Newburyport is a small coastal city, and a historic seaport with a vibrant downtown and a wide range of natural, cultural, and historical attractions. Newburyport shares Plum Island with Newbury, and the mooring, winter storage, and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city's income. A coast guard station keeps a watchful eye on boating activity, especially in the swift tidal currents of the Merrimack River. The Custom House Maritime Museum reminds visitors of the city's history as a major port; the Cushing House, home of the Historical Society of Old Newbury, celebrates Newburyport's wealth of Federal architecture; and shopping and dining opportunities abound. Nearby Newbury is known for its farms and natural resources, with both the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center serving as a hub for birders and nature lovers.
Contact the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for listings of restaurants and lodging, and many more local activities.