Looking for a classic New England experience? Rockport is a quaint seaside fishing village, just one hour north of Boston at the tip of the Cape Ann Peninsula. Miles of scenic, rugged and rocky coastline, a small picturesque harbor, sandy beaches and a laid back, somewhat magical and romantic atmosphere. Main Street winds through the compact historic downtown district with gift shops, numerous art galleries, restaurants and a new music performance center with year round concerts. The historic Bearskin Neck is a highlight of any visit to Rockport, scattered with quaint shops, galleries, pottery, eateries and ice cream parlors. Visit the Paper House, a house, including furniture, made entirely of newspaper. One of the most unique sites you will ever see.
A short walk from the village is Front Beach, a small secluded cove protected by the harbor. There are many beaches on the peninsula, long sandy beaches perfect for swimming, rocky coves for scuba diving and small intimate beaches to escape the crowds.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Nature lovers have so much to discover. Climb the Babson Boulders and explore the many miles of trails in nearby Dogtown. Hike through the woods of Halibut Point State Park on the tip of Cape Ann for dramatic views over the ocean. Off the coast of Rockport are three small islands, Straitsmouth, Thacher and Milk Island. Rent a colorful kayak and explore the islands, home to the Thacher Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Knight Wildlife Reservation on Milk Island.
Visit the nearby town and attractions of Gloucester, or spend the day antiquing in the village of Essex.
Rockport, a classic New England experience.