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$38 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester

For over 35 years, this whale watching tour has been dazzling whale watching enthusiasts with sightseeing tours aboard the largest, fastest and most elegant whale watching vessel in Massachusetts, north of Boston, Massachusetts aptly named "The Hurricane II" due to its immense size and speed as it descends upon its destination. You will have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the whales than with other whale watching tour in Gloucester, MA since "The Hurricane II" gets to the whales' feeding grounds with much more expediency as well as traveling home faster, therefore more time is actually spent observing whales including but not limited to Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Northern Right Whales, Pilot Whales, Northern Right Whales, Sperm Whales, Sei Whales, Blue Whales (The Largest Whales in the Seven Seas yet seldom seen around Gloucester, MA), Fin Whales, Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and whole host of other fascinating marine creatures."The Hurricane II" boasts 115 ft length with over 400 ft of whale watching room from the railings of the upper and lower observation decks for optimum whale watching conditions. There is a heated, furnished indoor cabin with a full service galley serving hot meals, snacks and cold beverages as well as a fully stocked bar with local brews, popular beer, wine and mixed drinks (at your own expense).You'll be taken to where the whales go. The vessels communicate with each other as to the location of whales so the boat will go anywhere to see them on the North Shore or South Shore of Massachusetts including off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts: Salem MA, Newburyport, Cape Cod, Hampton NH, Rowley, Rockport MA, Danvers, Peabody, Swampscott, Revere, Winthrop or wherever else the whales may roam.

$49 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Gloucester Tour plus Historic Home Admission

We will start the tour on the boulevard at 34 Western Avenue, Gloucester.  From there we will share some of the folklore of Gloucester, the harbor and the fishing industry.  Your English speaking guide, will take you in our 14 passenger climate controlled bus for a ride along the harbor, passing by St. Peter's Square, Cape Pond Ice, Maritime Gloucester, The Crow's Nest and many locations that you might have seen in the filming of The Perfect Storm or Manchester-By-The-Sea.  On our way to either the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House you will pass lobster traps, whale watch boats, the famous Gorton's Seafood Headquarters, and many artists studios dotting the area of Rocky Neck.  We will stop for a photo at one of the area beaches, and then will spend an hour on a guided tour of this intriguing home.  The admission fee is included.  Please contact us if you need us to pick you up at the train station or an area hotel.  Lunch is not included, but we will make sure you know exactly where to go for the best clam chowder, fried clams or lobster rolls!

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Art of Cape Ann

Meet the Artists In Their Studios!Cape Ann Artist Melody Phaneuf explains, “Unlike a gallery that brings the works of an artists to the public, The Art of Cape Ann Tour will bring the public into our working environment. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to engage with artists and experience the culture of art on Cape Ann.”Gloucester is home of our nations oldest running artist colony, Rocky Neck, and today more than 2000 artists call this area home. Starting in the early 1800's, artists have been painting, sculpting, and capturing the spirit of this charming and picturesque village.With multiple stops to explore, we will discover artists of the past along our narrated tour passing by a few Edward Hopper homes, a sculpture featured at the Paris Salon, and of course the Fisherman's Memorial Statue as we journey by bus to visit the working art studios, and beautiful galleries nestled around Cape Ann.Light snacks will be served in some of the studios, everyone will receive a canvas backpack with a bottle of water and brochures to help you find more of our local artists when you are ready to return again.

$29 Tours & Sightseeing

The Best of Gloucester Tour

No matter if it is your first trip or if you live here-- come with us to discover THE BEST OF GLOUCESTER! We will take you around the harbor, downtown and by a few beaches, sharing the Best things to do, the best places and times to visit as we drive past some of these great locations; - Historic Harbor Loop - Fitz Henry Lane Building - St. Peters Square - Gloucester City Hall - Historic Middle Street - Stacey Boulevard and the Fisherman Memorial Statue - Stage Fort Park - Rocky Neck - Atlantic Ave/Backshore - Good Harbor Beach - The Sites of the Perfect Storm and Manchester-By-The-Sea - Prospect Street and the homes painted by Edward Hopper Gloucester is America's Oldest Seaport, is the home to America's longest living artists colony, and see the sites of some award winning movies -- The Perfect Storm with George Clooney, Manchester-By-The-Sea with Casey Affleck. Our tour guide will welcome you onto a climate controlled 14 passenger bus -- telling stories highlighted by historical homes, the fishing industries oldest landmarks, memorable movie sets and many picturesque places. It's the best way to get to know all that Gloucester and Cape Ann has to offer. Whether you are alone or with a group, a Gloucester native, or you are staying at a vacation home here on the New England coast, let us help you find your way around, and get a local insight for the BEST lobster roll, The BEST cannoli or the BEST place on the east coast to watch the sunset. Please call us 978-381-0813, or reserve your spot online, and see why people return to this hidden gem north of Boston year after year! FAQs What about the weather? Our tours operate safely and comfortably in most weather conditions. We will have umbrella's in case it rain's! What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? You can park just in the metered lot in front of the Fitz Henry Lane building (before 6pm, Monday-Saturday, free all other times), as well as plentiful street parking. We do offer pick-up from the MBTA stations and some area hotels and B&B, email FRIENDS@PLUGINTOURS.COM to make these requests.   Are Pets Welcome: Yes, friendly, well trained dogs are allowed on this tour.  Please be sure to call in advance to let us know you are bringing one dog.  Each tour is limited to just one.  

$39 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lighthouses, Beaches and More

Enjoy the top sites of Gloucester, and the Best of Rockport -- seeing five lighthouses, artists’ studios, movie sites, expansive quarries, idyllic villages and scenic beaches. With time for strolling, shopping and photo’s. Picking up in Gloucester on Stacey Boulevard (32 Western Avenue), passing the working harbor front on the way to Rockport Dock square, where we will have 15-20 minutes to enjoy Rockport.  In Rockport, we will have time to take a photo of Motif #1, visit a few stores and we can pick-up Lobster rolls and/or chowder (optional with pre-order).Picking up in Rockport, Dock Square at :30 past the tour start time we will leave Rockport for the little villages that scatter around the island.  We will stop at Plum Cove beach, for a short picnic for those who ordered Lobster Rolls or chowder.  We will have snacks and soda's available for purchase.  (The afternoon tour will arrive about 2 pm, and the evening tour will arrive at 7pm - in time for the magic hour, perfect for catching the beautiful sunset light).  Our tour will pass Pigeon Cove, Lanesville, Plum Cove, Annisquam, Bayville and Riverside  before passing the former city center.  We will continue around the backshore, visiting Good Harbor Beach, Niles Beach, then Rocky Neck, before going to Stage Fort Park and the Fisherman Memorial.  The Rockport group will return back to Rockport Dock Square. A bottle of water is included. Please ask about hotel and train pick-up services.