Whether solo or with a friend, spend a day recharging your body and mind. Pack a picnic from Common Crow Natural Marketplace or Seaview Farm. Bring your yoga mat, favorite book or journal and exhale in one of Greater Cape Ann’s many serene locations. You may drawn to the idyllic Dog Bar Breakwater at Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester, Masconomo Park & Tuck’s Point in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Back Beach in Rockport, the Stavros Reservation in Essex, or the Iconic Crane Estate in Ipswich. If you would rather meditate indoors, find your Zen at Treetop Yoga, Saltwater Massage Studio or Soft Touch Salon. Treat yourself to a day of revitalization in the Greater Cape Ann region.
Feed your body, mind and soul simply by putting one-foot in front of the other and exploring one of Greater Cape Ann’s many scenic trails. If you’re in Rockport, pack your knapsack and head on over to Halibut State Park. Essex Features the Millstone Hill Conservation Area, Cox Reservation and Cogswell’s Grant; Manchester-by-the-Sea, the Agassiz Rock Trail and Coolidge Reservation. Local favorites in Gloucester are Ravenswood Park and Dogtown Common (where Gloucester was originally settled). Ipswich is home to Appleton Farms, Willowdale State Forest and Strawberry Hill. These trails all offer beautiful vistas, trails for all abilities and ample opportunities to get away from it all and appreciate the Greater Cape Ann region’s natural beauty.
A visit to Cape Ann is only complete by experiencing live music at a local restaurant or nightspot; watching a dance performance, concert or play; attending one of Cape Ann’s renowned community events and festivals, including St. Peter’s Fiesta, Waterfront and schooner festivals in Gloucester, the Essex Clamfest, Harvest Festival in Rockport, Manchester’s Festival by the Sea and, of course, the winter holidays-Celebrated in all four communities, each with their own special flourishes. Whether it’s the height of summer or the heart of winter, there is always a performance, event, or festival happening. Visit the community calendar of events at capeanncamber.com.
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A rainy day on Cape Ann is never a reason to despair. With a plethora of museums, galleries and shops to choose from, you’ll easily fill your day. Local favorites include Hammond Castle: Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House; Manchester Historical Museum; and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, take the family to Cape Ann Lanes for some bowling or visit Cape Ann Art Haven to tap into your creative side. Great memories will be made no matter what activity you choose.
Cape Ann is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and also boasts the Annisquam and Essex rivers, offering endless opportunities to sail, power boat or plan on-river activities. Even if you only have a hour or two, rent a kayak or stand up paddle board, You can also stop by one of the local beaches to swim, snorkel or surf. Have an afternoon to fill. Have an afternoon to fill? Book a whale watch, lighthouse tour, schooner sail, river cruise, private boat or fishing charter. There are so many water adventures available, we recommend turning your “day on Cape Ann” into “A few days.”