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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capeannvacations.com 25 The little ones, ages 4-7, will get to "experience the world through the eyes, ears, nose and paws of a different animal each morning," in "Being Animals." Older kids, 8-12, can learn about outdoor survival: how to build shelters, which wild plants are edible, and how to make tools and track animals. Preteens and teens get to go on "Travel Adventures," planning day trips each morning to explore the wilds of Cape Ann: woodlands, beaches, marshes, lakes and streams. The center also has nature exhibits and books. 186 Main St., Gloucester 978-515-7177 kestreleducation.org Halibut Point State Park & the Atlantic Path On Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend, quarry tours are offered which include a granite-cutting demonstration. Other programs spotlight the park's natural history, including wildfower walks and tide pool programs during the summer and seabird walks during the winter. Halibut Point is a uniquely beautiful coastal seascape. Looking seaward on a clear day, the view stretches from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. State Park entrance and parking lot located on Gott Avenue, Rockport. 978-546-2997. Find more information at mass.gov/dcr. The Atlantic Path, a three-hour public pathway along Rockport's rugged northerly coastline, extends from Halibut Point State Park and Reservation to Cathedral Avenue in Pigeon Cove. Andrews Point, located along the Atlantic Path and accessible via a public right of way, offers panoramic vistas and is a noted bird-watching site. (Very limited on-street parking for Andrews Point is available on Point de Chene Avenue.) Rockport Guide to Public Paths and Town Landings, available at Toad Hall Bookstore, 47 Main Street, Rockport. Harbor & Lighthouse Tours In a couple of hours or less, you can cruise around Gloucester Harbor and Cape Ann and see its scenic splendor, in several ways: Lighthouse cruise A fascinating 2-½-hour narrated tour of Cape Ann's scenic coastline, aboard the King Eider. Up-close views of six lighthouses, fshing and lobstering feets, and the Annisquam River. Lobstering & Harbor tours On this 1-¼-hour tour and demonstration, you'll learn all about lobsters and lobstering aboard the King Eider. You'll also enjoy a narrated tour of historic Gloucester Harbor. Harbor Shuttle On this 1-hour narrated tour, your day-long pass allows you to get on and off the vessel to explore different locations within Gloucester's inner harbor. Harbor Tours 66 Harbor Loop, Gloucester 978-283-1979 capeannharbortours.com North Shore Kayak Outdoor Center Tours of beautiful Rockport Harbor, a paddle to Thacher Island or an overnight camping adventure. You'll see fve islands and three lighthouses. Two-hour tours head to Straitsmouth Island and the 3½-hour tour lands on Thacher Island where you can explore the trails, enjoy the views from the top of a 124-foot lighthouse or just relax at the landing site. NSKOC 9 Tuna Wharf, Rockport 978-546-5050 northshorekayak.com Tompson Street Reservation This free 302-acre reservation in Gloucester is the largest owned by Greenbelt, Essex County's Land Trust. You can hike its wooded trails through lowbush blueberry and pitch pine, and climb a large granite ledge, Eagle Rock, for stunning views of Cape Ann and the Great Marsh. Sunset Mountain, at the southern end, offers another spectacular vista, perfect for catching the sunset. Bring a picnic. Your kids can hunt for many geocaches, and your dog can run off leash, one of the few places allowing this in the summer. Several trailhead entrances, on Bray, Concord and Fernald Streets in Gloucester. Download a map at ecga.org . By Patricia Mandell