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Stage Fort Park - Gloucester Visitor Center

Stage Fort Park/Gloucester Visitor Center
Hough Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

Stage Fort Park is the historic site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623. They set up fishing stages on this land. Today, the park is home to Half Moon and Cressy’s beaches, with access to a sand volleyball court, a beautiful new playground, a baseball field, a basketball court, and tennis courts. During the summer season, there are outdoor concerts, fireworks, and storytelling for the children. Gloucester's Visitor and Welcoming Center is also located in historic Stage Fort Park. The Park is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, it provides general information about the entire Essex National Heritage Area as well as specific information about Gloucester. Visitors to the Center can find any information they need to know about Gloucester to help plan their stay.


Open year round.


Parking fee in season.

Driving Directions: 

Weddings, and other large group activities, need to make a reservation and obtain a permit – call Gloucester City Hall for more information.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Stage Fort Park is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about Gloucester and Cape Ann, it also provides general information about the Essex National Heritage Area.


  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restroom


  • Weddings
  • Swimming & Boating
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Beaches
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Parks
  • Visitor Centers
  • Scenic Vistas

Property Owner/Organization: 

City of Gloucester
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead