Buzzards Bay Discovery Center

The Buzzards Bay Discovery Center in the heart of Woods Hole village is home to 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. From this seasonal learning center, we’ll give you tips and recommendations to get outside and discover Buzzards Bay. Visit us this summer!

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two kids hold a starfish next to a touch tank

Kids love learning about the Bay’s animals in the marine touch tank at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center in Woods Hole.

The centerpiece of the Discovery Center is a marine touch tank stocked with animals that live in Buzzards Bay. You’ll find hermit crabs, spider crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, small fish, snails, and bay scallops in the tank, and you can hold each of them in your hands!

As you discover all that Buzzards Bay has to offer, you can also learn about the challenges it faces. The biggest problem of all is nitrogen pollution. Find out how the Bay is changing and what you can do about it.

Wrap up your visit at our gift shop, where you can get your Coalition gear, become a member, or sign up for a fun outdoor Bay Adventure. Before you head out the door, we’ll give you some ideas on where to go next as you continue to explore Buzzards Bay.

Daily Programs

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

Bridge to Discovery

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a story time and craft of the week. Perfect 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 Buzzards Bay animal up close and personal with this free, interactive program. Great for all ages to learn something new about the creatures with which we share our Bay.

What’s in the Bay Today?

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

Learn 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.

There will be a new craft set up every week, available all day, and appropriate for all ages.

Property Owned By

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed.

Hours: Daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day (10am–4pm)
Parking: Metered street parking is available throughout Woods Hole Village
Cost: Free
Dogs: No
Facilities: Learning Center
ADA Accessible: No

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
21 Luscombe Ave.
Woods Hole, MA 02543
41.523365, -70.669820

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Buzzards Bay Discovery Center
Woods Hole, MA
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Upcoming Events Near Here

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Sat, February 04
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Current Issues

Nitrogen Pollution

Nitrogen pollution is the greatest long-term threat to the health of Buzzards Bay. We all contribute nitrogen pollution to our local waterways. Fortunately, we can all do our part to stop it.

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: