How to See the Best of Cape Cod
With so much water in such close proximity, it should come as no surprise that the best way to explore the Cape is via boat. Not everyone is lucky enough to own their own sailboat, speedboat, or even their own skiff. If you ever get the urge to set out for a day on the water, one of your best options is Hy-line Cruises. They’ve been around since 1962 and continue to be operated by the same Scudder family, so you know you’ll be in good hands.
It doesn’t matter if you want to see the islands of Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard or go deep sea fishing off the coast; they offer a cruise that is perfect for you and your wants/needs.
You can take Hy-line Cruises’ high-speed ferry, the Grey Lady, all year round. They also offer the slower, more traditional ferry service during the high season aboard the Great Point. Once you’ve arrived on the island of Nantucket, you can take a stroll along the many beaches, hit one of the bike trails, or even go body surfing or kite flying on Surfside Beach. You can take the kids along for a bit of history at the Nantucket Whaling Museum or to Children’s Beach that is more ideal for families. For the adults, you can also stop into Cisco Brewers or Triple Eight Distilleries to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at the end of your long day on the water.
One of the most common words that come to mind when people think about Martha’s Vineyard is quaint. With the sweet little captain homes and white picket fences and the beautiful historic harbor, it is quintessential Cape Cod at its finest. The picturesque island towns are perfect for romantic walks and there are plenty of amazing restaurants to enjoy a good meal after your stroll. There are some must-see attractions on the island that would make your trip over on either the high-speed Lady Martha or the traditional ferry Brant Point. For instance, check out the Flying Horses Carousel. It’s the oldest carousel in America and is still operational for rides. You and the kids could also enjoy getting up close and personal with some of the native wildlife at the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
Yet another thing that Cape Cod and the entire New England coast are known for is the seafood. You can’t go to the Cape without experiencing some of the freshest seafood the waters have been known to produce. While there are plenty of amazing restaurants in the area, if you really want to experience the true seafaring food loving life of Cape Cod, take a Hy-line Cruise to go fishing. They have a 45 minute cruise around the Nantucket Sound for a chance to reel in your very own dinner for the evening. The fish that are most known to be caught in this area are the scup (porgy), the tautog (blackfish), and the black sea bass. All three are perfect for any type of cooking you could imagine: baked, broiled, and even fried as fish & chips.
Their captain and crew are extremely knowledgeable and will be more than willing to give you and your family a time you will all remember. While they can’t guarantee you a catch, they will make sure that everyone has a fantastic time out on the water.
So the next time you’re in Cape Cod and you’re looking for a unique way to see everything the area has to offer, head over to Hy-line Cruises for a day out on the water. There is fun for the whole family to be had, many different sights to be seen, and activities to enjoy.
Photo Credit: Bob P.B.