Attractions

City of Gloucester

Gloucester Waterfront – Click to link to the official tourism site for the City of Gloucester

The Vista’s convenient Cape Ann location near the Rockport-Gloucester Line is also close to Route 128 so you can easily reach all the attractions of this beautiful area.

Cape An offers an extensive array of restaurants to satisfy any palette as well as many activities and sights. View the list or attractions below. There’s lots to do, whether you stay for the day, a weekend, or a vacation.

Museums

Beauport Sleeper-McCann House  
Beauport

Beauport

The summer home of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper, Beauport captivates the imagination not only because of its dramatic location but because of its wit. Filled with room after room of delightful objects meant to astonish and amuse, Beauport is an intellectual fun house originally designed almost a century ago to entertain such luminaries as European art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, Harvard economics professor A. Piatt Andrew, and heiress Caroline Sinkler. Guided tours, May 15 – Oct 15, Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cape Ann Museum ~ Under renovation until Summer 2014, the museum is still offering programs around the area.  Visit the website for details and updates on the progress of the renovation.  When it reopens you can view artwork by some of Cape Ann’s most prestigious artists including Fitz Hugh Lane, Winslow Homer, Maurice Prendergast, Jon Sloan, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis and others. Fisheries/maritime and granite quarrying galleries.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum Lectures, exhibits, demonstrations of traditional boatbuilding history and methods. Open year round.

Maritime Gloucester  Watch boatbuilders restore historic vessels on 19th century marine railway. Dive exhibit. Year round.

Hammond Castle Museum Medieval castle of Dr. Hammond, America’s second greatest inventor. Tours, educational programs, concerts, function facilities. Open April through November.

North Shore Arts Association Established 1922. Workshops, classes, lectures, auctions, exhibitions, May – October.

Sargent House Museum 1782 home of Judith Sargent Murray. Guided tours, June – Oct., Fri – Mon, Noon – 4 p.m.

Whale Watching

Whales

Whales

Atlantic Yankee Whale Watch – For almost 60 years, family owned Yankee Whale Watch and Deep Sea Fishing has been delighting young and old alike through whale watching excursions, education, conservation and stewardship. Come join us for an exciting whale watch.

A Cape Ann Whale Watch Home of Whale Conservation Institute. Research staff led by renowned Dr. Roger Payne, host of In the Company of Whales TV documentary.

Captain Bill’s Whale Watch Research scientists narrate all trips. Daily fishing, private charters, specialty cruises.

7 Seas Whale Watch Featured on the Discovery Channel and in National Geographic Magazine. Group, senior, and children rates.

Schooner Adventure Walk the decks of 1926 Gloucester fishing schooner. Tours, Sunday breakfasts, educational/cultural programs.

Schooner Lannon Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of this beautiful 65- foot schooner as she sails out of Gloucester harbor on a light southwesterly breeze.

Other Activities

Coastal Byway

Coastal Byway

Cape Ann Event Calendar

Cape Ann Lanes Fun bowling, snacks and more.

Cape Pond Ice The coolest guys in town.

Excursion New England Scheduled and private outdoor excursions in the Boston and Cape Ann area including kayaking, rock climbing, biking, birding, canoeing, hiking, “geocaching” adventures or historical walks.

Gloucester Stage Company Founded in 1979 by playwright Israel Horovitz, the Gloucester Stage Company has produced more than 35 world premieres, 50 American premieres, and 75 New England premieres. Plays developed at the GSC have gone on to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway, off-Broadway, across the United States, and around the world.

Halibut Point State Park Spectacular views of the ocean from this historic granite quarry. Tours, lectures exhibits.

Harbor Goods Life is Good at Harbor Goods, 33 Main Street, Gloucester.

Yoga for Health The Yoga for Health Studio is located at 124 Main Street, near the historic waterfront in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. Our studio is a beautifully spacious room with hardwood floors, large windows, and mirrors lining the brick walls. The moment you enter, the peacefulness of the room encourages a deep breath of relief. There are changing rooms, bathrooms, and a prop room with yoga mats, blankets, belts, blocks, bolsters, and chairs: everything needed to modify yoga postures and assist students in getting the most out of their posture practice.Classes are available for all levels of yoga practice, from first-time beginners to experienced students. Vacationers and guests are always welcome.