- The list below includes 262 free or cheap things to do in or near Gloucester, Massachusetts, including 110 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, Parks, Fishing and Hiking Trails.
- From Good Harbor Beach to Wingaersheek Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Gloucester and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Salem, Beverly, Lynn and Hampton.
Castle Hill lies within the Crane Estate which overlooks the sea and features rolling landscaped gardens that connect to the shoreline. The area comprises of numerous hiking trails and is home to diverse local wildlife.
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Kayakers and boaters love visiting Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate. Three-and-a-half miles of gravel roads and foot trails lead to the Crane burial site atop Choate Island. Wildlife seen in the area include gulls, sanderlings and sandpipers.
A 114 acre property that once belonged to the famous publisher Ellery Sedgwick, Long Hill now boasts an extensive network of meticulously landscaped gardens. The gardens combine intentional plantings with wilderness, and feature walking trails.
Greenwood Farm is a historic and pastoral destination that centers on a 19th Century white farmhouse built by Thomas Greenwood. The farm is surrounded by bucolic pasture lands, and features two and a half miles of walking trails.
Part of the Ipswich Museum, the Whipple House was built in 1677 and is a National Historic Landmark. The house is a good example of first period American architecture. Visitors can tour the house -- which contains many original furnishings.
Turkey Shore Distilleries offers a tour of a rum distillery so that visitors can see rum made, learn about the process from the distiller and taste the wares. Limited release seasonal rums can be sampled there also.