Know Before You Go

Your “Go-To” Guide with helpful information to prepare for your visit to Gloucester

Know Before You Go

Your “Go-To” Guide with helpful information to prepare for your visit to Gloucester

CITY OF GLOUCESTER MASK MANDATE RESCINDED – February 11, 2022

Please Note: On February 11, 2022, the Gloucester Board of Health rescinded the face covering requirements for Public Indoor Spaces and City Buildings. The Board continues to encourage people to wear face coverings when indoors and with people of unknown vaccination status and ask you to remain tolerant of people’s choice to wear face coverings. Read more HERE.

We encourage you to go directly to the business website for hours of operation details. Discover Gloucester invites you to our charming coastal city chock full of authentic experiences, delicious fresh seafood and warm hospitality.  Come STAY, DINE, SHOP AND PLAY with us!

Where to Stay in Gloucester

Places to Stay

* check availability during winter/spring seasons as some of our accommodations are only opened during the spring/summer/fall months.

From waterfront hotels to a cozy inns, plan an overnight or extended stay in Gloucester.  Book at one of the many lodging establishments offering a variety of options and safe stay that best suit your travel and accommodation needs in and around Gloucester and Cape Ann: Beauport Hotel Gloucester, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, Cape Ann Motor Inn, Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Harborview Inn, Addison Choate, Rockport Inn & Suites, and Atlantic Vacation Homes.

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Where to Stay in Gloucester
Jalapenos Outdoor Dining Discover Gloucester
Jalapenos Outdoor Dining Discover Gloucester

Restaurants & Dining Establishments

* check availability during winter/spring seasons as some of our accommodations are only opened during the spring/summer/fall months.

Dining establishments are open with limited indoor and outdoor seating. In Gloucester, they include 1606 Restaurant & Bar, Seaport Grille, Mile Marker One, Minglewood Harborside, Jalapeno’s, Topside Grille, Oliver’s Harbor, Passports, Charlie’s, The Causeway, Mom’s Kitchen, The Azorean, Saltwater Café, Bishco, Café Sicilia’s, Woodman’s of Essex, Cala’s in Manchester. View our DINE page to browse more dining options.

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Beth Williams Studio

Shops and Services

* check availability during winter/spring seasons as some of our accommodations are only opened during the spring/summer/fall months.

Retailers are open for your shopping pleasure! Open stores and businesses in and around Main Street in Downtown Gloucester include Design of Mine, Pop Gallery, Mark Adrian Shoes, Cape Ann Olive Oil, The Brass Monkey, Dogtown Book Store, Good Linens, Weathervane, Beth Williams Studio, Jane Deering Gallery and Turtle Alley Chocolates. Shops and galleries are open throughout Rocky Neck Artist Colony.

We encourage you to go directly to the business website for hours of operation details. Click HERE to view local retailers and galleries.

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Beth Williams Studio
Stage Fort Park Atlantic Vacation Homes
Stage Fort Park Atlantic Vacation Homes

Stage Fort Park (including Cressy’s and Half Moon Beaches)

Stage Fort Park is open to the public for enjoyment year-round. The Gloucester Visitor Welcoming Center is open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The Public Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center from Memorial Day through to the end of September. Parking is limited with payment of a daily parking fee.

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Parks

Dogtown – Open to the public
Ravenswood, Mt Ann Park and Halibut Point State Park are currently open
to the public. Check out thetrustees.org for more information.
Halibut Point State Park – Open to the public

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Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA
Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

Beaches

Gloucester’s award-winning beaches are a favorite destination for visitors. Before visiting our beautiful beaches, please familiarize yourself with the City’s rules, regulations, parking, and amenities as it varies by beach. Stay in the know with Gloucester Beaches Facebook page.

NEW in 2022: New Online Non-Resident Beach Parking Passes for Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, Stage Fort Park. The City of Gloucester’s non-resident beach parking reservation system is now open! Use the Gloucester Yodel Pass website to purchase non-resident beach parking passes for Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, and Stage Fort Park. Reservations are required for non-residents starting Memorial Day Weekend and must be made via the website.

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Gataway Mavens Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Discover Gloucester

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are available at these locations: Welcoming Center at Stage Fort Park (Memorial Day through to the end of September) and The Gloucester House (public restroom).

Gataway Mavens Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Discover Gloucester
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parking sign (4) with blue sky and clouds

Parking

Public lots are open on Rogers Street, St. Peter’s Square, Main Street and many cross streets including Pleasant, Middle, Prospect – Parking Meters are currently being enforced.

Please visit DiscoverGloucester.com, Gloucester-ma.gov, or Mass.gov for additional details.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you soon! Be safe!