Essex, MA Things to Do

Essex, Massachusetts is more than just the home of Woodman’s! While no visit to our neck of the woods would be complete without a stop in for some of the best seafood, fried clams and chowder in all of New England, there are lots of things to do in Essex. From guided tours of this historic area to charter cruises and more, you’ll have a great time in Essex. Want even more ideas? Stop in and ask us what’s new!

Coastal Visits – Guided Land Tours
Owned by local residents, Coastal Visits is Cape Ann’s only Guided land tour of Essex, Gloucester and Rockport. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere at their visitor center/gallery in Essex.

Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Come see the shipyard, tools, and artifacts that built and launched over 4,000 vessels since 1688 – the most in America! Long before fried clams came to Essex this was our claim to fame!! A wonderful history of a hard working New England town.

Essex River Cruises & Charters
Essex River Cruises offers narrated cruises, company outings and more.

Essex River Basin Adventures
EXPLORE the pristine beauty of the tidal estuaries or the Essex River in a sea kayak.

Essex National Heritage Area
Click on the link to get an overview of our wonderful area. You’ll be amazed at how much there is to do! Much more than just Essex.