- 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.
Located on Chohituate Lake, Charles River Canoe &Kayak offers a wide variety of activities in addition to canoe and kayak rentals. With a sand swimming beach and bar-b-q grills the entire family can experience a full day of outdoor fun.
Cochituate State Park is located on Lake Cochituate. The park offers various recreational activities including motor boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, picnicking, and swimming. The park encompasses three sections of Lake Cochituate with boat rentals available in the summer.
The Old Colony YMCA is a community center and organization primarily specializing in programs for children, young adults, and families. They host summer day camps and sponsor local swim teams and tumbling groups among other activities.
The historic home of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder and leader of the Christian Science movement, the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House offers guided tours as well as a museum that showcases archives, artifacts, and a variety of other materials.