No Nonsense: Summer Destination Gloucester Massachusetts

summer destination gloucester massachusetts

Summer destination Gloucester Massachusetts

Gloucester is a metropolitan district and the oldest working seaport of America. A free walking tour to the city is a must do. Besides this there is a lot to do here like underwater exploration, ocean swim, paddle boarding, Scuba diving, bird watching, surfing, Kayaking and many more. Continue reading summer destination Gloucester Massachusetts. Take a look inside summer destination Gloucester Massachusetts and plan your itinerary for this summer.


Unitarian Universalist is the oldest house of worship in Gloucester. The Joan of Arc by the eminent artist Anna Huntington is a must see. 

King’ square at the heart of the city is a major public space.

Gloucester downtown : You can shop for antiques, lobsters, liquor and souvenirs from the art supplies and boutiques of the Main street and roam in the confines in a water shuttle or a trolley shuttle.
Harbor walk, City Hall and the Harbortown Cultural District on the main street highlight about the ethos of Gloucester. Whale watches, boat excursions, readings, theatre, summer block parties are undertaken here. The Front Street Historic district, The Central Gloucester historic district and The Main street.


A free walking tour to the town is accessible and makes you conversant with quarried granite posts of the mariner’s and innovators of the city. The City Hall with the clock tower is an add-on in the fixtures of Gloucester’s history of city veterans and seamen. The Fishermen Lost at Sea Memorial Mural portraits of Clarence Birdseye who is considered to be the father of frozen food industry and Hays Hammond Castle in Magnolia who is the Father of Remote Control is a must see.


Gloucester Water front: The city’s inland port and dock is visibly well-known and is a highlight of the city’s history as a seaport. The channels and waters of the city are safe for navigation by the navigability seaward. The Seafarers of the Atlantic coastline are blessed as the waters are dotted with buoys making navigation non- hazardous.

Gloucester harbour: This city of fishermen and voyagers has the coastline of 60 miles.

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Stage Fort Park: The ramparts of the fortress overlook the harbour and is a witness of the first settlers who were evidently into fishing.

Cressy’s Beachand Half Moon Beach are located at the lower end of Stage Fort Park. Plum Cove Beach is located on Washington Street.

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Art colony Rocky Neck: This scenic art colony has galleries. The Gloucester stage company and The North Shore Art Association are all existent here. The Rocky Neck Historic Art trail definitely needs some catching up while in here.

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Cape Ann Museum: This one on the Pleasant street is a world class museum with the collection of maritime trade and fishing. The world’s largest collection of the illuminist painter Fitz Henry Lane is a must see.

Maritime Gloucester: On the Harbor Loop on the Webster Wharf watch out for all kinds of harbor undertakings and fishing trade. Lobstering off Cape Ann on Harbor loop is a leading port for lobster landings and lobsterman’s traps and is about making a living by lobstering along Gloucester’s shoreline. Gloucester’s fishing vessels at Fisherman’s Wharf catch blue fish, striped bass, Pollock, cod, scrod, halibut, trout, scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, flounder, tuna and haddock besides lobster. Surf casting, Bait fishing, ice fishing and fly fishing are done by the anglers on a charter boat. The circumnavigation on the island lets you explore light houses on the King Eider. An Icehouse tour is also must try.

Annisquam Lighthouse is visible from Wingaersheek Beach.

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Eastern Point Lighthouse is also known as Dog Bar Breakwater with the views of Boston skyline is owned by the US Coast Guard and also close to the public.

Ten Pound Island Lighthouse in the inner harbour is visible from many spots along the waterfront.

Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse is a preserve for sea birds and boat landing is not allowed here.

Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses known as “twin lights” are the only operating twin lighthouses on Rockport Harbor.

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Whale watching: The sheltered waters of the tidal estuary of Gloucester are the North Atlantic Whale Watching capital of America. Whales, dolphins and sharks frequent this area because of the shallow underwater plateau and rich marine habitat from the last great Ice Age. Watching expeditions are a delight for the naturalists and they are a must do.

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Deep sea fishing trip: Seafood gourmet and culinary selections in this fishing town is renowned for its countryside clam shacks offering clam bakes, clam chowder, oyster crackers and custard served with American berries. The ocean to table seafood trails is a must do.

Gloucester’s Fishermen Memorial also called the Western Avenue is the site definite unrestricted memorial on Stacey Boulevard watching Gloucester Harbor.

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Good Harbor Beach in Cape Ann is for the lovers of surfing, shelling, sunbathing for travellers in secluded coves on the white sand of the beach. Whale watching, Schooner sails and harbour tours are must to dos. Salt island at high tide offers Styrofoam boogie boards for body surfing.

Norman’s Woe is a distinct rock reef and is a site of several ship wrecks off Gloucester’s shore.

Wingaersheek beach is a beach that runs along Anisquam river and Ispwich Bay is often subject to intemperate weather.

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St Peters Fiesta happens in the St Peter’s Square in the town landing where gathering of boats and boat and foot racing carnival is done for a “Blessing of the Fleet” and our lady of Good Voyage is honoured.

Gloucester Schooner Festivals: National Historic landmark Schooner built in Essex county the Dory Fishing Schooner adventure is the last survivor as you find when you take a sail. It is quite a matter for the historic schooners that come over to the Boulevard of Gloucester harbour.

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Downtown Sidewalk Bazaar, Twin Lights Half Marathon,  Dory and Seine Boat Races, Nights on the Neck, The Blackburn Challenge, The Feast of St. Joseph, The Blues festival, Gloucester Water front festival, Fishtown Horribles Parade are among others.

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  1. Looks gorgeous, love the idea of whale watching. I’ve attempted it a number of times, but it’s never quite worked out with the whales. Might have to try it again.

  2. Such an interesting place to visit. You have beautiful photos!

  3. Lovely, love the pictures, the water, the lighthiuses…. This place looks very nice for a weekend gateway…such a shame it s do far away from me.

  4. Massachusetts looks so beautiful! I would love to visit.

  5. Lobsters, Lighthouses, & Whales OH MY! Wow, sounds like a blast to be able to experience all of that. I would love walking around the historic harbor & old towns. Though I must say that water is probably freezing for this Cuban Gulf of Mexico boy!

  6. I had no idea that there were so many lighthouses in this area. I’m all about whale watching, as well. I have never thought of kayaking in this area, but maybe should consider.

  7. I have always admired Massachusetts ( well really the NE). I love the light houses, the beautiful scenery and what seems like the perfect Fall! I can’t wait to visit there!

  8. I have a thing for lighthouses. I live a drivable distance away and must check this place out over one of the weekends

  9. I’ve honestly never considered going to Massachusetts… but after seeing these photos I’m sort of thinking about it. Looks like a really beautiful area!

  10. I’d never really thought about Massachusetts as a summer destination, but in a way, it kinda makes sense to go during this time as the weather is probably more agreeable now than in the fall/winter time. Gloucester looks like a charming place to visit and love how your tips are well-organized and detailed. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Wow! I really didn’t know how beautiful Gloucester, MA was. It’s definitely on my list of must see places for the upcoming year. Looking forward to the beaches and seafood. Thank you so much for this informative post.

  12. I never knew about Gloucester until this post! What a beautiful place! The waters there look so majestic that I think I’d wanna visit there myself! Keep it up!

  13. Looks like an amazing place to visit. We love the free city walk they are always amazing as the guides give 110% to get a tip

  14. I’ve never been to America but your post makes me very interested about the region. I like very much the Lighthouses. They seem so old yet still so functional nowadays. It is a good opportunity to climb on top of them and have panoramic views from there I guess.

  15. I would go to Gloucester just to get a glimpse of those whales and the beaches look pretty awesome too. They have a Mediterranean feel to them.

  16. Gloucester sounds incredible! I’ve not been anywhere in Mass except Boston, but this happily gives me another fantastic reason to return! I love Whale Watching, so I should definitely go to the Whale Watching Capital! The harbor looks like such a quintessential East Cost harbor. It’s quite beautiful! I love exploring smaller towns and I can’t wait to get here!

  17. This looks a great place to explore, with so many attractions to see and do! Great post!

  18. I JUST visited the east coast for the first time this summer. We did Boston, but didn’t have time for Gloucester. I’m super sad about missing it!

  19. This place is so interesting to visit. I have never seen a whale before but i always wanted too see them for i heard that whales are really kind.

  20. You know what considering I lived in driving distance of Massachusetts for so long I can not believe I haven’t explored it! I went to Salem once on a High School trip but I think we may need to add it to our Family Road Trip list!

  21. This is a timely post! I haven’t been to Gloucester in years, but I am heading over next month. The New England coast is so magical.

  22. Ohhh I love all the lighthouses! We’ll definitely have to make a trip to see all of this sometime.

  23. I love that photo of the whale tail! Whales are by far my favorite animals 🙂

  24. I really love all the lighthouse! And it seems like most of the activities are quite family friendly so its a great adventure to have with the fam!

  25. This is a great list! I have a weird fascination with lighthouses, so I’d love to explore all of these. I got to go whale watching when I was a kid in Maine, but it wasn’t great weather for it and we didn’t really get to see much, so I’d love to give that another shot.

  26. Wow this place has it all. Scenery, whale watching, watersports…although I’m not sure I’d be a fan of scuba diving as I hate cold water diving!!

  27. Megan Jerrard : August 31, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I had no idea that Gloucester is the oldest working seaport of America. Sounds like there’s a lot of history, and a lot to do! I would love to visit Annisquam Lighthouse – the view from Wingaersheek Beach looks so picturesque. Thanks for the tips on what to do!

  28. There’s a Gloucester in England too but this one sounds much more fun – you can’t go scuba diving at the English one for a start! Sounds like a great place to explore

  29. Thank you so much for sharing this! Gloucester was never on my list, yet now I think it should come on it. I love harbour cities, and whale watching sounds amazing!

  30. Wow! this looks like a really cool place to explore. I love cities that are so close to the water.

  31. I have always associated Gloucester with being overcast and rainy more often than not. However, it is great to know that another Gloucester where sunshine is abundant and the weather is great overall. A very informative post.

  32. When I think of Gloucester I think of the one in the England UK. I never knew that there was a Gloucester in the USA and what a charming place it looks. I have to admit Gloucester Massachusetts looks a lot nicer. There seems like a lot to do, like whale watching and hanging out on those pretty beaches. Sign me up

  33. So many great things to do! I like the variety of activities the city offers. I went to college in Western Mass., visited Boston often, but never been to Gloucester. I’ll add it to my list.

  34. So much history in this beautiful state! I love cities that offer free walking tours. It’s a great way to navigate the city with a free tour guide. The whale watching sounds like fun and something I have never experienced. If I wasn’t so prone to seasickness I would love to go deep sea fishing!

  35. Wowowowow.

    This looks like it has absolutely everything and it’s somewhere that I’ve never thought about visiting.

    Sea food, lighthouses and history sound like an absolutely ideal visit!

  36. I love Massachusetts and all of the colonial architect thats within it. Whale watching is the ultimate activity to do in the northeast during the season, its breathtaking to see those water giants come up to the surface and wittness the magnitude of their size. I’ve never been to Gloucester, but next time I go to Boston, I’m putting it on my to-do list!

  37. I’m from Beverly, Massachusetts so I know Gloucester all too well! The food scene in Gloucester is definitely rising, I love the Azorean Restaurant right off the rotary, they have the best food! And I’ve spent many summer days at Good Harbor but the parking is horrible!

  38. Gloucester is indeed an ideal summer getaway. So many sights to see and experience. For me the best part is undoubtedly the lighthouses, they look fantastic. Always have a strange attraction to light houses. Would love to visit all of them.

  39. I ALWAYs have difficulty pronouncing massachusett~ Whale watching is perhaps the activity I hope to experience yet I’m terribly afraid of~

  40. I heard about those lobsters from Glouster! It seems that it is quite the place to have them too. I love your pictures and how you describe the different activities that can be done in that city. The next time I am up that way, I am surely going to include Glouster in my planning.

  41. I never had any interest in visiting Gloucester before your blog. This place and the spots you pointed out seem so intriguing. I would really love to visit here now. The Schooner Festival looks super cool.

  42. This looks like a very beautiful city that I have to visit. Great pictures.

  43. Wow. So much to do in Gloucester (which I never heard of before visiting this post). I hope I can go back to MA (only visited Boston) someday and see more of what it offers 🙂

  44. Those shots are so awesome. I am inspired while looking at them because the shots are great. It made me feel that I need to go to that destination.

  45. My knowledge of Massachusetts is very limited so I found this post to be really insightful and I love your photos.

  46. this is so beautiful! my husband is from outside of Boston so MA is very close to our hearts!

  47. What a mesmerizing place! I absolutely love the lighthouses! Thank you for this idea!

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