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Cape Cod Fast Ferry from Boston: One-Way or Round Trip

1. Cape Cod Fast Ferry from Boston: One-Way or Round Trip

This summer, forget about Cape traffic and parking hassles when you set sail aboard Boston's first, fastest, and most luxurious ferry to Provincetown and Cape Cod. Enjoy historic and scenic sites on the Provincetown ferry, while relaxing in the refreshing sea breeze as we whisk you away to the restaurants, beaches, shopping, and nightlife unique to Provincetown and the Outer Cape. And with cushioned airline and booth style seating, air-conditioning, free onboard WiFi, an audiovisual system with satellite TV, full cash bar, and food, getting there is half the fun.

Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

2. Plymouth: Plimoth Patuxet Living History Museums

Journey back to the 17th century at Plimoth Patuxet and experience a unique immersion experience. The main campus includes two living history exhibits (Patuxet Homesite, 17th Century English Village) the Craft Center, Davis Gallery Exhibit in the visitor center, four retail stores, a cafe, and Nye Barn where some of the Rare Breeds animals live in addition to the Village to portray the Pilgrim story. After you view the orientation film in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, begin your experience at the historic Patuxet Homesite on the banks of the Eel River where guests learn about the Native peoples who have lived here for over 12,000 years. Learn about the indigenous heritage of the Northeast from contemporary interpreters who discuss the 17th-century life-ways of a culture that continues to thrive today. Following the path, your next stop is the Craft Center where you will meet Plimoth artisans reviving historic crafts. Restrooms and refreshments are available here. Then, proceed to the 17th-Century English Village, a journey 400 years back in time. Plymouth Colony comes to life in a recreation of the early English Pilgrim settlement, complete with timber-framer houses furnished with reproductions of the types of objects that the Pilgrims owned, aromatic kitchen gardens and heritage breed livestock. Historical performers, portraying real people who lived in Plymouth Colony, will educate and captivate with stories of the Mayflower's crossing, life among the Pokanoket and other nearby Native people. Help with chores, learn a dance, sing a song, or serve in the militia drill under Captain Standish's watchful eye. Back in the Henry Hornblower Visitor Center, you will find Plentiful Café, where a wide selection of culinary treats from history, including Wampanoag and pilgrim foods, can be found. Try a 17th-century recipe cheesecake or the sensational Indian pudding. Upgrade to a Combo Ticket or Heritage Pass to include a visit to Mayflower II or/and Plimoth Grist Mill. The iconic Mayflower II is docked on Plymouth's historic waterfront and welcomes visitors to climb aboard and experience what the 1620 crossing was like for the Pilgrims. Plimoth Grist Mill is a working mill on the original site of the Plymouth colony, within walking distance of the Plymouth waterfront and downtown, and approximately 2.5 miles north of Plimoth Patuxet. Journey back in time to the first water-power-driven grist mill in the country still in operation.

From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

3. From Boston: Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

Start your day with pickup from your downtown Boston hotel in a mini-coach for the 1.5-hour journey to the ferry in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Enjoy complimentary snacks and bottled water while browsing the Martha’s Vineyard guidebook as you plan your 6 hours on the island. After a short ferry ride, prepare to discover the beautiful island. Choose from either joining a 3-hour guided tour or exploring it at your leisure. For both options, you will be provided with a discount card valid at some of the island's restaurants and attractions. Be sure to visit the amazing gingerbread cottages in the town of Oak Bluffs. See the town of Edgartown known for its whaling captains' homes and quaint downtown shops. Head to breathtaking Gay Head Cliffs and see the famous lighthouse in the town of Aquinnah. Bike and jeep rentals are available for purchase or use public transportation to see the island. After your day on Martha's Vineyard is complete and you return on the ferry, sit back and relax on your comfortable minibus ride back to Boston.

Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

4. Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Massachusetts’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. To begin the tour, start at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, following the route and speed limit for the best experience. Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Cape Cod and learn all about the history of the areas as you see famous sights like Cape Cod Visitor Center and Pilgrim Monument. As you enjoy the scenery, discover the history and culture of the Nauset tribe. Continue to Eastham and trek down to First Encounter Beach, where the Nausets had their first contact with Europeans. See Cape Cod’s prettiest lighthouses, and hear about the importance of these buildings. The route has plenty of optional detours where you can make stops, like at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive in Provincetown, a thriving cultural center culture. Check out the art galleries, boutiques, and theaters, and embrace the bohemian culture. Your audio tour ends at the northern tip of the Cape, where the Mayflower first landed.

Provincetown + National Seashore : Private Pedicab Tour

5. Provincetown + National Seashore : Private Pedicab Tour

Enjoy an open-air private pedicab tour. Discover all the highlights of the town as your driver provides light narration. Start and stop anytime you wish, for photo opportunities or other points of interest. Ride down the famous Commercial Street, stop by MacMillan Wharf, and swing by Pilgrim Monument. See the Scenic and Historical Cape Cod National Seashore and Herring Cove Beach the way it was meant to be seen; in the wide open-air. Receive a free Polaroid souvenir photo as a memento of your visit to Provincetown.

Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

6. Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

Massachusetts: Self-Guided Tour of the Best Attractions

7. Massachusetts: Self-Guided Tour of the Best Attractions

Get to know the most famous Massachusetts attractions using this self-guided tour, which comes with a guide, an audio tour, a map as well as animated videos at some of the stops. In your own time and at your own pace, visit attractions such as Harvard Square, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Begin your action-packed day by downloading the self-guided tour, and familiarize yourself with your digital guide. Make your first stop Harvard’s storied campus. Hear how the school got its start and how it evolved from a tiny college into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Then, head to the Freedom Trail to walk in the shoes of the United States' Founding Fathers. Hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston and how those sparks became an inferno. Feel the revolution come alive as you pass sights like the church where Paul Revere’s famous lanterns once hung. Next, immerse yourself in the ship-rigging, ale-drinking, shanty-singing days of Colonial Boston on Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Admire harbor views and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party. Continue by following your app to the most haunted spots of the city and hear popular ghost stories. Walk through graveyards, execution sites, and more while hearing hair-raising tales of the unquiet dead. After, head to Salem, and learn the truth behind the infamous Witch Trials. Turn the clock back even further in Plymouth, the town founded by Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower. See where they first landed, hear how they organized their system of government, and revisit the complicated dynamic between those newcomers and the Wampanoag tribe. Drive out to Cape Cod, where colonial history collides with the present. Cruise past historic villages and continue along the coastline to explore towns like Gloucester and trace their seafaring history. Ride along a rocky shore dotted by beaches, and catch some sun and surf. Head to Lexington and Concord and follow the route of a battle between an American militia and the British army. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and what it meant in the fight for independence. Finally, retreat to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit cute towns and learn some surprising history.

Gettysburg: 50 Self-Guided Tours across the USA

8. Gettysburg: 50 Self-Guided Tours across the USA

Create your own cross-country trail, following recommended routes between 50 of the best attractions the United States has to offer. Enjoy audio and visual guides that are curated by local experts, creative writers, and professional voice artists, conveniently packed into the Action Tour Guide App. Start your adventure at Gettysburg Heritage Center, and explore the Civil War's most important battlegrounds. See the roots of the revolution in Boston and Philadelphia. Visit Lexington and Concord to imagine the famous “shot heard ‘round the world”. Drive out to Cape Cod or Cape Ann for the unique shoreline and quaint New England towns. Turn back time at the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. Roll down your windows on the Pacific Coast Highway, and take in the majesty of Big Sur. Head west to Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks, and admire each breath-taking landscape. Swing north to Yellowstone, home to volcanic springs and the Old Faithful geyser. Take your time completing each tour and choosing your ideal route after browsing all 50 options. Stay entertained along the way with texts and visuals that accompany each audio guide. The hardest part is deciding where to start.

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What people are saying about Cape Cod

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It worked all the time we were very well accompanied throughout the tour. Which by the way is very beautiful the landscape to discover knowing its history with this audio, very good combination.

Great characterization of early life in Plymouth both indigenous people and European settlers. Good for age levels of second grade and above.

Loved it! It was like taking a walk back in time. It was fun to hear the banter between the village folks.

Super driver and guide followed by a local island guide who was extremely knowledgeable

Very thoughtful and sensitive presentation off history.