Cape Cod vacations aren't just about sunning yourself on the beach or chowing down on fried clams and sipping local beer. They can also involve visits to historical local attractions or the chance to learn something new at places like the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Located in Falmouth, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is most known as a center for environmental, marine, and biomedical (biology and medicine) science. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the largest nonprofit, private ocean research, education and engineering organization, not just in the area, but in the world. And its just 40 miles, about an hour by car, from your Bluegreen resort in Dennis Port, whether The Breakers Resort or The Soundings Seaside Resort.
Their mission is to provide knowledge about the ocean and how it affects the earth as a whole, and to share this information and their findings with the public. When you visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, you can head into the Ocean Science Exhibit Center to learn more about the research and discoveries made by the WHOI team of scientists, as well as the vessels and tools they use in their studies. While you are there, you can check out videos describing what the WHOI does and check out exhibits about what is going on under the sea.
In July and August, the Exhibit Center and Information Office host a series of lectures and presentations in the auditorium featuring the engineers and scientists that are a part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, so make sure to check out the schedule so you don't miss out. In the summer, there are also free walking tours, so you can really explore what's going on at the Institute, what projects they are working on, and find out details about the history of the WHOI. You may even have the chance to stroll along the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution docks and get a behind the scenes look at parts of the facility that are usually restricted from visitors.
You will also have the chance to find out how they use Alvin, the U.S. Navy's Deep Submergence Vehicle, on a daily basis. It was built in 1964 and is said to have made more than 4,400 dives. Amongst its many trips and findings, it was used to explore the RMS Titanic in 1986. Spend an afternoon learning more about what they found on that expedition and even check out a full-size model of the interior of Alvin, right in Woods Hole, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Also make sure to check out the gift shop on your way out. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is well worth the visit, an engaging way to spend part of your Bluegreen Cape Cod getaway.