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Stage Fort Park and Beach

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Address: Hough Street, Gloucester, MA 01833
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+1 978-281-8865
08:00 - 20:00
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This small park overlooking Gloucester harbor marks the spot where the area...

This small park overlooking Gloucester harbor marks the spot where the area was first settled in the early 1600s.

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Stage Fort Park

One of the prettiest spots in Gloucester. Plenty of places to pinic. PLaygroud for the little ones, walk the beautiful boulevard. There is also a dog park. I am so lucky to call... read more

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17 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the prettiest spots in Gloucester. Plenty of places to pinic. PLaygroud for the little ones, walk the beautiful boulevard. There is also a dog park. I am so lucky to call Gloucester home but I know you would love it as well.

Thank Flipflop54
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124 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

I stopped here on my way into Gloucester and really enjoyed the park. There is a fascinating fort built into the rocks overlooking the harbor and a small but picturesque beach. It is worth a visit to enjoy the fort and views.

Thank Geof J
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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183 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This Park is located just outside Gloucester Harbor with views of the Harbor Easton Point Light and sometimes Boston in the distance, a good place to have a cookout or just to stay at the beach a little bit for all and a good placeto bring the kids for a day

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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This park is walkable from downtown Gloucester. There is a fine playground, dog park, picnic tables with an adjacent sandy beach, volleyball area, baseball diamond and a short walk further are an old cannon emplacement and a vest pocket beach. Great views abound. Parking along Western avenue is free. There is a large parking lot in the park; a fee... More 

Thank CoastalTraveler_11
Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016

While on a road trip to the throughout the Boston area, we came upon this wonderful park. we only stopped at first to stretch our legs...and ended up spending two hours here. We ate a picnic lunch overlooking Half Moon Beach. There were some children groups there picnicking and enjoying the green grass and the sunshine. Awesome views and plenty... More 

Thank beachbums606
Worcester, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Great place for a walk, a BBQ, or just to relax. Beautiful view. Nice Gazebo with ocean view that can be rented for a couple hours from the town for Wedding ceremonies.

Thank Jodi L
New York
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51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

A beautiful park which provides local residents with ballfields, beaches, playgrounds, and boulders to climb on. Nice visitors' center there staffed by volunteers. The Tablet Rock was truly impressive. We never did find the remains of the fort, or anyone who could tell us about it, despite the information in the brochure we picked up called "Walk the Gloucester Maritime... More 

Thank lauranda
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Stage Fort Park has 2 beaches - Cressy's, which is rather rocky, and the more popular Half Moon beach, which is sandy and good for families. There are lots of places to walk and explore, on the water and up higher in the park. Stage Fort is also the home of the Gloucester Dog Park, which is a wonderful facility.... More 

Thank cydney04106
Peabody, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

This is great place for family fun - BBQ (gas and coal), beaches, playgrounds, and even Scuba divers have their parties and dives here. Parking is little bit expansive though, so it better carpooling. However, overall this is a great place for family fun.

Thank Olex B
Brackenridge, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Found this place by accident. Loved the beautiful scenery and the people in the visitors center were fabulous. Gave us great suggestions and directions. The granite rocks along the shore were stunning and easy to climb on - there are granite stairs that wind thru the rocks and woods. Had a picnic lunch at one of the many tables there.... More 

Thank Laurie M

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