In the News: 3 great scenic drives in Massachusetts that will make you want to hit the roadSeptember 15, 2021 / Good to Know, History/Maritime, In The News, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See
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Pack a cooler (to bring home lobsters) and wear sturdy shoes (there are a few nice walks along the way) for this North Shore loop along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Start in Gloucester at the famous Fisherman’s Memorial, an 8-foot-tall bronze statue of a fisherman at a ship’s wheel, overlooking Gloucester Harbor. It’s a befitting memorial for a city dubbed “America’s Oldest Seaport,” that was once home to the largest fishing port in the country. Stretch your legs with a stroll along the waterfront boardwalk. Stage Fort Park sits at one end of a 1.2-mile boardwalk, and is the site of Gloucester’s first settlement in 1623. There are expansive lawns, two small beaches and great water views.
Back in the car, follow Route 127 heading toward Rocky Neck, passing several marinas and yacht yards filled with commercial fishing boats, marine supply stores, and wharfs along the water. Keep your eyes peeled for the “Wicked Tuna” boats, featured on the popular National Geographic reality TV show.
Tiny Rocky Neck is home to America’s oldest continually operating art colony. If you can snag a parking space on the street, it’s worth the stop to browse the cluster of galleries and studios, and for views of pretty Smith Cove.
Water views and more water views, you’ll have plenty as you head out to Eastern Point, where the harbor meets the ocean, and further on to Bass Rocks and Pigeon Cove, before reaching Rockport…
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