Things to do on Cape Ann: Halibut Point & The Atlantic Path in Rockport

Halibut Point State Park & the Atlantic Path are a must-see for anyone visiting Cape Ann.

Halibut Point State Park: On Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, quarry tours are offered which include a granite-cutting demonstration. Other programs spotlight the park’s natural history, including wildflower walks and tide pool programs during the summer and seabird walks during the winter. Halibut Point is a uniquely beautiful coastal seascape. Looking seaward on a clear day, the view stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.

State Park entrance and parking lot located on Gott Avenue, Rockport. 978-546-2997. Find more information at

Halibut Point State Park

Photo Credit: Mark Kanegis

The Atlantic Path, a three-hour public pathway along Rockport’s rugged northerly coastline, extends from Halibut Point State Park and Reservation to Cathedral Avenue in Pigeon Cove. Andrews Point, located along the Atlantic Path and accessible via a public right of way, offers panoramic vistas and is a noted bird-watching site. (Very limited on-street parking for Andrews Point is available on Point de Chene Avenue.)
Rockport Guide to Public Paths and Town Landings, available at Toad Hall Bookstore, 47 Main Street, Rockport

Written by Patricia Mandell