Indoor Fun & Games on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

January 10, 2024

With the chilly winter weather in full effect on the North Shore, it’s the perfect time to explore the wide variety of indoor recreational activities available in the area. Read on to learn more about some of the best spots for some indoor fun on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.

Candlepin Bowling

Enjoy a lively afternoon partaking in the classic New England pastime of candlepin bowling! Candlepin bowling is a variation of the game with a smaller handheld-sized ball and narrow pins, or “candles”. It was invented in Worcester, Massachusetts in the 1880’s and is still very popular today. There are a few great spots along the Byway!

Address: 53 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester

Address: 311 Derby Street, Salem

Board Game Cafe

What could be better than sitting down with good friends and playing your favorite board game? And even better, if you go to a board game cafe, no one needs to host, food and drink are readily available, and there lots of playing options with plenty of new games to discover. This awesome indoor option is now available on the North Shore, we recommend the following.

Address: 140 Rantoul Street, Beverly


Take a trip back in time and enjoy some serious nostalgia vibes by visiting a local arcade! There are a few options along the Byway that offer great old-school games which are lots of fun for kids and adults alike and are open year round.

Address: 15 Broadway, Salisbury

Address: 278 Derby Street, Salem

After having some fun indoors, you may work up an appetite! Be sure to check out our blog post on some of the best pizza destinations along the Byway.