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Newburyport: The Perfect Location to Retire

Newburyport is a quaint seaside community with beautiful views of the Merrimack River and a historic, walkable downtown with 100 plus retail and restaurant businesses, making it the perfect community to retire. There is something to offer for everyone, throughout the entire year. During winter enjoy cross-country skiing or snow shoeing at Maudslay State Park, or get cozy by the fireplace at one of our many restaurants and inns. In the spring, stroll through downtown and admire the window boxes and hanging flower baskets that fill the city, or take a birding field trip on Plum Island. In the summer you can take a harbor tour or a whale watch, sun yourself on the beaches of Plum Island, enjoy a free summer movie or stroll through our many museums. Fall is a wonderful time in Newburyport. Come to the Fall Harvest Festival, or shop downtown. Join us for the holidays, and find the perfect gift for that special someone. Anytime you visit you will find that Newburyport is a seaport for all seasons.

Arts and culture

In addition to several galleries and an art association, Newburyport is home to the Firehouse Center for the Arts, a multiuse theater and gallery space, and locals recently helped an independent movie theater called The Screening Room raise funds to upgrade to digital projection. The city also hosts annual literary and documentary film festivals.

Located along the mouth of the Merrimack River, Newburyport has long been a significant port city that bustles with waterfront activity in the summertime. The impressive Federal-style homes along the narrow streets closest to downtown are fine examples of New England tradition, and the city limits claim part of Plum Island.

Newburyport offers year-round recreational opportunities for all ages. Try sunning on the beaches of Plum Island, cross-country skiing in winter’s snows at Maudslay State Park. Walk and hike along the beaches, through marshland and into woods. Fishing boat expeditions into the ocean and surfcasting along the shore, windsurfing, boat trips, and ocean kayaking are ways to enjoy the river and sea. Horseback riding at Maudslay, bicycling, running, jogging or walking around the flat streets, rail trail and parks of our city are popular pastimes. Spend time at a local farm picking your own fruits and flowers or stop in at the newest farmer's market.

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