Woods Hole, MA

Welcome to Gay Friendly Woods Hole, Massachusetts…

Woods Hole is a welcoming and wonderful Cape Cod destination for all people, especially the LGBT crowd. Woods Hole may be on the opposite end of the Cape from Provincetown, but shares that town’s open, liberal, end-of-the-road vibe with great beaches, amazing waterfront restaurants and lots of fun things to explore.

Although Woods Hole is one of several villages within the town of Falmouth, it is a unique community unlike any other on Cape Cod. Woods Hole is world-famous as the epicenter of serious science, exemplified by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (think Jacques Cousteau) and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). As you wander the quaint streets and charming back roads, you will encounter many scientists – sometimes bleary-eyed from long hours at the lab.

As a port town possessing a deep water harbor, Woods Hole is a natural choice for scientific inquiry involving oceanographics and marine research.

A Coast Guard Station is nearby, and ferries make the trip back and forth to Martha’s Vineyard.

Summer is the time when Woods Hole comes fully alive. Visitors can partake of waterfront dining, restaurant choices to satisfy every palate, and an after-hours pub atmosphere. Excellent lodging in the area and a myriad of shopping opportunities greet the visitor.

There are two great beaches within walking distance of the village center. Stoney Beach lies on the calm waters of Buzzard’s Bay, and Nobska Beach faces the dominant southwest wind in glorious view of Nobska Lighthouse and Martha’s Vineyard. It is a perfect place to cool off on a hot day.

Beautiful views of beaches and marshes can also be seen on a bike ride along the 11-mile Shining Sea Bike Path, which ends In Woods Hole.

When the kids get tired of beach time, they can visit the free aquarium in Woods Hole, where seals are fed each day. A Titanic exhibit can be found at the Ocean Science Exhibit Center. Rainy days can be spent at the Woods Hole Historical Museum, where a history of science tour is offered. In summer, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and MBL offer free tours of their science labs.

Don’t leave Woods Hole without watching the drawbridge let boats through into the inner harbor known as Eel Pond.