Review, View from the chair

Stage Fort Park

Here we are on term vacation and it is a sunny 58 degrees in February!  This should be skiing weather but instead we hit the lovely town North of Boston called Gloucester!  A short 90 minute trip from our house.  My husband  and I used to live in this small town just after we were married.  I love to go back and visit the old haunts.  I am even happier to bring my daughter with me and my best friend!  First stop is Georges Coffee Shop on Washington Street.  Their food is as great as their portions!  Little Girl LOVED the hot chocolate she ordered!  She exclaimed “It is as big as my face!”  And it was!

After getting fueled up we made our way to Stage Fort Park.  According to the city web page “This historic park is the site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623 who set up fishing stages on this land upon arrival. Stage Fort Park is home to Half Moon and Cressy’s beaches, with access to a sand volleyball court, a beautiful new playground, a baseball field, a basketball court, and tennis courts. There are plenty of picnic tables and cooking areas (bring your own grill), a privately owned restaurant that is open to the public, an information center, and restrooms. During the summer season, there are outdoor concerts, fireworks, and storytelling events for children, festivals, farmers markets, and several other events.”  This place has it all.  We started out on the playground then made our way around the many walking trails that line the shores of Gloucester Harbor.  With picture views of the ocean on nearly every side!  We climbed some rocks and even splashed in the ocean.  We ended up back at the playground for a final go around then wandered our way home!  It was a lovely day and one of my favorite spots!  If you are near Boston make it a point to swing on down 128 until you hit the ocean.  That is Gloucester!  Take a right and you will wind your way towards Stage Fort Park.  A must see in New England!   




  1. Ahhh looks like you had an amazing day out what lovely pictures thanks so much for sharing this with #coolmumclub x

  2. I love the pics! I’m from Kentucky so these pics are super refreshing to see. The post makes this place sound like lots of fun.

    1. beachchairtracy

      The ocean is amazing! I love this park for that one reason. Even on the hottest summer days you can get an ocean breeze!

  3. What a glorious place! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  4. You guys look like you had a great time.

  5. Nige

    Looks a great place to visit Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  6. My word my son would love this park, he loves climbing on rocks X #pocolo

  7. Great photos! Thank you for sharing with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

  8. This makes me so happy! Looking at how happy she looks your precious little girl, and wow that hot chocolate is amazing! #thesatsesh

  9. Hahahaha, loved your daughter’s comment on the hot chocolate:) This place looks gorgeous, and must’ve been so lovely for you’ll to re-visit old haunts and memories.

  10. Look at that Hot Chocolate! Not wonder she had a big smile. Looks like a fab tome was had too! #kcacols

  11. It looks like a lovely day out – you’re having mild weather when we’re having a cold snap! That hot choc looks amazing! #thesatsesh xx

  12. This looks like a really fun day out and your weather looks so much better than our snow at the moment!! #bigpinklink

  13. That looks like a great park to explore and that hot chocolate looks amazing! #livingarrows

  14. This looks like a fabulous family adventure! Definitely worth looking into! Thanks for sharing on #TriumphantTales

  15. I think it is so important to share your history with your children. It looks like you had a lovely day to go back to your old hometown. That hot chocolate real was as big as your daughters face too. Great photos and Thank you for much fr linking them up to #PointShoot ? I hope you’ll drop by again ?

  16. What a lovely walk down memory lane for you to share with your children. I’m envious of that lovely weather #coolmumclub

    1. beachchairtracy

      It is about to change….got over a foot of snow coming! Welcome to New England!

  17. Mother of 3

    Looks like a great place to visit but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to even stick a toe in the water this early in the season! We are often in Boston as I’ve lived in southern New England my whole life but I don’t think we’ve ever visited Gloucester! #Explorerkids

    1. beachchairtracy

      Make it a plan to go!!!! It really is lovely. There are many beaches. Little places to eat. Whale watches are amazing! A lovely little town.

  18. This looks great. I’m about 45 min south of Boston. We’re practically neighbors! #KCACOLS

  19. That weather looks amazing! Such a lovely day to spend holiday with kids! #pointshoot #livingarrows

  20. Just returning back from #pointshoot looks amazing location for children X

  21. Gloucsester looks like a fab place to visit – even the park look really cool. Sarah #ExplorerKids

    1. beachchairtracy

      It is a lovely little New England town. Great seafood!!! You can pretty much bet it was in the ocean that morning!

  22. It looks absolutely gorgeous with plenty to do. As for that hot chocolate, my idea of heaven! #kcacols

  23. That looks like an amazing park and I love places with history like that! #ExplorerKids

  24. Looks like a fun day #KCACOLS

  25. It looks like a lovely place! 🙂
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  26. This looks like such a great place to explore and so lovely to introduce your daughter to places that mean a lot to you x

  27. Looks like you had a really great day out, an I’m very jealous of that hot chocolate!

  28. I have been to Boston several times and I live in Western MA but I have never been to Gloucester. Honestly, I never gave it a thought until today. Now I have to go visit this little town with my boys. This would be a perfect family day trip to take. I’m so glad I read this! Thank you for sharing this place with us:) #FamilyFunLinky

    1. beachchairtracy

      Go!!! Check out the town webpage. They have all sorts of festivals and events. It is a very family friendly town. You can park at stage fort and walk the boulevard which is a lovely walk right next to the ocean. Make a day of it!

  29. Returning with #FamilyFunLinky, thank you for joining us x

  30. This post has made me want to get outside today – it looks like such a great place to visit. #ExplorerKids

  31. I’ve never been here before but it looks amazing and your photos are lovely! Thank you for joining us at #bigpinklink

  32. Wow! This place looks stunning and I love the idea of a park with ocean views. I’ve never been to Boston but it’s right up at the top of my to-do list. Thanks for linking up to #DreamTeam x

  33. The park looks great! But I can’t get over that hot chocolate in the first picture, I need one! ? #ExplorerKids

    1. beachchairtracy

      Good Old Georges! They serve it up right!

  34. Great photos! There is a UK Gloucester not far from me – but a long way from you!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at #TriumphantTales.

  35. Wow what an adventure. Great pictures too. Thank you so much for linking up with #kcacols and we hope to see you next time!

  36. Gloucester looks like a cool place to explore. I love your historical details and the kids certainly look like they had fun. Thanks for linking up to #adventurecalling. I hope you can again when we open for more posts tomorrow morning.

  37. Pero

    Sonds like a fun place to visit

  38. Zvonimir

    Sound like you had amazing and fun day , one to remember

  39. Such lovely photos! This place looks amazing! I love the idea of a park with an ocean view.

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