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Gloucester, MA

Recognized as one of the nation’s top fishing ports, Gloucester is brimming with history, dining, culture, events, and shopping including delicious seafood and beautiful beaches, making Gloucester a top summer destination. A place to see, feel, and taste history, Gloucester’s working waterfront and ineffable beauty have drawn fishermen, families, artists, and visitors from across the globe for over four hundred years. With all of these adventures and things to do in Gloucester, this seaside city makes a perfect North Shore experience for friends, family, and out-of-town visitors.

Founded:
1642

Population:
30,401

City Website:
https://gloucester-ma.gov/

Did You Know? 
As one of the country’s first settlements, Gloucester still serves as the nation’s oldest seaport, established in 1623 by the Dorchester Company.

Accommodations

With convenient luxury and affordable hotels in Gloucester, such as the Beauport Hotel, Harborview Inn, and The Vista, there’s always a comfortable place to stay overnight.

Beaches & Lighthouses

Be sure to stop by one of the many beautiful and relaxing beaches in Gloucester, such as Good Harbor, Half Moon, Wingaersheek, and Long Beaches, and try to catch a picturesque sunset next to the Anniqsquam, Eastern Point, and Ten Pound Island lighthouses.

Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries

Visit Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester’s local distillery, to taste local craft spirits such as Ryan & Wood Straight Rye Whiskey, Folly Cove Rum, Knockabout Gin, and Beauport Vodka. Distillery tours are also available.

Historic Sites

As the nation’s oldest seaport, Gloucester’s history is rich with seaside tales. Visit Gloucester’s local museums and historical sites to learn more about this incredible city’s history.

Local Resources

There are a variety of resources available for anyone interested in local tourism. If you have any questions regarding your trip to Gloucester, be sure to reach out to these organizations for all the information you need to experience Gloucester at its fullest.

Museums & Attractions

Maritime Gloucester and the Cape Ann Museum offer exciting and enlightening educational opportunities for adults and children of all ages.

Music, Theatre & Arts

The Gloucester Stage Company is the perfect opportunity to take in local culture with its intelligent and socially relevant productions. Also, visit Cape Ann Artisans for a beautiful showcase of Gloucester’s art and artists.

Outdoors & Recreation

Suppose you’re looking to get out of the busy city and into a more natural environment. In that case, Ravenswood Park offers 600 acres of quiet outdoor recreation in Gloucester, featuring walking trails, historic carriage paths, and an educational discovery center.

Restaurants

From fine dining to fresh seafood, there are various mouthwatering options available when it comes to places to eat in Gloucester. Enjoy fresh seafood on the waterfront at Seaport Grille or Gloucester House.

Tours

Want to experience the city in a more guided fashion? Over the Bridge Tours offers guided tours of the historic port of Gloucester, Cape Ann, and the surrounding coastal region of Massachusetts.

Transportation

Gloucester public and non-profit transportation is an easy and stress-free way to ensure that you see and experience the most that the region has to offer.

Whale Watches & Harbor Cruises

The country’s oldest seaport also features some of the nation’s best whale watching and cruise opportunities. Whale watching in Gloucester is thrilling, informative, and even possibly wet!

Getting Here

MBTA: From North Station, take the Newburyport/Rockport Line all the way into Gloucester.

Logan Airport: Fresh off the plane or looking to take out-of-state visitors to experience all that the North Shore has to offer? Simple take 93 North to exit 37A to 95 North towards Peabody. Then, be sure to keep left at the fork to continue onto MA-128N all the way into Gloucester.