Old Castle (Rockport, MA)
The Old Castle was around 1711 or 1712, but the date is unsure. The house is on the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1929, the family that owned the house gave it to Pigeon Cove's Village Improvement Society for its historical value to their community.
A full description of The Old Castle can be found at their website here.
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 2.8 miles
Parking: Please park along Curtis Street and walk up the hill to the Old Castle.
Hours: 2:00 - 5:00 PM Saturdays, July and August and by chance
Halibut Point State Park
Halibut Point State Park is a great place if you want to fish, visit a historic site, picnic, overlook a scenic area, go cross-country skiing, or just go for a walk.
There are three main attractions at Halibut Point--the Visitors Center, the quarry, and the Sea Rocks. The Visitors Center is built into a WWII fire-control tower. With clear visibility, you can walk up a spiral staircase into the tower, offering views stretching from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. The Visitors Center has a variety of displays, which help tell the story of the World Way II tower. The former Babson Farm granite quarry has a spectacular view and a self-guided tour for those looking for an informative stroll. An adjacent property, Sea Rocks, is owned by the Town of Rockport and open for public use. Here you can explore the park's trails and tidepools, picnic on its rocky ledges, enjoy its sweeping views, and learn about Cape Ann's historic granite industry.
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 4.3 miles
Parking: $2.00 to park
Hours: The park is open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day; the parking lot gates will be locked after dark, so be prepared!