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Aquarium of the National Marine Fisheries

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Address: 166 Water St, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1026
Phone Number: +1 508-495-2001
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11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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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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Great little aquarium with lots of surprising

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Maryland Line, Maryland
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Mannheim, Germany
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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Westborough MA
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49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Whitehall, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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1 Thank CaRrOl055
Norfolk, Massachusetts
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236 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 allows more time to watch the sea lions. there is a few parking spots and... More 

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Adams, Massachusetts
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 feel rushed or overwhelmed. And all for free!

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