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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
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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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Entertaining and Educational

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 November 2016
Patricia S
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Arkansas
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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.

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Thank Arl V
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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!

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Thank Patricia S
Poughkeepsie, New York
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213 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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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Thank Noreen M
Maryland Line, Maryland
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 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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Thank Matilda F
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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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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54 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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Thank Robert S
Whitehall, Michigan
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136 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 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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