photo of Motif #1, Rockport

Motif #1, Rockport by Steven Perlmutter

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photo of Back Beach

Located on Route 127, just north of the Village area, this is more of an explorer's beach than a swimming beach.

photo of Bearskin Neck

Bearskin Neck is a small neck of land that juts out of the town center into Rockport Harbor, and which according to legend was home to bears during colonial times.

photo of sign at Dogtown Common

Originally settled in 1693 because its rocky, inland location offered protection from pirates and enemy natives, this abandoned settlement called Dogtown is one of the Essex National Heritage Area...

photo of Front Beach

Front Beach is an active beach on Sandy Bay pointing toward the east. The beach is also within an easy walk from the Rockport village, and from many of the inns and hotels nearby.

photo of Halibut Point State Park

The view from Halibut Point stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast.

photo of Long Beach

Long Beach, off Thatcher Road, is another long, protected stretch of ocean and sand, backed by a cement retaining wall and lined with summer cottages.

photo of Motif #1

Motif No. 1, located on Bradley Wharf in Rockport, is a fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as one of the most often-painted buildings in America.

photo of Paper House

The Paper House is an actual house made from paper – newspaper . Mr. Elis F.

photo of Rockport Art Association & Museum

The Rockport Art Association & Museum is one of the oldest not-for-profit art organizations in the country. An extensive educational program to children and adults is offered here.

band performs on stage in front of the sea

From the tip of Bearskin Neck and the iconic Motif #1, to Rockport Music's world-class Shalin Liu Performance Center with...