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Not to be confused with Rockport (Maine).

Rockport is a town of 7,000 people (2020) in Massachusetts on Cape Ann. The town, once famous for granite production, got its start as an artist colony in the late 1800s. Rockport is a favorite vacation spot and day trip for many who come to enjoy the concentration of shops and galleries on Bearskin Neck, the rugged, rocky coastline or some ultra-fresh lobsters or other seafood.

Get in

Map of Rockport (Massachusetts)

By car


Interstate 95 to Route 128 to Route 127. Downtown has parking meters ($.25 per half-hour) and often has no spots. Rockport has a free parking facility, the Blue Gate Parking Lot (open June-Oct), located as you arrive on Route 127 about 1/4 mi (400 m) past the Rockport Visitor Information booth. From the parking lot, it is about a 3/4-mile walk to downtown Rockport, but a shuttle to town only costs $1 each way.

By train


The commuter rail run from Boston's North Station is about a 70-minute trip and costs $7.75 one-way. Rockport's station is off Railroad Avenue, less than a mile from the center of town.

By bus


The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA), +1 978-283-7916, runs buses from town to town on Cape Ann.

Get around


The main tourist areas are very compact and walkable. Having a car lets one explore some of the other coastal areas.


Bradley Wharf
  • 1 Motif #1. the widely known subject of many paintings. Motif Number 1 (Q6917683) on Wikidata Motif Number 1 on Wikipedia
  • 2 Halibut Point State Park, Gott Av (3 mi north of town on Rt. 127), +1 978 546-2997. Daily dawn to dusk. Beautiful coastline views, visitor center, walking trails, and tidal pools. A renovated World War II fire tower provides a scenic view. Weekend quarry tours and granite cutting demonstrations take place in summer. Great place to picnic. Parking $10, MA Residents $5. Halibut Point State Park (Q1768505) on Wikidata Halibut Point State Park on Wikipedia
  • 3 Paper House, 52 Pigeon Hill St (Rt. 127 north to Curtis St.), +1 978 546-2629. Daily Apr-Oct, 10AM-5PM. Bizarre 1922 vintage house built entirely of 100,000 newspapers even housing a newspaper-covered piano. Admission: adults $3, children $1. Paper House (Q116973692) on Wikidata Paper House on Wikipedia
  • [dead link] I.N. Kamalic Gallery, 8 Main Street suite B, +1 978-546-2654.


Bearskin Neck






  • Country Store, Bearskin Neck. Get candies that are hard to find in other shops.
  • Village Silversmith, 6 Tuna Wharf, +1 978 546-3227. (2nd location at Dock Sq.). Beautiful, unusual stones in artisan silver work. One of the best collections of cut agate anywhere.
  • Rockport Quilt Shop, 2 Ocean Av, +1 978 546-1001. Over 100 antique quilts.
  • Tuck's Candies, 15 Main Street, +1 978 546-6352. and Dock Square.
  • Bearskin Neck Leathers, 7 Old Harbor Rd (to the left on Bearskin Neck), +1 978 546-2258. An unusual array of fine quality leather goods. Outerwear, Handbags, Wallets and accessories. Best selection of Dansko Clogs, NAOT Sandals and Minnetonka Slippers. Same location since it was established in 1974.





A dry town for 70 years until 2005, restaurants and inns serve liquor, but there are no bars or liquor stores.






  • Emerson Inn by the Sea, 1 Cathedral Ave., +1 978-546-6321, . This charming oceanfront hotel 35 miles NE of Boston combines modern comfort with traditional graciousness. Try the popular whale watching tours. This particular in is set on a beautiful piece of property overlooking Bearskin Neck and Halibut Point. What is interesting about this particular in is that it is set in the middle of a residential neighborhood, unlike the other inns in Rockport. Not only do guest enjoy their stay their, but locals who live in the community enjoy dinners and drink there. A simply charming place to stay. From $125.
  • Seaward Inn, 44 Marmion Way, +1 978 546-3471.
  • Yankee Clipper Inn, 127 Granite St, +1 978 546-3407.
  • Addison Choate, 49 Broadway, +1 978-546-7543, . 7 rooms, free parking.

Bed & Breakfasts


Go next


Boston, the White Mountains or Southern Coast of Maine are nearby destinations.

Routes through Rockport
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