This little fishing village is the perfect fusion of classic, coastal charm and inspiring art colony. No matter if you want to spend a relaxing weekend by the sea, are craving some fresh seafood, or just want to stroll along one of the state’s most scenic harbors, Rockport can definitely deliver.
One of the best things about Rockport is that it feels like a classic, sleepy fishing town....but there's so much to do. Sure, summer crowds are unavoidable in any beautiful coastal Massachusetts town, but Rockport doesn't draw the same throngs as places like Gloucester or Salem.
The most famous view in Rockport is definitely Motif No. 1. This iconic fishing shack is located on Bearskin Neck, and is the most painted building in America.
Its deep red hue and interesting angles make it a natural subject for photography and sketching, and it’s not uncommon to see professional and amateur artists on the harbor using the beautiful building as a model.
The entire harbor area is actually truly breathtaking. Wander down to the water and take in the sound of the gulls, the crash of the waves and, and sight of local fishermen hauling in the catch of the day.
Looking to grab a bite? Rockport has plenty of places to tuck in. Try Roy Moore’s Fish Shack for some delicious, fresh seafood and great atmosphere. Check out their sit-down location at 21 Dock Square, or head to Bearskin Neck for a more informal lunch.
And what trip to Rockport would be complete without a little harborside ice cream? Check out the Ice Cream Store for a cone or cup of something creamy and delicious.
After lunch, be sure to browse the local shops. Stop by the Pewter Shop for plenty of handcrafted metalwork and gifts. They’ve been crafting since 1935.
If you're visiting Rockport, you can't miss the Paper House. Built entirely out of newspapers, this place has been one of the area's most unique attractions for decades.
Colorful buoys are everywhere in Rockport, hanging on the quaint coastal buildings like multicolored barnacles.
No matter where you go in Rockport, you'll be enchanted by the old-fashioned feel and the delicious scent of salt air that permeates this fishing village.