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Manchester (Massachusetts)

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Manchester (Massachusetts)

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Manchester is a town in Massachusetts. It is also known as Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Get in[edit]

MBTA's Commuter rail provides service from North Station on its Rockport branch. Tickets are $6.75 one way.

About 45 minutes from Boston and 15 minutes from the Danvers Liberty Tree Mall.

From route 128, take exit 16 to Pine Street or exit 15 to School Street. Route 127 also enters Manchester from Beverly, and continues through Gloucester and Rockport.

Get around[edit]

Trolleys often tour in the summertime.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Singing Beach, Beach Street,[1]. A popular beach named for its Singing Sand, that squeaks or sings as you walk. It is located only one mile away from the downtown area. The beach is a major tourist attraction. The sand is clean and the view is amazing.

-resident ticket parking only in beach lot. Parking fees apply in lot behind Allen’s Pharmacy.

  • Masconomo Park, (After crossing the train tracks on Beach Street, the park is on the right.). Has mini baseball field, gazebo, and toddler playground. The park is lined with benches along the bay with boat docks. The park looks out at the harbor and located directly across the street from Captain Dusty's Ice Cream.  edit
  • White Beach and Black Cove, (Located off of Summer Street headed south on 127). Boston is in the distance from the view of White Beach, with soft sand. Black Cove is rockier, but has a sandbar at low tide.  edit
  • Tuck's Point, (Located off route 127). Smaller property hidden away with a gazebo, beach, lawn, docks, and the Manchester Yacht Club. This beautiful park is perfect for a picnic or family gathering. It's also a popular location for weddings. There is a small beach, swing sets, and public restrooms available at the park. The Chowder House is available to be rented out for functions.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Ocean Lawn, (Located off of Summer street headed north on route 127 it is on the right). Walk the trail through the woods to find a view of the ocean, able to see Singing Beach around the cliff. Park closes after dusk.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Seaside Cycle, 23 Elm St # 1, (978) 526-1200. Bikes Available.  edit
  • Zak’s Handcrafts and Gifts, 2 Beach Street, (978) 526-1115. A tucked away elegant gift shop with soaps, lotions, scarves, books, cards, candles, toys, jewelry, and much more! Med. to High.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Richdale Sub Express, 8 Beach Street, (978) 526-7294. Subs made to order. Pizza and Slush Puppies. Cheap.  edit
  • Crosby's Marketplace, 3 Summer Street, (978) 526-4444. Subs made to order. Good quality food. Premade hot and cold meals. High.  edit
  • Essen, 10 Summer Street, (978) 526-9995. Small café, bakery, delicious smoothies, sandwiches, and desserts. High.  edit
  • Carter and Logan's, No address, they're a popup bistro that makes burgers wherever they gosh darn diddly want (Follow your nose, there's no mistaking the aroma of such high quality Doritos and Skittles when their grills start up). Upscale dining frequented by those with refined palates trained on the classics, yet yearning for something new. Chefs Carter and Logan are among the most innovative chefs who deliver diners culinary masterpieces. Their specialty burger, the strawberry burger, has an elegant flavor profile, sweet, umami, tangy, salty, all emerge at the diner's taste buds as one soaring delectable experience, thanks to organic cage-free Skittles and locally grown, organic Doritos. These ingredients, hand picked by the popup bistro's chefs, make not only the flavor profile, but also the mouthfeel, nothing short of symphonic. Expensive.  edit
  • The Landing, 7 Central Street, (978) 526-7494. Pub and Restaurant. This is the oldest restaurant in Manchester. Upscale dining if offered in both the dining room and on the season deck. A more laidback atmosphere can be found in the Pub. The Landing is open for Lunch and Dinner everyday of the week, and serves Brunch on Sundays. A function room is available for up to 100 people. The menu features a wide variety of foods, from burgers, salads, and wraps, to the specialty of seafood. Prices range from $9-$22. Decent.  edit
  • Cala's Restaurant, 7 Beach Street, (978) 525-3304. Fancy. Good food. The restaurant features an upscale and modern design, but with a comfortable small town atmosphere. The food featured is a modern twist on homestyle meals, and New England favorites, such as lobsters caught right off the shore. High.  edit
  • Captain Dusty's Icecream, 60 Beach Street, (978) 526-1663. Homemade ice cream. Shakes. Large portions. Limited free parking along the street and in lot.  edit
  • Cristo’s Coffee Cup, 25 Union Street, (978)-526-4558. Reasonable prices. Fast service. Friendly environment. Cozy atmosphere. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.This restaurant is conveniently located in downtown Manchester. The Coffee Cup serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu is loaded with eggs dishes, pancakes, French toast, and omelets. Lunch and Dinner menus feature salads, wraps, hot and cold subs, pasta, calzones, and well-known pizza, which can be built by you offering many toppings.  edit
  • Beach Street Café, 40 Central Street. Delicious food. Breakfast and Lunch. This family-run café is located right in the heart of Manchester serving Breakfast and Lunch everyday of the week. Breakfast is served all day on Sunday and until 11am on weekdays and 12 noon on Saturdays. The menu features simple and delicious favorites such as waffles, French toast, pancakes, and egg dishes. The lunch menu features a wide variety of sandwiches and wraps, along with soups and salads. Prices $10 and under.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Al's Cafe, (located on the corner of Pine and Summer street headed south on 127.). Full bar, but on the smaller side.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Old Corner Inn, 2 Harbor Street (located on Summer Street across from a large farm headed south on 127.), (978) 526-4996. Small Inn by Tuck's Point. This is a quaint Bed & Breakfast in a historic manor built in 1865. Located conveniently in the middle of the North Shore area. Nearby are beautiful beaches, whale watching, and a variety of restaurant. Room prices range from $90-$175 a night.  edit


Get out[edit]

Gloucester, Ma, The next town over, has more of a nightlife. Gloucester also has a rich history as Americas oldest seaport. Whale Watching, shopping downtown, and beautiful beaches offer endless activities.

Salem, Ma, The Willows arcade, park, rides, restaurants, harbor. Famous for the "Salem Witch Trials" offers museums, parks overlooking the water, historical architecture, tours around the harbor, and a downtown area to shop. During Halloween Salem hosts over 140 different events known as the "Haunted Happenings".

Rockport, Ma, A great place to visit with Bearskin Neck, filled with restaurants, shops, and a boardwalk.

Routes through Manchester
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