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Essex, MA

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Incorporated in 1819, the town of Essex, Massachusetts played a significant role within New England’s early shipbuilding industry. Today, the town features some of the best things to do seaside, including some of the best clam flats in the world. Here, visitors of all ages can meander through the rich tidal waters or take a guided boat tour along the river banks. Visitors also have the opportunity to experience self-guided kayak tours.

The town delights with a wonderful array of places to eat featuring local, award-winning seafood. Travel down Main Street, through the Essex Cultural District, and immerse yourself in the rich shipbuilding heritage and thriving antiques center to learn more about Massachusetts’s cultural history. 

Founded:
1819

Population:
3,504

City Website:
https://www.essexma.org/

Other Notable Links:

Visit Essex MA

Visit Essex, MA Facebook Page

Did You Know?
The town was originally inhabited by Native Americans of the Agawam Tribe

Accommodations

Are you looking for riverside accommodations? Essex, MA offers various places to stay overnight by the picturesque Essex River, such as Shea’s Riverside Inn and Motel.

Historic Sites

As a town rooted in New England history, there are various places to visit and explore Essex’s rich heritage. One such place is Cogwell’s Grant, a museum of American Folk Art.

Outdoors & Recreation

There is plenty of fun and exploration to be had along the Essex River. Dive into the river’s rich waters, explore the clam flats, or go on a boat cruise or kayak adventure.

Restaurants

Experience some of the most authentic, best seafood that Massachusetts has to offer in Essex, MA. Find the freshest lobsters and clams in the region!

Shopping

Essex is known for its incredible antique shops found along Main Street and various other locations throughout the town. Come visit and find treasures, vintage goods, artisan wares, and much more.

Whale Watches & Harbor Cruises

Take a guided river cruise along the banks of the Essex River. Public, private, and specialty are available from Essex River Cruises & Charters.

Getting Here

From Logan Airport: Take MA-1A N, Tomasello Way and Revere Beach Pkwy to Revere Beach Blvd in Revere. Then, Get on MA-1A N/General Edwards Bridge/Lynnway/N Shore Rd. Continue on MA-1A N/Lynnway. Take Lynn St, MA-128 N and Southern Ave to Martin St in Essex. (via Google Maps)