Rockport is a dry town, which means that no one can purchase or sell alcohol there. Up until this year this rule also applied to the town's restaurants, but after last fall's election some of them are allowed to serve wine. If you are staying in Rockport and would like to buy some wine or beer you'll have to drive over the town line into Gloucester, or better yet remember to bring it with you when you come.
Plenty of stuff to warn you about! I've also already told you that the Rockport police are radar-happy. But the meter maids are even worse! Avoid parking downtown if at all possible. The meter maids camp at the bumpers of cars waiting for meters to expire and the tow trucks are right behind them. Innkeepers try to warn their guests about it, but not everybody takes heed and it's a real drag getting your car back! Save yourself the aggravation if you can by taking the trolley in season or shuttle bus from the huge park-and-ride lot off Upper Main Street. Oh, and one last thing, public restrooms are in very short supply downtown!
Keep your children occupied...this picture is of my sister (the one with the beautiful face here) and myself--yes it is quite old...about 15 years old....
Actually a great place to take kids is The Happy Whale Toy Store and Then General Store located in Bearskin Neck.
If you are fishing at Flat Rock, you could become so filled with sea air and sunshine that you simply must get prone and take a mid day snooze. This place is all about relaxation.