Boats parked in port near Beauport Hotel Gloucester
Local Attractions

Exploring Cape Ann

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.

Landscape view of beach near Beauport Hotel Gloucester


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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Sea port Grille dining area at Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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 near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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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Buildings in Bearskin Neck near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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 at Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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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Stairway & garden, Hammond Castle, Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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 near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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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Exterior view of Cape Ann Museum near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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 near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

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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Exterior of Maritime Gloucester near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester

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

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Paddle boarding on the sea near Beauport Hotel Gloucester

On the Water

Cool off this summer with an array of water activities. From stand up paddleboarding to the Beauport Beach Shuttle, we'll have you making waves. Learn more.

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