Things to do
in Newburyport

Dining, Shopping & Culture

Newburyport is known for outstanding cuisine. Whether you choose casual or sophisticated dining, there are an endless array of choices.

Michael’s Harborside

Michael’s Harborside is Newburyport’s premier waterfront steak and seafood restaurant with the freshest seafood on the North Shore. Overlooking the Merrimack River, diners can choose to eat in the dining room and bar or al fresco under our awning-covered heated deck.  During the warmer weather the upper deck is open for the best views anywhere in Newburyport. Learn More

Shop Newburyport

Located in the heart of downtown Newburyport, you’ll find historic neighborhood and cobblestone streets alongside contemporary restaurants, boutique stores and modern galleries. To navigate your visit to Newburyport’s downtown, check out this informative website. Learn More

Tannery Marketplace

A market-style shopping and dining experience in a collection of historic mills in the South End of Newburyport. Learn More

Firehouse Center for the Arts

See a show at Newburyport’s theater of visual and performing arts. Learn More

Newburyport Screening Room

Take a break, grab some popcorn, and enjoy a cinematic movie in historic downtown Newburyport. Learn More

Beaches & Excursions

Plum Island Beach, Newbury Beach & Parker Wildlife Refuge

Explore Newburyport’s 11-mile barrier island off the coast. Plum Island is perfect for fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, or relaxing on the sand. On the island, you’ll find Newbury Beach a hidden gem and Parker Wildlife Refuge — featuring 6.5 miles of sandy beach, 3,000 acres of salt marsh, magnificent dunes and great bird-watching opportunities. Learn More

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Enjoy a quiet beach day of swimming or boating where the Merrimack River feeds into the Atlantic. Learn More

Kayak Tours & Rentals

For the more adventurous, rent a kayak or go on a guided tour along the Merrimack River. Learn More

Cruises & Marinas

Newburyport Whale Watch Cruise

Climb aboard the Captains Lady III and adventure out into the Gulf of Maine to catch sight of some amazing marine life! Each trip runs between 4 and 4 1/2 hours allowing for time to locate and visit the whales and other marine life including: seals, porpoise, sharks, ocean sunfish, and a variety of sea birds. Learn More

Harbor Tours: Harbor Cruises & 9th Wave

Harbor Cruises offer a family-friendly 1-hour narrated cruise along the Merrimack River and Newburyport Harbor. You’ll learn about the marine life native to the area and about local maritime history. Learn More

Sunset Harbor Cruise

9th Wave provides daily, sunset and private charters aboard the only commercial catamaran which sails from the Merrimack into the Atlantic. Learn More

Newburyport Marinas

One of New England’s most sought after boating destinations, it features four exceptional full-service marinas. They are nestled on the Merrimack River and have easy access to the open sea and to vibrant downtown Newburyport. Learn More

Museums, Learning & Tours

The Custom House Maritime Museum

Originally built in 1835 as a tax collection office, this beautiful building with vaulted ceilings and cantilevered staircases has taken on many different roles. Today, it is home to an extraordinary maritime museum, educational center, and research facility. Learn More

Joppa Flats Education Center

A learning adventure for the whole family! Explore the region’s wildlife-rich habitats through guided tours, art exhibits, touch tanks, and drop-in programs. Learn More

Untapped History Walking Tour

A historical walking tour dedicated to sharing the unique and unconventional stories of Newburyport.  Get taken back in time to when privateers patrolled the waters, patriots plotted revolution in local taverns, smugglers dodged custom agents, and the world’s riches poured into the port city. Learn More


Maudslay State Park

Take a walk back in time with a stroll alongside 19th century gardens, meadows, towering pines, and one Massachusetts’ largest naturally-occurring stands of mountain laurel. Great for leisurely walking, biking, or having a picnic! Learn More

Bartlet Mall and Frog Pond

Located centrally in downtown on High Street, this 7.3-acre park is a popular destination for relaxing with a beautiful view of the large kettle pond. Learn More

Clipper City Rail Trail

Hop off the MBTA commuter train and take a leisurely walk, run, or bike ride along this 1.1-mile trail to the Merrimack River.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Dive into nature with a hike through this refuge, which is comprised of more than 4700 acres of diverse animal habitats. The refuge also offers surf fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and seasonal waterfowl and deer hunting. Learn More

Waterfront Park

Soak in the Newburyport atmosphere in this downtown greenspace that runs along the Merrimack River. Enjoy exercise classes, live music, and outdoor theater performances. Learn More

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Get your hands dirty at this national historic landmark petting friendly farm animals and learning about life on a farm through hands on activities. Learn More