Rockport, Massachusetts is a small town of under 10,000 people 40 miles north of Boston. The town is part of the Cape Ann peninsula, which during warmer weather often takes a back seat to tourist-infested areas in Massachusetts like Cape Cod. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have just as much, if not more to offer.
If you are looking for the ideal place to retire, the town of Rockport might be the perfect spot. Walt Disney Productions listed Rockport, MA as one of the ten most scenic places in the United States — and it even was used as the primary filming location in Sandra Bullock’s recent movie, The Proposal. The town offers miles of coastline, five different beaches, and is close to several wildlife reservations, all perfect spots for walking, fishing, and relaxing. There is a golf club in town, and many more located all along Cape Ann.
Visiting grandchildren or children will have no problem finding fun things to do in Rockport. First, there are beach activities like swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and kayaking, with sailing lessons even offered. Even if only the boys like fishing, a fishing charter can be a fun way to take an exciting cruise across the Atlantic Coast. If fishing isn’t your thing, there’s always a whale-watching trip. With Cape Ann being known as the “Oldest Art Colony in Massachusetts,” there is no short stock of art galleries in Rockport and in the surrounding areas. Taking the grandkids to a gallery can be a fun, enriching learning experience. If shopping is more up your alley, the whole family can take a walk along Rockport’s own Bearskin Neck, where there are a ton of fun shops and restaurants.
If you’re looking for a home in Massachusetts, consider checking out the homes in Rockport that are up for sale.