Cruiseport Gloucester Marine Terminal

Shore Excursions near Gloucester, MA USA

At the heart of Cape Ann (just 30 miles north of Boston), Gloucester remains both the oldest fishing community in the US and home to the oldest art colony in North America. Area attractions are numerous, and Cruiseport Gloucester is proud to highlight the following for our cruiseship visitors.

Hammond Castle Museum

Maritime Gloucester

Discover Gloucester’s working waterfront through a visit to our historic site! Learn about Stellwagen Bank, a national marine reserve and rich fishing grounds. Visit our Gorton’s Gallery for exhibits on maritime history and shoreside fishing activities. Check out native marine life in our Sea Pocket Lab, which includes touch tank aquariums with species from local habitats. Enjoy a stroll down the Harriet Webster Pier and view visiting schooners. Or, pop into the Diving Locker or Dory Shop for some engaging conversation with locals. Maritime Gloucester is the best place on the working waterfront to learn about Gloucester’s maritime past, present, and future.

Maritime Gloucester is at the beginning of Gloucester's new HarborWalk and a pleasant half mile walk from the Cruiseport.
Hammond Castle Museum

Hammond Castle Museum

Second only to Thomas Edison in number of patents, John Hays Hammond, Jr. was one of America's premier inventors, who built his medieval-style castle between 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. Visitors explore the castle on a self-guided tour including the great hall, indoor courtyard, Renaissance dining room, bedrooms, inventions exhibits, library, War room, kitchens, the tower galleries and several small rooms and secret passage ways. Visitors may also enjoy the beauty of the castle grounds and a view of the Atlantic shore line.

The Hammond Castle Museum is only 3.3 miles from the Cruiseport. We offer transportation and discounted admission.

Beauport, Sleeper McCann House

America's first interior designer, Henry Davis Sleeper, created Beauport, as a repository for his vast collection of American and European decorative arts and antiques. The McCann family, who acquired Beauport donated it Historic New England as a museum. The tour focuses on both the uniquely designed rooms of the museum as well as the collection of antiques and art works.

Beauport is only 1.8 miles from the Cruiseport. We offer transportation and discounted admission.

Ryan & Wood Distilleries

Bob Ryan and Dave Wood provide their unique blend of Beauport Vodka, Folly Cove Rum and Knockabout Gin. Bob personally presents the tour of this Cape Ann stamped distillery. Come in and learn the secrets of distilling fine spirits.

Ryan & Wood Distillery is only 2 miles from the Cruiseport. We offer transportation and free admission.
Motif Number 1, Rockport, MA

Motif No. 1

Known the world over as Rockport's Trademark, this fishing shack on Bearskin Neck is one of the world's most famous buildings and instantly recognizable to any student of art or art history as America's most-painted building because of it's simple but interesting proportions. Stories abound about how it got it's name. A replica of it won first place in the historic float competition at the 1933 Worlds Fair. Come see what all the excitement is about.

Motif No. 1 is only 4.2 miles from the Cruiseport. We offer transportation to and from Rockport's Bearskin Neck.

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Enjoy a three to four hour excursion to view nature’s gentle giants feed and frolic -- only 15 miles off the coast of Gloucester.

All trips are fully narrated by a member of the Ocean Alliance (founded by the world renowned whale researcher Dr. Roger Payne)

Cape Ann Whale Watch is on the same dock as the Cruiseport. We offer discounted passes.

Rocky Neck Art Colony

One of America's oldest continuously working art colonies, Rocky Neck, in Gloucester Massachusetts, has attracted some of the nation's most illustrious artists including Milton Avery, Nell Blaine, Stuart Davis, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and many others. Today, this picturesque waterfront community is home to dozens of accomplished working artists.

You can also take the Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail, which leads you to twelve sites of art historic significance on this granite promontory with scenic views and humble waterfront buildings.

Rocky Neck Art Colony is just across the harbor and only 1.8 miles from the Cruiseport by land. We offer transportation via land and water shuttle.