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Wildlife Reserve in Gloucester

Stellwagen Bank

Gloucester is perfectly situated to launch your whale-watching expedition, thanks to the proximity of Stellwagen Bank, 842 sq miles of open ocean rich in marine life. The area was declared a National Marine Sanctuar…
Gallery in Gloucester

Rocky Neck Art Colony

The artistic legacy of Gloucester native Fitz Henry Lane endures, as Gloucester still boasts a vibrant artists community at Rocky Neck Art Colony. In addition to the cooperative Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, there are a…
American in Gloucester

Duckworth's Bistrot

Half-portions and wines by the glass (or carafe) mean that Duckworth's won't break the bank. But the menu of fresh seafood and local produce means you will dine like a gourmand. Specialties include the oysters of th…
Pub in Gloucester

Crow's Nest

The down-and-dirty fisherfolk bar made famous in The Perfect Storm. But this is the real deal, not the set the movie folks threw up for a few weeks during filming. Come early if you want to drink with the fishing cr…
Theater in Gloucester

Gloucester Stage Company

This company stages excellent small-theater productions of classics and modern works. It's a small venue known for top-notch acting. Excellent summer theater.
Beach in Gloucester

Wingaersheek Beach

The biggest and best of Cape Ann's beaches is Wingaersheek Beach, a wide swath of sand surrounded by Ipswich Bay and guarded by Annisquam Lighthouse.
Museum in Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester

Visit Gloucester's working waterfront and see the ongoing restoration of wooden boats, watch the operation of a marine railway that hauls ships out of the water and compare the different kinds of fishing boats that …
Historic Site in Gloucester


The lavish home of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper is known as Beauport, or the Sleeper-McCann mansion. Sleeper scoured New England for houses that were about to be demolished and scavenged wood paneling, arch…
Beach in Gloucester

Stage Fort Park

There are two lovely, small beaches at Stage Fort Park: the picturesque Half-Moon Beach and the more remote Cressy’s Beach. The latter is a bit of a trek from the parking lot, but it's worth it to get away from the …
Religious in Gloucester

St Peter's Festival

Honoring the patron saint of fisherfolk, this carnival at St Peter's Sq takes place over five days in late June. Besides rides and music, the main event is the procession through the streets of a statue of St Peter.…