Discover Essex, Massachusetts’ antique and specialty shops, museums and recreation, and local services and accommodations, as well as Essex events. View a photo tour of Essex too - brought to you by the Essex Merchants Group. Explore all Essex has to offer and stop in at Periwinkles for a riverside lunch or dinner.
Essex River Cultural District
Periwinkles Restaurant is located within the Essex River Cultural District where "the town meets the river." The district meanders past ancient burial grounds, active shipyards and marinas, bustling restaurants, antique shops and galleries. The district offers vistas of H. A. Burnham's Shipyard, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, which houses an important collection of marine related antiquities and much of Essex's rich history, and the stunning Essex River with its salt marsh borders looking out to Hog Island and Crane Beach. Pocket parks line the street with benches for relaxing and taking in the views. Find out about things to do and places to see in Essex at!
Historic Essex Walking Tour
Take a walk through time, connecting past and present and experience over 300 hundred years of Essex history through photos and stories on our self-guided tour (pick up a brochure with a map to guide you to each site).  The walk spans the one-mile Essex River Cultural District on Main Street with short side trips extending onto Martin Street and Eastern Avenue. Sixteen interpretive signs mark historic sites dating as far back as the 17th century.
Essex Shipbuilding Museum
Adjacent to Periwinkles Restaurant, 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. Features include antique shipbuilding tools, photographs, documents, exhibits portraying the shipbuilding industry, and the schooner Evelina M. Goulart. Tours include video presentations and hands-on activities. A gift shop offers ship plans, maritime books, and other nautical memorabilia.
Cogswell's Grant
If you love antiques, visit Historic New England’s Cogswell’s Grant in Essex. 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.
Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA) Kayaking
An experienced outfitter, ERBA provides a variety of guided sea kayak tours for all levels of ability. Explore the protected waters of the Basin and the coastal North Shore with miles of estuaries, inland islands, wildlife, beaches and dunes. Enjoy a swim or discover an osprey, heron or egret in its natural habitat.
Essex River Cruises & Charters
Enjoy a narrated river cruise past estates, salt marsh farms and historic shipyard sites. See lobstering, clamming, and fishing in the Essex River and discover barrier beaches, sand dunes, winding rivers, and Cape Ann’s wildlife. Charter a cruise for clambakes, company outings and celebrations. Special cruises include coffee and muffin cruises, brew tasting cruises, and late afternoon and evening cocktail cruises.
Cape Ann Golf Course
Cape Ann Golf Course is one of the most scenic nine holes you can play anywhere and the only public golf course on Cape Ann. Our Fourth fairway overlooking the tidal marshes of the Essex River provides one of the most beautiful views of any golf hole in New England. Visit The Club House for all your golfing equipment and supplies. We feature a large selection of Footjoy and Titleist products, and our own line of Cape Ann Golf Course logo apparel.
Russell Orchards
A beloved family farm on the way to Crane Beach, Russell Orchards in Ipswich is made up of 120 acres of fruit trees, berries, vegetables, fields, and animal barns. The farm store with full scratch bakery and winery are housed in a soaring 1800's barn. Visit Big Boy the Pig, and other farm animals while waiting for the hayride to the PYO orchards in June through October. At harvest time, taste Russell’s famous cider donuts and watch apples being pressed into cider. Sample over 20 varieties of fruit wines and hard ciders too.
Crane Beach
Enjoy the Northeast’s most spectacular beach and follow trails and boardwalks through a landscape of sand dunes and salt marsh. Crane Beach is one of the finest beaches and outdoor recreation destinations on the East Coast. With its clean, inviting water, miles of shoreline, and mesmerizing views, Crane Beach has been a favorite with the ocean-loving public for generations.
Wolf Hollow
Wolf Hollow offers a unique opportunity to view gray wolves in their natural environment. Come see how they interact with their pack members and live in a social unit very similar to human families. Learn about the wolves’ role in nature, their history with man, and the fight to preserve their species in the wild, while observing the wolves and their pack-mates at close range.