Fodor's Expert Review Rock Harbor

Orleans Beach–Sight
Free

This harbor was the site of a War of 1812 skirmish in which the Orleans militia kept a British warship from docking. In the 19th century Orleans had an active saltworks, and a flourishing packet service between Rock Harbor and Boston developed. Today it's the base of charter-fishing and party boats in season, as well as of a small commercial fishing fleet. Sunsets over the harbor are spectacular, and it's a great place to watch the boats float past. Parking is free.

Beach–Sight Marina/Pier/Dock Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook Local Interest–Sight Views Free Family

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Rock Harbor Rd.
Orleans, Massachusetts  02653, USA

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