Fodor's Expert Review Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
In 1903—long before environmental issues earned top-of-mind awareness—scientists began studying marine life at this mid-Atlantic facility formerly known as the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Now researchers from around the world come here to work on projects dealing with hot topics like global warming, marine ecology, and acid rain. You can learn all about them on a free 90-minute tour that starts at 10 am the first Wednesday of the month, in the reception building. Tours cover the grounds and laboratory. You might also see the station's 168-foot research vessel, R/V HSBC Atlantic Explorer, if it happens to be docked that day.