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Things to do in Rockport & Cape Ann

There are so many things to do in Rockport and Cape Ann that a weekend stay is probably not enough to take it all in. In fact, it can take years to fully explore the region. But here are a few of our favorite things to do in Rockport, Massachusetts.

Take a leisurely stroll to the village and Bearskin Neck to enjoy beaches, art galleries, dining and shopping of Rockport, MA.  The wonders of Gloucester and Cape Ann are within easy reach by car or train.  Additionally, a short train or car ride will also take you to nearby Salem and Boston.

Rockport MA Beaches

Rockport Beaches

The north shore of Massachusetts has some of the most beautiful beaches in New England, hands down. Just a short walk from the Addison Choate is Rockport’s popular front beach.  Just grab your towels and beach chairs and you’ll be on the sand in 5 minutes! Walking distance from Front Beach is Back Beach which offers visitors an opportunity for scuba diving. The Addison Choate is also just a few minute drive to popular Good Harbor Beach and Long Beach.

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Shalin Liu Performance Center

The Shalin Liu Performance Center is truly a world class facility nestled in the seaside village of Rockport. The 350 seat venue offers and intimate and luxurious setting with an impressive backdrop of a huge glass window overlooking Sandy Bay. The venue hosts a variety of musical acts and genres including folk, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass and classical. This place is truly a Rockport gem that is worth the visit if you are coming to the north shore. Check out the upcoming acts here and be sure to book ahead if you see something that catches your eye.

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Hammond Castle

Built between 1926 and 1929 by an eccentric American inventor, Dr. John Hayes Hammond, Jr., Hammond castle offers visitors an opportunity to explore a medieval style castle replete with Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. Hammond was a prolific inventor who is credited with the invention of radio remote control. Hammond held over 400 patents, second only to Thomas Edison. The castle is open for touring Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Shopping On Bearskin Neck

Shopping On Bearskin Neck

Stroll through the quaint, picturesque seaside town of Rockport and enjoy local artisan goods, jewelry, carvings, pottery, penny candy and more. When you need to refuel you can partake in some local north shore cuisine (including lobster, of course) at the delicious restaurants and fish shacks, or get an ice cream cone at one of the local ice cream shops.

Here is a quick glimpse of some of the fantastic shops in Rockport: 12 Great Shops in Rockport, MA

Rockport Massachusetts Art Galleries






Rockport Art Galleries

Rockport is home to over 30 art galleries featuring works from over 400 artists. Strolling through this picturesque seaside village it’s easy to see how so many artists were inspired. The unique lighting, the rugged coastline, Motif #1, the draw of the ocean, inspiration seems to be almost endless.

Not sure where to start? Check out our list of the Top 7 Art Galleries in Rockport, MA

Rockport Massachusetts Restaurants






Restaurants in Rockport, MA

Need to refuel after your journey in Rockport and around Cape Ann? Not a problem. Rockport and nearby Gloucester are home to myriad fine dining options. Whether you are looking satisfy that lobster roll craving or indulge in creative culinary treats, your are covered on the north shore of Massachusetts.

Need some ideas for lunch or dinner? Check out our Top 9 Restaurants near Rockport, MA

Hopefully, this list of things to do in Rockport and Cape Ann helps you plan your journey. Our team at the Addison Choate are always willing to help answer your questions and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. 

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