It takes you north, past beautiful vistas of the bay and ends in the charming village of North Falmouth. There you can have a cone at Smitty’s Ice Cream or lunch in the old caboose at the Silver Lounge. Before you start your return journey be sure to stop in Uncle Bill’s Store. When ever I go there I am sure to find something that the Inn just can’t do without.