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first visit to New England - question re cape cod

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Hi

I will be arriving in Boston next month for a tour of New England and have a few questions for the local experts!

Firstly, I will be picking up a car from Avis at Logan airport ; is there a shuttle bus out to the rental location from the terminals?

I cant find any info about this online.

Also, I want to go on a whalewatching tour whilst staying in Barnstable; there only seems to be the Dolphin tours at Provincetown that are reviewed on Tripadvisor.

Are there any other tour companies that locals would recommend that are closer to Barnstable or should I make the effort to use the Dolphin Company?

thanks for your input

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1. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

Hi, yes all of the off-airport car companies have shuttles. After getting your luggage and/or exiting the terminal to ground transportation, you will see signs outside on the sidewalk. There are whale watches out of Hyannis (a village of Barnstable)

http://whales.net/

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2. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

The names on Cape Cod can be a little confusing. Barnstable also refers to the ENTIRE Cape as a county name. But there is also a town called Barnstable. How long will you be on the Cape? If more than 2 days, it might be terrific to drive up to Provincetown anyway -- both to explore the town (which is great) and to do a whale watch while you are there.

I suggest you do a search on this board using "whale watch" to get lots of info quickly on this frequently asked topic. Hope you have great weather while you are here!

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3. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

All the boats go to the same place. Other than Provincetown you can go from Barnstable Harbor.

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4. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

Yes, all this "Barnstable" stuff can be a little confusing. Here's the easy version:

Barnstable is the name of the county.

Within the county of Barnstable is a town named "Barnstable".

Within the town of Barnstable are seven villages. Among them are: the village of Hyannis, which is on the south side of the town of Barnstable, on Nantucket Sound; and Barnstable Village, which is on the north side of the town of Barnstable, on Cape Cod Bay.

Now, you'd expect that the whale watch company called "Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises" would cruise out of Hyannis - wouldn't you?

Nope. They cruise out of Barnstable Harbor. That's in the village of Barnstable, on the north side of town - on Cape Cod Bay.

The long and short of it is ...wherever you're staying in the town of Barnstable, the whale watch cruise out of Barnstable Harbor will be the most convenient for you. (That's the one Kendrick gave you the link for, above.)

If you feel like venturing to Provincetown for the day, the whale watch cruise out of Provincetown Harbor is another option.

http://www.whalewatch.com

Hope this helps!!!

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5. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

thanks for the replies; we are staying in the town of Barnstable.

I will look into trips from Barnstable Harbor as well as Ptown.

Another quick question ; a friend of mine stayed in the area a few years ago and has told me there is a drive in movie site at Cape Cod.

Can someone tell me where it is and if it is worth a visit?

Is it an old classic site or a modern site with maybe no character?

Please let me know

thanks

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6. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

There is a Drive in theatre in Wellfleet (about 30-40 mins from Barnstable) I haven't been in years so I am not sure of it is updated

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7. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

It's been there for at least 40 years. Wooded area.

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8. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

OK thanks to all

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9. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

How would one update a drive-in?

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10. Re: first visit to New England - question re cape cod

The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre has a website. It is right on Route 6 at the Eastham/Wellfleet town line. However it closes for the season the weekend after Labor Day.

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