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The coastal hamlet of Newburyport, Massachusetts, is a popular stop for visitors to Northern New England. From its picturesque parklands and trails to its renowned arts center and maritime museum, tourists have been flocking to this charming town in Essex County for generations. Newburyport boasts a treasure trove of quaint shops and storefronts, as well as places to bird- and whale-watch and relax in natural splendor. Hike the Clipper City Rail trail or hop on a pedicab to see the well-preserved architectural sites. Whatever you choose, our Newburyport vacation rentals offer the perfect refuge in Massachusetts.
Things to Do in Newburyport, MA
With its coastal location, Newburyport boasts a plethora of natural wonders. First-time visitors often head to Maudslay State Park on the Merrimack River. Meander though the 19th century gardens and meadows and admire the vast expanses of mountain laurels, or simply find a quiet spot to breath in the azaleas and rhododendrons as you sit in quiet contemplation. Atwood Park on the south end of the waterfront and Cashman Park are two of the finest green spaces in town.
The Clipper City Rail Trail and Harborwalk is the perfect route for a morning jog as you pass through 1.1 miles of spur trails and stairways weaving through industrial parks, neighborhoods, and the waterfront, with sculptures and murals scattered throughout. The Custom House Maritime Museum showcases the town's maritime history with a particular focus on nautical art, ship models, and U.S. Coast Guard paraphernalia. Head to the Newburyport Farmer's Market, open during the summer, for fresh local produce and goods, housed in the old mill building on Liberty Street.
Architecture buffs will delight in the well-maintained Federal-style homes that line High Street as well as the Essex County Superior Courthouse, designed in 1805 by Charles Bulfinch. Bartlett Mall was built in 1801 but redesigned in the late 1800s by architect Charles Elliot. The Cushing House Museum & Garden is a prime example of Federalist architecture and boasts silver, furnishings, and other objects from the 19th century as well gardens and a carriage house. The Firehouse Center for the Arts ?housed in - you guessed it - a restored firehouse, seats nearly 200 people at live music, dance, and theater performances.
Day Trips from Newburyport
The entire North Shore of Massachusetts is a delight, and Newburyport offers a great base from which to explore this region and beyond. Quaint Newbury is mere minutes away, offering an arts center and historic schoolhouse. Plum Island is just off the coast and boasts nature and wildlife. Spooktastic Salem and cosmopolitan Boston are a short drive south, while Cape Cod is well worth a detour for duney beaches and souvenirs. If you're adventurous, drive to historic and Kennedy-centric Hyannis and take a ferry to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard.
Whether you choose to head to the beach, tour historic homes, or simply reconnect with your loved ones in an idyllic New England setting, our Newburyport vacation rentals offer the perfect home base!
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