Welcome to Gloucester
As America’s oldest seaport, our authentic working waterfront highlights our maritime pride across our beaches, restaurants, museums, historical attractions and the oldest working art colony in North America. An authentic place to see, feel and taste history, Gloucester’s mix of beauty, fun, and character have drawn fans for over four hundred years.
While visiting, you can sail on Gloucester’s historic schooners and dine at wonderful bistros featuring the freshest fish and local fare. Enjoy the excitement of a nautical excursion—Gloucester provides some of the best whale watching in the world! Whether you are interested in fishing, hiking, swimming, or any other recreational activity, our spectacular scenery complements any adventure.
Our city offers even more excitement across annual events like the Schooner Festival, St. Peter’s Fiesta, lively music concert series, open cinema experiences, and community bazaars. The heart of Gloucester beats vibrantly downtown with an eclectic mix of shops, cafés, and galleries—even an interactive self-guided tour, HarborWalk, which celebrates Gloucester’s most remarkable stories.
Day or night and all year round, Gloucester provides the same hometown pride that I have experienced growing up here. Our wonderful people are resilient, hardworking, creative, and endearing. We love life here in Gloucester—and when you visit this authentic destination, we are confident that you’ll love it, too!
While you’re here, let people know, “Mayor Sefatia sent me.”
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken