Essex has nearly four hundred years of history to explore from its first period houses to the collections of photos and artifacts at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum from the days when Essex "ruled the seas" with wooden, two masted schooners. One of America's finest folk art collections graces the rooms of Cogswell's Grant just a half mile outside the Village Center.
 

 
Have some fun and adventure kayaking the Essex River and the Great Marsh. Get some exercise with a round of golf.
 

 
If you want someone else to do all the work, take a ride on the Essex River Queen and sit back with food and beverage and listen to your guided tour as the fresh, salt air breezes by. A sunset cruise will light up your soul.

Spend a day leisurely walking the spectacular open spaces at the Cox Reservation, Stavros Reservation, Cogswell's Grant and the Manchester-Essex Wilderness Conservation Woodlands and Wetlands. Every season changes the beauty of the landscape.

 
 
The Trustees of Reservations
   
  Stavros Reservation photo  
Cape Ann Golf Course is one of the most scenic nine holes you can play anywhere. The public course itself is 9 holes and features a number of water holes overlooking the Essex River. Our 4th hole dog leg left that sits atop the hill is best known for the view overlooking the Essex salt marshes, Essex River and the back of Crane Beach.

Special Announcements
Recognized in North Shore Golf Magazine article "Dream 18". The par 3, 7th hole which is only reachable by hitting over the marsh was also recognized in North Shore Golf Magazine's "Top hardest holes on the North Shore."

Stavros Reservation photo

www.CapeAnnGolf.com

 
  Cape Ann Golf Course
99 John Wise Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, MA 01929

Tel 978-768-7544

Norrie and Jim Stavros
Owners

 
Map Location and Hours
 
Open Daily, Year Round
Sunrise to Sunset
Weather Permitting
 
       
 
 
Cape Ann SUP
   
  Cape Ann SUP photo  
Rentals, tours, lessons, SUPYoga, kids camps, SUP sales...NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PADDLEBOARD NEEDS ARE, WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED. Our Essex location is situated in the heart of the Great Salt Marsh with an abundance of wildlife. Lesson and tour times are based around the tides and subject to wind/weather conditions to make sure every paddler has the best possible experience.

Special Announcements
In our new shop, The Barn, every single item is thoughtfully selected and tested by us. We carry things WE love, WE use and WE believe in: paddle-specific inventory sprinkled with a couple of not-so-ordinary items that tie into our Cape Ann history.

Cape Ann SUP photo

www.CapeAnnSUP.com

 
 Cape Ann SUP
Stand Up Paddleboards
Shop: 2 Southern Avenue
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Rentals: Essex Marina
35 Dodge Street, Essex
and
Pavilion Beach
55 Commercial Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Tel 978-233-1SUP (1787)

Dominic Olivo, Owner

 
Map Location and Hours
 
Board Barn open through Christmas:
Fri. & Sat.
10 am - 5 pm
Sun. 10 am - 4 pm
Rentals / Tours (in Season)
7 days a week / Call to book!
 
       
 
 
Historic New England logo: Cogswell's Grant
     
Cogswell's Grant photo
If you love antiques, Cogswell’s Grant should be on your itinerary. This 18th century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River was the summer home of collectors Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little, and is now a museum which houses their celebrated collection of American folk art.
Special Announcements
Favorite Things, Hidden Treasures - Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 10 am - 12 pm and 1 - 3pm Tour highlights folk art objects hidden in cupboards, cabinets and drawers. $10 HNE members/$20 nonmembers.

Plein Air Painting Demo - Tues., Oct. 10, 2017, 12 - 1 pm One hour demo by award-winning artist, Dennis P. Curtis. FREE! A Cape Ann Plein Air event.

Cogswell's Grant photo

 

 Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-3632
Fax 978-768-6274

 
Grounds open year round.
House tours on the hour:
June 1 - October 15
Wed. - Sun. 11 am - 4 pm
(Closed July 4th)
     
 
 
Crocker's Boat Yard logo
   
  Crocker's Boat Yard photo  
Crocker’s Boat Yard is a full-service yard, specializing in repair, maintenance, storage, refits and restoration! Our Essex location offers winter and summer storage, inside storage, boat hauling, power washing, shrink-wrap, refits and custom restoration. Owner Skip Crocker, the grandson of well-known designer, Sam Crocker who established the boat yard in 1946, continues to bring high quality craftsmanship and a skilled eye to your systems maintenance, repair and storage needs.

Special Announcements
Contact us if you are thinking about an off-season or long-term project. We are happy to work with you to create a custom service package for you. Commercial discounts available.

Crocker's Boat Yard photo

www.CrockersBoatYard.com

 
  Crocker's Boat Yard, Inc.
160 John Wise Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, MA 01929

and
15 Ashland Ave.
Manchester, MA 01944

Tel 978-526-1971
or 888-332-6004

Sturgis 'Skip' Crocker, Owner

 
Map Location and Hours
 
By appointment
 
       
 
 
Essex Marina logo
     
Essex Marina photo
An idyllic location on a peaceful inland estuary, with easy access to the open Atlantic at Crane Beach, Essex Marina is the perfect spot to launch your power boat, kayak, paddle board, or other water craft for the day or an hour on the water. Whether exploring the Essex River as a recreational boater or serious fisherman, Essex Marina is your gateway to a great boating experience.

Special Announcements
With 80 dockside water slips, 40 shore berths for winter or year round storage, and a wide array of professional marine services, Essex Marina is one of the best-kept secrets on the North Shore.

Essex Marina photo

 

 
Essex Marina
35 Dodge Street
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6833

Curt and Lindsay Bergeron, Owners

 
 Office is open Mon. - Fri.
8 am - 5 pm

Saturdays and Sundays
seasonal hours

     
 
 
Essex River Basin Adventures ERBA logo
   
  Essex River Basin Adventures ERBA photo  
We are an experienced outfitter providing a variety of guided sea kayak tours for all levels of ability. We explore the protected waters of the Essex River Basin and the coastal North Shore. The tranquil basin offers great diversity with miles of estuaries, inland islands, wildlife, beaches and dunes. Enjoy a swim or discover an osprey, heron or egret in its natural habitat.Special Announcements
Tours daily (in season). Call to reserve your trip! Visit our shop for all your kayaking gear needs. Follow us on Facebook!
 

Essex River Basin Adventures ERBA photo

 
 Essex River Basin Adventures
1 Main Street (Rte. 133)
PO Box 270
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-ERBA (3722)

Richard "Ozzie" Osborn
and Sandy Osborn, Owners

 
Map Location and Hours
 
Weekends 10 am - 5 pm
or by chance or appointment
through Columbus Day

Open for Christmas Purchases:
December 7 - 10 & 14 - 17
or by appointment

 
     
 
 
   
  Essex River Cruises and Charters logo  
Enjoy a narrated cruise past estates, salt marsh farms and historic shipyard sites. See lobstering, clamming, and fishing. Discover barrier beaches, sand dunes, winding rivers, and wildlife. Charters for clambakes, company outings and celebrations. Special cruises include coffee and muffin, brew tasting, and late afternoon and evening cocktail.Special Announcements
Essex River Cruises offers a unique setting for your wedding ceremony, reception, or celebration. We provide exclusive access to secluded tidal beaches in beautiful Essex Bay, where you and your guests will be completely surrounded by natural beauty. Your event is sure to be unlike any other! See our website below for more info.
 
  Essex River Cruises and Charters photo  
 
 
Essex River Cruises & Charters
35 Dodge Street
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6981
or 800-748-3706

Cliff Amero, Owner

 
Map Location and Hours
 
Open May - October
7 days a week: 8 am - 7 pm
 
       
 
 
Essex Shipbuilding Museum logo
     
Essex Shipbuilding Museum photo
The Essex Shipbuilding Museum tells the extraordinary story of a small New England village that built more two-masted wooden fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Shipbuilding in Essex began before 1668. By 1849 as many as 15 shipyards were producing over 50 vessels a year. In all, more than 4,000 wooden vessels had been launched into the Essex River.
Special Announcements
Visit the museum for individual and group tours, hands-on exhibits, boat building classes, maritime-related lectures and fun community events. In our gift shop, find nautical items, maritime books, hats, T-shirts, videos and more!

Essex Shipbuilding Museum photo

 

Essex Historical Society
and Shipbuilding Museum
PO Box 277
66 Main Street (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-7541

 
Open Wed. - Sun.
10 am – 5 pm
Guided Tours & Field Trips
can be scheduled weekdays
     
 
 
T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library
   
  T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library photo  
The friendliest library in town! Named after Thomas Oliver Hazard Perry Burnham who was born in Essex in 1814 and became a successful bookseller and publisher in Boston, Burnham bequeathed $20,000 to build a town hall and library in Essex. Recently renovated, the library is an exciting place to learn and a meeting place for children and adults to enjoy activities. See our upcoming events on Facebook!

Special Announcements
Try out a Kindle, borrow DVDs and audio books, browse the internet or your favorite magazine or check out with the latest new releases. Sign out a museum pass and enjoy the latest exhibitions in our area.

T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library photo

www.EssexMA.org

 
  T.O.H.P. Burnham
Public Library
30 Martin Street (Rte. 22)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-7410
Fax 978-768-3370

Deborah M. French, Director
April Wanner, Assistant

 
Map Location and Hours
 
Mon. and Wed. 1 - 7 pm
Tues. and Fri. 1 - 5 pm
Thurs. 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 12 pm
 
       
 
  
   
Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters photo
Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters

Captain Ted specializes in the plentiful sport fishing opportunities and scenic pleasure cruises of Massachusetts’ beautiful North Shore. Schedule a sightseeing cruise or fish with us in Essex River and Bay, Ipswich Bay, and the waters surrounding Cape Ann - from the shallows of the bays to the deeps of the ocean.

Agawam Boat and Fishing Charters photo

 
 

 Agawam Boat and
Fishing Charters

Docked near:
132 Main Street (Rte. 133)

Mailing Address:
21 Pickering Street
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-1114

Captain Ted Marshall

 
Map Location and Hours
Please call to schedule
your charter
       
 
  
   
Essex County Greenbelt photo
Essex County Greenbelt

Welcome to the Allyn Cox Reservation, the spectacular headquarters location of the Essex County Greenbelt, the region’s premier nonprofit land trust that has conserved nearly 17,000 acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscape. Visit and enjoy a tour of our “green” building, enjoy a walk along gentle trails that lead you past fields and marshlands to the water's edge or learn more about other Greenbelt reservations and activities that take place throughout the region.

Essex County Greenbelt photo

 
 

 • Allyn Cox Reservation •
Essex County Greenbelt
82 Eastern Ave. (Rte. 133)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-7241
Fax 978-768-3286

Edward Becker
Executive Director

 
Map Location and Hours
Cox Reservation is open
to the public year-round,
free of charge
       
 
  
   
Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust photo
Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust

The Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving ecologically important land and wildlife habitat in Manchester and Essex, Massachusetts, and promoting its use for quiet recreation, education and research. MECT membership and events are open to all. See our trail map for hiking, running, cross-country skiing and biking.

Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust photo

 
 

 Manchester-Essex
Conservation Trust
PO Box 1486
Manchester, MA 01944

Tel 978-890-7153

Michelle Vaillancourt
Executive Director

 
Map Location and Hours
Properties open to the public
sunrise to sunset
       
 
  
   
Wise Marine photo
Wise Marine

Wise Marine provides winter boat storage, summer shore berths; boat building, repair and restoration; custom outfitting and boat sales. One mile from Essex Village, on Route 133 towards Ipswich, we are convenient and un-crowded: a great starting point for your adventures. Let us help you carry out your boating dreams.

Wise Marine photo

 
 

 
Wise Marine
66 John Wise Ave. (Rte. 133)
PO Box 1025
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-0161

 
Map Location and Hours
8 am - 5 pm
       
 
 
 
Sea Fly Charters
31 Martin Street (Rte. 22)
Essex, Massachusetts 01929

Tel 978-768-6805
Cell 978-335-5125

Captain Barry Richards

 
Sea Fly Charters
Specializing in Fly Fishing and Light Tackle

The North Shore area has earned the reputation as one of the premier fishing destinations for striped bass on the entire eastern seaboard. Capt. Barry will guide you through the unspoiled backwaters of the Essex and Ipswich Estuaries and along the scenic Atlantic Coastline in pursuit of striped bass and blue fish. Follow us on Facebook!

If while fishing you need a place to stay, we have rooms available.

Please call to schedule
a charter