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Woods Hole Drawbridge

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Address: 77 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1025
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Just watching people's reactions to being stuck on one side of the bridge or another is worth this. Explaining that you are three minutes late for a coveted dinner reservation due... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Margaret F
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just watching people's reactions to being stuck on one side of the bridge or another is worth this. Explaining that you are three minutes late for a coveted dinner reservation due to the drawbridge, and you just get a shoulder shrug. Happens all the time!

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Thank Margaret F
Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A quaint old fashion draw bridge in the center of town on Main Street. It is an attraction unto itself. It allows sail boats from the marina area to the open water. Very picturesque and good opportunities for photos. Adjacent to many good restaurants too. One of the few bridges of this type run by humans in the area. Fun... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Watching the bridge go up is a great activity - one that kids love. You get to see the beautiful sailboats enter and leave the eel pond and check out the social justice graffiti on the underside of the bridge! Apparently it changes every summer.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Gloucester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set your timepieces, the bridge goes up every 30 minutes in summer. I think this creates a wonderful rhythm to Woods Hole. You gotta get from one side to the other on time. We are people who keep a boat in Eel Pond, so our day revolves around the bridge. "Gotta make the 10:30 bridge". The bridge tenders have a... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In the summer, the Drawbridge operates every half hour from 6am to 9 pm when requested by a boat. Boats must signal the bridge tender with 4 short blasts. We learned from the locals while waiting for the bridge, before the drawbridge was built, ships were built with collapsible masts to get under it. Great place to get a close... More 

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Bennington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we where heading out of town, the bridge was in use and was raised to let a fishing boat pass. After that we decided to stop and have a closer look. Worth the stop very friendly workers.

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Thank Jayims
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wouldn't make a special trip to Woods Hole for the drawbridge, but if you're with kids while in town, you should time it so you can see the bridge go up and down. The kids loved it as it all happened pretty quickly and there wasn't a lot of waiting. We took some nice pics and off we went.

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Thank GRLTRAV
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a drawbridge. It goes up, ships pass, it goes down. It was going up as we were on our way to another attraction. The police actually unlock the gate when it comes back down

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Thank Kimberly R
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We have been to Woods Hole countless times but have never seen the drawbridge go up until our most recent visit. It was great to watch the road go up and the sailboat go through. All traffic is stopped including pedestrian traffic so it makes it fun for everyone.

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Thank toby5229
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice photo op as the bridge goes up to let the boats go by... I like looking at the water level as there is a yellow "measuring tape" on the sea wall .

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