Harbor Tours
Harbor Tours
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Come aboard and enjoy a fascinating tour of Cape Ann's scenic coastline. Our "Lighthouse Cruise" features up-close views of the six lighthouses on the Island; Or tour America's Oldest Seaport and see a "lobstering" demonstration on our "Harbor Tour". Also, the Gloucester Harbor Water Shuttle and Tour. Hop-on/hop-off. Ticket valid all day. Try our catamaran for a delightful ride around the inner harbor. Our vessels are available for private charters. Discover Gloucester, let us take you there!
Gloucester, Massachusetts

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Lisa LeVasseur
Gloucester, MA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I took the Light House Tour the other day and this trip is by far the best way to see Cape Ann from the water!. From the minute I boarded the King Eider, I was impressed by the professionalism of the crew and the boat itself; as it was extremely comfortable and spacious enough so that you could take in the breathtaking views from anywhere on the vessel.

The narration is very well thought out and fun to listen to as you cruise along taking in the amazing views all around you. The 2.5 hours flew by and I could have stayed on board all day! All residents of Cape Ann and visitors alike should make this Tour their number one priority while in the area. It is truly a gem and we are very fortunate to have this business in our town!
Written September 5, 2020
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Dr. Steve B
Nanticoke, PA235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed taking a 2.5-hour lighthouse tour around Cape Ann. The captain and crew were welcoming, friendly, professional, and very attentive to safety. They provided drinks and snacks onboard for an inexpensive cost, and they had blankets available to help guests combat the cool winds that blow on the ocean. We took the tour on an extremely hot day and yet we were cool as we left the harbor. This trip was very relaxing and really provides a good sense of the Cape Ann area.
Written August 18, 2022
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Paula T
Boston, Massachusetts, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
My family of 6 recently took the Cape Ann Lobster boat tour and the whole crew of kids ranging from 2-12 absolutely loved it as did the adults. It was a perfect New England summer day excursion. We enjoyed being out in the harbor and learning the fishing and lobstering history of Glaucester. Our tour guide George Story was fantastic. You could tell immediately that he was both passionate, knowledgeable, and local, that’s the trifecta you’re looking for in a guide. Although we didn’t catch a lobster that day ( we did pull up a crab) we still had a delightful afternoon. We will definitely be bringing out of town guests on this tour and spreading the word. I highly recommend this for anyone visiting the area!
Written July 31, 2022
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Joseph P
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Their website fails to note that same day online purchase of tickets for their lighthouse cruise cannot be made after 1:30 pm, one hour before the cruise.
A phone call to their business number resulted in an employee telling me "Too bad. You missed the deadline. " On site ticket purchase is not possible.
Written August 11, 2021
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We offer online purchases up until 1 hour before departure because we follow very strict passenger log documentation procedures. We allow in-person ticket sales up until boarding time. It is unfortunate that you have chosen to misinform our customers about this.
Written May 19, 2022
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Kristen R
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I have been on this shuttle/tour many times and have enjoyed it a lot. I have, in the past , been entertained by stories from the area and local history as well as more modern information about points of interest. Sadly, this was surely lacking in this trip. The young man Captaining the vessel seemed disinterested I providing any of this local flavor. He also seemed very inexperienced in operating the vessel and had difficulty tying up each and every time we made dock.
Written July 16, 2020
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We are sorry that you had this experience. We have hired a new captain, and he is doing his best. Be patient, and give him a chance.
Written July 17, 2020
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Linda J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We recently booked the lobster cruise with my two grandsons. Shortly after leaving the dock, one of my grandsons felt sick. The captain turned around and brought us back to the dock.

Later that evening, Capeann tours called to tell us that they were fully refunding us the cost of the tour. We were so grateful!
There are not many companies anymore that truly care about the customer!

We highly recommend Capeann Tours!!!
Written August 5, 2022
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Susan T
Singer Island, FL55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Excellent tour to learn about the area. The weather was iffy, but the captain kept us updated the day before the tour (we had purchased tickets online) and when we boarded, the captain also told us that if we got out to the open ocean and it was too rough they had a Plan B to go upriver. It WAS rough and though we could tolerate it, most others wouldn't so it was on to Plan B, which was great. The captain and first mate were very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions about things along the way. Yes, there were specific items the captain pointed out, but it never sounded like a 'canned speech'. We only missed two of the outermost lighthouses so it was still a very good 'lighthouse tour'. Yes, the boat is rustic, but it's fairly comfortable and safety was definitely a high priority.
Written June 25, 2022
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witravelover
Saint Louis, MO20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
A group of 8 took a lovely and informative 2 hour trip up the Annisquam River. Both the captain and 1st mate were great. Full of information , friendly and helpful. Great option for when the ocean is too wavy.
Written August 2, 2022
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Pat M
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My husband and I were extremely disappointed with the lack of any commentary during the entire tour. After hearing about the emergency procedures and use of the restroom, we heard nothing from anyone involved with the tour. We don’t even know whether or not they have a microphone and speakers. We learned nothing about any lighthouses or people from the area.
Written July 19, 2023
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Justin D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Such a fun cruise!! The hospitality was above par, very welcoming, knowledgeable not only about historical facts but fun facts too. Also the captain and his mate were awesome been doing it for a very long time he made this trip the best. Highly recommend!
Written July 30, 2022
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