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“Kayaking in Rockport” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Northshore Kayak

Northshore Kayak
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Kayaking in Rockport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

We booked a guided tour to Thatcher Island and were lucky enough to have Lyle as our guide. He ensured our safety by giving brief lessons on the correct way to paddle, how to re-enter the board in case of a tip over and the rules of the water. He gave us interesting facts along the tour and answered all our questions. Thatcher Island is 3 miles from Rockport Harbor and is a difficult paddle if you are an inexperienced paddler. On the island, you will encounter: thousands of birds, a lighthouse in which you can climb to the top , hiking trails and a museum about the island. The tour ended with an up close look of Motif #1. Kudos to Steve (the owner) and his staff- Keep up the good work!

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Massachusetts
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Outstanding kayaking and visit to Thacher Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

My husband and I rented a tandem kayak and my 18 year old son rented a single kayak for this guided trip to Thacher Island. We basically kayaked along the coast in Rockport and then headed over to the island. We went during the week and there was the potential for some rain so we did not have to deal with other boat traffic in the area. The island was a real treat since it was loaded with seagulls and their chicks. You can climb up to the top of one of the two lighthouses and the view is amazing. The kayaking is work since you are dealing with the waves and the round trip distance is around 5 miles. Not sure I would recommend this for someone with young children, but great for older teens. The guide was terrific and gave interesting info about the area.

Visited July 2011
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Buffalo, New York
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“Great Store to do business with.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

North shore kayak has a large inventory of kayaking supplies & good deals on new & used
boats. Great location for boat rentals as it is located directly on Rockport Harbor.

Check out their new stor on on Bass ave. in Gloucester.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Kayak Tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2010

My wife and I went on a kayak tour with North Shore Kayak on our wedding anniversary. We are from the area and had always seen the kayak shop while strolling the shops downtown. We signed up for the afternoon trip out to Thatcher Island. The equipment was all in great shape, and the tour guide gave us an interactive safety lesson before we headed out to sea. Our guide Nat was very personable and very knowledgeable about kayaking. We enjoyed talking with him throughout the tour. The kayaking was not difficult on the way out to the island, and took us about an hour. The scenery was beautiful. The water was calm and protected for about half the distance to the island and then we entered some open seas which were more windy but still relatively easy to paddle. Once we hit the island we had a picinic lunch (that we brought with us) and did some exploring. The museum was open, it is a two room display about the history of the island. There is a nice bathroom in the museum if the museum is open, if not there are some outhouses. Thatcher has twin lighthouses that are very old and cool looking. One of the lighthouses was open to climb but we didn't have enough time after we visited the museum and explored the island trails. There is a short walk to a bluff with nesting seagulls and we saw baby chicks with their spotts. The seagulls are very protective and may fly at you so you may want to carry a stick to wave at them if you go for a walk. The paddle home was a bit more difficult with the wind picking up. The kayak kept pulling to the left and we altered our course back because of it. It was more work for sure, but not terrible. Once we hit the halfway back point the wind was gone as we entered protected waters once again. We really enjoyed our trip. Nat was very helpful and accomodating. North Shore Kayak has more than one location, we used the Rockport location which is right next to Artist Motif #1

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