Points of Interest from Essex River Cruises & Charters
aerial view of Essex River points of interest
Essex River Cruises & Charters, Essex, MA
35 Dodge Street, Essex, MA 01929, 978-768-6981
Learn About the History & Lore of the Essex Area

Cruise with Essex River Cruises and Charters to explore the unspoiled natural beauty of the Essex River and learn about landmarks along the way. Our daily narrated tours, group and chartered cruises, clambakes and corporate outings are a unique way to enjoy our Great Marsh. Wheelchair accessible with a restroom on board...come cruise with us!

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Castle Hill & Crane Estate
The 2,100-acre Crane Estate in Ipswich preserves one of the region’s most scenic, historically important, and ecologically diverse landscapes. Once part of a private seaside estate, the properties of Castle Hill are open to the public for events, tours, and programs held throughout the year. www.ttor.org
Choate Island
Protected and overseen by The Trustees of Reservations, Choate Island is the major landscape feature of the more than 700 acres of islands, salt marsh and sand dunes. The abundant plant, fish and invertebrate food attracts many different species of birds, including sandpipers, plovers, terns, heron, egrets and songbirds. www.ttor.org
Historic New England
Cogswell's Grant Museum
Cogswell's Grant was the summer home of Bertram K. and Nina Flatter Little, preeminent collectors of American decorative arts in the mid 20th century. In more than 50 years of collecting, they sought works of strong, even quirky character. The Cogswell Grant is presently owned by SPNEA, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities since 1991, and has been open as a museum since 1998. www.historicnewengland.org
Conomo Point
Conomo Point, named after the chief of Agawam, is a summer colony in Essex. Most of the water is turned off in the fall, however, some residents do live on the point year round. Conomo Point is owned by the town of Essex and each of the over 100 house lots are leased for a 70-year period to homeowners.
Crane Beach
More than 1,200 acres of beachfront, dunes, and maritime forest are managed for both recreation and conservation. Elevated boardwalks, vegetation management programs, and fencing protect the dunes. There are more than five miles of designated trails to explore. Crane Beach is accessible by Argilla Road in Ipswich. www.ttor.org
Cross Island
This island was previously owned by Mr. George Emerson who was known for his work in helping develop the Iron Lung and the ventilator, as well as other medical equipment. Mr. Emerson worked with Jacques Cousteau in developing and improving underwater breathing equipment. Cross Island is now owned by Mr. Emerson’s company and employees are allowed to use the cottages for vacations.
Fortune Palace
Authentic Chinese and Japanese cuisine in Essex. Fortune Palace serves only the freshest seafood and offers delicious specials daily. www.cape-ann.com/fortune-palace
Essex County Greenbelt
Cox Reservation
The Greenbelt headquarters and staff offices are located at the Cox Reservation, as well as many Greenbelt events throughout the year. A perfect spot for a picnic, painting, or fishing. Open daily from dawn to dusk and free to the public. Accessible by Rte. 133 in Essex. www.ecga.org
Periwinkles Restaurant
Periwinkles offers critically acclaimed cuisine with waterfront seating and close proximity to a number of points of interest. Periwinkles features a variety of local microbrews and is a 14-time winner of the Essex Clamfest Chowder competition. Open to weddings, celebrations, and meetings. Located at 74 Main Street, Essex. www.periwinklesrestaurant.com
Essex Shipbuilding
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum's collections preserve the history of the town's most distinctive feature – its shipbuilding industry – as well as its general history and culture. Open for tours Wednesday – Sunday all summer long. Ask about their educational programs and special events. www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org
Shea's Riverside
Restaurant and Bar
Shea's Riverside features breathtaking views of the Essex River and salt marsh, seasonal menus, Sunday brunch, and outdoor dining. Located at 122 Main Street in Essex.
Village Restaurant
Located on Rte.133 in Essex, the Village Restaurant is renowned for the freshest seafood (especially Essex soft-shell clams). The Village boasts one of the most extensive menus on the North Shore. www.wedigclams.com
Wingaersheek Beach
Situated in the western part of Gloucester on Atlantic Street off Rte. 133 and Concord Street, this beautiful beach is along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. Wingaersheek Beach has white sands, crystal clear waters with tidal pools to explore and lots of rock formations for climbing.
Woodman's Restaurant
Woodman's is the site of the first fried clam, invented in 1916 by Chubby Woodman. For 100 years, Woodman's has been serving up hearty portions of seafood and memories to generations of loyal fans. In June 2009, Woodman's became a movie set for the Adam Sandler film, "Grown Ups". Located at 121 Main Street in Essex.
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Riversbend Restaurant
Riversbend showcases seaside campfire cooking with panoramic views of the Essex River and a quintessential New England coastal town. Featuring a custom-made wood fired oven, grilling station, and rotisserie, our kitchen offers choice local seafood and the seasonal bounty of New England farmers. Our airy dining room and spacious waterside deck are a perfect setting for conviviality and spontaneity with a lively bar and our acclaimed brand of fresh, honest, and delicious epicurean dining.
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