Exploring Cape Ann

Stay Near The Best Things To Do & See On The Coast

Beauport Hotel is located in beautiful Cape Ann. Cape Ann includes the city of Gloucester and the towns of Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. In addition to being America's oldest seaport, Gloucester is full of rich history. 

Browse from our staff’s top local recommendations on fun things to do around Cape Ann - including a visit to some of the best beaches in New England, whale watching, sailing, cultural events, world-class fishing, eclectic shopping, and dining, and learning about the vibrant maritime culture and history of the nation’s oldest seaport. Discover our elegant, seaside hotel tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the charming avenues of downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. 

To view all current local happenings, visit Discover Gloucester.

 

Beaches

Gloucester is home to some of New England’s most popular and award-winning beaches such as Wingaersheek beach, Good Harbor beach and more.

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Schooner Tours

Imagine yourself seated on the deck of a beautiful 65-foot schooner as it sails out of Gloucester harbor – just as fishing schooners a hundred years ago did.

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Whale Watches

You’ll find a number of companies in the area offering boat tours from mid-April to mid-October, with almost-guaranteed whale sightings at Stellwagen Bank, a marine preserve located 12 miles off the coast and rated among the Top 5 Whale Watching Destinations in the World by the World Wildlife Fund.

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Seaport Grille

Dine on fresh, local seafood and prime meats as you enjoy views of Gloucester’s authentic, working waterfront situated in the country’s first seaport.

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Rocky Neck Artist Colony

Take some time to explore this eclectic arts neighborhood featuring unique galleries, boutiques, and restaurants in colorful, historic houses. There are two main gallery locations as well as the many artistic establishments that are dotted along the charming peninsula.

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Bearskin Neck

Explore one of Cape Ann's finest shopping districts! Bearskin Neck is the perfect destination if you are looking to support small businesses including local artists, clothing boutiques and famous homemade "sweet" shops, to name a few.

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Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial

Erected in 1925, this historic commemorative sculpture is a featured stop on the Maritime History of Massachusetts travel itinerary. Also known as the Man at the Wheel, the eight-foot, bronze statue is sometimes confused with the iconic image of the famed Gorton's Fisherman. 

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Hammond Castle

Explore this medieval-style castle built from 1926-1929 by Dr. John Hays Hammond, Jr. to house his collection of Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance artifacts as well as his Research Corporation, which produced over 400 patents and ideas for over 800 inventions, second only to Thomas Edison.

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Ten Pound Island Lighthouse

Rent a private charter or go on a schooner tour to get an up-close view of this charming, picturesque, historic lighthouse located on Ten Pound island. Built in 1881 to replace the stone tower built on the site in 1821, the conical cast-iron structure stands 30 feet high.​

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Cape Ann Museum

​A shuttle ride away from our hotel, Cape Ann Museum is home to some of the areas finest works of art reflecting "a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial, and artistic achievement." 

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Rockport Music - Shalin Liu

Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the proud official hotel partner of Rockport Music's Shalin Liu Performance Center.

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Beauport Cruiselines

Take in the ocean breeze and views of Gloucester Harbor & Cape Ann, all while enjoying a signature New England Lobster Bake Dinner and more, full bar service and DJ entertainment.

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Maritime Gloucester

Experience marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. 

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Cape Ann SUP

From SUP lessons, SUP rentals, to moonlight SUP tours!

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Gloucester Fleet Deep Sea Fishing & Charters

Offering some of the best bottom fishing off the shores of Cape Ann, at Tillies Ledge, Stellwagen Bank (a National Marine Sanctuary), Jefferies Ledge, Straw Hat as well as a few other “hot spots”. These areas are rich with Cod, Haddock, Pollack, Cusk, Wolfish, Red Fish, Mud Hake, Conger Eel to name a few!

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