- TripBuzz found 405 things to do with kids in or near Essex, Massachusetts, including 402 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Boston, Salem, Gloucester and Cambridge.
- From Cogswell's Grant to Essex Shipbuilding Museum, the Essex area offers 114 different types of family activities, including: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Boat Cruise and Parks.
- A small town outside of Boston, Essex is a popular tourist destination in New England. Located on the Essex River, the city has its economic roots in both shipbuilding and clamming; and its rich history is recorded at its local museum. Other attractions in the area include a variety of antique shops, fishing charters, walking trails and public parks.
Festival friendly Smolak Farm is an outdoor venue that provides educational tours and plentiful activities. Farm stand and ice cream stand are available in addition to animals, seasonal hay rides and an autumn classic car show.
The Andover Sportsmen Club is a recreational club that conserves, restores, and manages the fish, game, and other wildlife in Andover. The club has facilities such as a trap range, a clubhouse, and an archery range.
A working museum, Lowell's Boat Shop is also a National Historic Landmark that has been in operation since 1793. The shop is dedicated to the craft of building wooden boats, and hosts an apprentice program and other educational events.
Serving the Merrimack River and Newburyport Harbor areas, Captain Ed's Sailing offers sailing excursions that tour the region's islands and landmarks by water. The captain is knowledgeable about sailing and teaches visitors how to sail the boat.
Since 1971, Brooks School Day Camp has been providing summer camping experiences for children ages 4-18 on their 250 acres of landscape. Counselor training programs are available, as well as Soccer lessons and an aquatic school.
With 260 acres of land to explore, Breakheart Reservation offers visitors scenic views of hills, trees, rivers, lakes, and rock formations. In the summer, Pearce Lake has designated areas for fishing and swimming.