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