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Rocky Neck Art Colony

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Address: Gloucester, MA
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The oldest working artist's colony in the country.

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Touristy but worth the walk

I think this is a very trendy and touristy area but worth the walk to see the art galleries and little shops. It feels like the street is closed off to traffic but really cars can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Atlanta GA
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Waitsfield, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rocky Neck is home to one of the oldest art colonies in the USA. In many of the galleries the artists live where they work so you can see them creating pieces as well as have in depth conversations about those that are displayed. The Studio and the Rudder restaurants serve up great seafood and drinks and the outdoor dining... More 

Thank APatrickF
Atlanta GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think this is a very trendy and touristy area but worth the walk to see the art galleries and little shops. It feels like the street is closed off to traffic but really cars can go down the road as they need and people will move for them. But auto traffic is rare. The shops are eclectic and the... More 

Thank ATL_explorer
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy catching the inner harbor water taxi which stops at The Studio restaurant in Rocky Neck. Grab some food, walk thru the private galleries and if you have interest it is where several of the tuna boats from the show Wicked Tuna are moored.

Thank soups66
Grafton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

I found this area overrated and hardly any parking. Not worth cruising around and around looking for a parking place.

Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

So New England...quirky shops, solid art galleries and cultural center with diverse and frequent event s and changing exhibits. Unique harbor views and architecture. Friendly locals.

Thank cloudsskyocean
Salem, MA
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93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

There are artist's studios right on the pier. The quality of the work varies. Some are established artists and some are following their dream of being artists. There is a lovely neighborhood there; many people put a lot of care into their houses and gardens and it is fun to look around. There are all different sorts of views, from... More 

Thank SalSal_Salem
Ardmore, Oklahoma
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

stayed at rocky neck accommodation on the water right in the middle of the arts district. clean rooms and very comfortable. the shops and the neighborhood is great!! 5 stars!!

Thank pryor912
Edmond, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We stayed at Rocky Neck Accommodations, right on the water in the heart of the arts district. Rooms are quite basic, but clean and comfortable. And the neighborhood is fascinating.

Thank Marcia P
Yuma, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 773 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Wonderful part of town but the roads are SO NARROW we wish we would have taken the water taxi... Restaurants have different opening times so check before you go!

Thank 2013TravelinFool
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Lots of art galleries. Every expensive. One shop the man is very talented. Prices were more reasonable. What I liked the most is we walked down to the shore line and found lots of sea glass. Not a very clean shore line so wear old shoes. If you like art it is an ok place.

Thank Emma L

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