Gloucester, Massachusetts

Discover Gloucester Massachusetts, just 45 minutes from Boston! Home to America’s oldest seaport, Gloucester offers rich maritime history, fresh-caught seafood, an active working waterfront, and several of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventures by land, and by sea, and experience the best of New England’s natural beauty on the coast. Gloucester is alive with arts and cultural attractions, theater, museums, boating, events & festivals, award-winning cuisine, boutiques, and a walkable downtown. There is so much to explore!

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Beach Parking Information

Plan ahead and book your parking reservations for Gloucester beaches this summer! Parking reservations are required for non-Gloucester residents visiting Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, and Stage Fort Park, using the Blinkay mobile app or Blinkay website.

Read full beach parking guidelines here.

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The 2024-25 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide is now available in print and digitally!

 

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🌟👗 Fashion lovers, visit Design of Mine in Gloucester, MA!

Explore Melissa Tarr’s unique collections, from iconic accessories to repurposed jackets. Follow @designofmine_ for updates on future fashion events and exclusive styles! ✨

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Where in #GloucesterMA would you find this view? 👀 Let us know what you think in the comments!

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It`s Motif No. 1 Day in #RockportMA!

Join in this family-friendly celebration of Rockport’s iconic fishing shack with a road race, art galleries and exhibitions, food and drink vendors, musical performances, and more.

Find the full event schedule at RockportUSA.com

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We’re counting down the days until summer in Gloucester, MA! ☀️🌊✨ Dreaming of ocean views, charming shops, mouthwatering lobster rolls, and refreshing cocktails. What are you most excited for this summer?

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This could be you, this summer in #GloucesterMA! ☀️

Reservations for non-resident beach parking are now available up to 10 days in advance of your next beach day. 🏖️

Here`s what you need to know about parking at Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, and Stage Fort Park this summer:

🚨 Reservations are required for non-resident parking, and may be made through the Blinkay website or app (up to 10 days in advance).

🚗 Parking spaces are guaranteed for non-residents with beach reservations. Arrive any time between 8 AM and 5 PM, with a reservation, and a space will be available for you.

💲 Parking rates for Good Harbor Beach and Wingaersheek Beach: $30 on weekdays, $35 on weekends and holidays; Stage Fort Park: $20 on weekdays, $25 on weekends and holidays.

Have a question about visiting the beach this summer? Ask us in the comments!
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Don`t miss THE NET WORKS, a multi-sensory installation inspired by our working waterfront and community connection to the sea, running through May 27.

The experience takes you through immersive sights, sounds, offering a unique glimpse into Gloucester`s history.

The installation is open Thursday-Sunday and Holidays from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Located in the pink building at 52 Commercial St, Gloucester (behind Mom`s Kitchen). Reserve your tickets at MaritimeGloucester.org

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Happy Mother`s Day!🌷

If shopping with Mom is in your plans for the day, don`t miss the last day of Swing into Spring! There`s still time to pick up your passport, and shop specials around town. 💐

Specials featured in this video run through the end of the day today and include:

@castawaysvintagecafeglo
Ft. op up vendors - Plants - Jewelry. 20% off all vintage. Coffee - Smoothies - Acai Bowls & more!

@markadrianshoes
Swing into Mark Adrian Shoes for an unbeatable selection of summer sandals and shoes that will let your toes sing! Spring is the perfect time for bright colors or elegant neutrals, walkable flats or fashion-forward wedges. Birkenstock, Rieker, Naot, Dansko, Pikolinos, Sorel and more!

@7seaswhalewatch
All aboard Privateer IV to watch the whales! Enjoy expertise from three generations of career captains and naturalists.

@capeannoliveoilco
Buy 5 olive oils/balsamic vinegars, get 6th free!

@designofmine_
20% off storewide plus prosecco!

@hammondcastlemuseum
20% discount on all purchases in the Museum Shop and Members will enjoy a 25% discount.

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Step into the captivating world of television history at Hammond Castle Museum! 📺

Today, as part of Swing into Spring, enjoy 20% off your purchase in the museum store (25% for members). 🌷

Don`t miss the current exhibit, `Hammond and the History of Television,` running until August 30, 2024.

Explore the pioneering contributions of John Hays Hammond Jr. and delve into the evolution of television technology, from its theoretical beginnings to its digital transformation. Immerse yourself in functional displays showcasing various television systems and gain insights into the STEAM principles behind them.

Before you leave, grab your own copy of `140 Years of Television: A History of a Transformative Technology` by Curatorial Director John Leysath, available in the Museum Shop. 🏰✨

@hammondcastlemuseum
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Spending the weekend in #GloucesterMA for Swing into Spring? Head over to Maritime Gloucester, today and tomorrow (5/11-12) to shop in-store specials! 🌷

Then, explore the exhibits and dive into Gloucester`s rich maritime heritage, explore aquariums, and discover hands-on marine science happenings.🐟⚓

@maritimegloucester
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✨How to use your Swing Into Spring passport this weekend, featuring @designofmine_ @capeannoliveoilco @markadrianshoes and @castawaysvintagecafeglo

1. Pick up your passport from a participating business.
2. Get a stamp for each participating business you visit, (4 stamps are all you need to enter to win this year’s grand prize giveaway of Gloucester gift cards and goodies!)
3. Turn in your entry form to a participating business or tag us @discovergloucester and #DGSwingIntoSpring
4. Have fun exploring Gloucester!

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Buy 5, get the 6th free on all delicious oils and balsamic vinegars at Cape Ann Olive Oil Co. this weekend! 🎉

Don’t miss the mouthwatering pairing of Peach White Balsamic Vinegar and Herbs de Provence Olive Oil – perfect for salads, pork, desserts, and more! 🍑🌿

Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day or just sample your new favorites while shopping on Main Street now through Sunday, 5/12.

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🌷 Swing into Spring at Harbor 9 Golf! ⛳

Join @harbor9golf for Mother’s Day Tea Time with teas and pastries this Sunday, 5/12 (and every 2nd Sunday), 3-5 pm. 🍵

Plus, check out Harbor 9’s 15-ft. golf simulator screens or stop in for a drink and some bites at the lounge and bar any time.

You don’t need to golf to stop in for lunch, dinner, or drinks! 🍻

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🌷 Swing into Spring with The Hotel at Cape Ann Marina! 🌷

Stay in a waterfront room, dine on the water, too. Spring and Whale Watch packages, $ave! Gift shop spring sale is happening now.

For Mother`s Day Weekend, the hotel`s onsite restaurant Mile Marker One is serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Celebrate Mother’s Day anytime with specials and Bellini cocktails for the ladies.

Make reservations for your next stay or to dine on the water at CapeAnnMarina.com

@thehotelgloucesterma | @milemarkerone

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🌷 Swing into Spring at Castaways Vintage Cafe! ☕

Stop by while exploring #GloucesterMA for smoothies, coffee, acai bowls and more. And swing through the cafe this weekend, May 10-12, to shop pop-up vendors, plants, and jewelry, plus 20% off vintage.

Order from the cafe online at CastawaysVintageCafe.com ☀️

@castawaysvintagecafeglo

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