Things To Do In Gloucester


Cape Ann Whale Watch: $29 for a Whale-Watching Cruise from Cape Ann Whale Watch (Up to $48 Value)

$29 for a Whale-Watching Cruise from Cape Ann Whale Watch (Up to $48 Value)

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Gloucester

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

$48 $29

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Doodles Art Emporium: $25 for $45 Worth of Painting Classes — Doodles Art Emporium

$25 for $45 Worth of Painting Classes — Doodles Art Emporium

Doodles Art Emporium

Rockport

From the merchant: Personal 45 minute art instruction session for kids ages 7 - 11!

$45 $25

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Harmony Barre + Healing: Two Weeks of Unlimited Barre Classes at Harmony Barre + Healing (45% Off)

Two Weeks of Unlimited Barre Classes at Harmony Barre + Healing (45% Off)

Harmony Barre + Healing

Gloucester

Small class sizes, motivating instructors, and workouts powered by energizing music

$88 $48

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Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center: Two-Hour Schooner Trip for One or Four Plus Admission to Maritime Gloucester (Up to 44% Off)

Two-Hour Schooner Trip for One or Four Plus Admission to Maritime Gloucester (Up to 44% Off)

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Gloucester

1845 fishing schooner replica sails in Gloucester Harbor from a museum with local fishing, maritime, and marine science exhibits

$40 $24

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Essex River Cruises and Charters: River Cruise for Two or Four from Essex River Cruises and Charters (Up to 46% Off)

River Cruise for Two or Four from Essex River Cruises and Charters (Up to 46% Off)

Essex River Cruises and Charters

River Essex Cruises

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

$56 $31

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Thomas E. Lannon: $25 for a Two-Hour Sailing Trip from Thomas E. Lannon (Up to $40 Value)

$25 for a Two-Hour Sailing Trip from Thomas E. Lannon (Up to $40 Value)

Thomas E. Lannon

Multiple Locations

Scenic sail aboard 90-foot schooner named after its owner’s heroic grandfather

$40 $25

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Boston Lobsters North Shore Pride Night with the Rocky Horror Picture Show: $20 for a Ticket to the Boston Lobsters North Shore Pride Night at Manchester Athletic Club on July 13 ($30 Value)

$20 for a Ticket to the Boston Lobsters North Shore Pride Night at Manchester Athletic Club on July 13 ($30 Value)

Boston Lobsters North Shore Pride Night with the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Manchester Athletic Club

Team-based tennis match followed by an outdoor screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with RKO Army

$30 $20

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7 Seas Whale Watch: Morning or Afternoon Whale-Watching Trip for One or Two from 7 Seas Whale Watch (Up to 43% Off)

Morning or Afternoon Whale-Watching Trip for One or Two from 7 Seas Whale Watch (Up to 43% Off)

7 Seas Whale Watch

Gloucester

Featured on Discovery Channel and in “National Geographic,” boat tours offer the chance to spot whales and also seals and dolphins

$48 $29

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Treetop Yoga Studio: Up to 47% Off Yoga  at Treetop Yoga Studio

Up to 47% Off Yoga at Treetop Yoga Studio

Treetop Yoga Studio

Gloucester

From the merchant: We offer an eclectic combination of classes and styles in order to best meet the needs of our students.

$70 $39

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  • Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
    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.
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    23 Harbor Loop
    Gloucester, MA US
  • Calvo Studio
    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.
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    235 East Main Street
    Gloucester, MA US
  • Cape Ann Whale Watch
    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, earning it a spot on the Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours by Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales. 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 30-mile circuit, a naturalist from Whale Cetacean Alliance narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.
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    415 Main Street
    Gloucester, MA US
  • Cape Ann Lanes
    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.
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    53 Gloucester Ave
    Gloucester, MA US
  • 7 Seas Whale Watch
    As many as 15 species of whales populate the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. The mission of 7 Seas Whale Watch is to bring passengers within eyeshot of these enormous sea creatures as they thrash about, breaking the water's surface with their enormous heft and diving gracefully back below. Seven of the species that populate the area are defined as great whales, which means they reach 30-feet at full growth. So while the tours spend 90 minutes in the whales' feeding area, customers might spot humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, and even Atlantic white-sided dolphins. As the whales appear, grandiose and graceful, an on-staff naturalist describes the different species and their behaviors. Though whale sightings are never guaranteed—the whales are wild and act entirely on their own whims, much like tenured philosophy professors—7 Seas boasts a 99% success rate for spotting whales, and they offer free rain checks if whales don't appear. Customers scan the seas from the sun decks or heated cabins of The Privateer IV, a Coast Guard–certified boat with modern accommodations. The boat was built to accommodate 300 passengers, though 7 Seas' trips top out at 149 passengers to ensure space, comfort, and a good view.
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    63 Rogers St.
    Gloucester, MA US
  • Cape Ann Brewing Co.
    There's a reason Cape Ann Brewing Co. names so many of its beers in honor of fishermen, and it's not just because the brewery is located along Gloucester's historic harbor front. It's also because the beers boast the same bold character as the sailors in the North Atlantic fishing fleet, whether that's expressed in the toasty malt of Fisherman's Brew amber ale or the spicy bite of Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout. Visit the brewery and you'll get to experience these flavors firsthand. While sipping the on-tap options or telling tall tales about the largest fish they ever befriended, visitors can also chow down on Cape Ann's pub eats, which range from burgers and chicken wings to steak tips and baked haddock. An outdoor harbor-side patio beckons during warmer months, but inside, cozy vibes and long beer hall–style tables set the stage for nightly events, including trivia, open mic performances, and local acts.
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    11 Rogers St.
    Gloucester, MA US

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