We have put together a list of great local beaches, museums, art galleries, and other fun tours and things to do in Gloucester. This is not an exhaustive list, as there are many places to discover during your visit, but it’s a good place to start!
Beaches with facilities
232 Atlantic St.
Cressey’s Beach and Half Moon Beach
Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave
Good Harbor Beach
99 Thatcher Rd.
Museums & Art Galleries
Cape Ann Historical Museum
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Its collections contain over 7000 rare shipbuilding artifacts, photographs, tools, documents, builder’s half-models and rigged ship models. Many all of these items have come from attics, basements and barns in Essex.
The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center is the only working historic waterfront in the Northeast that combines a historic working marine railway, where wooden vessels are hauled and repaired, with a Gulf of Maine aquarium, vessels tracing the fishing history of Gloucester, ongoing construction of wooden boats, and educational exhibits and programs.
Cape Ann Divers offers an extraordinary experience for divers of all levels. We are strategically located near all diving areas in Gloucester and Rockport, and there are many to choose from. Cape Ann offers world class diving just 30 miles north of Boston. The visibility and sea life variety are superb. There are also a number of shipwrecks, wall dives and rocky reefs just off our shore.
Enjoy a uniquely COOL visit to the Cape Pond Ice Company, where we’ve been icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of THE PERFECT STORM. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry,with vintage film of natural ice harvests. Explore our historic Ice House and see first hand 300-pound block ice being made – up to 350 tons per day. See fishing vessels taking on ice, and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester’s working waterfront!
See the best of Boston on this 110-minute, fully narrated tour. From Beacon Hill to the New England Aquarium, the Back Bay to Boston Common, Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the city. Our 17 stops have been carefully selected for your convenience and pleasure. Get off and on at any of our designated stops all day, sightseeing at your own pace! Kids ride free! Check out our new 2-day pass!