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Halibut Point State Park

Gott Ave, Rockport, MA 01966
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching, Prospecting
Fee: Yes
Traveler Description:   Great birdwatching site, excellent paths for runners or walkers, with high, panoramic 270 degree ocean views from the grout pile overlook... more »
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Providence, Rhode Island
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140 reviews 140 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Located at the very tip of Cape Ann north of Boston, a jutting of land that contains Gloucester and Rockport, lies Halibut Point State Park. For two bucks you can park and stroll around an old quarry within spitting distance of the ocean -- leading us to wonder if nearby Rockport was named for a port where they transshipped rocks.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a spectacular state park set at the end of the earth. You will see what remains from a large granite quarry and breathtaking ocean views. You can hike trails around the quarry, through the woods and down the rocky shoreline. If this isn't enough you can climb the tower and get a birds eye view of this amazing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We love Rockport and the surrounding area. This is our favorite destination. A short walk through the woods and around the granite quarry takes you to the ocean front which is comprised of slabs and boulders of granite descending into the water. Great place for a picnic or just to set up some beach chairs and read or contemplate. We've... More

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Maynard, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Short little walk from the parking lot ($2/car) to a quarry that may tempt you to want to swim, but you're not allowed to. A short walk later and you can either walk out to the look out (worth checking out) or heading down to the ocean. With (2) children 7 and 10, we timed it right...low tide which allowed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Visited the park on our way to dinner in Rockport. Arrived about an hour before sunset. Easy walk through the woods on a well maintained path. The sky was clear and we could see the coastline for miles from the rocky overlook. Granite everywhere. Don't miss if you're in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were looking for activities after a few hours in Rockport, and decided to visit Halibut Point State Park as it is just a short drive away. Although it was the peak of tourist season at Cape Ann, the Park was pretty quiet. Parking was cheap at $2, payable at a machine. There is an old granite quarry that is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A beautiful spot to take the whole family. After you go around the quarry trail, be sure to head down the trail that leads to the rocks by the ocean. Picnic table is near the visitors center too.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This state park is easy to get to, easy to park, pay at the central station (very affordable), a minimal walk and you feel like you are in nature. The quarry is stunning on its own and then you add the fact that you can see the ocean behind it and it lends for great pictures and views. A short... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Desperate for something to do after trying unsuccessfully to go to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate (which was closed for a private event), we ventured to Rockport and visited Halibut Point State Park on a whim. Our group consisted of kids (ages 7 and 11) through adults into their 60's. Parking is convenient and inexpensive. There are restrooms on... More

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Washington D.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Absolutely spectacular views. Great for kids, dogs, walkers, runners. Don't need to be a hiker-type to thoroughly enjoy. A definite destination on Cape Ann.

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