The Area

The Merrimack River and the surrounding area provide spectacular scenery for river cruises. Just across the river is the historic seaport city of Newburyport.There you'll find an abundance of both casual and fine dining restaurants. Within short cruising distance are the legendary Isles of Shoals, as well as the beaches of Salisbury, Plum Island, Crane, Sebrook and Hampton NH..

Enjoy unparalleled Striped Bass fishing on the Merrimack River from May through October. Joppa Flats, Badgers, Gangway Rock, Town Creek, Ram Island, Carr Island, Halfway Rocks and the Basin are all consistent producers of Bass and Bluefish. Offshore, due east and an easy run from the mouth of the Merrimack, lies the ultimate challenge for the dedicated Tuna Sportsman. It doesn't get any better than this!

On shore:
Cove Marina is located directly next to the new Rails To Trails Bike and Walking Path. Enjoy a relaxing or invigorating walk or ride through the marshes and woods.

Enjoy a visit to Joppa Flats, Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a popular destination for birdwatchers. Stroll along Newburyportís riverfront boardwalk or head up High Street to see the Federalist mansions built in the 18th & 19th centuries, homes to the Captains of the clipper ships also built here in Newburyport.

Newburyport offers numerous events throughout the summer, including the Riverfront Music Festival, Newburyport BluesCruises and Yankee Homecoming, a week long celebration of New Englandís heritage. For information on these and other events please click here to visit the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce website.

The Firehouse Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, 978-462-7336, features concerts, plays and two art galleries.

Visit the Custom House Maritime Museum's nautical history exhibits, 978-462-8681.

Walking and van tours are available from the Tourist Info kiosk, 978-463-6614, at the edge of Waterfront Park.

Salisbury Beach is just a few minutes away and offers a variety of activities throughout the summer. Join us for the Annual Sand & Sea Festival and the Merrimack River Maritime Festival taking place on Salisbury Beach. Click here for more information.

For information about events taking place throughout the summer in Salisbury please click here to visit the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce website.