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2016 Cape Ann Guide

2012 Cape Ann Guide – Experience Cape Ann…serving Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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Experience Cape Ann 2016-2017 24 A Family Affair: Ten Great Things To Do With Kids on Cape Ann Ah, those kids. They wake up bouncing. So every day, from dawn til dusk, you need a plan. We know you'll fnd the big beaches and the whale watching just fne. But here are a few places you might not otherwise discover, and a couple of museums thrown in for those rainy days too: Cape Ann Cinema & Stage No place more comfortable to watch a movie than your sofa. Except for the Cape Ann Cinema, where comfy couches and armchairs fll the whole room, and you can even bring or order food from local restaurants. The cinema also sells great candy, ice cream, brownies, frozen chocolate-covered bananas, and popcorn. It's long shown independent and foreign flms, and now also shows new releases. The owner loves to hold special events, like Oscar parties, Beer and Bad Movie Night, Halloween festivals and the like. Only problem is, then you have to get up and go home. 21 Main St., Gloucester 978-282-1988 Cape Ann Lanes Great family fun whether you are a beginner or an expert at the art of candlepin bowling. With open bowling every day as well as a video arcade, cosmic bowling and plenty of refreshments, this is a great option for rainy day entertainment or a family night out. Open daily all year round. 53 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester 978-283-9753 Enjoy the View at Coolidge Reservation Within its 64-acres, breathtaking vistas await as you explore rocky outcrops, woodlands, wetlands, a sandy beach and the open expanse of the Ocean Lawn. Summer Street (Rt. 127), Manchester-by-the-Sea 978-526-8687 Essex Shipbuilding Museum How can you build ships with wooden nails? Learn how at this very special small museum, interpreting four centuries of wooden boat building in Essex. 66 Main St., Essex 978-768-7541 Maritime Gloucester This is hands-down the best place to show kids what Gloucester is all about: four centuries of fshing. You can spend hours here, enjoying the vibrant hands-on and interactive exhibits, indoors and out. Your kids can handle oilskins and fog horns, sailmaker's tools and handmade nets. They can pick up all kinds of sea critters in the touch tanks, from sea stars and periwinkles to whelks and lobsters. Out on the pier stands a giant lobster trap, so big that kids can walk inside it and pretend to be a lobster, and fgure out how it works. Inside the Dory Shop, they can watch a real boat builder at work on sailing and rowing dories. The Diving Locker holds all sorts of scuba gear, including a 1949 rig. Take a sail on a real schooner, the Ardelle, a 55-foot traditional pinky schooner built in Essex by a fourth-generation boat builder. Daily drop-in summer programs start in June, such as Catch of the Day, Creature of the Week and Plankton Safari. 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester 978-281-0470 The Get Outside Center Here's where kids get to go on adventures in the wilds of sea and shore, woods and felds, ponds and streams, getting wet and muddy in the process. In July and August, the center has daily summer drop-in programs for kids of all ages, even teenagers. The staff doesn't script everything, letting kids learn how to deal with what happens in nature when you're out there.

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