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Cape Cod Day Trips

Nantucket

This gorgeous island, with its preserved village of sea captains’ homes and bumpy cobblestone streets, is a day-tripper’s dream. The island is relatively small, a mere 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, but includes some 800 pre-Civil War-era homes, many now housing fine restaurants, inns, museums, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. There are more than 80 miles of beaches on the island and acres of preserved and protected lands. You can wander the village, pop into a shop or two, try a local restaurant, rent a bike, go to the beach or take a tour of the island. Do not forget to visit the Whaling Museum and Nantucket Basket Museum. This island is easily done in one day, however make a plan ahead so you can make the most of your time on the island. There are several ferries to reach the island. The schedule and fares varied by time of year. Also Cape Air fly daily to and from the island.
From Hyannis:
The Steamship Authority or Hy-Line – choose from a high speed (1 hour passengers only) and traditional ferry services (2 hours and 15 minutes –car and passengers)
From Harwich Port:
Freedom Cruise lines operates an express service (80minutes- passengers only)

Once on the island we recommend Gail’s Tours as a way of getting an overview of the island. Gail Nickerson grew up on the island and her hour and a half tour is fun and informative.

Martha’s Vineyard

Marth's Vineyard has five distinctive towns and is way larger than Nantucket. Located just seven miles off the coast of the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard is just a 35 minutes ferry ride from Woods Hole. This 110-square-mile triangle is a little bit funky, a little bit “colorful,’’ and a little bit “farmy”, which makes it a top destination to visit in the summer. The western end, known as up-island, is more rural and wild than the eastern, down-island end, which includes the most visited Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown.

From Woods Hole:
The Steamship Authority operates service to Oak Bluffs (45 minutes only passengers) and Vineyard Haven (45 minutes –cars and passengers)
Once on the Vineyard, Island Transport operates a two and a half hour tour from Oak Bluffs and there is also bus service from Vineyard Haven and Edgartown.

Whale Watching

A visit to Cape Cod would not be complete without a trip to P-Town (Provincetown) and a Whale Watch. We highly recommend Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch, as they have partnered with the Provincetown Center for Costal Studies which provides naturalists for each trip. They are very informative and add to the enjoyment of the experience. The Whale Watch runs between May and October and advanced reservations are recommended in the summer months. The trip last three to four hours.  

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