Barnstable Activities


Barnstable is 4 miles north of Hyannis on north shore of The Cape

Barnstable Village
Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises (from Barnstable Harbor)
Phone: 1-800-237-0874
Price: $53, $45 (senior 62+)
Duration – approximately 4 hours
Sept. 7 – 11:00
Sept. 8 – 11.00
Sept. 9 – 11:00

Barnstable Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Owned by Massachusetts Audubon Society

Good local trails, marshland and boardwalking along a private beach on north coast of the Cape just outside of Barnstable village.

Barnstable Eco Tour
Explore Barnstable Harbor and the Great Marshes of Sandy Neck – $25 for two hour scheduled tour

Every tour is a unique combination of the weather, the tide, the time of day, and the season. The itinerary for any given tour is subject to the weather – especially the wind – and the tides at the time of departure.

Barnstable Harbor has an average ten foot tide, which is, at least, predictable. The weather, on the other hand, can change dramatically during the course of your tour. Barnstable Harbor and the Great Marsh are a thriving ecosystem, full of wildlife of all kinds.

A typical tour will include some or all of the following:
– Glacial History: An account of how Cape Cod, Barnstable Harbor, Sandy Neck, and the Great Marsh were formed.
– History of Native American activity in and around the Harbor.
– Colonial and more recent history of the harbor – The West Barnstable Brick Company, the saltworks, and nautical history.
– Overview of the Great Marsh – its flora and fauna. Salt marsh
– Overview of Sandy Neck barrier beach – its natural and human history, including the shore whaling industry
– An overview of the Harbor’s aquaculture industry – learn how oysters and clams are raised
– A close pass by the Sandy Neck Cottage Colony and the recently restored Sandy Neck Lighthouse.
– Overview of the activities of Prohibition-era rum running in the Harbor.