On the Water

If you're looking for a good time on the North Shore, just add water

The North Shore of Boston is defined by the ocean's constant presence, so let's look at the many ways to get out on the water

The first and most popular way to leave the mainland behind is on a whale-watching tour out of Gloucester. Two companies, Cape Ann and 7 Seas, are both well-run operations with good reputations. 

There are several classic sailing schooners offering cruises and private chartering opportunities. On these historic vessels you can experience what it was like to sail out of Gloucester a hundred years ago. The Thomas E. Lannon and the Schooner Adventure both offer unique experiences. Schooner Ardelle features two-hour harbor cruises all summer long out of Maritime Gloucester as well. 

For those who are not truly relaxed without a fishing pole in their hands, look for a fishing charter boat. There are small-to-large boat operators along the coast from Marblehead to Newburyport with experienced captains who know where to wet a hook. 

Looking for a romantic way to end a perfect day? A sunset cruise in Salem Harbor on a classic wooden sailing yacht will do nicely! The When and If was originally built for General George Patton. Daytime and evening sails are available on the historic boat with Sunset Sail Salem.  

So now you know: if you're looking for fun on the North Shore, just add water!