Accommodations

Warm hospitality and service is the way of life in the North of Boston. Enjoy the historic atmosphere of a grand hotel, family fun at a destination resort with a water park, or relax and unwind at a charming bed and breakfast or a seaside inn.

Museums & Attractions

See fascinating pieces of extraordinary art and culture from local artisans as well as from all over the world in our numerous galleries and museums. Or, visit one of our many attractions which encompass the history, culture, and natural beauty of Essex County.

Tours

If you want to truly experience all that the North of Boston has to offer, let our guides lead the way. See where your favorite film was shot, sample some of the best restaurants, or sit back and enjoy the sites as you are guided around our cities and towns. You may learn of the hidden gems even locals may not know about…

Upcoming Events

Apr

26

Game Time at the Phillips House Museum

Round out April vacation week with a fun-filled afternoon of history and games at the Phillips House Museum. Visitors will have a chance to tour the house and play versions of entertaining games popular in the early twentieth century rounded out with some spring refreshments in young Stephen Phillips’ Playroom.

Apr

26

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: A Tour of Salem's Historic Fences

Join Historic New England and Historic Salem, Inc. for their annual tour series dedicated to helping historic homeowners maintain and thoughtfully preserve their historic properties. This year’s tour will take place in the Salem Common Historic District and will explore the joint efforts of Salem's funding of the project along with neighborhood association input for the restoration of the Salem Common fence.

Apr

26

Metropolitan Opera Live HD presents MOZART: Così fan tutte

Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

Apr

26

Cantemus Chorus Promises to "Sing Merrily"

The 42 singers of the Cantemus Chamber Chorus will present a spring concert called "Sing We Merrily: Part Songs, Catches & Glees" on April 26 in Hamilton and April 27 in Newburyport. Music Director Jane Ring Frank calls the program "joyful, soulful, humorous and always melodious." Works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Neufeld, the Beatles, Billy Joel and more! Ticket info and concert details at www.cantemus.org.

Restaurants

Explore a region rich with savory bowls of chowder and succulent lobster as well as the latest trends in epicurean delights. Just make sure to leave room for dessert!

Whale Watching & Harbor Cruises

Hop on board a schooner at set sail on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget to pack your camera as you get up close to see Humpback Whales, Right Whales, and Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins on a whale-watching excursion!

Music, Theatre & Arts

The North of Boston region is brimming with talent in the performing arts. See a Broadway-style musical or a play by a local writer. Music lovers can sit back and enjoy one of the many musical offerings around the region, from large venue shows to cozy, intimate performances.

Historic Sites

Delve into the rich history of Essex County. Step back in time as you walk down streets lined with historic homes and architecture. Unlock the mysteries, myths, and legends of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, explore the factories of the Industrial Revolution, or discover the secrets of our nation’s birth.

Beaches & Lighthouses

Explore the region’s maritime treasures. Climb to the top of a lighthouse for a spectacular view. Spend a day at the warm, sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re quiet, one of them may sing for you…

Transportation

Getting around the North of Boston could not be easier. Hop on a trolley and ride to your destination or sail over on a boat or ferry. Walk, bike, or drive through the scenic vistas, historic cities, and scenic seaside towns.

Outdoors & Recreation

Enjoy the fresh air and take in the unspoiled natural elegance while biking along the scenic coastline or paddling along the lazy rivers. Take in the kaleidoscope of changing leaves in the fall, soft blankets of white winter snow, beautiful blooms of spring, and warm hues of summer.

Farms & Wildlife

Getting away from the hustle and bustle is a cinch! Pack your binoculars and spy on the many different species of birds that call the North of Boston home or relish in the bountiful harvests supplied by the many farms throughout the region.

Shopping

Shopping in the North of Boston region is an experience like no other; the quaint seaside towns contain a treasure trove of unique gifts and gourmet specialties. From high-end boutiques to numerous malls and shopping outlets, whatever your taste or style may be, you can literally shop until you drop!

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The area from Boston, Massachusetts' doorstep extending to the New Hampshire border is a diverse and beautiful place with historical and cultural significance. Distances are short, prices are reasonable, and the people are friendly and welcoming. Known for cozy hotels and inns, delicious restaurants, fascinating museums and great beaches, North of Boston, MA is the ideal vacation destination. The North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau proudly promotes the thirty-four cities and towns of Essex County as a tourism destination.

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