Join us for a day-long excursion to both Penikese and Cuttyhunk Islands in the renowned Elizabeth Island chain!
On a privately chartered vessel, the trip will leave from Falmouth Harbor for an hour-and-a-half cruise through Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay and along the Elizabeth Islands. Shipboard commentary will focus on landmarks, geology, wildlife and the history of these quiet, protected islands.
Discover the unique history of Penikese Island and view its colonies of rare tern species. The tour will spend 1.5 hours exploring this incredible place so that visitors can get a sense of its environmental and historical significance.
We'll spend three hours on Cuttyhunk enjoying the quaint village and harbor while exploring for migratory songbirds and watching from Lookout Hill for passing raptors. Participants will have a choice of a short or long guided walk. The long hike focuses more on birds and natural history while the short hike highlights island history and landmarks. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the relaxing boat trip back to the mainland.
2023 Program Offerings:
For any questions, concerns or to request additional trip information, please contact Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary at 508-362-7475
Please note that $10 of your payment for this Mass Audubon program will be donated to MassWildlife to help support conservation and management of threatened and endangered species on Penikese Island.
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel your reservation 7 days or more before the trip you will be issued a full refund.
Cancellation received less than 7 days but more than 72 hours before starting date may receive a credit to be used for another program in the future.
Cancellations received less than 72 hours before the program start will result in forfeiture of the entire course fee.
The sanctuary reserves the right to cancel any course with a full refund to registrants. If the trip needs to be cancelled due to weather, staff will call the number that you provided in your registration by 3:00pm the day before the program. We will make every effort to rebook you if a space is available or provide a refund. Full refunds are given for weather cancellations.
Directions, packing list and tentative agenda are provided in the registration email.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: We would like all those participating to be aware of the physical requirements of this trip. For your comfort and safety please make sure that you are able to meet these physical requirements for the trip. If you have additional questions or require accommodations please contact us in the office.
-Travelling on a boat of this nature for a full day requires that participants be able to balance well on both feet and maneuver around a moving vessel.
-Participants will be required to step up 2 feet, over the railing of the vessel; climb up and down a ladder; and step across decks to board at Falmouth, Penikese and Cuttyhunk docks.
-Once on the islands the walking tours require participants to walk roughly a 1 mile round trip on irregular surfaces on Penikese and 1-2 miles on Cuttyhunk paved roads.
-Basic head style bathrooms are available on the vessel during transit. There are no public facilities on Penikese and there is a public restroom available on Cuttyhunk.