Things to Do & See

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
  • Chevron down Wingaersheek Beach
  • Wingaersheek Beach
    232 Atlantic St.

  • Chevron down Cressey's Beach and Half Moon Beach
  • Cressey’s Beach and Half Moon Beach
    Stage Fort Park, 24 Hough Ave

  • Chevron down Good Harbor Beach
  • Good Harbor Beach
    99 Thatcher Rd.

  • Chevron down Crane Beach
  • Crane Beach

  • Chevron down Singing Beach
  • Singing Beach

  • Chevron down Long Beach
  • Long Beach

Museums & Art Galleries
  • Chevron down Cape Ann Historical Museum
  • Cape Ann Historical Museum

  • Chevron down Essex Shipbuilding 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.
  • Chevron down Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
  • Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
    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.
  • Chevron down Schooner Adventure
  • Schooner Adventure

  • Chevron down Hammond Castle
  • Hammond Castle

  • Chevron down Ward Mann Gallery
  • Ward Mann Gallery

  • Chevron down North Shore Arts Association
  • North Shore Arts Association

  • Chevron down Rock Neck Art Gallery
  • Rocky Neck Art Colony

  • Chevron down seARTS
  • seARTS A cultural Coalition of Cape Ann
Other Fun Things to Do
  • Chevron down Essex National Heritage
  • Essex National Heritage Regional Information

    Relax and enjoy one of the most spectacular ocean views in all New England! All rooms at the Atlantis overlook the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Twin Lighthouses.

  • Chevron down Cape Ann Divers
  • Cape Ann Divers Exciting Dive Charters from Yankee Fleet Dock

    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.

  • Chevron down Cape Pond Ice
  • Cape Pond Ice
    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!
  • Chevron down Essex River Pontoon Cruises
  • Essex River Pontoon Cruises
    Fully narrated cruises depart daily from the Essex Marina. Discover salt marshes, glacial islands, barrier beaches, sand dunes, rare birds and other wildlife.
  • Chevron down Schooner Sails on the Thomas E Lannon
  • Schooner Sails on the Thomas E Lannon
    Fully narrated cruises depart daily from the Essex Marina. Discover salt marshes, glacial islands, barrier beaches, sand dunes, rare birds and other wildlife.
  • Chevron down Essex River Basin Kayak Adventures
  • Essex River Basin Kayak Adventures

  • Chevron down Halibut Point State Park
  • Halibut Point State Park

  • Chevron down Moby Duck Amphibious Sightseeing
  • Moby Duck Amphibious Sightseeing

  • Chevron down Ravenswood Park
  • Ravenswood Park
    A tranquil wooded setting for walking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing along almost ten miles of trails and carriage paths.
  • Chevron down Old Town Trolley Tours
  • Old Town Trolley Tours
    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!
Contact Info
Phone (855) 546-3474
Map Marker

1 Parker Street
Gloucester, MA 01930