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Jutting boldly into the Atlantic, Cape Ann is home to the nation’s oldest working fishing port and art colony, and the sea-faring communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester by-the-Sea. Often called Massachusetts’ “other, better cape,” Cape Ann offers everything the other cape claims...sunny beaches, fabulous vistas, scenic golf courses, sailing and fishing, great shopping and restaurants, and more. Not only that, Cape Ann is far more affordable, and located less than an hour’s drive from Boston and its international airport, it is much more accessible to the metro area and the rest of New England. Cape Ann really is one of the best vacation spots around.

Activities include easy access to all that the metropolitan Boston area offers, including world-class museums and galleries, every professional sport and sporting activity imaginable and educational institutions without peer. But even the most jaded traveler will find more than enough to do without leaving our environs.

Cape Ann offers many museums, historic houses, art galleries and some of the finest antique shops in all of New England. We are home to two symphony orchestras and the internationally renowned Rockport Music, along with many jazz, blues and folk music venues and world-class theater. Recreational events for all the family take place throughout the year, including the Gloucester Schooner Festival which brings tall ships from all over the world to our shore, and many parades and religious and ethnic festivals add color and excitement. The Cyclocross Gran Prix of Gloucester and the International Dory Races are international sporting events, and numerous cycling and running events take place throughout the summer.

Cape Ann invented whale-watching and the fried clam, and we remain leaders at both. Fishing charters abound, and scuba diving, biking, sailing, rowing, hiking, rock climbing, bird watching and golf are all popular pastimes. Boredom is unknown and probably illegal. Why Cape Ann? Why NOT Cape Ann?



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