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Spring Activities and Events on Cape Ann

Spring Activities and Events on Cape Ann
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Things to Do on Cape Ann

With the temperature warming up and the days getting longer, the spring season on Cape Ann has much to offer. There are a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities as well as local events and festivals. Here is just a sampling of some of the best local springtime activities.

Whale watching is a popular Cape Ann activity.

​Whale Watching from Gloucester

Whale watching is one of Cape Ann's most popular activities. The whale-watching season starts in mid-April and runs through the summer and into the fall. Gloucester is well-situated between two major whale feeding areas, Stellwagen Bank and Jeffrey’s Ledge, so most trips are successful in seeing lots of whales! 

Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MAArts and Culture at the Rocky Next Art Colony

Rocky Neck's artistic community offers a wide range of creative activities and experiences in the spring. Check the Rocky Neck Art Colony's event calendar to find gallery openings, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and more.  

Maritime GloucesterLearn Local Maritime History

Maritime Gloucester has a small museum and "pocket aquarium" to explore as well as lectures and other events. Learn about marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship and why these are important to Cape Ann. Refer to their online events calendar for details. 

Motif No. 1 Day takes place every May in Rockport, MA.

Motif No. 1 Day (May 2021)

Motif No. 1 in Rockport, MA is one of Cape Ann's most beloved landmarks, and is a symbol of Cape Ann's arts heritage. The quaint red fishing shack celebrated every May with an arts and cultural festival, historical presentations, and a 5k and fun run.

The Gloucester Military Heritage & War Memorial Trail - Gloucester MA​Explore Gloucester's Military Heritage & War Memorial Trail

Take time to honor, remember, and discover the military contributions of Gloucester citizens throughout its history. This self-guided tour takes you across the city to see statues, plaques, historical markers, and memorials that commemorate and honor those from Cape Ann who served, across all branches of armed service.

The Cape Ann Museum - Gloucester MA​Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the region's history and culture through both permanent and special exhibitions as well as lectures, films, and interactive experiences. You can learn about the early history of Cape Ann from the Colonial period through the mid-19th century and how the fishing and granite industries shaped the region well into modern times. Local art and artistry is also highlighted, with work representing Cape Ann's artist colony history as well as works by contemporary artists. The museum is also home to over forty works by renowned 19th century painter and Gloucester native Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Refer to the museum's online calendar for events information or sign up for one of their outdoor art walking tours.

See a Show

Whether you want to see live music, a play or musical, or a movie, there are ample opportunities for entertainment across Cape Ann and North of Boston. Refer to each venue's website for showtimes, tickets, and other information.

Gloucester Stage

The Cabot Theatre

North Shore Music Theatre

Gloucester Cinema

Cape Ann Symphony

Rockport Music @ the Shalin Liu Performance Center

Take a Hike

Springtime is a great time to explore the great outdoors. Cape Ann is home to an abundance of parks, nature preserves, trails, beaches and other "wild" places to experience the region's natural beauty. Check our list of walking trails and scenic hikes for ideas on where to go for your next hike, bike, or ramble.

Where to Stay in Cape Ann for Your Spring Break

Atlantic Vacation Homes offers a wide variety of vacation rental homes across Cape Ann that would be perfect for your North Shore getaway. To book your accommodations, simply view available vacation rentals and enter your desired dates to get a quote. You can also call toll-free at (855) 853-9143 to speak with a Guest Experience Specialist.

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