• Essex National Heritage Area

    Essex

    National Heritage Area Massachusetts

Outdoor Activities

Ocean Beaches
 
Miles of sand at Crane Beach

Crane Beach
Miles of white sand, Crane Beach in Ipswich Massachusetts is a miles long, beautiful and popular swimming beach. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, outside showers and refreshments are available. Run by The Trustees of Reservations.

 
Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Salisbury Beach State Reservation
3.8 miles of sandy beach along the Atlantic Ocean, Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury Massachusetts offers swimming, boating, fishing and camping. It is one of the state's most popular ocean beaches. Run by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

 
Out on the Water
 
Whale watching

Whale Watching

Kristen Hunt, 2004

From its navigable rivers running into the Atlantic ocean from Boston to New Hampshire, the ENHA provides a variety of opportunites to enjoy sailing, boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Find something you enjoy.

 
Biking and Hiking
 
Bicyclist

With its gently rolling hills and acres upon acres of preserved trails, forests and wildlife reserves, the ENHA provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, from mountain biking races to quiet strolls.
Find a place to walk or bike.

Did You Know?

Balch House in Beverly Massachusetts

The Balch House in Beverly Massachusetts is thought to be the oldest standing house in North America, with its origins dating to 1636. More...