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Boating In Newburyport, Massachusetts

America's city of firsts

Known as a city of firsts — America’s first lifesaving station, birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard and the first American Revolution Tea Party — Newburyport Massachusetts is also the first choice of many boaters cruising north from Boston. After the Great Fire of 1811 claimed the town’s wooden buildings, this historic port became the first Massachusetts municipality to enact zoning laws that called for less flammable brick construction of replacement structures. Many buildings used materials reclaimed from ships’ ballasts, and the charming brick-and-stone facades remain in place today.

Also known as the Clipper City on the south shore and Salisbury on the north, Newburyport’s harbor offers convenient docking and mooring options. Each vantage point provides a lovely view of the Merrimack River, plus waterfront eateries with al fresco seating and paved recreation trails that flank both shores.

Newburyport’s event calendar is packed with cultural and historic events. Among the most popular is Yankee Homecoming, a nine-day festival from the last weekend in July through the first weekend in August. Activities during the festival range from a paddleboard and kayak race to sidewalk sales and live music at both the Market Square Historic District and Waterfront Park. The festivities wrap up with a fireworks show and parade. Consider booking well in advance to reserve a slip or mooring for this event. Labor Day weekend is also bustling when Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival fills Waterfront Park with the sounds of up-and-coming and big-name performers. But this port is just as pleasant on quieter days when you can find plenty of entertainment. Visit the Custom House Maritime Museum for a look inside Newburyport Massachusetts seafaring heritage or stroll down the boardwalk and around town to take in the exquisite revitalized architecture.

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Custom House Maritime Museum
Features maritime art, models of clipper ships, and displays of famous shipwrecks. The Custom House promoted overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods since it was built in 1835. The museum also hosts many maritime events to honor the history of Newburyport and local Coast Guards.
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Plumb Island Beach
Fish, boat, kayak, or just relax on the beach, which stretches for 11 miles. Visit the Plum Island Light House and experience the natural wonders of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, known for its incredible bird watching.
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Tannery Marketplace
Named “the best shopping on The North Shore” by Boston Magazine. This venue offers a variety of services including an array of specialty stores, health and beauty options, artistic training, and fine dining on the waterfront of the Merrimack River.
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Captain Lady III
Set out on the Atlantic Ocean on this 160 ft cruising boat to see Humpbacks, Minkes, Finbacks, and other whales on the coast. The Captain Lady III also offers restrooms, flat screen TVs and a Galley with food, wine, and beer.
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Glenn’s Food & Libations
50 Water St, Newburyport, MA 01950
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Michael’s Harborside Restaurant & Bar
1 Tournament Wharf, Newburyport, MA 01950
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The Grog
13 Middle St, Newburyport, MA 01950
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VASA Waterfront Kitchen & Bar
175 Bridge Rd, Salisbury, MA 01952
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Yankee Homecoming
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Nearest Airport
Plum Island Airport (FAA)
42.8126, -70.8773
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