GLOUCESTER'S FREE SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR

Forty-two locally-quarried granite posts bring Gloucester’s mariners, artists, innovators, and interesting characters to life. In addition to the heritage and culture of the working waterfront and downtown, you’ll get a glimpse of today’s vibrant and diverse community.

WHERE TO BEGIN?

Although you could begin your walk at any one of the 42 story posts, the first story-post titled “St Peter” is  located at St. Peter’s Square at the corner of Washington and Rogers Street (10 Rogers Street)Look for the large green ocean buoy in front of the Cape Ann Brewing Co.

WHERE DOES IT GO?

From St. Peter’s Square on Rogers Street, the HarborWalk traverses the working waterfront to Harbor Loop. The Walk then turns up to City Hall (9 Dale Ave.) and the civic center, then turns back down through the historic district to St. Peter’s Square.

 

Several markers lead to some of the City’s most famous landmarks away from downtown. They include the Gloucester’s Fisherman’s Memorial, Man At the Wheel and the Fishermen’s Wives Memorialstatues on ocean-front, Stacy Boulevard, leading to Stage Fort Park. In all directions are views that have inspired well known poets, writers and painters. The Gloucester HarborWalk introduces the City’s unique heritage and cultural contributions.

The Gloucester HarborWalk is always FREE and OPEN

TECHNOLOGY/ WIFI

The HarborWalk self-guided tour relies on mobile technology to deliver expanded content for your walk. To access this content you will need a modern ‘smartphone’ (Apple iPhone or Android) with an active mobile service plan and the ability to scan a QR code with a QR Code Scanning App. The HarborWalk mobile experience relies on a strong mobile signal. For users without a mobile device, the content and features are also available on this website.  WIFI: There are many locations offering free public wifi service WIFI MAP

PARKING

There is metered parking & pay stations throughout the city, along the streets and other municipal lots.
See map for specific locations.

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

Public Restrooms (Open During Business Hours)
Cape Ann Brewery@ 11 Rogers St.
Minglewood Harborside@ 25 Rogers St.
Gloucester House@ 63 Rogers St.
Fitz Henry Lane House@ 8 Harbor Loop
Maritime Gloucester@ 23 Harbor Loop
Sawyer Free Library@ 2 Dale Ave.
Gloucester City Hall@ 9 Dale Ave.
Gloucester Police Station@ 197 Main St.
Rose Baker Senior Center@ 6 Manuel R. Lewis St.

RESTAURANTS

Along the HarborWalk there are many restaurants, cafes and pubs located on Rogers Street and Main Street. Benches are sited along the HarborWalk so that you can take advantage of the views with your take out, or choose to dine in with a beautiful harbor view. Picnic tables are located by the Fitz Henry Lane House on Harbor Loop and barbecue pits are available at Stage Fort Park/Welcome Center that are open from dawn to dusk. Click here to browse restaurants in the area.

HOW TO USE THE STORY POSTS

HarborWalk Key

1 & 2 STORY POST NAME & NUMBER

Story posts along the walk are numbered and named for the story introduced on the graphic attached to each post. The stories presented are not in sequential order and you are welcome to start your walk experience at any of the 43 story post locations.

3 RAISED ICON

Each marker displays a unique icon. These are slightly raised and may be used to take pencil or crayon impressions. See Hunt The HarborWalk Challenge for activity using the Raised Icon.

4 POSTCARD

Many Story Posts contain postcards that showcase Gloucester life and culture. Use your mobile phone to access the postcards through the ‘Walking Cinema’ app. Many contain local tips, places to visit, and special promotions.

5 STORY POST TOPIC

Each story post introduces a different aspect of Gloucester’s heritageand culture, giving you a glimpse of today’s vibrant and diverse community.

6 TIPS FOR EXPLORATION

The black band at the bottom of each marker suggests museums, points of interest and cultural institutions for further exploration.

7 QR CODE

At the bottom right corner of each story post panel you will find a QR Barcode that can be scanned with a mobile phone or tablet. HarborWalk QR codes provide access to additional multimedia content (video, audio and text) specific to each Story Post.

DIRECTIONS


BY CAR

  • From Boston, travel time is approx 1 hour
  • Take RT 93 N or RT 128/95 N to Peabody.
  • Do not take RT 95 toward New Hampshire, however continue on RT 128 North to Gloucester. RT 128 ends in Gloucester with a Rotary
  • From the Rotary, take your 1st exit onto Washington Street
  • Follow Washington Street until it forks left and right at the Joan Of Arc Statue.
  • Bear to the to right of the statue, then take a quick left on Angle Street
  • Continue to the right and down the hill. St. Peters Square (Story Post #1 St. Peter’s) will be directly in front of you.
  • Limited parking is available in St. Peter’s Square.

BY TRAIN

he MBTA “Rockport Line” originates from North Station, Boston, and continues to Rockport. The Gloucester depot is a short walk to the Cape Ann Museum, City Hall, Main Street, and the harbor. Private Taxi services are also available.

MBTA ROCKPORT LINE TRAIN SCHEDULE

BY BOAT

The seasonal water shuttle stops at points along the harbor, including St. Peter’s Square, Harbor Loop, Cruiseport, Cripple Cove, and Rocky Neck. Or, leave your car at Stage Fort Park off Hough Avenue near the Visitors Center and take a seasonal trolley to St. Peter’s Square or Harbor Loop.

WATER SHUTTLE
VISITOR MOORINGS

BUS SERVICE

Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) provides local bus services throughout Gloucester and Rockport including additional services to Danvers and Peabody Malls and in Ipswich, Essex and Beverly.

CATA BUS LINES/SCHEDULES
STAGE FORT PARK TROLLEY – SEASONAL

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER


The HarborWalk winds through Historic Downtown Gloucester where you will find shops, art galleries, museums, historic homes and a wide range of restaurant and food establishments serving everything from authentic Italian sandwiches and pastries to casually sophisticated dining – and of course the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste. Downtown Gloucester is also home to numerous whale watches, boat excursions, theatre, art house cinema, lectures, readings, exhibitions, a monthly summer block-party and an outdoor ‘Bazaar’ in August.

There are 3 Historic Districts in Gloucester. The Front Street Historic District is located from 55-71 Main Street in the West End. The Central Gloucester Historic District roughly follows the boundaries bounded by Middle, Main, Center, Hancock, Short, Prospect and Pleasant Streets. The Historic District Commission (HDC) reviews, recommends and imposes requirements on development proposals within the Historic Districts for the purpose of preventing developments incongruous with the historic aspects or the architectural characteristics of the surroundings.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION