The North Shore of Massachusetts is beautiful all year long, but especially spectacular during the gloriously warm summer months. Maybe it’s because our summers are so short here, or maybe it’s because our winters are so long and cold. Or maybe it’s because we offer so many fantastic outdoor activities that could keep you busy every day of the summer. Anyway you explain it, this is a great time to get out and enjoy all the fun activities and sights the towns along our northern coast have to offer. Here are some of our favorite activities.

Lighthouse Tour

Hop in your car for a nice Sunday drive and you can catch a glimpse of some amazing lighthouses up and down the coastline. While there are too many to list here, some of our favorites are the Annisquam Lighthouse in Gloucester, Newburyport Harbor Light on Plum Island, and Cape Ann Light Station on Thatcher Island, Rockport Massachusetts. Visit North of Boston’s listing of lighthouses to find out the directions and activities that you can add to your day trip around Cape Ann.

Historic Sites

Massachusetts has some of the oldest and well-maintained historical sites in our country.  Visit the House of Seven Gables in the historic district of Salem, Massachusetts. The house is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel. The Rebecca Nurse Homestead sits on 25+ acres of an original 300 acres occupied by Rebecca Nurse and her family from 1678-1798. The property holds the traditional saltbox home lived in by the Nurse family. This is the only home of a person executed during the trials open to the public. The Essex Shipbuilding Museum has permanent and rotating exhibits on wooden shipbuilding from the 1700s onward. These are just a few of the historic buildings you could visit this summer. More can be found on the historic sites page of the North of Boston site.


Outdoor Activities

Follow your yearning to explore the sea on a whale watch out of Gloucester or a schooner ride out of Salem. Seven Seas Whale Watch or Cape Ann Whale Watch will give you an afternoon you won’t soon forget when a whale breaches from the water or does aerial tricks for you! Join in a sail on the Fame, a full-scale replica of a privateer schooner from the War of 1812 out of Salem, Massachusetts. Or perhaps power your own paddle board doing standup paddle boarding or kayaking at the Little Harbor Boat House in Marblehead. Want to keep your feet on the ground? Go for a walk at Halibut State Park in Rockport or explore the trails at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester.

Has all this walking and exploring worn you out? Take a break at one of our local breweries such as the Ipswich Ale Brewery in Ipswich, Massachusetts or maybe you would like to try the Tap Brewing Company along the Merrimack River in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Whatever you decide, enjoy the views and activities that the North Shore of Boston offers in the summer.