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Vacation in North Shore Massachusetts and see history fused with natural beauty and world-class attractions. iTrip Vacations North Shore Massachusetts manages vacation rentals in Gloucester, Ipswich, Marblehead, Newbury, Newburyport, Rockport, Salem and Salisbury. Each of these New England towns feature their own coastal charm and easy access to Boston, one of the area's most thriving cities.
In this region, outdoor enthusiasts and beachcombers will find plenty to do. Upon arrival, find miles of protected seashore with long stretches of private, all-natural beaches. Whale-watching and deep-sea fishing rank among the most popular water activities, with several local charters offering tours for all ages and skill levels.
Plum Island, an 11- mile barrier island in Newburyport, has opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking and relaxing - or escape to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation. When it's time to recharge, sample local culture at Newburyport's galleries, restaurants and shops. In the southern portion of Plum Island, find the town of Ipswich and see Crane Beach, tour Castle Hill, and learn at Russell Orchards and Wolf Hollow wildlife area.
Located next to Newburyport, vacationers can tour Salisbury. Home to its own beach, boardwalk and small restaurants, families enjoy honky-tonk vibes and ocean views. Play games at Joe's Playland and see a live concert at Blue Ocean Music Hall, a local summer venue.
Experience more adventure in Rockport. This area attracts nature lovers to Long Beach, Pebble Beach, Halibut State Park and historic Motif Number 1 boat dock. While in Rockport, visitors can hike, admire architecture, view art and monuments, and plan boating excursions. In addition, tour Thatcher Island's 3 miles of groomed trails, two lighthouses and on-site museum. Don't forget to browse art galleries and boutiques for special gifts, or grab a bite in this seaside village.
For more historical sites and things to do, Gloucester delivers. This city houses both beautiful beaches and must-visit attractions. Enjoy a day at Good Harbor Beach, Stage Fort Park and Beach, or Wingaersheek Beach. After reconnecting with nature, spend time at the museums, a castle, Eastern Point Lighthouse and shopping Main Street. Gloucester also houses Cape Ann Brewing Company and Ryan and Wood Distilleries for those who want to try local beverages.
Another popular city in North Shore Massachusetts is Salem. Although best known as home to the Salem Witch Trials, today the city showcases a lively district full of shopping, tours, art and events. Top sites include over a dozen museums, parks and historic walking areas. While exploring, keep an eye out for nearly 50 small shops and boutiques selling specialty souvenirs, local food and handmade items.
Those who plan a North Shore Massachusetts vacation also sample some of the best food and entertainment in the state. The region offers everything from beach-side dives to fine dining, with top restaurants serving barbecue, burgers, pizza, native Maine lobster and other local seafood.
Visitors should also attend family-friendly events and live shows. Popular options include Gloucester Schooner Festival, Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival, Salem Arts Fest, Haunted Happenings and Salem Film Fest. North Shore Music Theater and Shalin Liu Performance Center host live performances for all ages in elegant and intimate settings.
If this doesn't seem like enough to do, ride to Boston. The city is within easy access via ferry or train, relieving the hassle of driving and parking. Boston features big-city entertainment, historic sites, professional sports and other well known attractions. Top things to do include games at Fenway Park, Museum of Fine Arts, Freedom Trail, the vibrant North End neighborhood and Boston Public Garden.
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