Approximately 100 million Americans enjoy boating each year. With spring weather upon us and Memorial Day weekend around the corner, its the time of year where boats in the Northeast come out of hibernation. But what is the best place in the state for boating? Boat U.S. named Gloucester the Massachusetts area that is best for boating.

Boating was a 49.3 billion dollar industry, according to SI Yachts 2020 report. They report that there are 18.6 boats per 1,000 people in Massachusetts. In addition, there are approximately 130,000 boats registered in the state.


To compile their list, Boat U.S. looked at the most livable boating towns in the country. Cost of living, median income, and outdoor recreation were a few of the major categories examined to define what classified as the best boating towns, in this case. “For small boats, Essex Bay and the Annisquam River are boatable in virtually any weather. Bigger boats can cruise to Cape Cod’s Provincetown or Maine’s Casco Bay in a summer daylight hop,” Boat U.S. says of Gloucester.

A unique component of the geography of Gloucester is that it is split in half by the Annisquam River. In fact, Gloucester Harbor contains several different coves which includes the Inner Harbor, famous for its fishing fleets. Ipswich Bay lies to the north of Gloucester and Massachusetts Bay is on the south. Therefore, there are plenty of boating locations in the area depending upon what you are looking to do.

There are boat rental options in Gloucester, water tours, and water sports. Furthermore, there are over 20 marinas in the area, including the Eastern Point Yacht Club. This well-known club has a deep racing history thanks in part to having great access to the coastal waterways. Equally important, it overlooks Lighthouse Cove, providing a stunning atmosphere.

The Gloucester Schooner Festival

This summer, the  39th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival will take place from Thursday, August 31 to September 3. “The Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner – invented here in 1713 – has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard,” Discover Gloucester explains. A Mayor’s race on the closing day is one of the main highlights of this festival that draws visitors from all over the country each year.

Two Of Massachusetts Coastal Towns Ranked in USA's Top 10

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