Stage Fort Park and the Gloucester Welcoming Center

June 30, 2018 / Good to Know, History/Maritime, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See

Stage Fort Park is the historic site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623.  They set up fishing stages on this land.  Today, the park is home to Half Moon Beach and Cressy’s Beach, with access to a sand volleyball court, a new playground, a baseball field, a basketball court, and tennis courts. During the summer season, there are outdoor concerts, farmer’s market, fireworks and storytelling for children.

Gloucester’s Visitor and Welcoming Center is centrally located in historic Stage Fort Park. The Park is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center.  As such, it provides specific information about Gloucester and general information about the entire Essex National Heritage Area as well.

The Welcoming Center opens annually on Memorial Day Weekend in late-May and closes for the season on Columbus Day Weekend in mid October. Visitors to the Center can find information resources to introduce them to Gloucester and help plan their stay.  Friendly volunteers are there to greet and guide all who visit the Center.  Public restrooms are available seasonally.

Though the Welcoming Center is not open year ’round, we encourage visitors to take a drive or walk up Hough Avenue to Stage Fort Park.  There are stunning views, nature walks, and beautiful surroundings to enjoy.