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Gloucester Harbor Walk
Essex National Heritage Area

Authentic Gloucester ~ where the stories begin. Gloucester's new Harbor Walk highlights 42 story moments and award-winning short films that share our history and contemporary culture in remarkable stories.

A short, pleasant drive or train ride northeast of Boston (get directions) Gloucester, MA is the home to America's original seaport and the oldest working art colony in North America.


A place to see, feel and taste history, Gloucester's working waterfront and ineffable beauty have drawn fishermen, families, artists and visitors for over four hundred years.

See 40 ton whales breach on a whale watching trip just 15 miles off Gloucester's rocky shore.

Catch cod, haddock and tuna on a Deep Sea Fishing trip.

Visit lighthouses dating from the 1780s.

Relax on one of our spectacular beaches.

Shop in our historic downtown.

Meet the artists in America's oldest working art colony on Rocky Neck.

Taste our extraordinary culinary delights and the freshest seafood anywhere ~ featured at over 120 restaurants.

Enjoy Live Music, Arts, Culture and Entertainment all year long.

Come visit ~ experience, explore and discover all that Gloucester has to offer!

Gloucester has been officially designated a Green Community by the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Here's a short video by local filmmaker Nubar Alexanian, telling the story of wind power in Gloucester: