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Six Things to Do in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Six Things to Do in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Yankee Magazine

Newburyport, Massachusetts is an old town founded in 1764. Sitting 35 miles northeast of Boston, Newburyport is a beautiful coastal town that is filled to the brim with things to do. If you are ever visiting and looking for a way to spend your day, take a look at the list of activities below!


#1: Walk and Shop Downtown 

Walking around downtown Newburyport is a great way to spend a day any time of the year. Whether you are looking for jewelry, candles, furniture, fashion boutiques, florals, pet products, or activewear, you can find it downtown! The small local shops that line the streets are run by friendly owners who are always willing to assist you in finding the perfect product or gift. Walking around downtown is a fun activity to do with a group of friends, and many of the stores are pet-friendly!

Wicked Northshore

Downtown Newburyport can be especially fun on a summer day. There are many places to sit down along the waterfront and enjoy the view of the Merrimack River. In the evening, many people gather to watch the sunset on the boardwalk. 

This is a beautiful area to shop, walk, play, and make memories that will last a lifetime!


#2: Take a Walk on the Clipper City Rail Trail

Looking for a way to get outside and get some exercise? The Clipper City Rail Trial is just the right place. 

The fully-paved scenic trail is 3.9 miles. Starting at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the first mile and a half of the trail shows off the beautiful green landscape of Newburyport. Another mile down the trail begins the Harborwalk, which is the waterfront walk along the Merrimack River. 

This trail also showcases lots of art and sculptures. Many local artists display their works on this trail, and walkers and bikers stop to take a look. 

Coastal Trails Collection

“Steam Loco” , the train shown above, is a popular attraction. Many children and their families stop to play on the train.


#3: Visit Plum Island Beach

Yankee Magazine

Located two miles from downtown Newburyport is Plum Island Beach! Plum Island is a great family-friendly beach with lots of things to do. Aside from playing in the water and sand, visitors enjoy kayaking, and fishing. The beach also offers amazing bird watching along the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. 

As far as food, Plum Island Center provides The Cottage for ice cream, and Plum Island Provisions for a burger or lunch meal. The Sunset Club, a restaurant located right on the marsh, is a beautiful place to eat dinner and watch the sunset! The view is extraordinary and a great place to bring families! 

Plum Island is a special place for a day trip or weekend getaway, so when in Newburyport, take some time to take advantage of Massachusetts’ beautiful coast! 


#4: Grab Some Food at a Restaurant

Not only is Newburyport a great place to shop and buy, but it is a great place to grab a bite to eat or have a sit-down meal. If you’re looking for breakfast, coffee, or a bagel, I would recommend Abraham’s Bagels, Riverside Café, Angie’s Food and Diner, or The Angry Donut.

For lunch options, Port City Sandwich, The Grog, Port Pizza, or Lexie’s are all delicious and located right near the center of Newburyport. 

Above is a picture of Michael’s Harborside. (Open Table)

Agave, Mission Oak, and The Port Tavern are all sit-down restaurants that serve high quality dinner meals. Michael’s Harborside, The Black Cow, and Seaglass are water-side restaurants that provide excellent food and even better views. 

Newburyport is packed with places to eat that fit all of your meal desires! If you’re looking for a place to eat, Newburyport is your place to go. 


#5: Attend a Festival or Event

There are a number of great events held in Newburyport. From food tastings to a tour of the US Coast Guard, here are a couple events that are definitely worth going to!

The Newburyport Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Explore the market to find different kinds of cheese, baked goods, free-range meats, locally farmed fruits and veggies, and artisanal handmade crafts. The Farmers’ Market is held at the Tannery Marketplace in the center of town. 

Yankee Homecoming is an annual 9-day festival held from July 27 to August 4. The festival is a cherished tradition dating back to 1958. Attendees can participate in the Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament, or enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks on August 3. The festival also opens up the US Coast Guard boats for visitors to explore. 

This festival is an awesome opportunity to partake in fun activities and get together with the community!


#6: Go on a Whale Watching Tour

Newburyport Whale Watching

If you like being out on the ocean and exploring New England’s marine life, the Newburyport Whale Watch is for you! 

The journey starts in downtown Newburyport and ventures out into the Gulf of Maine into whale feeding grounds. Throughout the four hour day, passengers get the opportunity to see Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Mike Whales, dolphins and sharks. 

The friendly crew on board are all knowledgeable and provide an excellent experience. The boat is also equipped with a kitchen and a place to purchase food. 

Newburyport Whale Watch is a thrilling adventure and a great activity to do with family members of all ages. 



Newburyport is a wonderful place to spend a day or vacation with your family and friends! From shopping to whale watching, this town is full of fun-filled activities and opportunities!

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