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Woods Hole Aquarium

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Address: 166 Water St., Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
Phone Number: 508-495-2000
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: This aquarium offers visitors the chance to watch the seals being fed.

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Marginally interesting, but Woods Hole parking is extremely tight.

Like nice restaurants. Dislike parking. Be prepared to go around in circles for fifteen or twnty minutes. One way street make things even worse.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Like nice restaurants. Dislike parking. Be prepared to go around in circles for fifteen or twnty minutes. One way street make things even worse.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went to the NOAA run Woods Hole Science Aquarium, before heading back toward Boston, to check out the blue lobster; only to find out that it had died last year. 😞 However there was an exhibit that really fascinated me: the Chain Dogfish egg sacs. You can see the developing pups wiggling around in them...like little aliens. Very very cool.... More 

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Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Free (donations cheerfully accepted) friendly staff, and excellent self-guided tours of marine research in progress. Be sure to catch the harbor seals out front being fed several times daily. Your federal tax dollars at work in a good way.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I'm so glad we visited at this time of year. We got to see the live egg cases of these small chain-marked sharks. It takes 250 days for the pups to hatch so check it out if you're in Woods Hole. It's fun, FREE and educational.

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Riverview, Florida
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594 reviews 594 reviews
162 attraction reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

A small aquarium but for free you can't beat the educational experience fish from various regions some I hadn't seen before also seal feeding and training

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Falmouth
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126 reviews 126 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Actually, as an adult we enjoy going and reminding ourselves just how wonderful the sea is to us. It's small and parking is limited but it doesn't take all day and you learn a lot.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

And it's absolutely free but so nice that you really want to leave a generous donation. They have the obligatory seals and some tropical fish. However, what interested us most were the displays of local Atlantic fish -- often not so decorative as the tropical you'll find at any fancy aquarium -- but absolutely fascinating!!!

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Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This was a small, but nicely done aquarium. Our kids enjoyed the seals and their training session, especially after watching Dolphin Tale and seeing how centers like this take care of aquatic animals that cannot survive in the wild. We visited on a cold and sunny day in late March. There was plenty of street parking just before 11:00. I... More 

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Hamilton
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Visited early at the opening to catch the seal feeding at 11:00 a.m. Staff opened the outdoor seal enclosure early to allow the handful of folks to see the seals getting anxious for their morning meal. Great information about the 2 non-releasable seals there. Once inside the displays, both static and live, were very interesting, educational and fun. I really... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This aquarium was smaller than expected but that made for a nice close-up experience for the kids. There are some exhibit tanks and a nice touch tank as well as seals in an outdoor tank. Feedings daily. It was nice to venture down to Falmouth and find some new places to visit.

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