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“Not worth the time and effort”

Stage Fort Park and Beach
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$159.00*
and up
Gloucester Harbor Cruise with Lobster Bake
Ranked #7 of 61 things to do in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This small park overlooking Gloucester harbor marks the spot where the area was first settled in the early 1600s.
Reviewed August 21, 2011

We traveled to Gloucester with our two young children (two years and 9 weeks). We were really desperate for a playground so packed up our kids to go visit here one morning. You do have to pay to park but the park itself is free.
The playground seems fairly rundown. Some parts of some of the play structures have exposed nails, falling down boards and loose bits. Definitely not the safest playground.

The sandy beach had too much sea glass, some of it sharp and lots of trash. Not pleasant.

The thing that drove us away was the mosquitoes. They were really bad. Maybe it's just an August thing but truly aggressive. This wasn't a problem anywhere else in Gloucester.

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Reviewed July 25, 2011

This little blood suckers think that bug spray is a call for dinner.. Never,ever will be visiting there again.. Parking cost $10 or $15 depending on the day. You figure they would spray the park for bugs.

3  Thank easilyentertained
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

I absolutely loved this place!!!! The rock is really, really cool. Get on top of it and you can get some great views, sun, pictures and great relaxation!! The little beach here is very nice and the water was extremely clean (but cold). There is a little playground, picnic area and field.. We didn't have enough time at this park..!!

2  Thank dreamer3825
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

we pulled into this park, while wondering. It was so nice, and i love the way the water sounds on the rocks. I was able to see several lighthouses, So i was just ecstatic.

the only negative, was the bathroom was not open that day, lol.

4  Thank ReneeH3
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Reviewed November 20, 2009

Stage Fort Park has been a favorite of our family for years. I used to take my Girl Scout troop there. They have loads of lawn, a playground, picnic areas where you can grill, a walking path from there to the Old Man and the Sea statue, restrooms in season, plenty of parking, the cannons overlooking the harbor, the enormous rocks and tons of places to climb and at the bottom of those rocks, tidal pools where all kinds of mini sea creatures can be found, ball fields and of course the most magnificent ocean views. The cove beach is lovely even on a cold day because it cuts the wind out. You can spend the day here cheap or free if you take a picnic and the kids will think they are in heaven. One true gem

6  Thank Tapgaw
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