When friends and family come to visit me in Boston, I take them to Newburyport for the day. It is the quintessential, New England coastal town.
First, let’s get some of the boring stats out of the way.
Population: 17,416 (2010 census)
Median Home Prices (single family home): $731,397
Closest Major Airport: There are 2 close major airports nearby. Newburyport is a 44-minute drive to Boston Logan International Airport, and a 50-minute drive from the Manchester Regional airport in New Hampshire.
Commute to Boston: 46 minutes driving by car or 65 minutes by train via the Newburyport / Rockport line. Newburyport has easy access to major highways (I-95 and Route 1) and the city has a train station stop that takes commuters directly into Boston (North Station).
How Far Is The Beach? 0 minutes! Newburyport is home to Plum Island Beach.
Town Website: https://www.cityofnewburyport.com/
Reasons For Moving to Newburyport:
Now that you have an idea of the numbers, let’s explore what there is to love about Newburyport. People come to Newburyport for first-rate dining, charming downtown shopping, beaches and festivals. Let’s look at why this town continues to draw tourists.
Reason #1: Shopping
Downtown Newburyport packs in a lot of charm. You’ll find brick road streets lined with a myriad of boutique shops, from clothing stores and art galleries, to dog boutiques and soap shops. The Tannery Marketplace houses a variety of shops including fitness studios, salons, bakeries, dance classes, and a bookstore.
Reason #2: The Beach
Just a few miles from downtown Newburyport is one of the Northshore’s most beloved beaches, Plum Island Beach.
Reason #3: Parks and Trails
Enjoy a picnic at Newburyport’s downtown Waterfront Park, which has plenty of benches and a boardwalk that runs along the Merrimac River. You could also take in the natural beauty of the outdoors at Moseley Woods. This park features hiking trails, a kids playground, and a covered picnic area. A popular trail in Newburyport is the Clipper City Rail Trail, where you can ride your bike or rollerblade along a 3.3-mile path. There are artwork displays along the trail and a model train that is popular with the kids for imaginary play.
Reason #3: History
Learn about Newburyport’s maritime history and how the city became a commercial seaport at the Custom House Maritime Museum. View model ships and displays of famous shipwreaks. Take a listen below to a pirate who lives at the Maritime Museum: