"Cape Ann has loads to offer, minus the travel hassles"
Boston Globe Magazine
A True Fisherman's Town with Lots of History, Scenery and Attractions.
"Gloucester is a hard working fishing port that blends incredible food, art, shopping and culture into everything it does."
ABC Travel Guides for Kids
"We're supposed to have all these great restaurants in Los Angeles and it just doesn't even come close to here"
Mark Wahlberg
Actor/ 'The Perfect Storm'
"Gloucester is a beautiful city ... The people here have been just great."
George Clooney
Actor / 'The Perfect Storm'
“Gloucester’s heroes are fishermen and carpenters. Gloucester is proud to be a working class town.”
Israel Horowitz
Playwright, Founding Artistic Director / Gloucester Stage Co.
For nearly 400 years,

Gloucester has been a city of explorers, fishermen, artists and dreamers. With over 60 miles of coastline there are a wealth of stunning views to enjoy. We have world-class museums to explore, beaches to stroll, and art galleries to visit. As a real, working fishing community there is plenty of fresh seafood at every turn, and lots of other gourmet goodies, too. And did we mention the whale watching, schooner sails, harbor tours and other ways to get on the water? From St. Peter’s Fiesta to the Schooner Festival, with lots in between (hometown July 4th fun, monthly downtown block parties, Nights on the Neck, the Blackburn Challenge, the Blues Festival, just to name a few), there is always fun to be found in Gloucester.  There’s so much to do, so much to see, you’ll want to stay a little longer!







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While Gloucester has historically been most well-known for its proud and rich fishing history, over the past 35 years whale watching has become one of the most popular tourist activities in the area. In fact Gloucester is fast gaining the reputation is one of the premier whale watch destinations not just in New England but in the entire world! This is because Gloucester sits on a peninsula that extends eastward into the North Atlantic Ocean directly between two important whale feeding areas: Stellwagen Bank and Jeffrey’s Ledge. Together these two regions comprise what in 1992 was designated “Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Sanctuary waters encompass 842-square miles of some of the most biologically productive waters in all of the Gulf of Maine. Gloucester’s unique location gives whale watching boats departing from this historic fishing port greater access to more of the sanctuary and the wildlife found there than boats departing from any other port in New England.

Whales can be seen each year from approximately April through October. Humpback whales, always a favorite amongst whale watcher for their curious nature and tendency to perform spectacular display of surface activity, are often the most common whale species in the area. Finback whales, which can reach lengths of over 70 feet making them the second largest animal on Earth, are also quite common. Other species frequently encountered include the Minke whale, the Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, and the extremely endangered North Atlantic Right whale. Less common, but still regular visitors to the Stellwagen Bank region are the Sei whale, Pilot whale, and sometimes even the largest animal ever to have lived on the planet: the Blue whale.

If you are thinking of going whale watching Gloucester boasts some of the best whale watching companies in the world as well. Most trips are accompanied by a marine biologist with many years of experience studying the whales of the region and the information the provide can greatly enhance not just your understanding of the whales and other marine wildlife you see, but your over all enjoyment of being on the water and in the presence of these amazing animals. It is fun and education activity to share with family and friend that you are sure to remember for long time to come.

There are not many places in the world where you can have a true wilderness experience and see some of the largest, rarest, and seldom seen animals on Earth. So get outside, visit Gloucester, and enjoy some of the best whale watching in the world.

Article & Photo courtesy:
Jay Frontierro, 7 Seas Whale Watch



Preheat oven to 425º F Place a fresh haddock fillet on cooking plate, cover with crumbs (see recipe below) and sprinkle with drawn butter. Place two tablespoons of water around the bottom of the fish. Bake in oven at 425ºF degrees for 10 to 14 minutes, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve immediately with lemon wedge and your favorite vegetable.

The Gloucester House Bread Crumbs
3 cups bread crumbs
1 cup of Ritz crackers, crushed
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons granulated garlic
¼ cup fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Yield: Makes 4 ½ cups
Mix all ingredients together; refrigerate extras for up to two  weeks in a sealed  container.

Recipe Courtesy: Gloucester House Restaurant


Gloucester and Cape Ann are located on a specially designated route that travels through areas of historic, natural, and cultural beauty.

Gloucester serves as a gateway to the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, a state designated 85-mile route showcasing the best of coastal Massachusetts: historic seaports, Colonial era farms, village and city centers, and a wealth of period architecture. Set against the coastal backdrop composed of a rocky shoreline and The Great Marsh, New England’s largest salt marsh, the byway traverses thirteen historic North Shore communities from Lynn to Newburyport and offers a unique way to experience the region’s nationally significant heritage

Locally from the south, the Byway enters Gloucester on Rt. 127 (see map on pages 22-23) and links the Stage Fort Park Welcoming Center and world famous Man at the Wheel fisherman’s memorial statue with a downtown harbor loop in the heart of the city’s shopping, dining, and cultural district. Tracing the eastern side of the harbor, the route passes the Rocky Neck Art Colony and historic Eastern Point on-route to the unparalleled ocean views found at Gloucester’s Back Shore and Good Harbor Beach. Continuing north on Rt. 127A one reaches Rockport and re-enters Gloucester on the western side of Cape Ann. From a location near the Stage Fort Park Welcoming Center, the byway follows Rt. 133 through West Gloucester to Essex and points north.

The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway is an integral part of the Congressionally-designated Essex National Heritage Area. A commission was created in 1996 to recognize, promote and preserve the nationally significant regional treasures that tell the nation’s story of early settlement, maritime trade, and early industrialization.



Seafood Trail


“From Ocean to Table” 
While foodies around the country have embraced the “Farm to Table” movement, here in Gloucester we’ve put our own spin on sourcing local, natural, responsible, in-season cuisine. We call it “Ocean to Table.”  Theres’ nothing better than seared tuna hooked the day before … Or a steamy bucket of clams harvested from the Essex River a few hours ago … Or a boiled lobster caught off Magnolia earlier in the day. It just doesn’t get any better than fresh seafood from Gloucester’s shore. Below you’ll find a few superlatives from Gloucester’s Seafood Trail. Each providing an authentic, unique Gloucester experience and a shared commitment to the fresh seafood.

A good place to start is by taking a deep-sea fishing trip with Yankee Fleet out of East Gloucester. You can rent fishing gear and the mates will even clean the fish you catch. Take it home and cook it up yourself. YUM!

f having someone else do the work is more what you are looking for, try the Gloucester House Restaurant. Family-run for 50 years and located right on the working waterfront in Gloucester, they have an expansive menu and they know fresh seafood.

The Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, which ties up right at their door, offers a ‘chowda and lobsta roll’ sunset dinner sail on Saturday nights in July and August. Enjoy a casual dinner and a sunset sail on a beautiful 65 foot wooden sailing vessel.

Ohana on Main Street provides a more intimate setting for “New American” cuisine, with French, Italian and Asian influences, which are different and delectable.

A short walk will bring you to Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop, where hands-on exhibits explain Gloucester’s long and strong connections to the fishing industry. Touch tanks will excite the kids.

The Castle Manor Inn’s Seaglass Restaurant is set in a wonderful turn-of-the-century Victorian inn. Choose one of three small dining rooms or dine al fresco on their outdoor covered deck.

Speaking of decks, the newly renovated Studio Restaurant on the water on Rocky Neck has reopened this summer, has a fabulous deck, signature drinks and a great seafood menu.

And be sure not to miss the Rudder, also right on Smith Cove on Rocky Neck, popular with locals and visitors alike. Their island atmosphere, great food and drinks will make for a fun night out.

For an entertaining, informative walk around town sampling delectable goodies along the way, sign up for the Cape Ann Foodie Tour. This is not just about seafood, but you will learn a lot about Gloucester and some of her favorite food offerings.

“Anything fresher still swims” is the slogan for Turner’s Seafood Market, at 4 Smith St. in Gloucester. The market is stocked fresh daily with everything from the sea, plus prepared seafood dishes, ready for you to cook at home.

And a visit to Gloucester is not complete without a side trip to Essex and an “eat in the rough” meal at Woodman’s of Essex. Celebrating their 100th year, the Woodman family invented the fried clam, and serves up gazillions of them every year.

Ryan and Wood, is the local distiller of Beauport Vodka, Folly Cove Rum, Knockabout Gin and Rye Whiskey. Crafted in small batches right here in Gloucester, these spirits can be found everywhere. They also give free tours at their distillery at Blackburn Park.


‘Wicked Tuna’ SUNDAYS at 9P on the National Geographic Channel

“Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, there’s a special breed of fishermen. For generations they’ve used rod and reel to catch the elusive bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal.

Over the next 10 weeks, the most skilled fishermen will set out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic in hopes of catching the valuable bluefin tuna. When one bluefin can bring in as much as $20,000—they’ll do whatever it takes to hook up.”

More on National Geographic Channel


  1. HarborWalk Summer Cinema

    July 23 - August 27
  2. Sidewalk Bazaar

    August 7 - 9
  3. Waterfront Festival

    August 16 - 17
  4. Schooner Festival

    August 29 - 31


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