Revere, Massachusetts is centrally located to many historical landmarks in and around Boston and the neighboring communities. We have already listed some of the many ways you and your family can spend the say in Boston, like visiting museums and seeing a game at Fenway Park, but don’t forget that there is just as much to do north of Boston! Now let’s take a look at some stunning day trips along the coastal region of northern Massachusetts from Revere up to the border of New Hampshire, also known as the “north shore.”
There are about 18 communities that follow the coastline along the North Shore region and several stops along the route that you won’t want to miss when planning your day trip.
Singing Beach – Manchester-By-the-Sea, MA
Singing Beach in Manchester-By-the-Sea sits on a small strip of sand just about a half-mile wide looking out at the beautiful blue Atlantic. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in its magic. You see, the sand at Singing Beach makes a distinct singing sound when beachgoers walk across the beach – thus the unique name.
Singing Beach is open year-round for walkers (and pets from October 15 – to April 15). People watch, enjoy the breezes, or try to catch a wave as they crash onshore. This beach is a hidden gem and requires a day pass.
Rocky Neck Art Colony – Gloucester, MA
Gloucester, Massachusetts, a 20-minute drive from Revere, is known for its beaches, lighthouses, and working fishing harbor. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that Gloucester is the home of a vibrant and active art colony, known as Rocky Neck Art Colony.
Located on a small peninsula in Gloucester’s Harbor, Rocky Neck Art Colony is a unique place to visit, shop, and explore. With over 20 galleries and restaurants to visit, your visit could last all day as you wander from gallery to gallery.
Halibut Point State Park – Rockport, MA
If your day trip takes you to Rockport, Massachusetts, you won’t want to miss the ocean views at Halibut State Park. On a crystal clear day, you can see for miles and miles. Looking north you will be able to see Mount Agamenticus, located 40 miles away in Maine, and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire.
Spend the day walking the trails, picnicking on the rocks, or exploring the many tidal pools. There is copious parking and the trails range from easy to a little more skilled. Don’t forget your camera to capture the ocean vistas.
Bearskin Neck – Rockport, MA
At the furthest edge of Cape Ann (the other Cape in Massachusetts) sits Rockport, Massachusetts. Here you can find a quintessential New England village area called Bearskin Neck.
Walk the scenic stretch and enjoy shops, galleries, eateries, and uniquely Cape Ann shops all while taking in the stunning Rockport Harbor. Don’t forget to take a photo of Motif #1, a fishing shack on the edge of the water. This building is known to be the most photographed and painted building in the world!
Crane Beach & Estate – Ipswich, MA
Walk the ground of this pristinely landscaped estate which sits upon a hill overlooking the ocean in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Cared for by the Trustees, Crane Hill Estate and adjacent Crane’s Beach are beautiful places to take in a concert on the lawn, seasonal events, or just relax on the dunes of the sandy beach. Make a full day of it and stop at Russel’s Orchards on your way home for some fruits, veggies, or yummy treats.