The North Shore of Massachusetts is the region north of Boston, along the Atlantic coast. It includes, among others, the towns of Lynn, Gloucester, Beverly, Salem and Newburyport. Each has their own history dating back four centuries.
Cities and towns
- Beverly - Known for Lynch Park, North Shore Music Theater, Larcom Theater and the Cabot Cinema and Theater
- Essex - Known for shipbuilding history, antique shoppes, and fried clams
- Gloucester Known for its artist colony, great beaches, lighthouses, and as a historical fishing center
- Ipswich - Known for fine dining, Crane's Beach, and the Crane Estate
- Manchester-by-the-Sea - Known for its popular Singing Beach
- Newbury - Known as a scenic beach town including Plum Island
- Newburyport - Known as a coastal town, and a popular tourist destination with beautiful natural areas, water activities and fine dining.
- Rockport - Known for it's scenic coastal charm, artist colony, quaint shopping, and Artist's Motif No. 1
- Salem - Known for the House of the Seven Gables, Pickering Wharf, and famous for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692
- Topsfield - Known for America's Oldest County Fair; the Topsfield Fair (1818) and also the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Salisbury Beach State Reservation,  The park is the main day tripper access to the beach at Salisbury. The beach is lifeguard protected from Memorial Day to Labor day, weather permitting. Unless you are staying in the town of Salisbury it is easier to use the park since they offer a large parking area, bathrooms and outdoor showers.
Other draws at the park include a large campground and access to the Merrimack River. The campground is open full time during the summer, on weekends during the early spring and late fall, and closes in the winter. There is a $7 fee to enter the park in the summer (summer of 2008, may increase in 2009). During the off season there is no fee.
Most North Shore towns are serviced by MBTA commuter rail or bus service.
MBTA buses service downtown Boston from the towns of Marblehead, Salem, Swampscott, Lynn, and Revere.
Two commuter rail lines run from Boston's North Station, the Newburyport line and the Rockport line.
Lobster Pool in Rockport