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Rockport or The Cape?

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Rockport or The Cape?

Planning a family trip. Traveling with 4 kids and my parents?? Kids ages 11-18

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1. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

Rockport has natural beauty, shopping and dining.

The Cape has all that plus bike trails and ranger-lead programs at the CC national seashore. And, if you choose to seek it out ... lots of stuff kids love: go carts and mini golf and trampoline parks and bumper boats and so on and so on.

With 4 kids, I would go with the Cape

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2. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

Rockport is one town. Cape Cod is 15 towns. As nice as Rockport is, there is much more to see and do on Cape Cod. Tons of beaches, hiking and nature trails, huge variety of dining options. Make it Cape Cod.

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3. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

You need to compare either Rockport to a specific town on the Cape or Cape Cod to Cape Ann and then some for it to mean anything.

Personally I like the North Shore but Cape Cod has more to do in the summer. Probably not in the winter.

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4. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

Rockport is just one town - you can pretty much see and do it all in 1 day, including hiking around the old quarry at Halibut Point State Park. Of course you can do day trips from Rockport, too - Gloucester, Salem, Boston or north, too.

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Thank you for input!! Good info. Looks like the Cape would better suit my family!

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6. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

Thank you so much for helping me on this decision. Looks like Cape is better option!

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Something to think about?? Thank you!

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8. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

I agree that the fair comparison is between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Here are links to a couple of older threads that talk about things to do on Cape Ann and nearby. They may be helpful in making a decision.



For beaches, I'd take a look at Wingaersheek in Gloucester, Crane in Ipswich, and Plum Island in Newburyport.




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9. Re: Rockport or The Cape?

How long are you staying? What time of year? Rockport is part of the larger CAPE ANN and Essex county with the wonderful PEM within reach in Salem along with other attractions. Admittedly I am partial to Cape ANN because, and this is important...I do not want to spend my time driving up and down the Cape Cod highway in the summer. Cape Ann is compact and if visiting in the summer we are the quintessential New England summer ...

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