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“Cuttyhunk is Hidden Jem”

CuttyHunk Ferry Co.
Ranked #10 of 40 things to do in New Bedford
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Wellesley, MA
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Cuttyhunk is Hidden Jem”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Looking for a terrific little adventure? Head out to Cuttyhunk Island for the day or overnight.
The nice, clean and very friendly little ferry service will take you there in one very pleasant hour.
Explore the quaint undeveloped Island with its beautiful but rocky beaches ( all walkable) then wander thru the few little streets to meet the locals and buy a muffin from the little bakery hut or clams from the raw bar on the dock. Get amazing pizza from a little house and eat at tables in their
driveway! Super fun for all ages. Tip: Bring cash few places take credit cards.

Visited August 2014
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Somers Point, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“A Ride With Views”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The crew is very friendly, and the captain has a good sense of humor. There is plenty of seating on top, on the sides, and indoors for inclement weather. There is a fancy coffee machine which offers lattes, cappuccino and expressos which the crew will make for you. There are hot dogs, cookies, and a soup offering on a daily basis. It is a very pet-friendly boat as there are doggie biscuits aboard. We were going for the week so we had food-, fishing- and hiking supplies and the cost is minimal: $2.00 per item up to 40 lbs., $4.00 up to 75 lbs. over 75 lbs. $.10 per pound. We paid $45.00 for a round-trip ticket, but I believe the fare is $28.00 for an adult one-way. It's a great ride with views of the coastline and surrounding islands. Once you embark be prepared to do some great hiking because they have many trails . . . and bring your fishing rod!

Visited October 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Cycling on Cuttyhunk”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Magical place, well worth the ferry ride. Bring lunch and sturdy shoes. Bikes are useless, despite other reviews. There are but 1.6 miles of paved roads on the island.

Visited September 2013
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framingham, ma
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Super Day Trip”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

This island getaway is exclusive and commercially undeveloped, so it's not for everyone, but this fast ferry and its helpful crew sure makes a unique afternoon on the water, and after a brisk walk to the island's highest point for the view, a visit to the exhibits @ the Cuttyhunk Historical Society, and an ice cream cone, you're whisked back to New Bedford in style.

Visited July 2013
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Ocean View, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great day trip!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Park at the pier ($10), buy your roundtrip ticket ($45) and get ready to spend a delightful day in a genteel setting off the coast of Massachusetts. Only one carry-on per person; other items you take have a small fee and are placed in a holding area for the trip across the bay. Dog on leash is free! The trip is about an hour; check their online schedule; our trip left New Bedford at 9 am; the return left Cuttyhunk at 4 pm. Once underway, the small kitchen opens up; get a breakfast egg/bacon/muffin sandwich; variety of cookies; four flavors of smoothies! You can make an online reservation, which is advisable if you are traveling on peak days (like July 4). Remember to bring lots of sunscreen, hat, and other ways to shield you from the sun. There is no shade on the pier while you wait to board. The ferry company staff are pleasant and make quick work of loading and unloading at each port.

When the ship arrives at Cuttyhunk, many of the locals will be on shore, waving at you as you dock. Local residents get around by walking, biking, or on golf carts; wear your walking shoes. It is a short walk up hill to the main part of this lovely village. Depending on the season, you may find one or two establishments open for food or other shopping. Visit their little museum, school house, or relax on the beach.

Visitors on July 4 will be treated to a parade - red/white/blue decorated golf carts circle the town - while small children wait for candy to be thrown to them from the vehicles! Parade ends at the top of the hill, where the local summer minister offers a quick prayer and the children sing a chorus or two of a patriotic song.

When it is time to leave, the town will once again wave you off; some will also jump off the dock to celebrate your visit!

Visited July 2013
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