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24 Hours in Woods Hole, MA

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If your journey brings you through Woods Hole before hopping on or off to Martha’s Vineyard, don't miss the chance to explore this charming coastal village. Whether you're arriving or departing, there's plenty to discover in just 24 hours. Here's a thrilling itinerary to ensure you make the most of your time in this delightful seaside gem.


Grab Breakfast at Pie in the Sky: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at this local favorite bakery. Their pastries and coffee are the perfect fuel for your adventures ahead.

Visit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI): Dive into the fascinating world of ocean exploration with a visit to WHOI. Check out their exhibits, learn about marine research, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a real research vessel!

Late Morning/Early Afternoon:

Stroll around Eel Pond: Take a leisurely walk around Eel Pond, soaking in the charming waterfront views and watching the boats go by. It's a serene spot to relax and enjoy the coastal atmosphere.

Explore the Woods Hole Science Aquarium: Head over to the aquarium, operated by NOAA, to see an array of marine life native to New England waters. From seals to sea stars, there's plenty to see and learn about.


Lunch at Quicks Hole Taqueria: Refuel with a hearty lunch at Quicks Hole Taqueria, known for its fresh seafood and laid-back atmosphere. Don't miss their famous lobster tacos!


Visit Nobska Lighthouse: Take a scenic drive or stroll to Nobska Lighthouse for breathtaking views of Vineyard Sound and Martha's Vineyard. It's a perfect spot for photos and a bit of relaxation.

Explore the Woods Hole Historical Museum: Dive into the history of Woods Hole at this quaint museum. Learn about the village's maritime heritage, scientific endeavors, and local culture through exhibits and artifacts.

Late Afternoon/Evening:

Relax at Stoney Beach: Wind down your day with a visit to Stoney Beach. Whether you want to swim, sunbathe, or simply watch the sunset, it's a serene spot to unwind and reflect on your Woods Hole adventure.

Dinner at Captain Kidd Restaurant & Bar: Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Captain Kidd, a waterfront restaurant serving up fresh seafood and classic New England dishes. Enjoy your meal with views of the harbor and maybe even live music!


Stargazing at Penzance Point: If the weather cooperates, head to Penzance Point for some stargazing. Away from the city lights, it's a great spot to marvel at the night sky and maybe even catch a glimpse of some constellations.

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