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Ranked #1 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Theaters; Performances
Owner description: Rockport Music presents concerts and cultural events in the "stunning acoustics and dramatic setting" (Boston Globe) of its... more » Owner description: Rockport Music presents concerts and cultural events in the "stunning acoustics and dramatic setting" (Boston Globe) of its new home, the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rockport Music is best known for its summer chamber music festival, as well as year-round presentations of jazz, folk, and pop music; high-definition broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and National Theatre (London); and classic and independent films. « less
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Ranked #2 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: State Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas

  Great birdwatching site, excellent paths for runners or walkers, with high, panoramic 270 degree ocean views from the grout pile overlook, extending on a clear day to the Isles... more »

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Ranked #3 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Museums; Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: Also called the Beauport Sleeper-McAnn House, this fantasy mansion of more than 40 rooms is perched on the rocks overlooking... more » Owner description: Also called the Beauport Sleeper-McAnn House, this fantasy mansion of more than 40 rooms is perched on the rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor. « less
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Good Harbor Beach (Gloucester)
Ranked #4 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Beaches

Good Harbor Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the north shore and has a large expanse of groomed sand and clean water.  Somehow the water seems warmer here than it... more »

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Wingaersheek Beach (Gloucester)
Ranked #5 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #6 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Monuments/ Statues

Built in 1925 and dedicated to they that go down to the sea in ships, the Fisherman's Memorial lists Gloucester fishermen who have been lost at sea since the seventeenth century... more »

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Bearskin Neck (Rockport)
Ranked #7 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Lookouts
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Motif Number 1 (Rockport)
Ranked #8 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Hammond Castle (Gloucester)
Ranked #9 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Historic Sites; Castles; History Museums; Art Museums

Hammond castle was built by John Hays Hammond Jr. inventor of the remote control. The castle is a place to house a unique collection of medieval artifacts. In fact, the building... more »

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Ranked #10 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Parks
This small park overlooking Gloucester harbor marks the spot where the area was first settled in the early 1600s.
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Ravenswood Park (Gloucester)
Ranked #11 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Parks
Owner description: Explore a shrouded landscape of hemlock groves, a magnolia swamp, and other trees species where you'll find remnants Colonial... more » Owner description: Explore a shrouded landscape of hemlock groves, a magnolia swamp, and other trees species where you'll find remnants Colonial habitation. « less
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Ranked #12 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
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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Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)
Ranked #13 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: History Museums; Art Museums
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Long Beach (Gloucester)
Ranked #14 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #15 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Specialty Museums
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Main Street (Gloucester)
Ranked #16 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ranked #17 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Lighthouses
Owner description: Serving as a guide to ships entering the scenic and commercial Gloucester harbor from the Atlantic Ocean, this 36-foot tall... more » Owner description: Serving as a guide to ships entering the scenic and commercial Gloucester harbor from the Atlantic Ocean, this 36-foot tall cylindrical brick tower was built in 1832 and automated in 1986. « less
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Ranked #18 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Lighthouses
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Ranked #19 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Theaters
Owner description: The Gloucester Stage Company's mission is to present the highest quality professional theatrical productions while... more » Owner description: The Gloucester Stage Company's mission is to present the highest quality professional theatrical productions while contributing to the cultural, economic and educational development of Cape Ann. Open seasonally from June - September. « less
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Plum Cove Beach (Gloucester)
Ranked #20 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Beaches
One of the better small Gloucester beaches.
Ranked #21 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
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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Coolidge Reservation (Manchester-by-the-Sea)
Ranked #22 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Hike past a scenic pond and through a small forest of pine and oak to reach a spectacular seaside lawn offering memorable... more » Owner description: Hike past a scenic pond and through a small forest of pine and oak to reach a spectacular seaside lawn offering memorable views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore. « less
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Niles Beach (Gloucester)
Ranked #23 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
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Singing Beach (Manchester-by-the-Sea)
Ranked #24 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #25 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Neighborhoods

Rocky Neck Art colony is a charming artists colony located in Gloucester, MA, north of Boston.  It is the oldest working artist colony in the United States.  It came to prominence... more »

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Half Moon Beach (Gloucester)
Ranked #26 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Beaches
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Sargent House Museum (Gloucester)
Ranked #27 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Historic Sites
Home of equal rights activist Judith Sargent Murray and her husband, Rev. John Murray, a founder of Universalism in America.
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The Paper House (Rockport)
Ranked #28 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Architectural Buildings
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Gloucester Center (Gloucester)
Ranked #29 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Downtown working-class section of Gloucester.
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Ranked #30 of 45 attractions in Cape Ann
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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