Things To Do In Gloucester

Up to 46% Off from Essex River Cruises and Charters

Essex River Cruises

$56 $31

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Narrated cruises aboard a pontoon shows sightseers the flora and fauna of a tidal estuary

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch – Up to 49% Off Excursions

Gloucester

$48 $28

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A family of experts shares tips on spotting humpback and minke whales—as well as dolphins and seals—during three- to four-hour outings

Up to 58% Off Paddleboard Tours

Gloucester

$130 $60

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

40% Off Whale-Watching Cruise

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"

Up to 71% Off Fitness Classes and Evaluation

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

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

Beverly

$85 $29

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

Up to 49% Off One-Woman Show

The Larcom Theatre

$39 $20

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A one-woman show explores the lives of history's most famous—and infamous—bad girls

Up to 58% Off Harbor or Brunch Cruise

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

40% Off Sail on Schooner "Fame"

Downtown Salem

$35 $21

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Passengers board replica of early 1812 privateer schooner Fame for a 90-minute sailing trip on historic Salem Sound

55% Off at B&S Fitness Program

B&S SPORT SCIENCE

$550 $245

USAT Coaches prepare athletes for triathlons with multiple sessions of training each week, nutritional planning, lectures and clinics

Up to 65% Off from Tom Gillis Golf Instruction

Wenham

$255 $99

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

Up to 79% Off at Bikram Yoga Danvers

Danvers

$85 $29

Students perform a series of 26-postures in a heated room, which helps oxygenate the body and improve flexibility

Up to 51% Off a Martial-Arts Party or Lessons

Danvers

$195 $99

Birthday parties include 90 minutes of martial-arts instruction and games; lessons teach kids respect and self-confidence through kung fu

Up to 62% Off Private Music Lessons

Danvers

$60 $29

Family owned music school in business for nearly two decades teaches students how to play the drums, piano, guitar, bass, sax, and more

56% Off

Danvers

$90 $40

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60's Rock Revival Festival – Up to 42% Off

Topsfield Fairgrounds

$43.19 $25

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

Up to 50% Off Bridal-Tradeshow Admission

Multiple Locations

$14 $7

Attend one of seven 2014 bridal tradeshows featuring wedding specialists, planners, and product vendors

64% Off Month of Kenpo Karate Classes

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

Peabody Town Center

$40 $20

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

45% Off CrossFit

Peabody

$125 $69

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

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

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 76% Off Fitness Classes

Peabody

$50 $19

Fifth-degree black belt Jeff Burger helms a mix of MMA, kickboxing, Zumba, and yoga classes

Up to 60% Off Drop-In Fitness Classes

Swampscott

$89 $39

Drop in for any class offered, including piloxing, Zumba, barre, yoga, spin classes, and TRX workouts

Up to 43% Off Newburyport Whale Watch Tour

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 61% Bike Tour of Newburyport

Newburyport

$96 $39

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

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

Newburyport

$900 $299

Meal of soup or salad, entree, and dessert at a private table with harbor views from the top of a historic lighthouse

50% Off Four 30 minute private music Lessons

West Newbury

$100 $50

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"50 Shades! The Musical" – Up to 31% Off

Lynn Auditorium

$50.85 $35

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Parody of the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey sees original songs by a live band, hilarious dialogue, and dance numbers

Up to 75% Off Karate Classes at Neves Karate Academy

Multiple Locations

$75 $19

Skilled instructor teaches students Okinawan karate

Up to 50% Off at Mel's Funway Park

Litchfield

$27.50 $16.50

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Amusement park with laser tag, driving range, go-karts, mini golf, and batting cage with Green Monster replica, arcade, and full restaurant

Up to 47% Off Classes at Centre Yoga

Lynnfield

$70 $49

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

Up to 71% Off Kickboxing at Cervizzis Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$59 $19

Fitness kickboxing classes cover basic self-defense techniques that also help burn calories and boost cardiovascular health

64% Off at 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

50% Off 4-Wk Outdoor Fitness Challenge at Fuel Training Studio

Multiple Locations

$120 $60

Students strengthen cores and burn fat with high-intensity outdoor boot-camp classes, building functional strength with group camaraderie

Up to 59% Off Obstacle-Course Race 

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

Up to 52% Off Watersports in Hampton Beach

Hampton Beach

$75 $39

Patrons explore the water standing atop paddleboards or take to the skies during a custom parasailing experience.

Up to 50% Off Mini Golf and Ice Cream

Hampton

$19 $10

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

Up to 35% Off All-Day Fishing Trip

Hampton Harbor

$152 $99

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Fishing parties spend a full day on the ocean catching fish with provided rods and bait

51% Off Candlepin Bowling at 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

East Kingston

$100 $50

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

50% Off Tickets to the American Independence Museum

Exeter

$12 $6.75

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View a Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence as well as historic furnishings, textiles, and military ephemera

Up to 68% Off Cross-Training, Yoga and Kickboxing Classes

Hampton

$119 $39

Cross training works on everything from strength to stamina, yoga boosts core strength, and kickboxing builds up cardio and muscle

Up to 56% Off a Wine-Tasting Experience

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

Up to 69% Off Boot-Camp Classes for Women at Incite Fitness

Multiple Locations

$95 $39

Sequences of cardiovascular exercises, resistance training, and plyometrics quickly burn off calories

94% Off 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

50%% Off Kayak Rental from Boating in Boston

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Set amidst a serene natural backdrop, rental kayaks or paddleboards float on calm waters at five locations

55% Off

Wakefield

$220 $99

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Up to 76% Off Classes at MG Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $29

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Calories melt and muscles ripple during group fitness classes for exercisers of all levels

Up to 55% Off Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes

West Revere

$110 $50

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

65% Off Small-Group Training at Next Level Fitness

Multiple Locations

$224 $79

Once a week for four weeks, clients spend 45 minutes working out in small groups that allow for personal attention from trainers

Up to 51% Off Horse Riding Lessons or Camp

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 55% Off Indoor Golf on Flat Screen Simulators

Georgetown

$88 $45

Seven high-definition flat screens simulate realistic golf courses, each with a dedicated server, at an indoor facility

61% Off Adult or Kids' Boot Camp

Haverhill

$199.99 $79

One-hour boot-camp classes teach vital fitness skills to adults and kids

Up to 57% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons

Rowley

$200 $99

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

Up to 88% Off at Shinobi Martial Arts

Plaistow

$250 $39

Experienced instructors and students of a legendary martial artist lead classes drawn from japanese ninjutsu

Up to 65% Off Barre Fitness Classes

Haverhill

$110 $38.50

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

Up to Half Off Private or Group Music Lessons

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

Up to 53% Off Reptile Tour from Zoo Creatures

Plaistow

$16 $8

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

Up to 67% Off at Red House Martial Arts

Malden

$100 $39

Learn to kick and spar in these martial-arts classes designed to build strength and confidence

45% Off Fitness Classes

Malden

$95 $52

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68% Off Dance Classes at 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 53% Off Classes at CrossFit RBP

1 mile from the Wellington MBTA station

$209 $99

Exercisers take Fundamentals course to learn how to do functional fitness workouts; CrossFit sessions constantly change to challenge muscles

Up to 52% Off Yoga Classes

North Andover

$90 $45

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

40% Off Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson

North Andover

$215 $129

FAA-approved helicopter flight instructors; aspiring aviators pilot a Robinson helicopter for 20 minutes while an HD video camera records

Up to 76% Off CrossFit

Andover

$209 $59

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

45% Off Services

Andover

$40 $22

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Up to 55% Off Semipersonal-Training Classes at Aim Fitness

North Andover

$37.50 $18

Experienced trainer helps students build long, lean muscles in intensive semipersonal-training classes

New England Civic Ballet – $19 for "Snow White"

Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College

$22 $19

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Dancers leap through the classic Grimm tale of jealousy and magic; a meet-and-greet follows matinées

Up to 38% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Hormel Stadium

$16 $10

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After winning the league title and posting an undefeated record last season, the Whitecaps continue their pursuit of perfection

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Medford

$450 $248

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Up to 68% Off Muay Thai Classes

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Classes teach self-defense while challenging the whole body; assessment includes personalized plan followed by personal-training session

Up to 56% Off Classes at Borealis Yoga

Medford

$75 $39

Sessions emphasize stretches and introspection or asana sequences at a gentle, moderate, or vigorous pace

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Medford

$540 $297

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Up to 61% Historical European Martial Arts Classes

Medford

$100 $49

Historical European martial arts classes, derived from 15th- to 19th-century writings, including longsword, broadsword, and military sabre

55% Off Boot Camp

West Medford

$129 $58

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Up to 84% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Wilmington

$204 $39

Boot-camp classes build strength and endurance

Up to 76% Off CrossFit

Wilmington

$199 $49

Trainers challenge students through the intense reps of dead-lifting, resistance exercises, and squats associated with the celebrate routine

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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 overhead 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
US

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
US

Cape Ann Lanes entices pin topplers into its outer-space-theme environs with 20 sleek lanes and automatic scoring seven days a week. For two action-packed hours, don rental shoes to solo terrorize 10 pins, or bring along up to three friends, family members, or younger siblings dressed as bowling balls as backup. A cheesy pizza melts away competition-induced hunger, and a pitcher of icy soda keeps throats from asking uncomfortable personal questions of fellow lane occupants.

53 Gloucester Ave
Gloucester,
MA
US

First established in 1994, Discovery Adventures is devoted to encouraging excitement for and exploration of coastal and ocean environments around Cape Ann. A large roster of experienced instructors and guides flex their years of outdoor-education experience as they provide introductory paddle tours, snorkel tours, and summer children's programs. All the while, they strive to foster a love and respect for the ocean in their customers and spark their interest in marine science and buying underwater vacation homes. The staff are all trained in first aid, CPR, and life-saving techniques to ensure a safe environment for all paddlers. Meanwhile, those seeking to relax on the water can partake in kayak and paddleboard rentals and float aimlessly among beaches, inlets, and estuaries.

1077 Washington Street
Gloucester,
MA
US

New movies abound at the locally owned Gloucester Cinema, where three theaters offer an intimate viewing experience of recently released blockbusters, including those shown in 3D. On the weekends, there are usually four or five reels running critically acclaimed and family-friend flicks at both matinee and evening showtimes. The concession stand proffers popcorn and soda, and the ticket booth doles out discounts for seniors, children aged 12 and under, and those forced to sit behind Frankenstein's wife.

74 Essex Ave
Gloucester,
MA
US