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Andover and surrounding areas

Any ideas of interesting things to do in the Andover area? We are already spending time in Salem and Gloucester, wanted to see if there was something Andover or west of that area that might be interesting. Historical or scenic or other suggestions?

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1. Re: Andover and surrounding areas

How far west are you willing to go? Andover is a very nice suburban town, but doesn't have so much of tourist interest.

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In Andover you'll find the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy. I haven't visited since its addition opened a few years ago.

Going west, you can get to Lowell National Historical Park in under a half hour and to Concord and Lexington in a little over a half hour.

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Good suggestions by Route128North. Assuming you have a car I would recommend as well the Addison Gallery as well as a stop in the center of town for a meal. Yella is highly rated or you could go to Sal's. Lowell, Concord, Lexington are nearby and if no traffic a quick drive. You could drive over to Ipswich and get some clams at the Clam Box - 30 plus minutes. Halibut Point State Park is a hidden gem in Rockport and then you could stroll the stores in the center of town. That's about an hour ride. Take you about 50 minutes to Newburyport which has beautiful beaches and a reserve as well as a great downtown to walk around.

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Any of the surrounding towns, probably keep under an hour.

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5. Re: Andover and surrounding areas

Perhaps take in a hockey game at Merrimack College?

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6. Re: Andover and surrounding areas

Are you here now or when are you visiting?

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Note - when you drive from Andover to Salem, stop halfway on 114 at Richardson's in Middleton. They have awesome fresh ice cream, mini golf, batting cages and a driving range.

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visiting 1st week aug.

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Newburyport is great. Also, Lowell is 20 minutes away. It is a gritty former mill town and not a typical tourist destination, but it has interesting historic museums (textile museum, quilt museum, trolly museum, whistler art museum) and also outdoor music.

www.lowellsummermusic.org/page.php…

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