Ecotourism in Cape Cod
By; Marguerite Wiser
If sunbathing or reading on the beach isn’t your vacation speed, take an adventure with one of the many excellent eco-tours offered on Cape Cod and the Islands.
Hop aboard a whale watching tour, fishing charter, or sailboat tour to enjoy the wind and water offshore. From seals, whales, sharks, sea turtles, numerous fish, and sea birds, the waters around Cape Cod and the Islands are teeming with life and ripe for exploration! Numerous outfits also offer a chance to wind through salt marshes and along narrow rivers and estuaries with kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours. If you’d rather stay near-shore or on land, there are lots of great learning opportunities and excursions in the intertidal zones or on dry land!
Barnstable Harbor Ecotours offers fun and informative naturalist-guided tours, highlighting unique coastal and marine flora and fauna. Aspiring marine biologists will delight in their Sandbar Explorations for young families. Kids will have a great time discovering and learning more about the unique marine critters that call the sandbars and shallow waters home.
For those looking to get their feet wet, join Cape Cod Learning Tours for a full or half day exploring marine life, geology, and more in the salt marshes, intertidal zones, and tide pools of the Cape. Kids will have a great time looking at plankton and marine critters under a microscope and finding sea urchins, lobsters, and sea stars in tide pools.
On Nantucket, Shearwater Excursions offers eco-tours of remote bays, an educational seal tour, as well as hands on tours of oyster farms and clamming trips.
If you’re looking for some cardio with your intertidal exploration, consider a fat bike tour across the Brewster Tidal Flats with Knockabout in Dennis. You’ll be able to visit an oyster farm only accessible at low tide and learn about aquaculture in the area!
For those who want to explore the unique environment without the exercise, Art’s Dune Tours offers tours of the impressive and otherworldly Peaked Hill Bars Historic District, and with their Dune and Water tours adds a sail, kayak, or deep-sea fishing excursion to the winding tour of the sand dunes and the artists dune shacks.
If you’d rather explore on dry land, consider joining for one of their ten offered hikes on various island trails. They even offer sunset hikes for those looking to enjoy an evening at the coast.
Whatever speed is best for your vacation, from a driving tour of the dunes to a bike ride across tidal flats, or paddle along the shoreline, there’s no shortage of natural wonders for visitors to enjoy on Cape Cod and the Islands.
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