One of our area’s most incredible natural resources is often overlooked by visitors: the Great Marsh. This pristine region, along with our harbor, is a thriving ecosystem, and it’s the focus of Barnstable Harbor Ecotours.
The ecotours are part history, part nature and pure relaxing. Each trip begins in Barnstable harbor, but while most boats head right leaving dock, this boat hangs a left towards the less-explored marsh.
Aptly named the Horseshoe Crab, the boat was custom-made to draw very little water, so it’s able to maneuver deep into the marsh and offer sites not usually seen by tourists.
Sit back and relax while an on-board naturalist provides information on the geology, history, environment and wildlife that inhabits the area, specifically birds. And the farther you go, the more birds you’ll see – of all kinds. Normal viewings include blue herons, willets, swallows and terns, but often more unusual species, such as black skimmers, swoop by.
Lasting about two hours, each trip passes by Sandy Neck Cottage Colony and the famous Sandy Neck Lighthouse, and offers views of remote areas with cabins and beaches only accessible by boat. Tours are limited to 22-25 people, and make a great outing for the entire family.
243 Millway, Barnstable, MA
2016 tours begin on May 13
Adults, $25; children 12 and under, $15
Monday – Friday at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable
3330 Main Street, Barnstable Village
Saturday – Sunday at the Barnstable County Courthouse
3195 Main Street, Barnstable Village
No charge for weekend parking
For those staying at the Inn, it’s an easy walk to the harbor. And that’s just one more reason you’ll love staying with us at Ashley Manor—we’re convenient to so many great activities!
Photos courtesy of Barnstable Harbor Tours.