Situated on Cape Ann, a rocky peninsula in the northeast corner of Massachusetts, Rockport is a quintessential seacoast town. Originally a small fishing village, it has a population of about 7,500 and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Gloucester. Rockport is a popular vacation spot known for its rocky, boulder-strewn ocean beaches.
Rockport is comprised of three areas - the South End, Downtown, and Bearskin Neck. The South End, which is primarily residential, sits along the rocky coastline and is a prime spot for scenic drives, walks, and bike rides. In the center of Rockport, Downtown includes Dock Square, Bearskin Neck, and Main Street. Bearskin Neck is home to "Motif #1" - one of the most painted and photographed scenes in America. Numerous restaurants, small eateries, shops, and galleries make the Neck a bustling spot. Tourists and residents can enjoy boat tours, whale watches, and other watery excursions that leave from the wharves.
Pigeon Cove Harbor has a still-working fleet that pulls in after a day at sea. Because of its untouched beauty, this is a popular summer resort for artists and is home to the well-known Pigeon Cove at the Emerson Inn by the Sea, Cape Ann's only historic grand hotel. Although today Rockport is primarily a suburban residential and tourist town, a number of lobstermen still call it home.
Things To Do in Rockport:
- Upcoming Events
- Bearskin Neck
- Beaches (Back Beach, Cape Hedge Beach, Front Beach, Long Beach, Old Garden Beach, Pebble Beach)
- Rockport Art Association & Museum
- Sandy Bay Historical Society & Museums
- The Paper House
Restaurants in Rockport:
- Top Dog of Rockport
- Bean & Leaf Café
- Helmut's Strudel
- The Lobster Pool Restaurant
- Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant
- Red Skiff