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Located on Cape Ann on the North Shore of Massachusetts is the city of Gloucester. This picturesque seaport city is a popular destination for people who vacation in Massachusetts, especially during the summer. Gloucester bursts with historic charm, and a great way to immerse oneself in the area’s culture and history is to stay in one of the many appealing, well-preserved Gloucester vacation rentals.
Like most cities in Massachusetts, Gloucester experiences all four seasons and sees warm summers and cold, snowy winters. July is typically the warmest month with temperatures in the 70s, while January is usually the coldest with temperatures that can dip into the 20s. To make the most of a vacation in this part of Massachusetts, choose Gloucester vacation rentals that are available during the summer for the most pleasant stay.
Transportation for getting around Gloucester does require some advance thought before your arrival. Driving is the easiest way to get around the area, but keep in mind the cost of parking at various attractions, such as the local beaches. To save money, park for free at Stage Fort Park and then take the Trolley Shuttle, which runs on weekends from June 15 through Labor Day. The Gloucester Water Shuttle is another great way to get as it connects Gloucester’s two Cultural Districts, Harbortown and Rocky Neck. The shuttle is only $10 to ride all day.
Things to do
Gloucester boasts a variety of activities and attractions that are part of the allure for vacationing families in this area. The city’s beaches are some of the most popular in New England and include Good Harbor Beach, Cressey’s Beach and Wingaersheek Beach. Swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and shelling are all popular activities at Gloucester’s pristine, white-sand beaches and secluded coves. The shoreline also is home to numerous lighthouses, which are popular attractions for those staying in Gloucester vacation rentals. Some area lighthouses include Annisquam Harbor Light Station, Eastern Point Light Station, and Ten Pound Island Light.
For history buffs, the eight-foot Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial Monument is a poignant reminder of how dangerous fishing was and it was built in memory of fishermen who lost their lives to the sea. Other historic attractions worth visiting are the Cape Ann Museum, Beauport, and the Sargent House Museum, which is located in the heart of the downtown area and pays tribute to Gloucester’s historic past. On a rainy day, take a self-guided tour through the medieval Hammond Castle.
It isn’t only the atmosphere and local attractions that draw vacationers to Gloucester. People often come and stay in Gloucester vacation rentals to experience some of the city’s unique annual events. When visiting in July, families won’t want to miss the Fishtown Horribles Parade. The parade is an enduring tradition that features costumes and skits made up by individuals to have fun. The following month brings the Gloucester Schooner Festival during which families will enjoy seeing various schooners gliding through the coastal waters. The Gloucester Blues Festival and the Gloucester Waterfront Festival also take place in August. If staying in the area through September, take part in the Downtown Gloucester Block Party or watch bike racing enthusiasts during the two-day Gran Prix of Gloucester.
From sandy beaches and picturesque lighthouses to historic attractions and lively events, Gloucester is an ideal New England vacation destination. Come here to enjoy the slower pace of life and unique attractions that have been thriving for years in this beautiful setting.
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