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Things to do in Essex

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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Tours; Bodies of Water
Owner description: "Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New England " -Boston Globe. 1 1/2 hour narrated cruises, 1 hour... more » Owner description: "Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New England " -Boston Globe. 1 1/2 hour narrated cruises, 1 hour evening cocktail cruise, along the calm waters of the Essex River. Glide back in time, past islands, dunes & beaches formed by glaciers. See historic mansions, shipyards, saltmarsh farms, rare birds, wildlife, and stunning scenery. Charters &Clambakes. Restroom onboard, free parking, handicaped accessible, cards taken, and bar available. « less
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Boat Tours
Owner description: We are the longest running sea kayak outfitter on the North Shore of Massachusetts, providing guided kayak trips of the... more » Owner description: We are the longest running sea kayak outfitter on the North Shore of Massachusetts, providing guided kayak trips of the beautiful wilderness within the Essex River Basin. Our guides provide superior customer service, sharing their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiam to groups of all ages and sizes. We also offer group/private kayak lessons, as well as kayak sales to get you started. Join us for an adventure! « less
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: If you love antiques, Cogswell’s Grant should be on your itinerary. This 18th century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River... more » Owner description: If you love antiques, Cogswell’s Grant should be on your itinerary. This 18th century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River was the summer home of collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, and houses their celebrated collection of American folk art, including primitive paintings, redware, and painted furniture. Everything is displayed as the family lived with it and shared it with their friends and fellow collectors.Open June 1-October 15, Wed.-Sun.; tours given 11:00am - 4:00pm. « less
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Ranked #4 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Museums
Owner description: Over 4000 wooden ships have been built on the banks of the Essex River since 1668. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum traces the... more » Owner description: Over 4000 wooden ships have been built on the banks of the Essex River since 1668. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum traces the evolution of traditional boat building through artifacts, photographs, hands-on exhibits and tour guides with deep knowledge of maritime and local history. Both guided tours and self-guided tours are available. Group tours and field trips can be scheduled. The School House building interprets ship models from the Smithsonian Institute. « less
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Ranked #5 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Ranked #6 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Bodies of Water
Ranked #7 of 7 attractions in Essex
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Enjoy an easy ascent to a coastal hilltop that rewards you with panoramic views of Crane Beach and the Essex River estuary
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