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42 Stories To Explore

Self Guided Walking Tour

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The HarborWalk’s self-guided walking tour is defined by 42 granite story posts, each highlighting 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.

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Self Guided, Interactive Video Tour

Get the award-winning interactive mobile phone experience for your walk that brings the traditions, heroes and mysteries of Gloucester to life .

– Interactive activities
– Access to hidden features of the Walk
– Rich video with real characters
– Step-by-step guided tour
– Send ‘augmented reality’ postcards

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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.

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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 Raided 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 heritage and 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.

FEATURED EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

SUMMER CINEMA SERIES

No upcoming events

PUBLIC ART

    UPCOMING EVENTS & FESTIVALS

    • 9/4-6 Gloucester Schooner Festival

      Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event. More Information http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net...

    • 8/6-8 Downtown Sidewalk Bazaar

      Main Street is closed to motor traffic as merchants and vendors set up outdoors. Bargains, Food and Fun are the order of the day. Information http://www.gloucesterdowntownassociation.org...

    INTERACTIVE GUIDED VIDEO TOUR

    6 award-winning interactive video segments to watch on the HarborWalk path.

    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.

    GENERAL WALK INFORMATION

    HOURS & ADMISSION

    Gloucester Harborwalk is always free and open.  Keep in mind that sections of the walk wind through existing city parks and may not be well lit at night.

    PARKING

    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.

    WHERE DOES THE WALK BEGIN?

    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

    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.

    RESTAURANTS

    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. at are open from dawn to dusk.

    TECHNOLOGY/ WIFI

    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

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    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.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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