Buzzards Bay Discovery Center

touch tank at Buzzards Bay Discovery Center The seasonal Buzzards Bay Discovery Center in the heart of Woods Hole village is stocked with interactive exhibits that delight adults and children of all ages. Get up close and personal with sea stars, hermit crabs, whelks and bay scallops in our touch tank. Visit us this summer!

Features of the Discovery Center

The Buzzards Bay Discovery Center features exhibits to help visitors of all ages discover Buzzards Bay.

Touch Tank

Buzzards Bay quizThe centerpiece of the Discovery Center is our marine touch tank. The tank is stocked with animals that live in Buzzards Bay, including hermit crabs, spider crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, small fish, snails, and bay scallops. You can pick up and hold these animals to discover the amazing species that call Buzzards Bay home.

A Changing Bay

Nitrogen pollution is changing Buzzards Bay, and not for the better. A Changing Bay illustrates how the complex problem of nitrogen pollution is affecting all species -- even people -- who use and enjoy the Bay.

Buzzards Bay Quiz

Buzzards Bay quizTest your knowledge of Buzzards Bay and the Cape's coastal waters with this interactive quiz. The quiz features five questions about the Bay and the threats that it faces.


Our Discovery Center features a gift shop where you can get your Coalition gear, become a member, register for a Bay Adventure, or sign up to receive our monthly Bay Buzz e-newsletter.

Daily Programs at the Discovery Center

The Buzzards Bay Discovery Center offers an exciting schedule of free programs every day.

Bridge to Discovery

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Bridge to Discovery is a free, hands-on program for families with young children looking to discover Buzzards Bay.

Creature Feature

Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Get to know a featured animal from our bay up close and personal with this free, interactive program. Great for all ages to learn something new about the creatures with which we share Buzzards Bay.

What's in the Bay Today?

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Buzzards Bay quizLearn about the variety of species that live in Buzzards Bay and observe what's in the Bay right now.

Touch Tank Feeding

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

Help feed the animals in our marine touch tank! See what they eat and learn how they survive in Buzzards Bay.

Visitor Information


Open every day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
from Memorial Day to Labor Day


21 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole
(Get directions and parking info)




Phone: (508) 540-6222
Email: woodshole@savebuzzardsbay.org

Volunteer at the Discovery Center

If you love Buzzards Bay and want to help spread the word, come volunteer at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center this summer. Contact us at woodshole@savebuzzardsbay.org to learn more.

Visit the Discovery Center and earn a free drink

Quicks Hole

This summer we are partnering with Quicks Hole, a Woods Hole restaurant specializing in fresh, local foods. Visit the Discovery Center and take the Buzzards Bay Quiz, and you can get a coupon for a free drink at Quicks Hole!