Local Area Information

MBL and Eel Pond
Credit: Tom Kleindinst

Visit our directions page for details on how to get here.

Local Accommodations:
If you will have visitors, please remind them to make reservations for accommodations early. The Cape fills up quickly! MBL does not offer housing to visitors, but there are hotels located a short distance away.

Please visit our local hotels page or the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce website for other suggestions.

A branch of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank is located on Water Street in Woods Hole. An ATM machine is available there as well as at the Steamship Authority (down at the dock), and outside the Woods Hole Market.

Faxing services are available at the Woods Hole Public Library.

The Captain Kidd
Coffee Obsession
Jimmy's Classic Eats
Landfall Restaurant
Leeside Pub (formerly Quicks Hole Tavern)
Pie in the Sky Bakery
Shuckers World Famous Raw Bar
Quicks Hole Taqueria
Water Street Kitchen and Bar
Woods Hole Market & Provisions
For more information on local eateries, visit http://woodshole.com/eat/.


There is a wonderful weekly farmer’s market in downtown Falmouth every Thursday on Main Street, near the Public Library.

Convenience Stores:


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution:
Visitor Center, Gift Shop and Walking Tours

NOAA maintains the Woods Hole Science Aquarium right across the street from the MBL campus.  It’s a great activity for children. 

For information on Falmouth beaches click here.  

Bike paths:
The Shining Sea Bikeway is a paved, multi-use trail that runs 10.7 miles from North Falmouth to Woods Hole. It is the only bikeway on Cape Cod that has a section along the seashore. Bicycle rentals are available in Falmouth at http://www.cornercycle.com/.

Children's Programs:
Children’s School of Science offers 3- and 6-week hands-on sciences courses for children ages 7-16. Falmouth Academy Summer Camp, located ~5 miles from the MBL campus and accessible by bike path, provides week-long children’s athletic and creative summer programs.

Woods Hole Village:
The village of Woods Hole has an outstanding public library, a post office, a small market, a coffee shop, a package store, a bakery, candy and ice cream shops, several restaurants (take-out and sit down from casual to tablecloths), and a weekend market in the old Woods Hole Fire Station that sells fresh produce and occasional baked goods. See link for village information at http://www.woodshole.com. It is the home of the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, the Woods Hole Film Festival, and the Woods Hole Community Association, which holds a variety of cultural events each summer.

Art, Music and Theater:
Cape Cod and Falmouth are home to many art, music, and theater events during the summer:
Falmouth Visitor
Trip Advisor

Cape Cod Baseball League:
There is a truly American summer baseball league for college level all-stars, many of whom end up on major league teams. The Cape Cod Baseball League has a Falmouth team that plays at the Gus Canty Recreation Center field in downtown Falmouth; donations accepted for admission.