Newburyport, Massachusetts is in Essex County located 32 miles North of Boston. There are an estimated 17, 189 people in Newburyport. The original inhabitants of Newburyport were the Pawtucket Indians. The Europeans discovered Newbury in 1630 and settled down in the area. The port of Newbury gradually turned into a fishing and trading port and became Newburyport in 1974. Whether you reside or work in the community or are a tourist, Newburyport is a city with charm. Rich in maritime history and settled on the shores where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic, the area has many shops, restaurants, and small businesses. There are many attractions such as The Bartlett Mall, Brown Square and Cashman Park which are some places of interest and entertainment in the city. On average, the warmest month is July and the coolest month is January. The maximum average precipitation occurs in March.
Newburyport is a great place to walk and bike ride. The downtown area is quite a site, containing cobblestone pathways filled with quaint shops, delicious food and happy people. When in this area, you will definitely want to be on foot. The bike paths have the most beautiful scenery and artwork. At the end of the path you reach the water, a wonderful view. Parking can sometimes be difficult on busy days but side streets are also possible spots. Parking in the lots are .50 cents an hour.
Cushing House Museum and Garden, 98 High St., +1 978-462-2681, . This 21-room brick Federal home houses the Historical Society of Old Newbury. Visitors are treated to the treasures of the area’s rich historic past, encompassing every aspect of life from the countryside to the city and its merchants. There are guided tours, exhibits, special events, and lectures. Open May-October, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm, Saturday, 11am-2pm.Last tour begins one hour before closing. Admission Charged.
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St., +1 978-462-8681. Mar-Dec, Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Housed in the restored 1835 granite Custom House, the museum exhibits artifacts form Newburyport’s rich maritime history as a major shipbuilding center and seaport, sending ships to the Far East and around the world. Admission charged.
Joppa Flats Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, +1 978-462-9998, email@example.com, . 8:30AM-4PM. $2. A beautiful nature experience, Joppa Flats encompasses bird watching, salt marsh discoveries and a real hands-on experience. Directly on the water, looking out on the Merrimac River; a great plan for the day with family and friends.
Maudslay State Park, Curzon Mill Rd., +1 978-465-7223, . Daily 8AM-Sunset. A 480-acre state park with 19th century garden plantings, rolling meadows, pine forests and mountain laurel. Walking, biking, horseback riding, picnics and cross-country skiing are available to the public. A seasonal outdoor theater and performance center are on the grounds. A real gem along the banks of the Merrimack River. Best in May and June. Parking is $2.
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, off Plum Island Tpke, +1 978-465-5753. . A 4,662-acre sanctuary located on Plum Island. The entrance to the refuge is situated less than four miles from Market Square, the historic center of downtown Newburyport. The refuge contains a wide variety of habitats including beaches, sand dunes, saltmarshes, salt pannes, freshwater impoundments, and maritime forests. The large salt pannes located on the west side of the refuge road are excellent places to see a large variety of shorebirds during fall migration (July through September) and egrets and herons from mid-April through October. The Hellcat Wildlife Observation Area has large freshwater impoundments, an extensive swamp, and deciduous forest. The impoundments and swamp usually support large numbers of waterfowl, herons, and shorebirds. The woodlands are excellent places during the spring and fall to observe large numbers of migrating songbirds, including the magnificent wood-warblers. Near the southern end of the island, Stage Island Pool is also excellent for waterfowl and waders. Sandy Point State Reservation at the sound end of Plum Island is a breeding area for the endangered Piping Plover during the summer and a very productive site in fall for shorebirds. During the winter, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see waterfowl plus many northern species that winter in our area. Highlight species include the Rough-legged Hawk, Northern Shrike, and Snowy Owl.
Newburyport Whale Watch, 54 Merrimac Street On the boardwalk, Phone: +1 978-499-0832, Fax: +1 978-463-4305, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, . Also dinner cruises and charters.
Plum Island, . The beaches of Newburyport are magnificent. They are filled with beach cottages and a few restaurants. The best part about traveling to plum island is that it is not over crowded like the surrounding communities. There is something about this beach that is special, more calm and beautiful than the others. Parking isn’t bad either; if you can’t find a spot along the street, parking isn’t too expensive in the lots.
Yankee Homecoming Festival - Begins Last Saturday in July (2008- July 26 - Aug. 3), Phone: +1 978-462-7196, . The week long celebration of the first settlers to the Newburyport area. It features an art show, an antique car show, boat parade, the "Bed Race", a fireworks show, and, of course a parade on the last Sunday of the festival. There are concerts every night at the waterfront park.
Newburyport Riverfront Music Festival (July 12 & 13, 2008), Phone: +1 978-462-6680, . This two-day music festival features national recording artists at the waterfront park in downtown Newburyport. Admission is Free.
Newburyport Buskers Festival (August 31 & September 1, 2008), Phone: +1 978-462-6680, . This two-day festival is fun for all ages. Street performers of all kinds entertain crowds throughout downtown Newburyport. Admission is Free.
Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival (October 12 & 13, 2008), Phone: +1 978-462-6680, . This two-day festival is the perfect way to celebrate autumn in Newburyport. Crafters and artists fill the streets of downtown. Admission is Free.
Atlantis Charter, 18 Russell Terrace, Phone: +1 978-463-7765, . Charter (fishing, whale watching, etc.) 6 passengers.
Coastal Discoveries, 55 Hay Street, Phone: +1 978-462-8859, . Marine environmental education program. Charterboats for fishing, evening cruises, etc.
Full Moon Classic Yacht Charters, 253 Low Street, Suite 305, Phone: +1 978-463-3388. Certified for up to 49 people year round. Summer only.
Lady Diane Charters, 68 Curzon Mill Road, +1 617-594-8142, [www.ladydianecharters.com]. Lady Diane Charters offers Bass, Bluefish & Mackerel fishing, whale watching, dive charters and scenic cruises from May 15 through October 15.
Tunacious Sportfishing Charters, Hilton’s Marina, Merrimac St., Phone: +1 978-462-8862, . Sportfishing charters aboard a 33' Blackfin for Giant Bluefin Tuna, Sharks, Cod, Haddock, Striped Bass and Bluefish.
Abraham’s Bagels and Pizza, 11 Liberty Street, Phone: +1 978-465-8148. Located in the historic downtown, they are widely known for the bagels produced by an old world process. The food doesn't stop at bagels, they make brick oven pizza, a wide variety of salads and sandwiches. Dine inside, take food to go, or enjoy the outside deck. Accepts cash and check only.
Carry Out Café, 155 State Street #4, Phone: +1 978-499-2240. A warm and welcoming café with an art gallery and wifi internet for those who need to work and eat. Serves healthy, home-style foods that expands to include fish, whole grains, and locally grown ingredients. Try the daily specials, salad bar or pick up meals to go.
Greta’s Great Grains, 24 Pleasant Street, Phone: +1 978-465-1709. An authentic Austrian bakery and café serving breads, pastries, desserts, cookies, cakes, and coffee. All products are wholesome and organic, gluten-free and wheat-free are available.
Haley’s Ice Cream, 168 Route 1 Turnpike, Phone: +1 978-388-1211. As a destination spot in Newburyport, this is a place to please the whole family. They have a large menu including a vast selection of hard and soft serve ice cream, shakes, burgers, sandwiches, fries, and seafood.
Pizza Factory, 8 Pleasant Street, Phone: +1 978-462-2015. Serves pizza, subs, dinners and much more. This restaurant makes their dough daily and uses the freshest ingredients. The full menu is available for take out or delivery.
Warren Street Market & Deli, 226 Merrimac Street, Phone: +1 978-465-1288. The deli features meats and cheeses sliced to order or packaged to go. All sandwiches and paninis are handcrafted and made to order. Stop in for a bowl of homemade soup or chowder, freshly baked muffins, cookies, whoopie pies, and more.
Agavé Mexican Bistro, 50 State Street, Phone: +1 978-499-0428, . Fresh, authentic Mexican food. Using high quality ingredients, they create a memorable experience of Mexican culinary technique. The menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, and traditional entrees. With over 70 different tequilas, pair your food with a beverage.
Black Cow Tap & Grill, 54 Merrimac Street, Phone: +1 978-499-8811, . Combines fine dining with ocean views from its waterfront setting. On warm evenings, enjoy your meal and the breeze from the outdoor deck. During the cooler months, relax in front of the fireplace and watch the harbor from your seat. The menu includes contemporary American cuisine. The full-service bar offers a wide selection of beers and fine wines.
Michael's Harbor Side, 1 Tournament Wharf, Phone: +1 978-462-7785, . Overlooking the Merrimac river, it is a gathering spot for locals, boaters and tourists. It is a steak and seafood restaurant with an extensive lunch, dinner and drink menu. A gluten-free menu is also available. Michael's features year-round specials, live entertainment, and family-friendly dining.
Purple Onion Café, 44 Inn Street, Phone: +1 978-465-9600, . A quaint restaurant with nearby playground and shaded outdoor seating. Offers a unique and tasty experience. This place is known for, but not limited to, its vegetarian suggestions. Most items are made to order such as soup, salad, bowls, wraps, sandwiches, paninis, and quesadillas. In a hurry? Enjoy a snack of tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole.
Starboard Galley Restaurant, 55 Water Street, Phone: 978-462-1326, . A casual dining experience located in the waterfront. There are lunch and dinner menus for seafood, beef and poultry. They also offer chowders and soups, daily specials and a full-service bar.
The Grog Restaurant, 13 Middle Street, Phone: +1 978-465-8008, . This restaurant has a historical atmosphere. The menu includes a variety of grille, seafood, and Mexican. There is also pasta and gluten-free choices. Choose the comfort of Sunday brunch upstairs or a burger on the relaxed first floor. It provides entertainment as well with local and regional live bands.
Glenn's Restaurant & Cool Bar, 44 Merrimac Street, Phone: +1 978-465-3811, . A friendly and fun atmosphere with a menu that changes daily. Serves appetizers, dinners and cocktails. There is live blues and jazz every Sunday.
Plum Island Grille, 2 Sunset Boulevard, Phone: +1 978-463-2290, . A year round dining destination. There are menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, and oyster. Entertainment includes live music every Thursday and special events.
Newburyport Rear Range Light, 61 1/2 Water Street, +1 800-727-BEAM, . A once-in-a-lifetime experience with a gourmet meal at the top of a lighthouse and a panoramic view of the ocean. The dinners are supplied to the lighthouse, using a private waiter or waitress, who caters the food from your choice of five of Newburyport’s best restaurants. The romantic meals are available for reservation seven-nights-a-week, and are also available during the day for luncheons. The cost for a meal at the lighthouse, which includes the private dining rental of the lighthouse tower for 6 hours, the hiring of your own personal wait staff, and a membership in The Lighthouse Preservation Society, is $350 per couple, part of which is tax-deductible.
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