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“Beautiful peaceful place, great for a walk”

Halibut Point State Park
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Owner description: Scramble across ledges scarred by the granite industry and examine tide pools teeming with marine life.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Have been hear several times, the views of the ocean and the history of the granite quarry make it a very special place. Close to Rockport and Gloucester, so easy to make a nice day/evening trip.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Only $2.00 to park, with self guided trails and nature abounding, this is a must for anyone going to the Cape Ann Area. You can see Maine and New Hampshire shorelines from one of the overlooks! Nice wide trails, you get to see the ocean raging on the rocks from various heights on the trails, and you are able to get up close and personal with the waves as well. There was an interesting group of stones arranged by locals and tourists looking like a mini-stonhenge or rock balancing sculptures competition. Really a great place to walk, hike, jog, walk your dogs, and I imagine in the summertime, would be a great place to keep cool with the wonderful sea breezes. The quarry was so large, yet we walked around it with ease and it seemed to take very little time to complete the circle. Going to the ocean shore was a longer trip, and it was interesting to see the local houses along the park as well. They have a great backyard. Too bad the building wasn't open though - they had a large handicap size port-o potty in the parking lot area. A great place for photos!

1  Thank Helen W
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

My friends and I went to Halibut State Park together, and really enjoyed our time there. It is a fun place to hike around. There is a lot to look at, and the scenery is stunning. My favorite part was when we hiked down to the beach. The water crashes against the rocks, and it's just gorgeous. Plus, you can see so much of the New England shoreline, which is really unique. When we were there, it was a little windy but still enjoyable since we dressed for the weather. All in all, a really great day trip if you're visiting Boston.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This was an easy 1 hour ride from Boston. Park for $2. Walk less than 5 minutes to the visitor's centre where there are some informative displays on history, geology, wildlife. You can get a map with explanations for the short self-guided tour around the quarry. The quarry is a stone's throw away from the centre- a beautiful serene body of water flanked by neat rocks makes for a wonderful peaceful sight. It was a little chilly when I went but I can imagine sitting on a rock at the water's edge (hold tight to your kids!) and reading a book in the late spring or summer. There were so many types of small birds flitting around... I'm sure bird lovers would enjoy it too!

Walk down to the sea and there's a small 'playground' of small granite structures... when seen from the lookout point, it's almost like a mini Stonehenge or an art installation. We walked further to the water's edge where the coast is lined by granite rocks- twas a small adventure climbing up and down them... this portion is probably not for children less than 4 to 6, unless you, the parent, want to carry them. Also, not for the unfit or those not nimble. A 3 month old dog enjoyed it the day we were there. This takes you out to the sea's edge (less than 200 yards) where you can see the waves of the Atlantic crash onto the rocks. If you are more adventurous, you could walk the entire coast (until the border of private property), which would take less than 20-30 min if you didn't stop to admire the waves.

The granite quarry tour can be done in 20 min if you don't linger. The stone playground can probably occupy kids (or adults!) for 20 min. The trek on the rocks can take anything from 20 min to 1+ hour, depending on how long you wanna go out for and how long you want to stay. A couple picnicked on one of the slabs :)

Really, spend your time there on a day with good weather. Chill. Admire what God has made! I would come again and aim to spend 2-3 hours here. More if you bring a book or a meal.

Thank Lizlovestravelling
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Beautiful park, with great visitor centre and viewing tower. Access to the rocky coastline. All this for $2 parking fee - bargain!

Thank Alison C
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