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Newburyport

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Newburyport [1] is a lovely coastal town in Massachusetts at the mouth of the Merrimack River. It is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful natural areas, water activities and fine dining.

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Interstate 95, Exit 57.
  • Accessible by Routes 1 and 1A.

By train[edit]

  • MBTA, +1-800-392-6100, [2], more specifically the commuter rail from Boston's North Station.

By boat[edit]

Newburyport is located at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Call the Newburyport Harbormaster at +1 978-462-3746 for specific information on your trip to Newburyport.

By air[edit]

By Bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • [dead link]Cushing House Museum and Garden, 98 High St, +1 978 462-2681. This 21-room brick Federal home houses the Historical Society of Old Newbury. Visitors are treated to the treasures of the area’s rich historic past, encompassing every aspect of life from the countryside to the city and its merchants. There are guided tours, exhibits, special events, and lectures. Open May-October, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Saturday, 11am-2pm.Last tour begins one hour before closing. Admission Charged.
  • Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St, +1 978 462-8681. Mar-Dec, Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Housed in the restored 1835 granite Custom House, the museum exhibits artifacts form Newburyport’s rich maritime history as a major shipbuilding center and seaport, sending ships to the Far East and around the world. Admission charged.
  • Maudslay State Park, +1 978 465-7223. Curzon Mill Rd. Daily 8AM-Sunset. A 480-acre state park with 19th century garden plantings, rolling meadows, pine forests and mountain laurel. Walking, biking, horseback riding, picnics and cross-country skiing are available to the public. A seasonal outdoor theater and performance center are on the grounds. A real gem along the banks of the Merrimack River. Best in May and June. Parking is $2.
  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, +1 978 465-5753. Off Plum Island Tpke. A 4,662-acre sanctuary located on Plum Island. The entrance to the refuge is situated less than four miles from Market Square, the historic center of downtown Newburyport. The refuge contains a wide variety of habitats including beaches, sand dunes, saltmarshes, salt pannes, freshwater impoundments, and maritime forests. The large salt pannes located on the west side of the refuge road are excellent places to see a large variety of shorebirds during fall migration (July through September) and egrets and herons from mid-April through October. The Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area has large freshwater impoundments, an extensive swamp, and deciduous forest. The impoundments and swamp usually support large numbers of waterfowl, herons, and shorebirds. The woodlands are excellent places during the spring and fall to observe large numbers of migrating songbirds, including the magnificent wood-warblers. Near the southern end of the island, Stage Island Pool is also excellent for waterfowl and waders. Sandy Point State Reservation at the sound end of Plum Island is a breeding area for the endangered Piping Plover during the summer and a very productive site in fall for shorebirds. During the winter, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see waterfowl plus many northern species that winter in our area. Highlight species include the Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike, and Snowy Owl.
  • Yankee Clipper Harbor Tours, 1 Merrimac Street #26, +1 978 462-9316. Jun-Oct daily. Harbor tours leaving Waterfront Park. Adults $12, Children $6. Sunset cruise 6:30PM - 8:00PM; Adults $18, children $10.

Do[edit]

Festivals[edit]

  • Yankee Homecoming Festival - Begins Last Saturday in July (2008- July 26 - Aug. 3), +1 978 462-7196. The week long celebration of the first settlers to the Newburyport area. It features an art show, an antique car show, boat parade, the "Bed Race", a fireworks show, and, of course a parade on the last Sunday of the festival. There are concerts every night at the waterfront park.

Recreation[edit]

Boat Charters[edit]

  • Full Moon Classic Yacht Charters, 253 Low Street, +1 978 463-3388. Suite 305. Certified for up to 49 people year round. Summer only.

Buy[edit]

  • The Book Rack, 52 State St, +1 978 462-8615. Small bookstore carrying a well curated selection of new books. There is also a selection of toys and cards. The Book Rack is attached to a coffee shop.
  • Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St #22 (Tannery Marketplace), +1 978 465-9359. Large bookstore located in an old factory a short walk from the center of Newburyport. Jabberywocky has a huge selection that should suit any reader and has a second floor dedicated to children's books. They host an ongoing author talk series on Friday nights.
  • Richdale Store, 1 Pleasant St, +1 978 465-9808. Somewhat corny tourist store that used to be a general store. Richdale carries 120 different penny candies, 25 cent hot dogs, a big selection of souvenir clothing, beer, wine, and some food items. There's also a Dunkin Donuts in the store.
  • Oldies Marketplace, 27 Water St, +1 603 642-3955. Huge antique shop located in an old warehouse on the waterfront. Books, clothing, furniture, kitchenwares, music, old signs, and pretty much anything else you could want.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Lexie's on State, 88 State St, +1 978 465-6662. 11:30AM-8PM. Lexie's is a hole-in-the wall burger joint with a small, but creative menu. There are several burger options all of which can be made with beef, chicken, or bean patties. You can get fries with a selection of toppings or as-is. Lexie's also serves a small selection of draft beer and makes milkshakes to order.

Mid-range[edit]

  • The Black Cow, 54 Merrimac St, +1 978 499-8811. # R. Comfortable and classy waterfront location with a diverse menu. Moderately priced: Appetizers, $5 — $14; entrées, $9 - $25

Splurge[edit]

  • Bluwater Cafe, 140 High Street, +1 978 462-1088, fax: +1 978-462-5265. Daily 5PM-11PM. Best choice for fish.

Super Splurge[edit]

  • Newburyport Lighthouse, 1/2 Water St, toll-free: +1-800-727-BEAM (2326). 61. Climb the 55 stairs to the top of this lighthouse, then select (for delivery) from multi-course gourmet meals offered by Newburyport's finest. Reservations required months ahead. $375 per couple, all you can eat, includes membership in the Lighthouse Preservation Society (with possible tax deductibility). Bring your own liquor.

Drink[edit]

  • Upstairs at Michael's Harborside, One Tournament Wharf, +1 978 462-7785. 11:30AM-1AM.
  • Newburyport Brewing Company, 4 New Pasture Rd, +1 978 463-8700. Small brewery with a good sized taproom that can accommodate large groups. Newburyport does a range of styles, but is known for their Plum Island Belgian White and Green Head IPA. the taproom frequently hosts live music and you can bring your own food. Samples are free and pints are $5.
  • Riverwalk Brewing Co., 3 Graf Rd #15, +1 978 499-2337. Despite its small size, Riverwalk brews a decent range of styles, including the hard to find ESB. Their beers tend towards the hoppy side of the spectrum, but are not overly bitter. The taproom is very small, but samples are free and they distribute them efficiently so even large crowds can move through quickly. Tours are also offered.
  • Atomic Cafe, 56 State St, +1 978 358-7539. Coffee shop that roasts its own beans. Atomic Cafe is a good place for a strong espresso drink or a cold brew. They also serve beer and wine and have a small sandwich menu. In the evening, they serve cheese and charcuterie plates to go with your drink. Atomic Cafe's beans are available for purchase in the store and they are also attached to a small bookstore.

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Go next[edit]

Routes through Newburyport
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