Things To Do In Gloucester

Up to 58% Off Paddleboard Tours

Cape Ann SUP

Gloucester

$130 $60

Standup-paddleboard tours explore the Essex River salt marsh, creeks, and coastline

Up to 40% Off a Cape Ann Whale Watch Cruise

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

$48 $29

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View humpback and fin whales as they feed and play within close range of the 115 ft. boat, Hurricane II; valid all season long

Up to 57% Off Introductory Woodcarving Class 

Calvo Studio

Gloucester

$175 $79

Introductory seminar teaches basic woodcarving techniques and skills with hands-on personal project

Up to 71% Off Fitness Classes and Evaluation

Studio 13 Pilates & Core Fitness

Beverly

$175 $55

Certified instructors teach classes ranging from Pilates, barre, and P90X to bootcamp

Up to 70% Off at DW Kim’s US TaeKwonDo Center

DW Kim’s US TaeKwonDo Center

Multiple Locations

$180 $59

Students of all ages gain self-defense skills and build strength, mental and physical discipline, and confidence in tae kwon do classes

Up to 67% Off at North Shore Yoga

North Shore Yoga

Beverly

$85 $29

Prenatal or postpartum yoga helps build mother-child bond; 10 styles of yoga & Pilates classes help improve strength, flexibility & balance

Salem Wax Museum – Up to 54% Off

Salem Wax Museum

Downtown Salem

$64 $39

Visitors can view eerily life-like wax figures and practicing witches or visit Frankenstein at Salem Wax Museum's Haunted Neighborhood

55% Off Intro to Sea Kayaking Lesson

Salem Kayak

Salem Neck

$130 $59

Instructors cover all the basics such as kayak strokes, trip planning, and safety during beginner's lesson

Up to 41% Off 90-Minute Tour of Salem Sound from Sea Shuttle

Sea Shuttle

Salem

$50 $30

Tourists can choose to depart at Great Misery Island for hiking or stay onboard the catamaran for a 90-minute tour of the Salem Sound

Up to 54% Off Membership at Brickhouse Cardio Club Salem

Brickhouse Cardio Club Salem

Downtown Salem

$50 $25

Burn fat, tone muscle and vanquish stress with unlimited Zumba and yoga classes

Up to 53% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes

Yoga Sakti

Salem Neck

$130 $65

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Instructors lead a variety of fitness classes, which range from restorative yoga to sessions that combine TRX and spinning

Up to 58% Off Harbor or Brunch Cruise

Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Private Events

Salem

$50 $24

Cruises cast off from Pickering Wharf and sail around Salem Sound; Mother's and Father's Day cruises include onboard brunch for two

Up to 52% Off Golf Center One-Day Passes and Range Balls

Sun 'N Air Golf Center

Danvers

$31 $15

The facility is your playground as you practice chipping and putting or hone your shots at the driving range

Up to 41% Off at Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham

$16 $10

Marvel at 10 model train layouts, vintage dolls and antique toys and step back in time to visit a New England home from the 1690's

Up to 65% Off from Tom Gillis Golf Instruction

Tom Gillis Golf Instruction

Wenham

$255 $99

Instructor with more than 25 years of experience helps students improve their golf swing and overall game

56% Off Martial Arts / Karate / MMA Lessons

Fenix Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Danvers

$90 $40

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Up to Half Off at Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf

Danvers

$36 $18

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes decorated with eerie, luminous murals, large monsters, animated props, and music

Up to 75% Off Group Fitness Training

North Shore Performance Training

Danvers

$190 $49

Train like an athlete by using TRX equipment, kettlebells, and free weights with guidance from professional coaches

46% Off Blueberry Festival

Connors Farm

Danvers

$23.90 $13

Guests feast on blueberry pie and ice cream, go on hayrides, watch duck races, and listen to music

60's Rock Revival Festival – Up to 54% Off

60's Rock Revival Festival

Topsfield Fairgrounds

$43.19 $20

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Tribute acts celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, the British Invasion, and '60s culture in a family-friendly festival

64% Off Month of Kenpo Karate Classes

D&A Fitness and Martial Arts Studio

South Peabody

$80 $29

Donning uniforms, students gather around a second-degree black belt to learn Kenpo karate, a discipline that emphasizes quick movements

Half Off Pop-In Playtime at Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Peabody Town Center

$40 $20

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bouncy houses, slides, and inflatables

Up to 74% Off Weight-Loss or -Gain Packages

Gym Warriors

Peabody Town Center

$380 $99

Powerlifting experts and personal trainers analyze body fat or design personalized weight plans for clients of all fitness levels

Up to 80% Off Classes at K.I.C.K. Karate

K.I.C.K. Karate

KICK (Karate Inspires City Kids)

$150 $35

Instructor with 20+ years experience teaches students of all ages the basics of martial arts, such as discipline and health benefits

Up to 47% Off at Newport Golf Club

Newport Golf Club

Newport

$128 $69

Distinct front and back nines make for a challenging round, with open pastureland and doglegs up front and plenty of water and forestry late

50% Off League of NH Craftsmen's Fair

League of NH Craftsmen's Fair

Mount Sunapee Resort

$20 $10

350+ juried craftsmen selling handmade wares, including pottery, sculptures, glass vessels, jewelry, and fiber arts; demonstrations onsite

Up to 61% Bike Tour of Newburyport

Plum Island Fitness

Newburyport

$96 $39

Explore downtown Newburyport’s historic sites as well as Plum island during informative bike tours

Up to 70% Off Indoor Rock Climbing

MetroRock

Multiple Locations

$280 $129

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Climbing facility's ropes course, walls, and bouldering formations build climbers into scaling savants

Up to 86% Off Polo Lessons at Stage Hill Polo

Stage Hill Polo

Newbury

$180 $35

Groups of all experience levels learn hitting technique and game rules, then test their skill in a postlesson polo scrimmage

Up to 62% Off at Repose Yoga Studio

Repose Yoga Studio

Newburyport

$100 $39

Yoga students move through poses, stretches, and breathing exercises in a variety of classes, building strength, stamina, and flexibility

Up to 67% Off Lunch in Lighthouse for Up to Four

The Lighthouse Preservation Society

Newburyport, MA

$900 $299

Prix fixe lunch at a private table with harbor views from the top of a historic lighthouse

50% Off Four 30 minute private music Lessons

West Newbury School Of Music

West Newbury

$100 $50

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Up to 43% Off Newburyport Whale Watch Tour

Newburyport Whale Watch

Newburyport

$48 $29

Passengers head out to sea aboard a custom whale-watching craft to enjoy the majestic mammals, aided by an onboard naturalist

Up to 50% Off Salsa-Dancing Classes

Stilo, Dance & More

Lynn

$50 $25

Experienced Latin-dance instructor leads beginners and intermediate dancers through the steps of salsa dancing during one-hour lessons

Up to 75% Off Karate Classes at Neves Karate Academy

Neves Karate Academy

Multiple Locations

$75 $19

Skilled instructor teaches students Okinawan karate

Up to 55% Off Non Live-Fire Firearm Safety Class

MAGPRO Inc

Multiple Locations

$95 $45

Four-hour class includes firearm-handling exercises, complete review of state and federal firearm laws, and a Massachusetts certification

50% Off Bowling and Billiards at Kings Lynnfield

Kings Lynnfield

Lynnfield

$40 $19.99

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Fun center offers 16 lanes, two pool tables, bocce court, and shuffleboard table amongst 50 HDTVs, two bars, and a restaurant

45% Off Personal Training

Confitence

Lynnfield

$210 $116

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Up to 47% Off Classes at Centre Yoga

Centre Yoga

Lynnfield

$70 $49

Instructors lead gentle introductory classes, detoxifying hot yoga sessions, and early-bird classes

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do

Saugus

$99 $54

From the merchant: Start a lifelong journey in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Includes registration, orientation, first month of classes.

38% Off Pottery Painting at Look What I Made

Look What I Made! Pottery

North Reading

$40 $25

Adorn a bisque piece with provided paints and sponges inspired by surrounding pieces during a laid-back paint-your-own-pottery session

50% Off American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

$40 $21

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Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

64% Off at Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy

Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy

Multiple Locations

$159 $58

Trained instructors demonstrate kickboxing, karate, and mixed martial arts in courses separated by age and ability

Up to 86% Off Yoga or Tai Chi

Tai Chi Wellness Center

North Reading

$70 $25

Learn balance control, body relaxation, body coordination, and mind calming during yoga and tai-chi classes

Up to 50% Off Boston Spartan Sprint

Spartan Races

Amesbury Sports Park

$110 $55

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to muddy landscapes

Amesbury Sports Park – Up to 53% Off Tubing and Zorb Rides

Amesbury Sports Park

Amesbury

$39.50 $23

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Two lanes and a conveyor belt usher tubers up and down hills; zorbs enclose guests in a plastic sphere for trips downhill

Up to 43% Off a Boat Cruise

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching

Hampton Harbor

$33 $19

Individuals or pairs enjoy a whale-watching or island cruise

Up to 50% Off Mini Golf and Ice Cream

Captain's Cove Adventure Golf

Hampton

$19 $10

18-hole mini-golf course winds players through a nautical paradise complete with rushing rivers, storybook coves, and waterfalls

51% Off Candlepin Bowling at Riverwalk Lanes

Riverwalk Lanes

Amesbury Town

$42.50 $21

Eight candlepin lanes supply competitive fun for a bowling outing for up to five

Up to 56% Off Private Horseback Riding Lessons

Turning Point Show Stables

East Kingston

$100 $50

Trainers educate students not only in hunter/jumper riding, but also in tacking up, grooming, and horsemanship

Up to 75% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Taylor River Farm, LLC.

Hampton Falls

$65 $22

Lesson Academy guides riders through lessons under guidance of 25-year veteran rider and trainer

Up to 56% Off a Wine-Tasting Experience

Sweet Baby Vineyard

Sweet Baby Vineyard

$34 $15

Sip six samples of wine while snacking on cheese plates; take home souvenir wineglasses and wine purchased with a discount

50% Off Glass-Blowing Class for Two

Ridabock Glass Studio & Gallery

East Kingston

$400 $199

30-year veteran glass blower shares the techniques to making one-of-a-kind pieces in private lessons

45% Off Civilian Military Combine Obstacle Race

Civilian Military Combine

Amesbury Sports Park

$160 $89

Two-part race challenges entrants to tackle a five-minute functional fitness contest before tackling over 4 miles of obstacles

Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, Spacehog — Up to 43% Of Concert

Summerland Tour 2014 with Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, & Spacehog

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

$34.80 $20

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Tour highlights chart-topping groups from 90’s alternative scene, including Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog

Up to 59% Off Obstacle-Course Race 

Superhero Scramble

Amesbury Sports Park

$119 $49

Runners and climbers traverse more than four miles of obstacles to reach an after-party with beer and music; optional competition for prizes

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

55% Off Dance Class

Synergy Dance Studio

Wakefield

$220 $99

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Up to 84% Off Martial Arts Fitness Classes

Defensive Edge Martial Arts Training Center

Wakefield

$125 $20

Center dedicated to building up confident, skilled fighters helps students train for their goals with specialized equipment and programs

Up to 69% Off Fitness Classes

Strength Discovery

Revere

$150 $69

Small group training classes at a studio focus on devising personal workout plans based around each individual's unique physical needs

Up to 55% Off Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes

Greater Boston Fitness

West Revere

$110 $50

Martial-arts classes include jujitsu, MMA, boxing, and muay thai kickboxing

50% Off Unlimited CrossFit Classes

Revere Crossfit

Revere

$219 $110

From the merchant: At Revere CrossFit you will not find any machine; instead you will find kettlebells, barbells, and medicine balls.

50% Off Opening Day of Yoga Rocks the Park

Yoga Rocks the Park

Melrose

$30 $15

75-minute group yoga classes combine postures with music and the great outdoors

Up to 78% Off a Card for 10 Rounds of Golf

Mass Tour Card

Multiple Locations

$450 $99

The pass grants golfers one round at 10 area courses, including Maplegate Country Club and The Bay Pointe Club

Up to 65% Off Barre Fitness Classes

Barre Fly

Haverhill

$110 $39

Instructors lead engaging workouts that incorporate dance, yoga, and pilates as well as interval training for varying fitness levels

Up to 51% Off Horse Riding Lessons or Camp

Hunter's Haven Farm

Groveland

$90 $49

Equestrian instructors teach hunt-seat and dressage techniques during group lessons or a week-long summer camp that ends with a horse show

Up to 51% Off Children's Indoor Play

Froggy's Party Pad

Haverhill

$30 $15

Kids aged 18 months to 5 years gather to exercise, dance, and participate in open play in a fun, colorful environment

Up to 53% Off Reptile Tour from Zoo Creatures

Zoo Creatures

Plaistow

$16 $8

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Get cozy with a pink and purple python or alligator during this reptile tour

45% Off Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes

Crossfit Wrecking Ball

Plaistow

$126 $69

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Up to 57% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Chrislar Horse Farm & Equestrian Center

Rowley

$200 $99

Seasoned instructors impart principles of horsemanship, horse-rider communication, and riding

Up to Half Off Private or Group Music Lessons

DeAngelis Studio of Music and Arts

Haverhill

$60 $30

Students study either voice, guitar, bass, piano, or drum in two 1-on-1 lessons; discovery lessons introduce guitar, voice, piano & drums

45% Off Fitness Classes

IMPACT Boston

Malden

$95 $52

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Up to 78% Off Martial Arts Fitness Classes

Red House Martial Arts

Malden

$100 $29

Fight your way to fitness during high intensity workouts that employ the movements of boxing, kickboxing, and MMA

68% Off Dance Classes at Champion's Dance Studio

Champion's Dance Studio

Downtown Everett

$60 $19

Expert instructors pass on their skills to both children and adults during classes in Ballroom and Latin dance

Up to 71% Off at Power Yoga Evolution

Power Yoga Evolution

North Andover

$130 $49

Hot power yoga sessions tone and stretch yogis of all skill levels on the hardwood floor of rooms that can be heated to 95 degrees

Up to 52% Off Yoga Classes

Breakaway Cycling & Triathlon Performance Training

North Andover

$90 $45

Instructors teach students of all levels yoga poses in a relaxing and fun environment

46% Off from Eagle East Aviation Tours

Eagle East Aviation Tours

North Andover

$420 $225

Enjoy a scenic tour from the air as a pilot flies you and up to three guests around; includes a flash drive and first flight certificate

Up to 76% Off CrossFit

CrossFit Andover

Andover

$209 $59

Train with functional exercises used by Olympic athletes and law-enforcement officials with help from coaches who eschew routine

Up to 61% Off Pilates at Oxygen Mind and Body

Oxygen Mind and Body

Andover

$125 $49

Pilates focuses on building core strength; private classes help those looking for a deeper challenge, attention to form, or injury recovery

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In 2000, an educational outpost named Maritime Gloucester was birthed to help develop sea-faring talents. In a little over a decade since, the popularity of both the venue's educational programs and exhibits have transformed it into a bona fide information source about Gloucester Harbor.

In addition to the center's weekly and daily programming, site tours, and special events, the on-site museum offers a maritime wallop. It gives visitors access to boatloads of exhibits and attractions, each of which celebrate Gloucester's storied relationship with the sea by delving into the city's maritime past, present and future. The Sea Pocket aquarium, for example, encompasses outdoor saltwater touch tanks where customers can handle specimens of local marine life. Boasting the oldest continuously-operating marine railway in the United States, the grounds also contain a working Dory Shop, a large wharf yielding striking inner harbor views, and an oversized 12-foot lobster trap that allows for human entry. One of the most popular attractions occurs out on the water. Captain Burnham sets sail in the 55-foot Schooner Ardelle, a replica of a fishing schooner built in 1845—the same year the underwater blimp, The Hindensplash, horrified onlookers by losing control and floating violently to the surface.

9 Harbor Loop
Gloucester,
MA
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While the 90-foot long Thomas E. Lannon schooner boasts many impressive characteristics—including a 64.5-foot deck, a spacious 18-foot beam, and a resemblance to a 1903 sword-fishing schooner—none of them rivals the story of how the vessel got its name.

Before the ship was built in 1997, owner Tom Ellis was visiting his relatives in Newfoundland when he overheard them reciting stories of his grandfather Thomas Lannon, who had fished the Gloucester coastline for more than 40 years. On one particularly stormy day in 1908, Lannon and five other men set out into the waters off Nauset aboard two dories and rescued the crew of the capsized schooner Eric amid 70-mph winds. Each of the rescuers received the eternal admiration of the rescued men and a medal from the Massachusetts Humane Society, which Ellis possesses to this day.

More than a century later, the crew of the Thomas E. Lannon keeps its namesake's love of the sea alive by chartering an array of sailing voyages that have attracted more than 100,000 passengers to date. After helping raise the sails at the voyage’s start, passengers capture vivid views of Gloucester harbor's lighthouses, castles, and beaches.

63 Rogers St.
Gloucester,
MA
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In the center of Minglewood Tavern's acoustic space, a bar constructed from 180-year-old barn siding rises from the ground, with posts made from the dried trunks and branches of trees holding various drink glasses overhead. Bartenders swipe those glasses to fill orders of one of the 20 beers on tap, which rotate monthly, or to mix up one of their signature cocktails. As cold sips of icy drinks chill gullets, hot entrees such as hearth oven–baked pizzas or bacon-wrapped entrees travel from the kitchen to weathered wooden tabletops, arriving just in time to catch the end of a set from one of the live bands that plays Wednesday through Saturday or a rare glimpse at the one band that plays Wednesday through Saturday.

When the stage and mics stand silent, high-definition and projection-screen TVs pick up the slack, beaming sports games across the retrofitted bar. Each weekday night boasts its own food special, such as Monday's all-you-can-eat ribs and Wednesday's all-you-can-eat sushi.

25 Rogers Street
Gloucester,
MA
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David Calvo first picked up woodcarving as a college student at the University of Massachusetts more than 30 years ago. Since then, he's consistently showcased his skills at international woodworking trade shows, on nationally televised PBS programs such as The Woodwright's Shop and American Woodshop, and in woodworking-centric magazines, including Popular Woodworking and Woodshop News. David's studio splits its time between contemporary and classical styles, and its work—ranging from ornaments and furniture to custom-carved doors and fine art reliefs—has inhabited an impressive lineup of venues, including the Statue of Liberty Museum and Harvard University's renowned Sanders Theatre. Students hoping to learn the woodcarving craft can have David and his staff whittle skills and tips into their brains during a variety of classes, seminars, and multiday workshops offered at the studio.

235 E Main St.
Gloucester,
MA
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Since 1979, the whale-watching pioneers of Cape Ann Whale Watch have escorted more than half a million spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent leviathans on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast. Aboard the lightning-fast 115-foot Hurricane II, passengers can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids feeding and frolicking just feet from the boat. In the course of the approximately 60-mile circuit, a naturalist from "Planet Whale" narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.

415 Main Street
Gloucester,
MA
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Yankee Fleet's knowledgeable naturalists narrate the tour with nuggets of whale wisdom, and on-board whale researchers are available to answer one-on-one questions. While eyes are sure to be filled with majestic sightings of mammalian sea beasts (if you don't see one, your next trip is free), the body's fellow senses won't be forgotten. Passengers may have the opportunity to listen to whale sounds, touch whale artifacts, help capture plankton, analyze water visibility, and measure how far away whales are by counting the seconds between their lightning flashes.

25 Rogers Street
Gloucester,
MA
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