Motif No. 1 Rockport by Addison Choate
Punto Urban Art Museum, Salem
7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester by Amanda Johnston
Courtesy of the Salisbury Beach Partnership
Turner's Seafood, Salem
Schooner Lannon, Gloucester by Karen Nascembeni
Apple Cider Donuts by Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
Crane Estate, Ipswich, courtesy of The Trustees (c) Stoney Stone
Winter Island Lighthouse, Salem
Woodman's of Essex
Newburyport Harbor Walk

Plan your visit to
North of Boston
Massachusetts today!

North of Boston is home to the 34 cities and towns of Essex County. Located only minutes from Boston, this year-round destination offers 200 miles of coastline and sandy beaches, world class dining, rich history, vibrant arts and culture and nationally recognized attractions. From the salty air of Newburyport to the witches of Salem, the seafood of Gloucester to the industrial city of Lawrence, there is something for everyone North of Boston!


Your Perfect Destination

Miles of breathtaking coastline, sandy beaches, acclaimed restaurants, witches, pirates, literature, historic architecture, and a vibrant arts & culture scene combine to make North of Boston your perfect destination.

Weddings & Events

When it’s time to make your love official, the North of Boston region is the place to say “I do.” From intimate micro-weddings to oceanfront weddings and lavish extravaganzas (when we can safely gather together again), we have everything you need to make your special day flawless and memorable. Check out our full list of resources, vendors, and venues for engagements, showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding celebrations, honeymoons, and more.

Sharon's Studio of Gloucester

Group Tours

Looking for an authentic New England experience for your group? North of Boston has it all just a short drive from Boston’s Logan International Airport. Miles of breathtaking coastline, sandy beaches, acclaimed restaurants, witches, pirates, literature, historic architecture, and a vibrant arts & culture scene combine to your perfect destination.

Tourists enjoy sunset on the Schooner Fame


The North of Boston region is the perfect destination for your next meeting or gathering. Be inspired at a range of full-service hotels centrally located or plan a gathering at a boutique inn or unique venue. When you are ready to relax, we have indoor and outdoor options for team-building or just for fun! Let us help you plan an unforgettable experience by submitting an RFP today.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Boston Peabody

Visitor Guide

Your North of Boston free guide features accommodations, restaurants, attractions, events and more!

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Get ready to groove at @surfsidesalisbury's Mamma Mia! Disco Party on July 13th! 🕺💃 

DJ KOKO P is bringing the disco fever to Salisbury Beach with all your favorite ABBA and MAMMA MIA hits, plus classic dance tunes from the 70s and 80s. Dress in your best disco attire and dance the night away! 🌊🎉 

Don't miss out on Surfside's themed parties happening every Saturday this summer! 

Image credit: Surfside
🇺🇸 Proud to be from Massachusetts! 🇺🇸 @VisitMA 

This Fourth of July, we celebrate not only our nation's independence but also the pivotal role that Massachusetts played in securing our freedom. Our state’s rich history is a testament to the courage and determination that forged our nation.

We honor our ancestors who fought for liberty and the values that continue to inspire us today. Wishing everyone a happy and reflective Independence Day! 

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Join @rockportchambermusicfestival and @shalinliuperformancecenter for an extraordinary performance featuring internationally acclaimed harpist Bridget Kibbey and the award-winning Viano Quartet, alongside virtuoso musicians Demarre McGill, Chris Elchico, and Jeremy McCoy.

Date & Time: June 27, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

Don't miss this night of musical brilliance! Get your tickets today on the Rockport Music - Shalin Liu Performance Center website.

Image credit: Rockport Music - Shalin Liu Performance Center

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🌟 Newburyport @yankeehomecoming is returning | July 27 - August 4!🌟

Since 1958, the Newburyport community has celebrated this beloved festival, making it the longest-running annual event of its kind in New England. This year’s theme, "Yankee Homecoming: A Family Tradition," will feature a variety of events, including Olde Fashioned Sunday, a craft fair, waterfront concerts, fireworks, and so much more!

Whether it's your first year or a long-standing tradition, come create your own special memories. 

For more information visit

Image credit: Newburyport Yankee Homecoming and @glennlivermorephotography 

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