The whole month of August is a time for fun in Newburyport. From boating excursions and beach days, to delicious food festivals and art shows—you’ll have no trouble finding something to do when you visit the town.

Spend a day at the beach on Plum Island.

Plum Island, a barrier beach and bird sanctuary, is one of the most popular day trips from Newburyport. The most active way to get there is by kayak or canoe, though a car will also do.

When you get there, make sure to stop at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (where you can also enjoy an excellent view). The roads are narrow so it’s important to be respectful of other drivers and avoid speeding. Once there, you’ll find yourself surrounded by birds! If you’re lucky enough to visit during migration season (roughly March through September), you’ll be treated to a plethora of colorful migrating species like warblers and hawks as they pass through New England.

If swimming is more your thing than birdwatching (and who doesn’t love swimming in summer?), then make sure and pack your sunscreen & water before setting off for this trip—the sand here gets really hot!

Take part in the bike and boat tour of Plum Island.

The Plum Island bike and boat tour is als great way to see the island. The bike tour is about 2.5 hours long and takes you on a ride around Palmers Point, Sandy Neck and South Beach. You can choose between a 20-minute or 60-minute tour of the shoreline trails by bike, which start at either Rocky Nook Park or Newburyport Harbor. If you want to get some exercise while enjoying scenic views of New England’s North Shore, this is the perfect way to do it! 

Feast on fresh seafood after exercising in the sun.

You’ve likely heard of chowder before, but are you familiar with the many ways it’s prepared? Chowder is thick and creamy soup that usually contains seafood and potatoes. It can be made with smoked fish, fresh clams or oysters, cornmeal dumplings, and sometimes even vegetables like carrots or tomatoes.

Chowder is a popular dish in Newburyport because its roots go back to the early settlers who lived here during colonial times. As their families grew and they became more established in the community, they began cooking together as a way to help each other out during difficult times—which meant sharing any extra food they had left over from hunting trips or crops grown on their land! At first glance this might not seem like something worth celebrating today (especially if you’re already feeling full from eating so much chowder), but after closer inspection one thing becomes clear: where there are people who love their town enough to share their hard work with others there must also be some amazing meals being served up along the way!

Walk or bike down the Clipper City Rail Trail.

The Clipper City Rail Trail, also known as the Newburyport Branch Rail Trail, is a three-mile long trail that runs along an inactive rail line through Massachusetts. The path follows an old line that once connected Boston and Newburyport with stops in Ipswich and Rowley.

The trail begins in Newburyport’s center and then winds along the Merrimack River toward Cape Ann. It’s connected to other trails like it—the Olde Colony Rail Trail (Lowell) and South Coast Rail Trail (Boston)—so you can keep on biking or walking if you’re feeling adventurous!

The Clipper City Rail Trail is open year-round from dawn until dusk.

Get inspired by the work of local artists at Art ‘Round Town.

Art ‘Round Town is a month-long celebration of the arts in Newburyport. The events take place throughout August, and many of them are free. You can learn about local artists at this event, which features live music and performances by local musicians, and it’s held in the downtown area so you won’t have to travel far to find it.

Newburyport is a great place to spend time in August!

Newburyport is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation. With many events and festivals – like Yankee Homecoming – in August, you’ll never be bored. The weather is great, too! Just make sure you bring an umbrella if you plan on going out during a rainstorm. Newburyport is a great place to spend time in August!


We know that there’s more to do in Newburyport than what we’ve mentioned here. This is just a sample of the many activities that make this city so great! Don’t forget to check out our other articles about this beautiful place, and don’t worry if you miss something—we always have new ideas for ways to explore your town.