Things to Do in Newburyport

Are you an adventure seeker? Have interest in the arts? Maybe you're just looking for a fun, casual night? Look no further!

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For the Adventure Seeker

Parker River 
Wildlife Refuge

Start your day at Plum Island, an 11-mile long barrier island, home to miles of sandy beaches and the this Refuge. Bring your binoculars and you’ll join the thousands of birdwatchers who flock to the area.

Plum Island Kayak

Explore the protected marshes and waterways of the New England coastline with a wide variety of guided Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board tours. Paddle with the Seals for a truly unique experience!  Beginners are welcome!

Explore Tidal Marshes

Here, you can explore the region’s wildlife-rich habitats (salt marshes, mudflats, rivers, bays, and coastal waters) through guided tours, marine touch tanks, art exhibits, drop-in programs, and interpretive displays.

Whale Watch

See Humpback, Finback, and Minke Whales as well as Porpoise, Seals, Sharks and an array of Sea Birds. The open ocean holds many species of diverse wildlife, making every trip a unique and exciting experience.

Clipper City Rail Trail

Explore the city via bike.The Clipper City Rail Trail is a 1.1 mile trail between the Merrimack River and the MBTA Commuter Rail Station.  The trail is open to non-motorized uses such as bicycling, jogging, and walking.


For a Fun, Casual Night Out

Savor Newburyport

10 day dining extravaganza with live music, art and food highlighting our local resources!

Outdoor Concert

The Riverfront Music Festival is a free show open to the public along the waterfront.

Movie Night

Waterfront Movies are free outdoor family fun! When the sun goes down, a 40-foot outdoor movie screen goes up in Waterfront Park.

Tall Ship Visit

Newburyport Maritime Days - Tall Ship El Galeon is a fan favorite. Be sure to stop by and check out all the tall ships!


Enjoy the Arts

Center for the Arts

Housed in a converted firehouse as a non-profit center supported by the community. 

The Screening Room

A local fixture for small arthouse cinema.

Literary Festival

A celebration of literature, readers and writers

Documentary Film Festival

Shows amazing films covering every topic imaginable

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