Rockport, MA Travel Guide

Escape to historic Rockport, Massachusetts.  Visit Rockport for our miles of lovely beaches, boulder-strewn paths through woods and glades, and that uncommonly magical light that has inspired painters since Winslow Homer. In an hour’s pleasant drive north of Boston, you can enjoy a romantic getaway, exquisite dining and a unique shopping experience year round. Come visit our seaside village just 40 miles north of Boston (see map).

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Known for gracious hospitality, the friendly innkeepers of Rockport offer relaxing accommodations in town and by the sea. Choose from historic New England inns serving a delicious breakfast to boutique hotels and state of the art lodging offering a full range of amenities.

Arts & Culture

Iconic Motif No. 1 draws artists, phtographers and art lovers to our picturesque harbor. Rockport’s art colony, one of the oldest in America, is home to over thirty galleries and the Rockport Art Association and Museum.  In an unmatched setting, Rockport Music’s world class performing arts venue, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, hosts shows year round. Come to Windhover Center for the Performing Arts to enjoy the beauty and art of dance on its new outdoor stage. And beginning in the summer of 2021 Windhover hosts live outdoor theater in partnership with Gloucester Stage. Seasonal festivals enliven Rockport from May through December.


Explore sandy beaches for swimming, diving, sailing, and kayaking. Visit Halibut Point State Park and discover breathtaking scenery. Traverse public footpaths along the sea or through historic Dogtown Common. Trek to old granite quarries. Discover the Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse and Thacher Island’s Twin Lighthouses. Watch the most magical sunrises and sunsets.


Specializing in fresh, local seafood, Rockport offers many casual and fine dining restaurants to satisfy any appetite. Enjoy a glass of wine, micro-brewed beer, or cappuccino while you savor the ocean view.


Stroll our charming downtown and eclectic Bearskin Neck to explore a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Find handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, locally made crafts, specialty household items, imported gifts, scrumptious chocolates and so much more.

Rockport, MA – so close, yet a world away

Only an hour north of Boston, Rockport is the perfect destination for relaxation. It’s easy to get here by car, train or by the sea. Full of intriguing history, unmatched beauty and serenity, Rockport invites you to slow down and be renewed.

Download the Rockport Walking Map

Download Rockport Walking Map