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Things to do in Rockport

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Short hike - great crashing waves against some spectacular rocks. Good break while visiting scenic Rockport”
  • 31 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Wonderful variety of music concerts throughout the year and only a half block away!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Small beach with prime swimming conditions is surrounded by dunes & marshes & has limited parking. Waves! There is a parking fee.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Just a 15 minute drive away, you can find the iconic town of Rockport, home to the infamous Motif No.1. Enjoy an afternoon of sight seeing along the shore, and be sure to stop in to some of the local shops and art galleries along the way. You'll find unique places that reflect the local appreciation for art and creativity where you can purchase hand crafted pottery, or snack on old fashioned saltwater taffy! Stop for a coffee at the Bean and Leaf Cafe and take in the stunning waterfront views, or enjoy a local seafood dinner at Ray Moore's Fish Shack. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you enjoy seafood outside overlooking the ocean than you will love this place. Parking can be tricky on weekends. Pay attention to parking/non parking areas. This place does not serve alcohol but it is a byob restaurant so bring a bottle of wine or some beer to go with your seafood!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“I have not eaten here yet but I hear from friends that the food is amazing and I have seen the views myself. Amazing! Make reservations if you want to go. They seem very busy whenever I walk past.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Market
“It's a natural food store with a deli in the rear, Expressos, fresh coffee, fresh baked goods, soups 365 days a year, sandwiches and bowls, and fresh wraps. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great place to get lobster live or cooked to bring home. Also, have a wide selection of take-out seafood. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Beach
“best beach in the world, with a creek, a swim and walk to island, fantastic shoreline and frequent surfing conditions ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“I'm not a huge fan ... I prefer Market Basket or Common Crow ... Convenient Supermarket location ...so Jen shops here ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Halibut Point State Park and Halibut Point Reservation are parallel parcels of conserved, oceanside land located on Cape Ann in the town of Rockport. Small Parking fee.”
  • 8 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Upscale dining in an intimate setting overlooking Main St with harbor views. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Walk out the kitchen door and sit down in the chairs and you'll see Motif 1. It's the ideal photography place for small town New England harbor pictures. I'm not sure why it is so popular not having grown up here but everyone knows this old red fishing shack so grab some photos of it while you're here!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bakery
“On Bearskin Neck in Rockport. Great pastries. Small deck overlooking the boats and Motif #1 for morning coffee. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Rockport was a former artists colony and there have been many influential artist that have painted in Rockport and Cape Ann. The Art Association features lots of work by local artists.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Enjoy gourmet coffees, pastries and wraps while perched overlooking the harbor on historic Bearskin Neck.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“If you enjoy seafood outside overlooking the ocean than you will love this place. Parking can be tricky on weekends. Pay attention to parking/non parking areas. This place does not serve alcohol but it is a byob restaurant so bring a bottle of wine or some beer to go with your seafood!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I have not eaten here yet but I hear from friends that the food is amazing and I have seen the views myself. Amazing! Make reservations if you want to go. They seem very busy whenever I walk past.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to get lobster live or cooked to bring home. Also, have a wide selection of take-out seafood. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Upscale dining in an intimate setting overlooking Main St with harbor views. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Good breakfast and lunch place that is a local favorite. Great homemade braised beef hash. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Less expensive with nice selection of seafood. Large bar area that is a good area to watch sporting events. Gets a little crowded in the summer with some wait time. Don't take reservations. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“On the pricier end, but food is among the best in town. Beautiful views of the ocean. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great breakfast and lunch place that is less than a minute walk away at the end of the street. Their breakfast is particularly good. They also have a "To Go" window for beach food like fried clams, sandwiches and salads. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

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