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Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries

#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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Small with limited attractions - but free!

The aquarium is a short walk from downtown Woods Hole, ther are 2 seals in an smal open water tank... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Robert S
Westborough MA

Arrive before 11 a.m. to watch two seals being fed and hear their story. The aquarium was very... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2016
Carrol D
Kentwood, Michigan
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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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166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
+1 508-495-2001
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The aquarium is a short walk from downtown Woods Hole, ther are 2 seals in an smal open water tank as you enter that you can watch frolic. Although its pretty small and you feel sorry for the seals! Its free to enter, once inside...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Arrive before 11 a.m. to watch two seals being fed and hear their story. The aquarium was very interesting, but three buses full of young school children arrived, so it became noisy and less enjoyable -- but they were having fun.

1  Thank Carrol D
Reviewed 15 June 2016

the outdoor sea lion exhibit is terrific. I could spend all day watching them. the aquarium itself is small but there are a lot of need displays. all in all you can get through it in less than an hour, which is great as it...More

1  Thank Daly64
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Go when they're feeding the seals and then head inside to explore. It's informational and fun. We've been loads of time and kids and adults alike enjoy.

1  Thank vtles
Reviewed 2 May 2016

This free aquarium is well, well staffed and very informative. An outdoor display of seals in their tank is a great draw for all ages.

1  Thank CapeCodBob76
Reviewed 9 April 2016

My wife REALLY enjoyed it because she could take her time and read ALL the signs and information boards and try to identify the fish on display. Amazing that it is manned mostly by volunteers. A wonderful place to spend a few hours and not...More

1  Thank Lou Y
Reviewed 1 April 2016

I like the whale sounding board, we saw an outdoor 2 seal feeding. Many tricks and was laughing when he clapped his front fins like a baby on his back.

1  Thank Timothy E
Reviewed 24 March 2016

The aquarium has 2 seals in an outdoor tank. You can check feeding times and see them fed and perform some tricks as well. Inside, there are many displays of different fishes and shell fish. There is also a wonderful open touching tank where children...More

Thank 508HVB
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Our family enjoyed stopping by and checking out the aquarium. Lots of local Atlantic Ocean fish to check out. The harbor seals are really cool at the entrance. It's worth the stop!

Thank Squat2boyz
Reviewed 27 November 2015

Whether alone or with the kids there's history, panorama, live fish and plenty of educational help. We always enjoy this stop.

Thank Charles S
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Pam B
17 May 2017|
Response from ShelSouthShore_MA | Reviewed this property |
HI it is a free exhibit, they do have a donation area if you wish!
17 September 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