Article by Kena Morris
(Top Photo Credit: Coastal Exposure)
Located at the tip of the Cape Ann peninsula, Rockport is known for its many outdoor water activities. The northeast coast is full of cities looking forward to summer vacation once winter passes. And with the Atlantic Ocean surrounding it, just 40 miles outside Boston, it’s the perfect place to go to escape the big city. Check out these best outdoor activities in Rockport, Massachusetts.
Explore at Halibut Point State Park
Hiking is a popular activity for locals and visitors at Halibut Point State Park. You’ll find trails to explore with your pooch as well as tide pools to explore. You’ll find plenty of educational programs that teach visitors about the granite industry of Cape Ann as well as tours of the quarry. Climb the 60-foot observation tower, and on a clear day, you should be able to spot Mount Agamenticus 81 miles away in Maine. You’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from the park’s trails. Halibut Point State Park is open daily with parking fees varying from $5-$10 per vehicle.
Kayak on the Atlantic Ocean
Guided sea kayak tours are available in Rockport along with plenty of options for renting all sorts of water equipment. Fully outfitted kayaking tours are a great way to explore the waterways of the area and increase your appreciation for marine life. You can rent kayaks, paddle boats, and paddling equipment and pick up those items that are essential for fun in the sun like sand castle toys and sunglasses.
(Photo Credit: Robert M. Ring Photography)
Take A Stroll at Bearskin Neck
You’ll find plenty of shops to visit and beautiful views of the ocean while walking through Bearskin Neck. This internationally known artist colony features one-of-a-kind pieces of art you won’t find anywhere else. Walk through the streets to view the impressive architecture, as well as the friendly people. You’ll also be able to see Motif No. 1, a red fishing shack that’s well known as one of the most depicted buildings in paintings.
Play in The Sand at Front Beach
Located on Sandy Bay, Front Beach is the place to visit on a warm summer day. You’ll find plenty of clean sand to spread out on as well as a nicely sheltered bay that’s perfect for swimming. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer making it safe for the whole family. You can use the metered parking spots near the beach for easy access. Enjoy lunch from a number of nearby shops and restaurants and make a day of fun on the beach.
Enjoy the View from Rockport Breakwater
The newly rebuilt breakwater was completed in 2015 and offers a convenient surface for visitors and locals to enjoy. You can walk out on the jetty, (with the recommended footwear) and enjoy the view of Sandy Bay as well as the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll see sailboats, Bearskin Neck, and beautiful views of the peaceful Rockport area.
All these activities in Rockport will leave you with an immense appreciation for nature. The water and breathtaking views will have you returning year after year.
Kena Morris is a gardener and flower expert who loves sharing in the growth of nature. She is a gentle spirit and a self-described introvert. You can find her in any nearby botanical garden relishing in the peace and serenity or watching her favorite film, Amélie.