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Find a favorite Cape Cod hangout at Woods Hole

Discover New England at Woods Hole, a scenic Cape Cod getaway that charms travelers with its enticing blend of unspoiled beaches, waterfront restaurants and year-round recreation. From days spent hunting for starfish and hermit crabs along Stony Beach to lazy excursions along the Shining Sea Bike Path, there's no shortage of activities on offer. Whether you're enjoying a little downtime with family or hanging out with friends, Woods Hole vacation rentals serve up the perfect base for your stay. You'll find many come complete with peek-a-boo views of the Vineyard Sound.

Things to do

Discover the ocean depths at Woods Hole

If you want to earn a generous helping of brownie points from the kids, then a trip to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium is a must. America's oldest aquarium, and open to visitors from Tuesday through Saturday all year round, this family-friendly spot offers a popular seal feeding experience and the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the tanks. At the Oceanographic Exhibit Center, around the corner on School Street, the maritime-themed fun continues with a chance to take a dive in Alvin, a full-scale replica of the first submersible to explore the wreckage of the ill-fated Titanic.

Activities

Endless outdoor fun in Woods Hole

Outdoor time is something you're going to want to place firmly on the agenda during a getaway to Woods Hole, and whether it's feeding the mallards from the village's working drawbridge, finding the perfect picnic spot on Stony or Nobska beaches or soaking up the views of the elegant waterfront homes as you cycle past the woods and wetlands flanking the Shining Sea Bike Path, there's no end of options on the table. Once you're done, head to the village for a steaming coffee to go before letting the kids loose on the pirate play structure at the public ballpark.

Weather

Seasonal draws in Woods Hole

Vacations here are an option all year round, though sunseekers will want to visit over the summer months of July and August when the village is a bustling hub of fishermen, foodies and strollers keen to enjoy the sunny weather. If fewer crowds sounds appealing, then a visit during May or June or in the fall months of September and October, is often a good bet. These so-called shoulder seasons boast still-pleasant temperatures and may even reward your flexibility with a more attractive rate for your preferred Woods Hole vacation rental.

Natural features

Exciting day trips from Woods Hole

While Woods Hole is far from just a pass-through for the Vineyard Ferry, it's worth making the most of the proximity to Martha's Vineyard. The Island Queen Ferry departs daily from the nearby Falmouth Harbor, offering the chance to experience a different flavor of Cape Cod, namely one that counts sandy beaches, iconic lighthouses and the country's oldest operating carousel among its highlights. The scenic ferry ride takes just 35 minutes, leaving plenty of room for you to explore the island and be back in your Woods Hole vacation rental in time for a nightcap.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Woods Hole

Fly into Vineyard Haven, MA (MVY-Martha's Vineyard), the closest airport, located 9.9 mi (15.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into New Bedford, MA (EWB-New Bedford Regional), which is 18.2 mi (29.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Woods Hole?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 167 vacation rentals near Woods Hole. From 133 Houses to 17 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Woods Hole for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Woods Hole?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Woods Hole:

  • Osterville: 310 vacation rentals
  • Buzzards Bay: 227 vacation rentals
  • Katama: 320 vacation rentals
  • Falmouth Heights: 350 vacation rentals
  • Cotuit: 476 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Woods Hole?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Woods Hole. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Nobska Lighthouse: 2,590 vacation rentals
  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium: 2,554 vacation rentals
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: 2,804 vacation rentals
  • Marine Biological Laboratory: 2,561 vacation rentals
  • Woods Hole Historical Museum: 2,573 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Woods Hole listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Woods Hole?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 133 Houses in Woods Hole. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Woods Hole include:

  • Bungalows: 17 rentals available
  • Cottages: 17 rentals available
  • Cabins: 17 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Woods Hole?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Woods Hole. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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