Visit Massachusetts: Rockport, MA Tourism

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just 40 miles north of Boston since the beautiful seaside town of Rockport this historic port has lots to offer in the summer boating beaches and artist studios that are overflowing with paintings and interesting pottery and crafts Rockport has one of New England's most picturesque harbors lining the harbor are wonderful restaurants and shops where you can wander and relax if you're looking to head to the beach there are some lovely choices including Front Beach which is right in town off Main Street the lighthouse that sits at the entrance of Rockport Harbor is part of the Audubon Society sanctuary on straits mouth Island if you're feeling adventurous you can rent kayaks at the North Shore kayak Outdoor Center they rent bikes as well or for some fun on the water for people of all ages hop on board the fully decked pirate ship at the end of tuna Wharf on bearskin neck this tall ship looks like a true pirate ship and children will love the pirate's aboard who make sailing around Rockport Harbor truly memorable there are fishing charters and river cruises available as well halibut Point State Park has dramatic views all the way to crane beach in Ipswich to the Isle of Shoals in New Hampshire on a clear day but undoubtedly one of the most recognizable spots in Rockport is an old fishing shack on bearskin neck called motif number one it got its name because artists from all over the world have studied and painted this building a new addition to the North Shore is the shaylen loo Performance Center on Main Street in Rockport the center was completed in June 2010 and is a premier chamber music recital hall the center features dramatic views of the sea behind the full glass wall backing the stage and of course amazing acoustics there are many dining spots to choose from in the village of Rockport from casual seafood to fine dining you can take your pick my place by the sea offers seaside dining right on bare skin neck their menu is new American cuisine in a relaxing and beautiful setting when you're done with dining wander through the shops and galleries that stay open late on summer evenings there is plenty to do in this seaside town and for more information visit the Rockport Chamber of Commerce website you

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