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The Adirondacks

Beautiful mountains, parks, and waterfalls abound in this national park area spanning over six million acres which include 10,000 lakes and 30,000 miles of rivers. It is an ongoing experiment in conservation. Shoreline pilots
can land at resort destinations on many of the larger lakes subject to park rules. These are a popular destinations for parents on camp visiting days.

Block Island

People sometimes refer to Block Island as the “Bermuda of the North.” This pristine island off the coast of Rhode Island is 7 miles long and 3 miles wide. There are beaches to explore, cliffs to climb, and two lighthouses. Several grand hotels (Spring House, National Hotel, and 1661 Inn for example) harken back to a bygone era when families played croquet on the lawn and women carried parasols.

Block Island has two harbors, both of which are very busy during the summer season. We generally land at the airport where guests can easily find a taxi and be at their destination in about five minutes. The taxi drivers frequently double as tour guides, so feel free to make the most of the ride.

Cape Cod/Hyannis/Provincetown

Hyannis is the entry point to Cape Cod if you’re coming in by air It is a major tourist attraction and the crossroads between the Cape and Nantucket. It offers a large natural harbor making it a great destination for all forms of watersports and fishing. With Shoreline’s seaplanes you can also land in Chatham and historic Provincetown.

Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S. Cape Air can go to many of the airports, rivers, and harbors situated on the 200 mile long bay. Annapolis, Easton, St Michaels and Cambridge are among our favorite destinations here.

Coastal Maine

Maine is a state well worth visiting, but the coastal region is the jewel in the crown of this easternmost area of our country. The harbors and inlets, the rocky shores, the islands, and the natives with their colorful accents, are all very distinctly Maine.

Bar Harbor, one of our favorites, is a town located on Mt. Desert Island in the Down East region of Maine. Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain are included in this area. It’s a popular, but not overly crowded boating destination. If you’re into hiking trails, this is one of the best spots in New England for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

Camden and Rockland are also great destinations. Boating, hiking, lighthouses, sailing, shopping and a visit to the Farnsworth Museum (where you can view paintings from three generations of Wyeths) are some of the interesting diversions. Both towns have substantial harbors and an airport for landing.

We can land at the airports in Rockland or Bar Harbor, as well as Southwest Harbor, Camden and Rockland harbors and many of the other harbors and bays up and down the coast. Cape Air pilots love going to Maine. There are airports where the restaurants serve yummy buttered lobster rolls and they can fill up with fuel and receive complimentary lobsters to take home.

East Hampton

This small, very hip town has some of the most beautiful beaches and beautiful people in the world. The flight from Manhattan to the Hamptons takes 35 minutes. Driving on the Long Island Expressway on a Thursday or Friday afternoon during the summer season could take 4-5 hours. You could be sipping on a cocktail long before the LIE crowd arrives! Regular commuter flights operate on Thursday and Friday afternoons; return flights are late Sunday afternoon and early Monday mornings.


Cape Air is now providing seaplane services directly to the town of Madison, Connecticut. Shoreline’s seaplanes land near Tuxis Island in Long Island Sound, and a convenient launch service shuttles passengers between the airplane and West Wharf. Flights are available between Madison and New York City’s 23rd Street Seaplane Base on the East River in Manhattan. For business people living in Madison and commuting on a regular basis, it’s the fastest way to get to the city (35 minutes) and the view is unbeatable. If you're traveling from New York to Madison to stay at one of the hotels or B&B's, we can deliver you in style. We can also design seaplane flight packages for special events such as weddings, parties or theater trips to New York City.

For local residents or visitors who would like to experience the thrill of a seaplane ride, Shoreline is offering Fall Foliage trips along the Connecticut River. Viewing the changing leaf colors from above provides a whole new perspective. Flights are from 30 to 45 minutes and could include a stop for lunch at the Gelston House in East Haddam. Another option includes taking passengers across Long Island Sound and along the South Shore of Long Island where you can view the Montauk Lighthouse and the beaches and homes of The Hamptons.

Contact Biehn Travel at 203-245-7333 or email us at for pricing and information.

Martha's Vineyard

The Vineyard, as most people call it, is a large island off the coast of Cape Cod known to be an affluent summer colony where celebrities and presidents like to vacation. It consists of six towns including Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, Oak Bluff, West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah. There are many beautiful beaches to explore and you can rent bicycles or mopeds to check them all out. The Vineyard’s population year round is about 16,000 residents; during the summer it grows to over 100,000. As a result it has a vibrant social life. It’s a great place to take the whole family.

Shoreline seaplanes can land at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport or in Vineyard Haven or Edgartown Harbors.


Montauk lies at the very tip of Long Island. It is most well known for being a great spot for fishermen as it boasts more saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world. When Shoreline started out years ago, pilots use to fly over the surrounding ocean to do fish spotting from the planes.

There are six state parks to visit and a lovely Lighthouse Museum. The beaches are beautiful and it has its own colony of surfers. The airport at Montauk is located just behind the sand dunes and you can actually land there and walk to the beach.


This former whaling community is located about 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. It can get very crowded in the summer, but the historic buildings, wharfs and cobblestone streets are well worth the trip. Families can take in the Aquarium or the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

Every year thousands of visitors descend on Nantucket for the Annual Christmas Stroll. The shops open up and Santa makes an appearance. The airport is more crowded on this day than on any other day during the year. Cape Air’s pilots can take you to the Airport or land in Nantucket harbor.

Newport, RI

Newport is located on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, a great place to be for any boater. This small historic city has so much to offer. You can stroll along Newport’s Historic District of old colonial homes, cruise the shops by the wharf on cobblestone streets, eat at some fabulous seafood restaurants, and take in the Gilded Age mansions on the cliff walk.

Shoreline’s seaplanes can land adjacent to the harbor allowing you easy access to this historic town or your private yacht. We can also land at Newport Airport which is just a few miles outside of town.

Provincetown, MA

If you’re looking for the most happening and entertaining place on the East Coast, look no further than Provincetown. Located at Land’s End on Cape Cod, there are so many fabulous events scheduled, you’ll never want to leave.

Provincetown has some wonderful landmarks worth checking out. Pilgrim Monument and Museum (remember they arrived here first) is well worth a visit as well as MacMillan Wharf where the blessing of the fleet takes place and the Grandmothers watch over the fishermen. If you’re a lighthouse aficionado, there are two you can visit in Provincetown: Race Point Lighthouse and Wood End Lighthouse. Provincetown Town Hall is a fine example of beautiful New England Craftsman architecture. Built in 1886, it was renovated several years ago. Now the town staff works in the basement, which used to be the jail, and the auditorium is used for concerts, shows, and even movies during the Provincetown Film Festival.

Provincetown has many choices for places to stay. Some favorites include Land’s End Inn, The Crowne Point Historic Inn and Spa, the Inn at Cook Street, Queen Vic Guest House and many, many others. Your best bet is to be within walking distance of town, but you can always rent bicycles to get around. There are also fabulous restaurants to sample such as The Mews, The Red Inn Restaurant, Lobster Pot, and Relish. Fudge and salt water taffy are available at several venues and make great gifts to take home to friends and family.

For the art lover, there are so many galleries you could spend weeks perusing them. After all Provincetown is the country’s oldest art colony. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Fine Arts Work Center would be a great place to start your tour. Lists of galleries and art exhibitions can be found on several websites.

Getting there is now easier than ever. Cape Air Seaplane Services can get you there in less than an hour and a half. A shuttle service from the airport to town is available every half hour. Check out the Provincetown schedule on the New York page of our website for more details or call us at 800-468-8639.

Shelter Island

People sometimes refer to Shelter Island as the Un-Hamptons. It’s quaint, pretty, and has lovely beaches and hotels. During the summer months, the yachties hang out in Dering Harbor. We usually go to Sunset Beach, but we also serve clients in Dering Harbor and Coecles Harbor. When the anchorage at Sunset Beach gets too crowded, we land farther out and have a Boston Whaler to help load or offload passengers.

FAQs: New York / Northeast

What are the fares for NYC to East Hampton?

The one-way fare between East Hampton and 23rd Street Seaplane base is $750 per passenger on our commuter flights. Discounts are available for frequent fliers who want to purchase a book of ten tickets at a time. The price for the book is $6,750 and must be paid by check or wire transfer. Private charters are available for $3895.

Is flying in a seaplane safe?

Seaplanes have a great safety record. Our aircraft offer the latest in navigation and communication equipment and are equipped with state-of-the-art weather information and traffic avoidance systems. Our pilots are experienced professionals who consider safety their top priority. We have our own staff of highly trained Aircraft Maintenance Technicians to ensure that every aircraft is ready for every flight. The routes between NYC and East Hampton or other resort destinations are flown mostly over water. In the unlikely event of any problem, there is always a landing area available.

What are the directions to 23rd Street Seaplane base?

Located at 2430 FDR Drive, the 23rd Street Seaplane Base is part of the garage and marina complex at the eastern end of East 23rd Street. The entrance to the seaplane dock is clearly marked.

How do I get to Cape Air’s facility in East Hampton?

Cape Air operates out of the main terminal at East Hampton Airport, 200 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott. Our counter is located at Sound Aircraft Services desk for check-in and handling.

How do I get to the Cape Air facilities in New Haven?

Our hangar facility is located at 60 Thompson Avenue in the General Aviation Terminal adjacent to Robinson Aviation on the East Haven side of Tweed New Haven Airport. We are the first hangar you see when entering the complex.

How early do I need to arrive before my flight?

You have to be checked-in and in the boarding area at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

How long is the flight between NYC and East Hampton?

Flight time between the city and East Hampton is between 35 and 40 minutes.

Where does the plane land in East Hampton?

Our commuter flights land at East Hampton Airport. We also have flights that land at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. Private charters are available to your yacht or private dock.

What is the address of East Hampton Airport?

200 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott, NY

Is there long term parking at East Hampton Airport?

The Town now charges $10 per day for parking.

Are there car rentals at East Hampton Airport?

Hertz and Enterprise are both located in the airport terminal.

What is the baggage policy?

On commuter flights the baggage limit is 20 pounds per person. On private charters, the baggage limitations depend on the number of passengers and specific destinations.

What are the requirements for traveling with children (car seats, etc.)?

Cape Air does not allow children to be held on a parent’s lap during flights for their own safety and the safety of other passengers.  Snugli-type carriers are acceptable for infants as long as they are small enough to be harnessed to a parent’s chest. If you are traveling with small children, please bring your own car or booster seats. We do have a limited number of special seat belt harnesses for young children. Kindly let us know ahead of time if you need one. If you have any concerns or questions, please call our office at 800-468-8639.

Can I bring food or drinks with me on the flight?

These are short flights and space is limited. Please respect your fellow passengers and plan accordingly.

Can I bring a pet?

Dogs and cats are permitted, but they must be in carriers. This goes for pet iguanas too! Pet carriers count toward your baggage limitation.

What is the cancellation policy?

If a passenger cancels with less than 48 hours notice prior to flight time, they will pay the full fare. If we can resell the seat, there will be a $75 rebooking fee. For any cancellations or changes made prior to 48 hours, passengers should be aware that they can go online to cancel their reservation and rebook at no additional charge. Customers who call in or email their changes, will incur an administrative fee of $75.

For charter flights booked directly through Cape Air, the cancellation policy is stated on the trip confirmation sheet.

How many people can the plane seat?

Most of our seaplanes seat up to nine passengers with a single pilot. We do have two executive-configured aircraft that have a maximum seating capacity of seven passengers. If a two pilot crew is required, the seating capacity would be reduced by one.

Are there any additional fees?

In general all taxes and fees are included in the quoted price. On certain charter flights, waiting time, pilot expenses, etc. may be additional. This will be clearly stated on the trip confirmation sheet.

Do you offer discounts on “deadhead legs?”

In general, no. We do have special packages to take advantage of certain deadhead legs; you can ask about these when you make your reservations.

What items are not allowed on the airplane?

Cape Air does not carry hazardous materials of any kind. This includes items such as gasoline containers or other flammable items, batteries, oxygen or other compressed gases, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone. If your package has any of the standard hazard stickers or warnings on it, it cannot be carried on the airplane.

Can I bring golf clubs, fishing gear, surfboards, etc.?

No oversized items are allowed on commuter flights. This includes golf clubs. For charter flights, please inform us of any oversized items when you make a reservation and we will do our best to accommodate you. Items brought without prior notice will not be allowed on the airplane.

Seaplane Service to and from 23rd St. NYC

Shoreline Aviation has been providing seaplane service to and from the 23rd Street Seaplane Base in New York City since 1980. Regular seasonal service between East Hampton and NYC begins on May 27th and continues through September 7th. Flights are just 35 minutes long.

Commuter Flights


The 23rd Street Seaplane Base is located at 2430 FDR Drive where 23rd Street meets the East River. Look for the Parking Garage and Marina Complex. Go through the gate and check in with the staff when you arrive.

To arrange a commuter flight, please call Cape Air at 800-468-8639 or click here to book online.

Popular New York Seaplane Destinations

  • New York City
  • The Hamptons
  • Montauk
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Nantucket
  • Cape Cod/Hyannis/Provincetown
  • Newport
  • Shelter Island
  • Block Island
  • New Haven/Madison
  • Coastal Maine
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • The Adirondacks
  • Private yachts or islands

Other destinations throughout the Northeast are available on a charter basis. Call us at 800-468-8639 or click here to use the form on our home page to book now.

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