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Chatham Pier and Fish Market

Barcliff Avenue, Chatham, MA
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Ranked #2 of 22 attractions in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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Massachusetts
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89 reviews 89 reviews
21 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Its difficult to find a parking spot to go to the Chatham fish pier, but if you find one a visit to the fish pier is very interesting, especially if a fishing boat is unloading its catch. There were many large seals swimming around as well.

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Peabody
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Around 4:00 each day the boats unload the days catch, many seals show up to catch some scraps... so fun to watch. The pier also has a takeout restaurant with FABULOUS seafood, highly recommend it.. we drove to the end of a nearby street and ate on a bench overlooking the beautiful ocean.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Best clam chowder we found in or near Chatham, you can pre-order meals for pickup later in the day, steamed and cracked lobster and delicious fried clams. Don't miss the view over the fishing boats unloading their catch!!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Whenever I'm on the cape, I always try to make a stop at the Fish Pier. If you go in the afternoon, you have a good chance to see them unloading fish. This week I saw them unloading dog fish. Such a great learning experience and it's free. Oh, and you can always catch a seal or two.... or ten,... More

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Rotterdam, New York
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Now, I do not eat anything from the water, but I found this so fascinating to watch! You can park for free and watch the boats coming in for hours unloading fish. If you are lucky, you may even get invited in to see the inside of the fishery :) Well worth the time!

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Cary, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Spent two weeks in New England and had lots of clam chowder. Chatham Pier and Fish Market was the best by far!!! Tender clams and favorful broth. I am still dreaming about it. Do they ship?!! The boats arriving around lunchtime are super fun to watch unload with the day's catch. Seals around hoping for a treat. Great visit for... More

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Solomons, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My son and I stopped here in hopes of seeing seals. And that WE DID!! It was the coolest thing ever! We got there around 11:30am, while the boats were coming in to unload the Smooth Dogfish Sharks that they catch. There were seals everywhere. And I can't believe how many Dogfish Sharks they catch daily. Unbelievable! You can watch... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Wow, what a find! We decided to check it out on our way out of cape cod. Parked a few blocks away in front of a private home as everyone else was doing. Walked to the second floor and enjoyed the view as fishermen's boats brought in the days catch and unloaded it. The birds and seals circling, looking for... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

No way my son would eat here because of the strong fish smell but we sure had fun watching the boats bring in their day's catch. You can watch them from the upper deck as they wash and load their catch into a metal elevator contraption. But the coolest thing to watch is the seals hanging out waiting for some... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I stopped by here with my nephews (3 & 4.5 years old). They were fascinated by the "fish elevator" used to get the freshly caught fish off the boats. They also enjoyed the three seals swimming around. This is a good stop for about 20 minutes; it's really interesting and free. Parking is a challenge. Stop by between noon -... More

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