Local Area Information

MBL-main-icon-smThe MBL App:

Stay connected to the Marine Biological Laboratory no matter where you are with MBL Mobile, the official Marine Biological Laboratory app. Find your way around campus with maps and shuttle schedules, access dining hours and menus, check out news and events, and quickly look up people in the online directory. Gaze over Woods Hole waters via the webcam or check weather and tides. Available for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

A branch of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank is located on Water Street in Woods Hole. An ATM machine is available there as well as at the Steamship Authority (down at the dock), and outside the Woods Hole Market.

Emergency Contact Number:

Contact your hosting department for information on sending or receiving a fax. Faxing services are also available at the Woods Hole Public Library.


  • Super Stop & Shop: Rte 28 (5.5 miles away heading towards Hyannis).                                                                                         Swope with Eel pond
  • Shaw’s Supermarket: Rte 28 in Falmouth Mall (5.5 miles away).
  • Windfall Market: 77 Scranton Ave., Falmouth (Great, small market 4.9 miles away)

Convenience Stores:


Course Schedules, Lecture Announcements, etc.:
Announcements of MBL lectures and local activities and events are hard to miss, but do check the bulletin boards and flat-screen monitors in Swope, Loeb, and Lillie. Also, visit the MBL online calendar.

Local Accommodations:
If you will have visitors, please remind them to make reservations for accommodations early. The Cape fills up quickly! MBL does not offer housing to visitors, but there are hotels located a short distance away.

Please visit our local hotels page or the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce website for other suggestions.


Parking at the MBL and in Woods Hole is extremely limited and regulated. The MBL maintains an off-campus parking lot and provides scheduled shuttle service to the main campus.  The use of bicycles is encouraged.

Transportation to Woods Hole:
Visit our directions page for details on how to get here.

May and June can be rainy and chilly, especially at night. Pack sweaters and rainwear.