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Water Tours & Cruises in Massachusetts

Hop aboard and set sail for a fun way to tour and see New England. With countless rivers flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, there’s nothing better than a water tour and cruise in Massachusetts. Departing from multiple locations around Boston’s harbor, take an 80-minute Duck Tour around the Charles River on a WWII style amphibious vehicle that also coasts on land to historic sites around the city. Beginning at Central Wharf in Boston, get aboard a high-speed catamaran and embark on a 3-hour whale-watching cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary on a Boston Whale Watching Cruise. Hit the waters of the Cape Cod and the Atlantic Ocean on your next trek across Massachusetts and sail off on a relaxing Plymouth Cruise around the Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth Bay, and Cape Cod Bay. Each cruise has a different theme, including lobster excursions, wine tastings and pirate, perfect for kids. Essex River Cruises and Charters offers festive narrated cruises for groups and celebrations. Discover Massachusetts while mingling with friends sailing the Essex River.

Boston Duck Tours

Explore Boston Harbor on one of the popular Boston Duck Boats on your next visit to Massachusetts. Boston Duck Boats is a privately owned company offering departure locations throughout Boston – at the New England Aquarium, the Prudential Center, and the Museum of Science. Operating in Boston since 1997, Boston Duck Tours have become one of the most popular attractions in the state. Rides on the Duck Boats range in time, from 80 minutes to 65.

The Boston Duck Boats are modified versions of the DUKW, a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle designed, in part, by GMC for use in World War II. The DUKW was named by GMC, not the military – the D indicates it was designed in 1942, the U stands for Utility, the K indicates it has driven front wheels, and the W means it has two, powered rear axles. The Boston Duck Boats also act as parade vehicles in Boston whenever a sports team wins a championship, carrying players and coaches on the parade route.

Plymouth Cruises – Lobster Tales

Hit the waters of the Cape Cod and the Atlantic Ocean on your next trek across Massachusetts. You'll want to make you way to Plymouth for charming and pleasant accommodations – it's also home to Plymouth Cruises - Lobster Tales. Offering a variety of cruises all around the Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth Bay, and Cape Cod Bay, Plymouth Cruises is an ideal way to enjoy a spring or summer day in MA.

The kids will love a Pirate Cruise, while the adults seem to enjoy the Lobster Excursion, Ice Cream Cruises, and especially the Wine Tasting Cruises. Available from July through August, the Wine Tasting Cruises take your around the scenic Plymouth Harbor, while presenting you with a variety of season wines, paired with hors d'oeuvres. On one of the Pirate Cruises, the kiddos will receive a complimentary pirate hat, face paint – your little one will look just like a regular Capt. Jack Sparrow.