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Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries

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Address: 166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
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+1 508-495-2001
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for...

The oldest aquarium in the U.S. emphasizes learning activities for children.

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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 keep young children interested. Upstairs they have a touch tank which is a big... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
South Shore, MA
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South Shore, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 in the lobster trap!

Thank ShelSouthShore_MA
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23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 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 each display.

Thank CharleneF4
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155 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 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
Princeton, New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 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
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61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 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 and held...very cool!

Thank Patricia S
Poughkeepsie, New York
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218 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 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
Maryland Line, Maryland
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 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
Mannheim, Germany
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149 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 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
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 September 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.

Westborough MA
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 there are some tanks with additional fish and some interesting information on the area but... More 

Thank Robert S

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