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Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries

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#6 of 13 things to do in Woods Hole Features Animals
166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
+1 508-495-2001
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aquarium of,the national marine fisheries

A small aquarium/research/rehabilitation facility is perfect to visit when you go to Woods Hole... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2017
Buffalo, New York
A Great Take with Children in Woods Hole!

A really nice low key aquarium with lots of tanks full of different species of fish. Just enough to... read more

Reviewed April 26, 2017
South Shore, MA
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The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for children.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“small pool” (2 reviews)
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166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
+1 508-495-2001
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Reviewed June 9, 2017

A small aquarium/research/rehabilitation facility is perfect to visit when you go to Woods Hole, Mass. In the tiny downtown area, the 2 story building houses mostly Atlantic fish, and other sea creatures in interesting tank displays with good information. Models of sea turtles and the...More

Thank Weeat4fun
Reviewed April 26, 2017

A really nice low key aquarium with lots of tanks full of different species of fish. Just enough to keep young children interested. Upstairs they have a touch tank which is a big hit with kids! It is free but nice to drop a donation...More

1  Thank ShelSouthShore_MA
Reviewed April 1, 2017

We drove here for the grandchildren to see fish because the Aqarium in Boston was so busy on Sunday we didn't see half of the displays. This is nice, small aquarium to visit. You can even go to the 2nd floor to see down into...More

Thank CharleneF4
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Great fish to view, excellent displays and a fun visit to the second floor to touch some sea creatures and view the tanks from above.

Thank keylon
Reviewed January 7, 2017

I learned a lot about their conservation efforts and the ongoing studies that they are conducting. It was interesting to also be able to see into the aquarium exhibits by looking from the top down into the aquarium.

Thank Arl V
Reviewed November 6, 2016

Small but very interesting aquarium specializing in local marine species. The best part of visiting this place is the area where the aquarium adjoins the working area of the marine biologists who work here. There is a small pool where creatures can be gently touched...More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed October 22, 2016

The aquarium had a nice selection of sea creatures. There are steps if this is a problem, but those areas can be avoided if necessary.

Thank Noreen M
Reviewed September 26, 2016

Nice little place. Not big but informative. Worth a visit while in Woods hole. The area is within walking distance of Woods Hole Science Museum.

Thank pat d
Reviewed September 16, 2016

As you don't have to pay anything, its for sure worth the money. Quiet a few fish though in the tough tank (that's why we came) there were only a few crabs and some small fish.

Thank Matilda F
Reviewed September 13, 2016

The prices is right as it is free. A great attraction that although small, is highly informative, highly interactive, and has super staff even this is mostly self guided. Can get a little crowded on rainy days.

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Pam B
May 17, 2017|
Response from ShelSouthShore_MA | Reviewed this property |
HI it is a free exhibit, they do have a donation area if you wish!
September 17, 2016|
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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
I believe the comments from Lou Y are correct. My sense is that this is more of a science and study center for the National Marine Fisheries than a aquarium build just for tourists. I still recommend you go, however its... More