Essex, MA

Originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Agawam Tribe, Essex, incorporated in 1819, went on to play a significant role in the shipbuilding industry. Today, the Essex River, home to some of the best clam flats in the world, allows visitors of all ages the opportunity to meander through its rich tidal waters and along its banks by guided boat tour or a self-guided, adventure seeking, kayaking expedition. The town delights all with a wonderful array of restaurants which feature local, award winning seafood.  Travel down Main Street, through the state-designated Essex Cultural District and immerse yourself in the rich shipbuilding heritage and thriving antiques center (to learn more about Massachusetts' Cultural Districts, visit http://www.massvacation.com/explore/arts/cultural-districts/).   http://www.essexma.org/pages/index  |  https://www.facebook.com/VisitEssexMA