Why We Love Living in Woods Hole

Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

While the village may be small in size and population, Woods Hole is overflowing with charm. This small village got its start with fishing and farming in the late 1600s.

While part of the Town of Falmouth, the small village is actually a few miles away from the downtown area. Woods Hole sits on Cape Cod’s southwest tip, and only takes up about two square miles of land. 

The population more than doubled in the 1800s, thanks in part to the whaling industry. Affluent Boston and New York residents eventually began snapping up land to build large homes in the area, many of which still stand today. Homes with ocean views tend to sell quickly in Woods Hole.

Historic homes & buildings

If you’re interested in seeing some historic architecture, Bradley House is one of the oldest homes in the village. Dating back to the early 1800s, the old sea captain’s home is now used by the Woods Hole Historical Museum.


A big focus, of course, is on the waterfront. This is the downtown section of Woods Hole, where you’ll find a dozen waterfront restaurants. You can also catch a ferry from here to Martha’s Vineyard, which is only about 45 minutes away and can transport private vehicles.


Of course, if tennis and golf are more your speed, there’s the Woods Hole Golf Club. This private golf course is the second oldest on Cape Cod. For additional options in outdoor recreation, there’s the nearly 11-mile-long Shining Sea Bikeway. The paved trail runs from Woods Hole to North Falmouth. 

Things to do & see

There’s also a small aquarium in Woods Hole, which brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer season. It’s the oldest public aquarium in the nation. There are several marine science institutions and labs in Woods Hole too, which reportedly draw in researchers from around the world to this tiny village.

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