Coast Guard Open House and Tours

Gloucester's US Coast Gaurd Station has an open house during the Schooner Festiv

United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester is having an open house during the Gloucester Schooner Festival!  Stop by and learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester!  Tour the operations center at the station, climb aboard one of the station's motor life boats and get up close and personal with the super fast response boat!

Saturday, September 5, 2015 10am-2pm
Sunday, August 6, 2015 10am-2pm

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focu

Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascades from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. This glorious natural landscape is breathtaking and inspiring.

Saturdays, August 15 -29, 2015 10-11am

Seabird Cruise

Seabird Cruise with Mass Audubon

Joppa Flats Education Center invites families on a special excursion offshore! This program focuses on seabirds, including storm-petrels, shearwaters, gannets, jaegers, terns, gulls, and phalaropes. Onboard the Captain's Lady III, we will visit Jeffreys Ledge or Stellwagen Bank to find the best seabirds around. Dave Larson of Joppa Flats will spot and narrate bird sightings.  to discover the wonder of whales aboard the Captain's Lady III! Play the part of a whale researcher and learn about the lives of whales and the habitats they use to feed, live and breed.

Monday, August 10, 2015 9am-3pm
Downtown Newburyport

Coast Guard Station Tours

Tour the Newburyport Coast Guard station as part of Yankee Homecoming

The Coast Guard Station in Newburyport stands as a testament to over 100 years of service to the opening of the Merrimack River and the coastal regions from the North Shore to Portsmouth, NH. All are invited for a special tour of the facility and get a close-up look at the inner workings of this very busy station.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 10am-2pm

Newburyport Kitchen Tour

Proceeds from the Newburyport Kitchen Tour benefit the NBPT Elementary PTO

The Annual Newburyport Kitchen Tour features sensational kitchens in a variety of period style homes in our riverside coastal community.  Each kitchen has been selected to showcase the fine work of the best designers, contractors and vendors Newburyport has to offer. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015 11am-4pm
Downtown Newburyport

Tour Schooner Adventure

The Dockside toru fo the Schooner Adventure is a great time for kids!

Bring the family to see this newly-restored Gloucester schooner, learn some maritime history and have some fun! Take a tour of Gloucester's iconic wooden dory fishing schooner. Built in 1926 and recently restored, this National Historic Landmark is not to be missed!


Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Maritime Gloucester

Ocean Food Chain Cruise

The Ocean Food Cahin Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper will focus on the estuary

Join Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem aboard Newburyport Harbor Tours Inc.'s Yankee Clipper! Teacher Naturalist, Lisa Hutchings will provide her expert pair of eyes to help your family find all the exciting sights and sounds of the marshes and varied habitats of  the Merrimack estuary as you cruise along the Merrimack River.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 8:45-10:45am

The Stevens-Coolidge Place Cutting Garden

Come explore the Stevens Coolidge Place country estate and the simple c1800 farm

The public is invited to cut your own flowers in the cutting garden (only) on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. In addition to pick-your-own standards like zinnias, dahlias and rudbeckia, visitors will find new varieties to add pop and flair to their bouquets. The garden is fun for all ages and there is always something new to learn!

Fridays & Saturdays, July 17 - September 26, 2015 10am-Noon

Kayak to Choate: Island Tour & Picnic

Take a guided kayak paddle to Choate Island with the Trustees of Reservations!

Join us for an afternoon kayak paddle, followed by a leisurely walking tour of Choate Island. We'll stop in to view the Proctor Barn and the Choate House, then continue on to the highest point on the island where Cornelius and Mine Crane are buried. After marveling over the breathtaking views of the marsh and Essex Bay, we'll make our way back to the Proctor Barn for a delicious picnic supper catered by Ferreira Foods. Please note: Limited to ages 15 and older. You must be a competent swimmer to participate in this program, and have some previous kayaking experience. Pre-registration required.

Sunday, August 16, 2015 3-7pm

Clam-o-Rama! Wild Edibles from the Marsh

Enjoy what you harvest from the marsh and cook  on the beach at the Crane Estate

An edible adventure for the whole family! Ipswich has long been renowned for it's delicious soft-shell clams. Join us as we wander into Fox Creek to find out firsthand where our food comes from! We'll dig for a variety of clams – and maybe find some vegetables to go with them – and then hike to the Pine Grove to cook and eat what we've gathered. You may want to bring a bag supper to supplement our harvest – clamming is harder than it looks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5-7:30pm
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