Bearskin Neck

Bearskin Neck is a small neck of land that juts out of the town center into Rockport Harbor, and which according to legend was home to bears during colonial times. Rockport’s fishing and granite industries made it a busy commercial dock area. Today, the jetty at its tip offers a fine view of the bay and the town of Rockport. What really makes Bearskin Neck so popular, however, are the quaint little studios, shops, and restaurants that line the narrow streets of this bustling artist colony. On one side of the Neck is a famous old red fish house known as Motif #1, said to be America’s most-painted building.


Bearskin Neck Rockport, MA 1966

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Notes & Advisories



  • Accessible/ Wheelchair or Stroller Accommodating
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking Available
  • Restrooms Available
  • Self-Guided