Barnstable Harbor Ecotours

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Address: 243 Millway, Barnstable, MA 02630

Latitude/Longitude: 41.706661, -70.298526

Web site: click here

Phone: 508-221-6126

Pricing: $$


This relatively new harbor tour puts the emphasis on ecology. Venturing into the backwaters of Barnstable Harbor, the Horseshoe Crab, a 30-foot pontoon boat, takes passengers on a two-hour tour exploring the environs of the Great Marsh, Sandy Neck, and the cottage colony near the recently restored Sandy Neck Lighthouse.

Narrated by on-board naturalists, the tours are subject to the tides and the whimsy of Mother Nature, but on any given excursion you can expect to learn about the glacial history of the area, the activity of Native Americans in and around the harbor, some colonial history, the flora and fauna of the marsh area, and even some intrigue about Prohibition-era rum running.

This is a great excursion for visitors of all ages, but especially for families with young children. The boat is covered and has a functioning, if primitive head (toilet), but you may want to bring sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, water, and sunglasses.

From the Author: Parking is off-site with free shuttle transportation to the marina. Check the website for directions. You may purchase tickets online and reservations are recommended. Before or after your tour, you might enjoy lunch or dinner at the Mattakeese Wharf restaurant right on Barnstable Harbor.

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