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

Oct

01

33rd Annual Salem Haunted Happenings

A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people come to Salem Haunted Happenings each year. Events include a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations. An ABA Top 100 Event

Oct

01

Nooks and Crannies of Beauport, the Sleeper - McCann House

This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper's summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore this eclectic historic house museum with over forty rooms, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Refreshments are included.

Oct

01

Sowah Mensah, West African Drummer

Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana, West Africa. Sowah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school’s African Music Ensemble.

Oct

02

Thursdays at Twilight

On Thursdays this October, you are invited to relax like a member of the Phillips family after a day of exploration in Salem with a casual wine reception, historic home movies, and a twilight mansion tour. Thursdays at Twilight will be taking place on October 2, 9, and 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Phillips House Museum, located at 34 Chestnut Street in Salem, Mass. The cost is $30.00 and $15.00 for members of Historic New England.

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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