On Water

You can spend many hours on or in the waters surrounding Cape Cod, and there is always something to appeal to all water-tastes. Take a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, take a boat out, go whale-watching, take a harbor cruise to see the Kennedy Compound from Nantucket Sound or simply relax with a fishing rod. The choice is yours.

Whale Watching

10 minutes:

No trip to Cape Cod is complete without seeing whales in their natural habitat. There are normally one or two 4-hour excursions a day April through October, from Barnstable Harbor.

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island ferries and Barnstable airport:

12 minutes


Allow a minimum of half a day to enjoy the best parts of this wonderful island. A 14-minute scenic flight with breathtaking views of Cape Cod and the Islands is our favorite way of reaching beautiful Nantucket. Frequent flights using Island Airlines and Cape Air.

The other fun and less expensive way to get there is by fast ferry, which takes an hour:

The Steamship Authority

Hy-Line Cruises

Martha’s Vineyard:

You should plan to leave before breakfast and allow yourself a full day to transport once on the island. You can use the good public transport, or rent a car, moped (FUN) or bike to get around. There is a fast ferry service from Hyannis which takes an hour:

Hy-Line Cruises

Or drive to Falmouth 50 minutes and take the 45-minute crossing from Wood’s Hole (vehicle and foot passengers) with advance reservations needed for vehicles:

The Steamship Authority

Or drive to Falmouth Heights 40 minutes and take the 35 minute crossing:

Island Queen

(peak season only)


10 - 15 minutes:

Around Hyannis Harbor: Hy-Line Cruises

Sunset cruises: Hyannis Whale Watch Cruises

Catboat Yacht from Hyannis Harbor

Boat charters/rentals

Be in charge of your own water experience by renting a boat:

Barnstable Boat Rentals

Ships Shops Power Boat Rentals

All Cape Boat Rentals

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