Visiting Cape Ann



Located at the tip of Cape Ann, Rockport, Massachusetts is only a 50-minute drive from Boston.  With its beautiful ocean views and vibrant creative arts scene, Rockport is one of four designated state Cultural Districts on Cape Ann (the others being Gloucester, Essex and Rocky Neck).  Details regarding a new cultural district app available for your iPhone will be announced this spring.

Arrive in Rockport early and enjoy the spectacular seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, home of the famed Motif No.1. Stroll through quaint streets, browse local artist galleries and shops on Bearskin Neck and Main Street, as well as the unparalleled ocean views from the many cafes and restaurants.  The Cape Ann area provides beautiful views, beaches, art galleries, whale watching, kayaking and an array of wonderful cuisine for all tastes.  Make a weekend of your visit and explore all that Cape Ann has to offer!



Open Houses

Due to COVID restrictions, the Shalin Liu Performance Center is NOT open this year for viewing.

Other Cape Ann Resources

Chamber of Commerce:
 For a comprehensive list of restaurants and shops in Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester and Essex, please visit the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce or the Cape Ann Vacations websites.

Dining, accommodation, shopping, and things to do in the north shore area at North of Boston.

Outdoors and recreation info for the north shore area at Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Essex National Heritage Area:
 For a list of restaurants, sites and other beautiful locations to explore along the historical New England coast, visit the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.

Each summer (June-September), enjoy Rockport at Night where galleries and shops keep their doors open from 4-8 pm. From Main St. to Bearskin Neck–the town’s merchants welcome you with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beverages while you enjoy the renowned talents of this creative Art Colony (participating shops will have a lantern hanging outside).

PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Benson Photography