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Stage Fort Park and Beach

Hough Street, Gloucester, MA 01833
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Ranked #5 of 25 attractions in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited this weekend when we drove up from Boston and Wingaersheek was resident's only. The beach was small at high tide when we arrived but it worked. There was some trash in the water. There is a lot of playground equipment that looked great for kids. Big open areas and plenty of benches and picnic tables. Beautiful views, trails... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This park has some really wonderful views, good group cookout areas, and good walks. The beaches in the park are small and good for families with young children, but so is Wingaersheek and it's bigger. You have to pay to park in the summer until a certain time (I'm not sure of the hours but I didn't have to pay... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent hours on the beach in Gloucester, ate a hearty dinner, and then ventured further and discovered Stage Fort Park. Parking was free when we arrived in the evening so we checked out the visitor center which had lots of area info, played on the large playground (kids of all ages loved it) and walked a bit by the... More

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13 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Two small beaches; Half Moon is sandy with shade trees, Cressy Beach is pebbly & a great spot for hunting beach glass. Abundant grassy fields, a bandstand with occasional evening concerts, enormous boulders & rocky paths to explore, a fort with cannons, and views of Gloucester Harbor's fishing and sailing boats. The Cupboard offers ice cream and is a local... More

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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187 reviews 187 reviews
76 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

You can spend all day here. You may like to call ahead to book a picnic table and bring a grill. There is a nice beach and walking trails. Lots of room to play outdoor games. Nice children's play area. Bathrooms with changing stalls and a shower. Dogs are welcome in the park. I didn't see any on the life... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This park has something for just about everyone. Beaches, playing fields, a large gazebo for concerts, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a some cool American history can all be found on this great park along the bay. It is the sight of the landing of the Dorcester company in 1623, which is marked by a gigantic bolder that rises above everything... More

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Southwick, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Attended a vow renewal service in the gazebo with a picnic right after. The grounds were gorgeously kept and everything was clean! The information center workers were as nice as can be and did a great job promoting their town. Views of the water from the picnic area were lovely. Gloucester is lucky to have such a great place for... More

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Lake George, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This early in the season there is no charge for parking so we stopped here twice. Perfect spot for a picnic lunch. View from the beach is priceless. On our second trip we explored the huge rocks which offer different views.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Stage fort park is a beautiful place right on Gloucester harbor, Complete with 2 unique beaches.One is Half moon beach, because of the shape,small but very well protected by rock formations,off to one side is a point cannons guarded the early settlement from the British.There is loads of parking , swings and slides for kids, bathrooms and snack and an... More

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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