At the southernmost tip of Essex County, Saugus is the first town entered by those driving to the North Shore from Boston. Saugus was settled in 1629, and between 1646 and 1668 was the home of the first ironworks in North America, now open to visitors as the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. Originally a rural farm community, Saugus is now a convenient suburb to Boston and boasts a variety of entertaining business landmarks along the highway of Route 1, including a giant cactus, a herd of plastic cows, an orange dinosaur, and the leaning tower of pizza.
Once off the highway, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities in a variety of reservations and parks, such as the Breakheart Reservation and the Rumney Marsh Reservation. Nearby is Revere Beach, the oldest public beach in America and once known as the "Coney Island of the Northeast," now home to a variety of festivals and events throughout the season, including a farmer's market, a sand sculpting competition, and a kite festival.
Visit the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information about area restaurants, accommodations, and attractions.