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Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

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Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

I am spending the Labour day weekend in Boston and considering a day trip. Does anyone have experience with any of the following tours and could recommend one?

Brush Hill Tours (Gray Line) New England Sea Coast

Brush Hill Tours (Gray Line) Cape Cod

Ferry to Martha's Vineyard (hy-line cruises)

Ferry to Nantucket (hy-line cruises)

Any advice would be helpful!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

I'm not sure you realize that in order to take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, you first have to get yourself to Cape Cod (there is no direct ferry service from Boston to either 1 of those islands) -- an impractical day trip imo.

I actually think there's plenty to see/do in Boston itself that you don't need a day trip to fill a long weekend. But, if you're itching to leave town, here are 2 suggestions that I think are both fun & manageable day trips:

** take the ferry from Boston to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod & the Cape's most "lively" town. Explore its streets, take a whale watching tour with either the Dolphin or Portugese Princess fleet -- (this has been THE best season for whale watching in decades!), go on ride through the dunes with Art's Dune Tours.

http://boston-ptown.com

http://www.bostonharborcruises.com

http://www.princesswhalewatch.com

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http://www.artsdunetours.com

** take a ferry or the train to Salem, on the Massachusetts coastline north of Boston

http://www.salemferry.com

http://www.salem.org

…about.com/cs/halloween/a/aaspookysalem_2.htm

Please note that if whale-watching catches your fancy, you need not go to Provincetown for that; there are whale-watching -- and other cruises -- which depart from Boston's harbor itself. For example,

www.bostonharborcruises.com/whale_main.html

www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor_main.html

http://www.massbaylines.com

http://www.harborexpress.com

HAVE FUN

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2. Re: Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

Hi,

I'm guessing? and hoping? that you'll have a rental car. If so, the New England Day Trip world is your oyster. Personally, Martha's Vineyard is my favorite day trip. Drive from Boston to Woods Hole and take the Ferry (1/2 hour to 45 mins.). Grab an all-day bus pass and you can see the entire island, have some lunch, hang out and be back in Boston before 11pm. I don't think Nantucket is an option for a day trip. It takes at least an hour and fifteen to get to Hyannis from Boston, and the hi-speed ferry is another hour at least.

Another interesting day rip is Gloucester's Rocky Neck and the quaint seaside town of Rockport. About a 50 minute ride from Boston. Go 93 North to 95 North and take 128 North until it ends in Gloucester. Lots of shops, restaurants and beaches.

Lots of other cool day trips as well: Salem, MA, Newport, RI, White Mountains of New HAmpshire, Portsmouth, NH,

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3. Re: Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

Because of your references to the two Gray Line bus tours, I assumed you didn't have a car. But in all honesty, I wouldn't change my recommendations even if you'll have a car... with the long drive to/from Toronto for just a long weekend, do you really want to interject another day of driving to (and finding parking in) places you're not familiar with -- *especially* on the heavily traveled Labor Day weekend? I myself would be happy to stay in "vacation" mode, sit back & relax on a boat or train, let it be someone else's responsibility to get me there :-)

I looked at the itineraries of those 2 Brush Hill/Gray Line tours. Of the two, I think the Sea Coast tour would be the better choice; with the Cape Cod one, you spend most of your time in Hyannis which imo is the Cape's least distinctive and least interestng town, and the Hyannis harbor cruise that is included in the price is pretty ho-hum.

HAVE FUN with whatever you decide!

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4. Re: Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

Thanks for the replies, we are not driving from Toronto to Boston but flying - it is only an 1 1/2 hour flight. The tours I mentioned are included in the Go Boston card and that is why I am looking at them. Right now we have no plans of getting a rental car as I understand in Boston it easy to get around walking and taking the T. I know there is probably a lot to do in Boston itself, and we are planning on seeing a lot. We are actually flying out early Thursday morning, so have most of Thursday, Fri, Sat, and Sun for sightseeing. We planned on checking out another area on the Sunday.

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5. Re: Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

If you are comfortable taking the T, I would stick to trains/subway as traffic can be a bit frightful around Labor Day. You may want to take a day trip to Salem or Rockport via the Commuter Rail. They are both on the same line. The train leaves from North Station and it is an half an hour to Salem and a little over an hour to Rockport. The ride itself is actually quite nice. The schedules are at mbta.com. All the Salem historic sites are within walking distance to the Salem Depot. The picturesque Rockport wharf is about 3/4 of a mile walk from the rail station. Both are done very easily without the help of a tour guide.

Enjoy your weekend...

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6. Re: Day excursions - New England? Cape Cod? Martha's Vineyard?

Hi ,Iam travelling from Ireland the same time and would be interesed in your replies.many Thanks catherine

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