"An intimate view of the harborfront, giving access to the town’s history — and the water itself — without disturbing the working port, or cutesifying it."
The HarborWalk’s self-guided, free, public-access and award winning walkway trail is defined by 42 granite story posts installed as a permanent exhibit outdoors. Each marker highlights an aspect of Gloucester’s history as a seaport, our rich culture and people, and how we are evolving in response to a modern, sustainable fishing industry.
Get the award-winning interactive mobile phone experience for your walk that brings traditions, heroes and mysteries of Gloucester to life. This mini mobile tour will guide you along shorter routes and is narrated by the coolest host ever, Gloucester singer Ann Marie
-Interactive activities and hidden finds
– Rich video and Step-by-step guided tour
– Send special selfies! ‘augmented reality’ postcards
The HarborWalk features an award-winning collection of 6 short, interactive videos highlighting Gloucester’s premier event, St. Peter’s Fiesta, and the heroic story of Howard Blackburn. Use your mobile phone to access these interactive videos by scanning the QR code on story posts with a Walking Cinema icon, or download the Walking Cinema mobile app on iTunes or Google Play stores. The optimum viewing of the videos (best resolution and ease) is with the APP.
Gloucester Harborwalk is always free and open.
There is free parking at St. Peter’s Square. There is metered parking or pay stations along the streets and other lots. See map for additional lots.
Gloucester HarborWalk is a collection of 42 story-post locations that wind through Gloucester’s historic downtown and working harbor.
Although you could begin your walk at any one of the 42 story posts, the first story-post “St Peter” is located at Peter’s Square at the corner of Washington and Rogers Street (10 Rogers Street). Look for the large green ocean buoy.
Where does the HarborWalk 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 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 Man At the Wheel and Fishermen’s Wives statues on ocean-front, Stacy Boulevard, leading to Stage Fort Park. In all directions are views painted by famous artists. The Gloucester HarborWalk introduces the City’s unique heritage and cultural contributions.
Public Restrooms (Open During Business Hours)
Cape Ann Brewery@ 11 Rogers St.
Latitude 43@ 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.
There are many restaurants, cafes and pubs on Rogers Street and on Main Street where you can dine in or take out. Benches are sited along the HarborWalk so that you can take advantage of views. There are picnic tables by the Fitz Henry Lane House on Harbor Loop and barbeque pits at Stage Fort Park that are open from dawn to dusk.
Mobile Technology: The HarborWalk self-guided walking tours rely on mobile technology to deliver expanded content for your walk. To access mobile content you will need a modern ‘smartphone’ ( Apple iPhone or Android phone) 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, most of the mobile content and features are available on this website. WIFI: There are many locations offering free public wifi service WIFI MAP
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.
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.
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.