Cape Ann Tours – Gloucester and Rockport
The Other Cape — smaller and closer than Cape Cod, it is considered by many to be more charming and dramatic. It is certainly easier to experience in one visit. We focus our tour on the coastal edges of Gloucester and Rockport.
Cross over the Annisquam River into Gloucester, home to the crews of Wicked Tuna. Go downtown and to the industrial fishing/processing harbor, to glimpse its historic connection to the sea and how it is adjusting to a changing economy. Go to Stage Fort Park, for its breathtaking views and breezes. Visit the Maritime Gloucester Education Center to see its dory shop, deep-sea dive locker and pocket aquarium. Stroll along Rocky Neck, one of the nation’s oldest artists’ colony, where Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper had studios.
Drive past Bass Rocks and Good Harbor Beach along the Atlantic up to Rockport. Once a granite-quarrying center (or “rock port”), the town now appeals with tourist-centric boutiques and galleries. Don’t miss Bearskin Neck wharf and Motif #1, the one-time lobster shack turned favorite camera subject.
If time allows, go to Halibut Point to hike the granite-ledge “park” to the ocean edge on Cape Ann’s north most point. Head towards home with a sweet drive along the Cape’s north coast past picturesque villages and coves.
Stop for lunch at one of Cape Ann’s seafood restaurants with ocean views.
6 or 7 hours