Ben Smith Playground – Located on East Main Street, this lovely small playground over looks Cripple Cove. The playground has received a complete makeover the past few years with new playground equipment, a new seawall, benches and oicnic tables. You can enjoy watching your children play while at the same time watching the activites in the cove as the playground area in enclosed by a chain link fence.
Cape Ann YMCA – At 71 Middle Street, in the heart of downtown, this facility offers showers, a pool, work out equipment, racquetball, basketball, and a variety of programs for all ages. For more information call 978-283-0470.
Gordon Thomas Park – This small park on East Main Street has a few benches on which to sit and enjoy the workings of the inner harbor. A great place to enjoy coffee, lunch or a good book.
Solomon Jacobs Park – Located at Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station, benches offer a place to sit and watch harbor activity.
Stacey Boulevard - This is a beautiful promenade overlooking Gloucester Harbor. It is the home of the famous Fisherman’s Monument and Cenotaph, listing all of the Gloucestermen who have lost their lives to the sea in Gloucester’s history. On the westerly side of New England’s busiest drawbridge is the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial Statue dedicated to all women and children who wait on the shore for Gloucester's boats to come home from sea. There are benches located all along the boulevard for people to sit and enjoy the scenery.
Stage Fort Park - This Park is the historic site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623. They set up fishing stages on this land. The 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 bathrooms. During the summer season, there are outdoor concerts, fireworks, and story telling for the children. Weddings, large group activities, and corporate outings need to make a reservation and obtain a permit before permission is granted. Wedding permits are available for $100 per permit, group outings for $50 per permit, and corporate outings or other similar activities for $250 per permit. Dogs are allowed in the park but not on the beaches. All dogs must be on a leash and owners must pick up after their dogs. Parking is available at $10 per vehicle.
Magnolia Woods Recreational Area - Magnolia Woods is a beautiful recreational area built on 25 acres of land. It is home to all of Gloucester’s Soccer programs as it houses seven soccer fields and a small softball field. The park is open to all visitors who can do any of the following activities: bird watch, nature walk, check out the variety of wild flowers growing in the area, and cross country ski in the winter months. Future site improvements include additional parking and restroom facilities.