First time visitors to Rockport should arrive early in the day because parking can be difficult.  Metered and street parking is limited and will usually fill-up early.  Abundant free parking is availble at the town lot, located adjacent to the transfer station on Rte. 127. (turn right at Blue Gate Gardens on the way into town)  A shuttle is availble from the lot to town for approximately $1 each way.

During the summer beach parking fills very fast on warm days so arrive early!  Rockport beaches have very limited non-resident parking.  When visiting larger beaches in Gloucester be prepared to pay the fee as you enter the lot.

This seaport town is small so walking is the best way to see it all.   There are many hotels and motels that are right in the center and they all over look the ocean.   You can park your car and just leave it there for your entire stay. There are also some bed and breakfast inns along with fine hotels so you have a range to choose from.   There are many art galleries as well as specialty shops with unique items such as handmade jewelry, fashions, crafts, pottery, and antiques.   There is a salt water taffy factory where you can watch the candy being made from a window on the sidewalk and then you can go in a buy it along with a wide selection of other candies.   During the summer there are many festivals to attend.   The beaches are beautiful and there are natural forest parks here too.  Cultural activities are abundant and varied. 

Special events and activities are often posted below the 'Welcome to Rockport' sign and information is available at booths located next to the police station and in town.  Check out TripAdvisor's Rockport Tourist Board Info page for links to the Chamber of Commerce and other sources of information on the town.