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.