Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the Cape Ann region, on the northern edge of Massachusetts Bay, is historically a rugged fishing town known for its iconic statue of Man at the Wheel (Photo by Mary Aarons). Map
It is also a great place to visit if you love sweet New England downtowns rich with shopping, restaurants, parks and memorials. On the water, Gloucester offers exciting whale-watch tours, boat cruises, and water play on the beaches.
Gloucester’s HarborWalk is a one-mile walking path through town from Gloucester House to Stage Fort Park, passing the Fisherman’s Memorial and the Fishermen’s Wives’ Memorial. Forty granite pillars along the walk tell the stories of Gloucester’s history.
From St. Peter’s Square on Rogers Street, the HarborWalk traverses the working waterfront to Harbor Loop. The Walk then turns up to City Hall, then turns back down through the historic district to St. Peter’s Square.
Several markers lead to other landmarks outside downtown. They include the Gloucester’s Fisherman’s Memorial, Man At the Wheel and the Fishermen’s Wives Memorialstatues on ocean-front, Stacy Boulevard, leading to Stage Fort Park.
Gloucester’s historic districts include the Front Street Historic District (from 55 to 71 Main Street in the West End) and the Central Gloucester Historic District (bounded by Middle, Main, Center, Hancock, Short, Prospect and Pleasant streets).
Find Harborwalk details, including information about restaurants, parking, and public rest rooms.