Published on July 12, 2019

4 New Ways to Explore Cape Cod by Water this Summer

Long Pasture has many opportunities for exploration on the water this summer. From kayaking in quiet estuaries to discovering the sea creatures of Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound, find a way to get off of the beach and onto the water.

Cuttyhunk & Penikese Island Cruises

Sundays, 8:30 am-5:00 pm (September 1-October 13)


Escape to the unique Elizabeth Islands off the coast of Cape Cod. Join us for one of our full-day tours on a privately chartered boat and discover the incredible Penikese and Cuttyhunk Islands on naturalist-led excursions.

Each tour includes a 1.5-hour boat trip that will take us through Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay along the Elizabeth Islands. We'll then spend 4 hours exploring the Pekinese and Cuttyhunk Islands. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the relaxing boat trip back to the mainland.

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Kayak Trips

Our kayaking trips take place a couple of times a week throughout the summer in a variety of beautiful locations around the mid and upper Cape. 

This year we've added some exciting new destinations to our schedule including special trips across Barnstable Harbor to climb to the top of Sandy Neck Lighthouse and a freshwater adventure on Mashpee-Wakeby Pond.

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Aquatic Cruises

Aquatic Explorations

If your idea of a great time out on the water doesn’t include paddling, consider joining one of our Aquatic Exploration cruises aboard Hy-Line’s Sea Swan

We’ll use an otter trawl net, fish pots, and a plankton tow to bring up creatures from the deep. Animals such as spider and calico crabs, pipefish, glowing comb jellies, and even small sharks will be presented to see and touch! 

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Stand-Up Paddle Board Tours

Fridays, 9:30-11:00 am (July 19–August 30)

Stand up and explore! Join Mass Audubon naturalists for stand-up paddleboard trips that explore different destinations on Cape Cod including Barnstable Harbor and Chase Garden Creek.

These unique environments are home to birds, fish and wildlife that play integral roles in the Cape Cod Bay ecosystem. Osprey sightings and horseshoe crabs are not uncommon. Enjoy this fun and educational expedition. Gentle instruction, boards, paddles and life vests provided. Location for paddle boarding may change according to weather conditions.

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Learn More 

To learn more about Long Pasture's programs visit our program catalog, or go specifically to the schedule for our kayaking and Aquatic Exploration trips.