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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.

Newburyport Stats

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.

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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.

My girls and I stopped into Lively Kids, a childrens clothing store in downtown Newburyport

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.

Enjoying family time at Maudsley State Park in Newburyport, MA

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:

Jeni Lu

Jeni Lu

I'm Jeni Lu, a neighborhood guide and Realtor® at Bentley's The RE/MAX Collection. I've spent years finding the best restaurants, shopping, outdoor spots and events so you can enjoy the neighborhood. I look forward to showing you around the Boston North shore and Southern New Hampshire area. If you live in the area or you're thinking of moving here, you've come to the right place!