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7 Things To Do in Essex Summer 2022



What better way to spend your summer weekends than in the beautiful coastal town of Essex, MA. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an outdoors kind of person, there is something for you to do.


1. Join us for a Sundown Cruise

Our sundown cruises are the perfect for unwinding on a Friday evening after a long week. Enjoy a drink with friends and family while cruising down the scenic Essex river at sunset. Upcoming dates for this are 8/5/22, 8/19/22, and 9/2/22.


2. Go Antiquing

Essex has a variety of different antique shops to keep you busy. Many of the shops you will find along Main St and are within walking distance from each other.


3. Farmer’s Market in the Shipyard

Enjoy a trip to the Farmer’s Market at the shipyard at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Take home fresh eggs, veggies, and flowers. Upcoming dates are 8/8/22, 9/12/22, and 10/10/22. Don’t miss your chance to help small businesses while enjoying a fantastic view.


4. Amelia Earhart- Pioneer in Aviation

This one's for you history buffs. On July 27th the T.O.H.P Burnham Public Library will have a live history performance that is great for children and adults. Amelia’s heart and determination may just inspire you to follow your dreams as well!


5. Crossroads: Changes in Rural America a Traveling Exhibit

The Smithsonian will come to the Essex Historical Society and Ship Building Museum 9/10/22-10/22/22. Mass Humanities selected six local organizations to host the exhibit. Make sure to check the Essex Ship Building Museum’s website for more details to come!


6. DownRiver Ice Cream

Grab an ice cream after cruising the beautiful Essex River at DownRiver Ice Cream. Enjoy a wide range of options including frozen yogurt and dairy-free options! The White River Junction sounds amazing- “Chocolate-covered pretzels in a river of vanilla ice cream swirled with salted caramel.”


7. Crane Wildlife Refuge

This is a wildlife lover’s haven! Choate Island is the largest of the refuge with 135 acres; it is home to many different mammals such as otters, deer, and coyotes. There are over 200 bird species that have been seen here for the bird-watching enthusiast. Whether exploring on your own or taking a guided hike, you will surely find serenity with all nature has to offer.



Hopefully, these tips will help you have a fun-packed Summer! We hope to see you aboard the Essex River Cruises this summer or fall.



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