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“Needs improvement.”
Review of Gloucester Center

Ranked #18 of 56 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: Downtown working-class section of Gloucester.
Boston
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87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Needs improvement.”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

The trouble with Gloucester is that it has no center - unless you mean the seedy St. Peter's Square where they hold the annual Fiesta. Gloucester roads are horrible.

Visited June 2013
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Scenic town”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

Very nice oceanside town. Entire Cape Ann area has great views, and many quiet beaches.

Niles Beach just outside central Gloucester a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. Quiet, calm waters, easy parking, friendly lifeguards, beautiful views.

Visited June 2013
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lovely and interesting memorial and town”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

I am in love with this town and the memorial to sailors. See my pictures. Take time to walk along the walk enhanced by flags flying in the wind. It is romantic. Watch the bridge being raised and look at the ships and boats coming into the harbor. Look at all the lovely homes right across the street from the memorial and pick out the one you want (ok - I kidding). There are plenty of eating places, an artist colony nearby, whale watch ships in season (we did that), a schooner that takes you around the harbor (that is on the list for the next trip). Sun and sea air - what more could you want.
Be sure to find the plaques with the names of the sailors who have died at sea from the 1600s to mid-1900s. The old fashioned names will intrigue you.
Be prepared to drive narrow, curvy roads. Be prepared to be stopped at the bridge while it is raised. Be prepared to drive a rotary (round about).
Have great time - we did.

Visited June 2013
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New Jersey
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609 reviews
142 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Great Place to Explore and Many Palces to Eat”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

Take a walk through this very New Englandish village and you will find many interesting shops, bakeries and restaurants. There's whale watching cruises, museums, interesting restaurants (Lattitude 43 or the Gloucester House), antiques and just plain people watching.

One street up the hill from Main is full of stores and interesting coffee shops.

Visited May 2013
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“For some real New England, check out this town....”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

A real fishing village with History, with a Capital H -- so many interesting corners to scout out.... Stand behind the fisherman who steers the town towards the Atlantic, at the Fishermen's Memorial Monument, and imagine all "They that go down to the sea in ships" directly in front of you. Enjoy a meal at one of the good restos right on Main Street, such as Sugar Magnolia's or The Franklin Cafe, [stay tuned for upcoming reviews!] Grab a homemade cannoli at Cafe Sicilia. Take a drive out and stroll around the art colony of Rocky Neck. And don't forget to check out the Cape Ann Community Cinema for offbeat screenings -- you get to be a real couch potato, seated on an assortment of comfy couches while partaking of a good cuppa tea, or other unusual offerings. Recently saw "Birders" there -- a wonderful movie used as a fundraiser for the local non-profit Kestrel Educational Adventures. We were delighted in the low-key ambience of the cinema as much as the off the wall conversation with the locals.

Visited April 2013
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