Newburyport Travel Guide

  • Shopping downtown
    Shopping downtown
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    Relacing on the boardwalk
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  • On the boardwalk
    On the boardwalk
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Newburyport Highlights

  • Pro
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     Gorgeous early American architecture 

  • Con
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     A lot of people, maybe too cute, higher prices than some smaller places 

  • In a nutshell
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Newburyport Things to Do

  • Local Charms

    As a local, I can point you to some of the hidden gems others might miss. 1. The Cushing House museum, located on the corner of Fruit and High St, is a wonderful museum run by the Historical society with plenty of artifacts from 17th and 18th century newburyport. If you like maritime history, this is for you.2. Joppa Flats--if you continue along...

  • Peter J. Matthews Memorial Boardwalk

    Grab a picnic lunch from one of the many local eateries and enjoy the sights along the Merrimack River. The boardwalk is kept clean and leashed dogs are welcome. There is inexpensive public parking lots available.

  • Maudslay State Park

    This used to be the estate of the Moseley family (along with the Moseley Woods next to it). Now it's been donated to the state. There are a few traces left by which one can tell that it's a former estate, but mostly, it's just a nice park with nice bridges and nice trails, plus some very impressive and well-maintained flowers and ornamental plants....

  • The Port Area

    There's a nice walking area at the city's port. I didn't really get a chance to explore it more fully as it was later in the day and it was very cloudy, so it was dark much earlier than it should be.

  • This is for the BIRDS !!!

    Newburyport has one of the more extensive lists of birding programs you will find anywhere. Known as the premier bird watching destination and one of the nation's finest birdwatching areas, there are enthusiasts from around the world who come to observe a tremendous diversity of habitats and species. Programs throughout the seasons have titles such...

  • Annual Festival

    The July festival at the riverfront is a big draw, but no matter what time of year you go up to Newburyport, you will find that little town bursting with energy. Filled with interesting tours, events, and arts programming.... there will no doubt be something to entertain you while you are there.

  • Tour an historic home

    THE DOLE LITTLE HOUSE C.1715 was built by a cattleman. The original structure was a 2 room home with central chimney. There was a kitchen shed in the rear. Obviously the house grew over time...fell into decline as all old houses do....and was later restored, eventually coming under the ownership of Historic New England (previously SPNEA). It's a...

  • Enjoy the waterfront park and outdoor...

    The Waterfront Park overlooks the Merrimack River and is home to summer concerts, boating activities and leisurely walks along the Boardwalk. There are Citywide ArtWalks with evening receptions scheduled throughout the summer months. You can get more information by calling 978 499 8444. This is a town filled with creative ideas for community...

  • Take a boat tour ...

    There are a variety of boat tours available at Newburyport. You could sail in a 48 ft. Catamaran known as the Ninth Wave. It holds up to 48 passengers. Calll 1 866 9th Wave. Or visit their web site at There are Yankee Clipper Harbor Tours with Captain Bill Taplin...leaving from Waterfront Park daily during the season. Check out...


Newburyport Hotels

Newburyport Restaurants

  • The best catfish I ever tasted

    I love the seafood at Starboard Galley. It is always fresh, but the other day I had their "special" catfish. It was by far the best I have ever had. I wish this was a regular on their menu. But I have eaten here many times and I have never had anything I didn't like. The people and service are above average as well. Catfish!

  • Wierd coincidence or what?

    I came up to Newburyport around 7 years ago or so and ate at The Grog. I wasn't impressed with it then nor was I this time around. So the fact that I've eaten there two out of the maybe three times that I've visited this city, really makes me wonder what I 've done to deserve this?Actually, the food is not bad here. It's look is tired and so is...

  • Lots of seafood, steak, and pasta..and...

    I mean, could a restaurant name be more fun to say? GROG.It's cozy, yet huge. It's multi-leveled...all wood. It serves a large selection of beer, and has root beer, too! The specials change every day; there's always a lot of seafood included. I had a very nice pasta dish, and my meat-eating friends were happy with steak tips and other various...


Newburyport Shopping

  • Not just on the Vineyard

    Everything in the store has a Black Dog on it! Now you can get your favorite gear without traveling to Martha's Vineyard. They have great quality clothing and accessories for you, your home and your dog! Dogs are welcome inside. Everyone needs a Black Dog T or two.

  • Stop and smell the treats

    A gourmet bakery for dogs! They have so many varieties it was hard to choose. Of course, dogs are welcome inside. If you visit without your dog, bring them home a treat or two.

  • Their going out of business

    I love this store too but its going out of business. I was over there and got some incredible deals. They still have lots of adorable shoes. I got a pair of ariat clogs and a pair of really nice spanish sandals (for $10, originally $128) and an unbelieveably cute pair of fidji boots. They had shoes - quality shoes - for $10. Almost everything was...


Newburyport Local Customs

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    by Pawtuxet Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    Here we see the reuse of an old fire house which has been transformed into a great home for someone who must be very creative.

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Newburyport Sports & Outdoors

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    sail boats at rest

    by Pawtuxet Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    At the end of the day with the late sun on the boats, it seems even more enticing than in the noon day sun. Looks as if there are plenty of folks to sail with if that's your thing.

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Newburyport Favorites

  • the long house~Swett-Ilsley House c.1670

    As you enter town, there is another historic house on the left, managed by Historic New England. It caught my eye because we have a similar house in our little village. Newburyport is very fortunate to have an array of property owners who are sensitive to the built environment that has survived since the early years of the country. We're making...

  • Attention to details

    Fences matching the mansion....wonderful details to notice as you pass through this wonderfully restored community.

  • Newby house

    Attention is given to the lesser architecture as well. Comfortable homes have been preserved by sensitive owners taking pride in their built treasures....many plaque houses all around the town.


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