things to do on the north shore this spring
things to do on the north shore this spring

Things to Do on the North Shore This Spring

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to shake off those winter blues! With the arrival of spring, the Massachusetts North Shore awakens with renewed energy and bright colors, offering an abundance of activities. From scenic trails to community events, there’s no shortage of fun and something for everyone to enjoy. In this guide, discover some of the top things to do on the North Shore this spring season.  

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester provides whale-watching tours out to Stellwagen Bank, a national marine preserve about 12 miles off the coast of Gloucester. Board “The Hurricane II”, the largest and fastest whale watch vessel north of Boston, to go where the whales go – their vessels communicate with each other, locating whales and going anywhere to see them on the North or South Shore of Massachusetts.

The 2024 season begins on April 27th! All trips are 3 to 4 hours long and are subject to change due to weather and demand. Morning and weekday trips are less busy. Pricing is as follows:

  • Adult (age 17-59) – $65
  • Senior (age 60+) – $60
  • Junior (age 4-16) – $50
  • Child (age 3 or younger) – $10

AAA discounts are offered on adult tickets and reduced rates are available for military families. Season passes are also available.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport is home to over 300 species of resident and migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge is renowned for its wildlife observation opportunities, featuring easy access to picturesque views, observation towers, and several miles of self-guided foot trails! Although it is considered one of the top bird watching destinations in Massachusetts, visitors can also walk, hike, jog, bike, hunt, fish, observe and photograph wildlife, boat & paddle, and more.

The refuge is open daily, sunrise to sunset, and the visitor center is open 9am – 4pm daily, subject to volunteer availability. There are many options for passes including a $5 car day pass, a $2 bike or pedestrian day pass, and annual passes. Learn more about visiting, including rules and policies, here.

House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables was built by John Turner I and his wife in 1668 and is best known as the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel. The historic home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007, offering 2 acres of land, seaside colonial revival gardens, and several historic buildings to explore on your next visit to Salem. In addition to maintaining the campus, the organization cares for thousands of works of art, furnishings, documents, and more

When planning your visit, choose a grounds pass or a mansion tour package. Admission rates vary by date and memberships are available. Pricing and ticket details can be found here

Pick Your Own

With warmer weather comes the “Pick Your Own” season at local North Shore farms! Starting in June, pick your own strawberries at Russel Orchards in Ipswich, Smolack Farms in North Andover, and Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Cider Hill also has tulips available to pick!


Special events are a great way to fill up your spring schedule. Add these local events to your calendar:

If these delightful spring activities inspire you to want to make the Massachusetts North Shore your permanent home, contact me today. Together we will find the perfect home for you to extend your springtime fun into a lifelong journey on the North Shore.