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Rockport welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy its New England seaside charm. Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, Rockport offers breathtaking coastal scenery along rocky and sandy shorelines.
Rockport is a walker’s paradise. With public footpaths along the ocean, trails through the easily accessible Headlands and Halibut Point State Park, and a lively downtown with classic New England architecture, you can leave your car behind. Discover quaint inns renowned for their hospitality and hot breakfasts. Stroll along bustling, eclectic Bearskin Neck, with unique shops, restaurants and galleries, many housed in repurposed fishing shacks. You won't find any box stores or national chains here - only small businesses with a local flair. Traverse the jetty with views of the Straitsmouth Island lighthouse and the vast seascape. Take in a sunrise over Thacher Island with its Twin Lighthouses. Swim at public beaches – Front, Back or Old Garden – all within walking distance of downtown. Watch sailboat races or rent a kayak for the day.
With its uncommonly magical light, Rockport has been a destination for notable painters and sculptors since the mid-1800’s, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Childe Hassam, John Sloan and Aldro Hibbard, to name a few. One of the oldest art colonies in America, Rockport presents the work of more than 300 artists at the Rockport Art Association and over 30 galleries.
Rockport is home to the iconic Motif No. 1, a quaint red fish shack situated in the Inner Harbor, reputed to be the most photographed and painted building in the United States, if not the world. Each May, Motif No.1 Day celebrates the famous fish shack with art-inspired activities for every age. Christmas in Rockport, Harvestfest, and Illumination Weekend are some of the many festivals throughout the year.
For music lovers, the world-class Shalin Liu Performance Center hosts the Chamber Music Festival in June and July and a Jazz Festival in August. Throughout the year, the Shalin Liu presents a wide variety of shows in its intimate setting overlooking the ocean.
Rockport cuisine has a distinctive coastal flavor. Watch as lobstermen set their traps and dock their boats in the harbor. See their working shacks along Bradley Wharf. Then enjoy fresh local seafood – chowder, fried clams or lobster in the rough.
Rockport is an hour north of Boston by car or an hour and a half by commuter train. Peaceful, serene, beautiful, cultural Rockport - a Masterpiece by the Sea!