Cape Ann is a rocky cape located northeast of Boston, Massachusetts. With its peaceful coastline and iconic northeast flare, it is the perfect seaside escape. Here are the top 5 things to do on Cape Ann.
1. Whale Watching
Whale watching is a must do while visiting the northeast and there is no better place to do it than Cape Ann. Grant and I went through Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch out of Gloucester, MA and had a great experience. We were able to see humpback, fin, and minke whales as well as a basking shark on our tour. I would go again in a heartbeat. For more information on whale watching on Cape Ann go here.
2. Explore BearSkin Neck
BearSkin Neck is located in Rockport, MA. The area is loaded with local shops and delicious dinning. We had a great time exploring and taking in all of the northeastern architecture. Parking is a challenge in the area though, so expect to park a distance away and walk.
View of the harbor from Bearskin Neck
Iconic building in Bearskin Neck
3. Halibut Point State Park
Halibut Point State Park is also located in Rockport, MA. The park offers easy trails and serene coastal views. It is the perfect place to spend a few hours taking in the beauty of Cape Ann. For more information and pictures go here.
Lighthouse at Halibut Point State Park
4. Relax on the beach
Most of Cape Ann's shoreline is rocky but there are beaches. We stayed at Cape Ann Motor Inn which was located right on Long Beach in Gloucester, MA. The beach was absolutely gorgeous and the perfect place to relax. Grant and I ran along the beach one morning, enjoyed stargazing, and I even watched the sunrise (for pictures and more about watching the sunrise on the beach go here). Relaxing on the beach is another must while visiting Cape Ann.
5. Eat great seafood
Cape Ann is a wonderful place to check out fresh and local seafood. Our goal was to try as much fresh seafood as possible and we were successful!
A few of our favorite places were:
The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing Company
We enjoyed typical bar food at the Pub and some local brews.
Growing hops at Cape Ann Brewing Company
Roy Moore Lobster Co.
Grant and I enjoyed a lobster roll and crab cakes at this small restaurant in Bearskin Neck.
Captain Carlos was the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after our whale watching excursion. The patio was a great touch as well!
Mile Marker One Restaurant and Bar
A spot for great seafood and a good bowl of clam chowder.
Outside of Mile Marker One Restaurant and Bar
Been to Cape Ann, what was your favorite activity? Comment below!