HARBORWALK ACTIVITIES

What to see and do along your walk

BECOME A GLOUCESTER HARBORWALK EXPLORER

Kids and family self-guided activity: Hunt the HarborWalk

 

Each of the 42 Story Posts contains a square raised icon. Download and print a ‘Hunt The HarborWalk’ worksheet and while you’re on your walk make a rubbing of each symbol with a pencil or crayon in the squares provided.

 

Any child who hunts and finds each trail marker raised icon can receive a certificate signed by the Mayor for becoming an official “HarborWalk Explorer”.

 

Print out a tracing master sheet (see attached PDF) ahead of time and bring it with you, OR copies may also be available at the Chamber of Commerce or Stage Fort Welcoming Center.

In the summer, the city offers FREE outdoor family movie nights, held at 65 Rogers Street at dusk. Bring friends and family as well as lawn chairs and blankets. See Discover Gloucester for more info and movies shown.

HARBORWALK GARDENS AND BLOOMS

Indigenous plantings that provide sustenance for birds, bees, and butterflies

 

Designed by Kim Smith, to provide four seasons of interest, these gardens are low-maintenance habitats to benefit pollinators. Visitors are inspired to locate and identify the tremendous wealth of flora and fauna found on Cape Ann and to translate that information to their own gardens.

 

A major component of  the horticultural plan for the Harborwalk was to create habitats that help support the migratory species of birds and butterflies that travel annually through the region. Cape Ann lies within a largely unrestricted north-south corridor for migratory species of birds and insects but most particularly, Gloucester’s easternmost point is a unique and important destination along the Monarch Butterflies annual fall migration.

 

The tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) — planted at St. Peter’s Square, were selected not only for their great beauty and because they are excellent shade trees, but because of their historical significance relative to Gloucester. Tulip poplar is the primary wood used in the nation’s premier organ building studio, Gloucester’s own CB Fisk, and remains today the wood of choice for ship masts. The foliage of the tulip tree is one of the caterpillar food plants of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.

 

The Magnolia Virginiana — planted at the I4-C2 Connector Garden (65 Rogerst St. or near Story Posts 10-14) is also one of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar food plants, as well as food for the stunning Cecropia moth. This plant was nearly collected to extinction. For this reason, the New England Wildflower Society was founded in 1900 to educate, promote, and conserve the region’s native flowering shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and ferns.

FISHERMAN'S WHARF: GLOUCESTER'S FISHERY

Fisherman's Wharf

Learn about the nations oldest seaport: Then & Now

This exhibit was created in 2010 by Mark McDonough, Vito Giacalone, Peter Prybot and Joey Ciaramitaro. In 2014 the content and information was updated and expanded with the help of the City of Gloucester. Artists shared their photography to make the exhibit even stronger.

 

Located between HarborWalk Story Posts 4 & 5

PUBLIC ART

Along the HarborWalk you will find a variety of public art such as — The iconic Fisherman at the WheelFishermen’s Wives, Joan of Arc, and Fitz Henry Lane monuments; beautifully detailed WPA-era murals at City Hall and Sawyer Free Library; contemporary photography; street art;  and installations by winners of the Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge commissioned by the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) on behalf of the City of Gloucester.