- TripBuzz found 232 things to do with kids in or near Rockport, Massachusetts, including 220 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Salem, Gloucester, Beverly and Lynn.
- From Pirate Ship Formidable to Texas Coast Fly Fishing, the Rockport area offers 113 different types of family activities, including: Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Movie Theaters and Theaters.
- Located forty miles northeast of Boston is the city of Rockport. Surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean, the waterfront city is a popular tourist destination, famous for its lobster and prime fishing locations. A scenic strip of old fishermen shacks turned into shops and cafes is one of the most popular spots in the city, as is Thacher's Island, an offshore attraction that features twin lighthouses.
The dark history of the town's infamous witch trials is recounted at The Witch History Museum, where guides relate stories and describe the depicted scenes. There are no artifacts, and the stories are delivered dramatically as in a play.
The Salem Witch Trials Memorial provides a place to reflect on the historical significance of the event. Included are 20 benches, one for each of the accused, containing their names as well as the means and dates of execution.
Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre, earlier known as the Witches Cottage, offers live witchcraft and ghost shows and a special show for the kids called Professor Wunder's School of Magic . The lobby functions as a mini museum with numerous replica artifacts of the Salem Witch Trials.
Setting sail from the historic waterfront, 9th Wave Sailing Charters offers a variety of public trips that are roughly two and a half hours long. Many trips leave from the mouth of the Merrimack River for no particular destination while guests are encouraged to learn how to handle the boat.
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Newburyport Whale Watch is offered with the help of the 110-foot Captains Lady III which can carry up to 149 passengers to the nearby whale feeding grounds. In addition to humpback and minke whales, guests can view dolphins, sharks, sea birds, and seals.
View the beauty of the Newburyport Harbor, Merrimack River and the Great Salt Marsh on the water with Yankee Clipper Cruise Tours. A two-hour sunset cocktail cruise, weekend ecology cruise, and a one-hour narrated scenic harbor tour is available.
The Clipper City Rail Trail is a 1.1 mile trail traversing a variety of environments. The trail passes by several artistic pieces, such as sculptures and murals. One can also find trail-side coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants.