Spring Has Sprung in the Port

Now that spring has sprung, it’s a good time to get out into the community more. Lucky, Newburyport always has things happening – so much to do, so little time! One of the perks of living at Newburyport Landing is your proximity to all the excitement. Below, we’ve gathered a few activities to try out this spring!

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, a short 15-minute drive from Newburyport Landing, is located along the northeast coast of Massachusetts. The refuge was established in 1941 with the purpose to provide feeding, resting, and nesting habitat for migratory birds. In addition to the mission of wildlife conservation, the refuge provides a variety of magnificent wildlife-dependent recreational activities, including surf fishing, wildlife observation and photography, as well as a wide variety of interpretive programs. The welcome center is home to multimedia exhibits, an auditorium where visitors can view an introductory video about the refuge, a multipurpose room, and The Plover’s Nest gift shop. Come visit when the weather is warm – walk the Hellcat Interpretive Trail Boardwalk and explore the local salt marsh, dunes, and maritime forest!

Your gateway to Maritime History begins at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Did you know Newburyport was the eastern seacoast’s first major commercial port? The Custom House was built in 1835 to facilitate growing overseas trade and tax collection of imported good on the waterfront. Historically, once Newburyport began to see a decline as a commercial seaport, the Custom House took on new roles, from manufacturing site for women’s shoe heels to storage area of submarine parts. Since the restoration of the building, the Custom House is currently an astonishing maritime museum, educational center, research facility, and a meeting place. Come discover the abundant and fascinating maritime heritage of Newburyport!

Cashman Park, located within walking distance of downtown Newburyport, contains many different activities. The playground, suitable to families with children of varying ages, is safe and absolutely a blast to visit on warmer spring days! The waterfront park also has sport fields and tennis courts, available to the public, so get outside and start playing! One of the perks of this magnificent park is the boat ramp. Nothing beats watching the boats come in and out while walking around, letting the warmth of the springtime sun brighten your day! The best part about this park? It’s right around the corner from Newburyport Landing! Full of soccer fields, a baseball diamond, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, and a dog park on the water! With only a 5-minute walk away from the heart of downtown, go out for an afternoon of play and dinner at one of the local eateries!

Maudslay State Park features breathtaking 19th century gardens and plantings, meadows, and towering pines. It is home to one of the largest naturally-occurring stands of mountain laurel in Massachusetts. The park is an absolute perfect place to a casual walk, run, hike, bike ride, and picnic! We suggest grabbing some food from downtown Newburyport and bringing it with you for an afternoon of tasty treats and pleasant surroundings. There are paved bike paths, as well as challenging mountain-bike paths, so all levels can enjoy this lovely area! Don’t forget to check out the scenic viewing area while you’re there!

Check out the 5th Annual Grand Tasting + Culinary Marketplace happening on March 28th from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Located at the Blue Ocean Event Center, come with your friends to enjoy and celebrate North Shore’s gourmet cuisine, fine wines, best brews, and signature cocktails. The event will have award-winning chefs, elegant wines, and tantalizing tastes from the region’s top restaurants, and also everyone’s favorite, wine shops. Tickets can be purchased online.

We hope to see you at some lovely community events, as well as out and about throughout Newburyport with the warmer weather approaching!