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Best things to do in Manchester-by-the-Sea

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“Named for its "singing sand," this beach is in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Parking can be a bear, so get there early!”
16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Friendly local restaurant up the road in Manchester by the Sea. Vouchers available on Groupon or Liv Soc. Jen & I typically order the baked haddock sandwich (light on salt for fries cuz they put on a ton until you tell them otherwise). (8 min drive from 32 West) (978) 525-3304”
5 locals recommend
Park
“Hike past a scenic pond and through a small forest of pine and oak to reach a spectacular seaside lawn offering memorable views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore. www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/north-shore/coolidge-reservation.html ”
5 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful little beach is perfect to spend the day with family and friends.”
4 locals recommend
Store
“Best consignment in the area with household furnishings, decorative items, collectibles, as well as clothing and accessories. I almost always find an affordable item I can't resist.”
4 locals recommend
Route
“Hike past a scenic pond through small pine/oak forest to reach a spectacular seaside GREAT LAWN offering amazing views of Massachusetts Bay. Perched on a peninsula, Coolidge Point (named for President Coolidge’s family) is one of north shore’s treasured secrets nestled on 66 acres of breathtaking vistas. Free Parking Lot.. Access to Great Lawn is ONLY Friday thru Monday. But I’ve been known to go other days. Gray Beach (Magnolia) is another stunning end to one of the trails. Great place to ride a bicycle up along Rt. 127. ”
1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Awesome "simple" food that isn't so simple. Owned by a big-shot chef with famous restaurants in Boston, and you can taste why he's famous. ”
2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
1 local recommends
Pharmacy
1 local recommends
Book Store
“Great place to poke around and pick up a beach read. Includes a children's area”
1 local recommends
Bistro
1 local recommends
Restaurant
“In my opinion, the best restaurant on the North Shore. Spend the day at Singing Beach and have lunch at 7 Central.”
2 locals recommend
Cafe
“great family and take out place --serves breakfast, lunch and dinner--excellent food and good for the whole family”
2 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Fabulous jewelry designed by Mahri, as well as unique clothing, gifts, and decorative items.”
1 local recommends
Café
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“Great for café breakfast. Also offer prepared dishes "to go" and sandwiches for the beach. ”
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The sister restaurant of the landing in Marblehead - nice place to stop in for a drink after a day at singing beach”
2 locals recommend