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Stage Fort Park and Beach

Hough Street, Gloucester, MA 01833
978-281-8865
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Ranked #6 of 24 attractions in Gloucester
Type: Parks
Description: This small park overlooking Gloucester harbor marks the spot where the area was first settled in the early 1600s.
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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Very nice park, especially early summer/fall. beautiful views, public restrooms. Nice place to start a bike ride around the gloucester area. Very cool cyclocross races held at this park in the fall.

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Texas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We were walking along the shore at the scenic harbor area when some locals suggested we head around the corner to the park. I'm SO glad we did! It's a beautiful location! We made our way around to the point, where there are a couple benches where you can sit and enjoy the gorgeous harbor view. The fall colors were... More

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A great playground for the kids and plenty of room to run around and explore. Also a good ice cream stand at the south end of the park.

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Bear, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We climbed the rock at Stage Fort Park. What an amazing place. Historic interest, amazing views and the beach. And, it's free!

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Zionsville
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

My husband and I visited Stage Fort Park and Beach, and were pleasantly surprised at both the deep historical value of the site, as well as its simple, restrained beauty. Tablet Rock, a huge granite boulder about 4 stories high, was fun to climb. It also has a plaque noting it as the site where the first settlers to Gloucester... More

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Havelock
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This historic park is fun. There is plenty of parking. Unfortunately, the visitors center was closed (not sure if it was because it was October or because of the government shut down). In the summer, this is a very happening place complete with ice cream stand. There is a nice playground for kids and fields for sports. The most fun... More

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Light, easy hiking to breathtaking views. Spend hours there and watch sunset, wow. Rocky beaches, baseball fields, playground...perfect for all.

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New Paltz, NY
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We have not used the beach except to walk there from up on the hill, but the park is lovely. What a view! The Cape Ann Farmers Market is located there in season - a great farmers market, too.

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Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
51 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a nice area for picnics, photos, and holding hands. The women in the Visitor's Center were very helpful, too. If you are a photography buff you will really enjoy the harbor views.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Lots to do, picnic tables, a small kid friendly beach, clean bathrooms, easy parking but get there early. Remember the bug spray if you are going to stay for sunset :)

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