Rockport (Massachusetts)

Rockport is a town in Massachusetts on Cape Ann. The town, once famous for granite production, got its start as an artist colony in the late 1800s. Rockport is a favorite vacation spot and day trip for many who come to enjoy the concentration of shops and galleries on Bearskin Neck, the rugged, rocky coastline or some ultra-fresh lobsters or other seafood.

Get in

By car

Interstate 95 to Route 128 to Route 127. Downtown has parking meters ($.25 per half-hour) and often has no spots. Rockport has a free parking facility, the Blue Gate Parking Lot (open June-Oct.), located as you arrive on Route 127 about 1/4 mi. ( km) past the Rockport Visitor Information booth. From the parking lot, it is about a 3/4 mile walk to downtown Rockport, but a shuttle to town only costs $1 each way.

By train

The commuter rail run from Boston's North Station is about a 70-minute trip and costs $7.75 one-way. Rockport's station is off Railroad Avenue, less than a mile from the center of town.

By bus

The Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA), Phone: +1 978-283-7916, , runs buses from town to town on Cape Ann.

Get around

The main tourist areas are very compact and walkable. Having a car lets one explore some of the other coastal areas.






Same location for over 36 years. Established 1974.



A dry town for 70 years until 2005, Rockport does not have established bars. Recent changes to the liquor laws allow only restaurants and inns to apply for liquor licenses. There are still no bars or liquor stores.




Bed & Breakfasts

Go next

Boston, the White Mountains or Southern Coast of Maine are nearby destinations.

Routes through Rockport

END Gloucester  N  S  Gloucester Beverly
Beverly Gloucester  SW  NE  END

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