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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!”
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Restaurant
“Cool restaurant and bar usually packed with locals on a weekend night or for after work drinks.”
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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 ”
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Beach
“Beautiful little beach is perfect to spend the day with family and friends.”
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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.”
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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. ”
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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. ”
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Natural Feature
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Pharmacy
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Book Store
“Great place to poke around and pick up a beach read. Includes a children's area”
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Bistro
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Restaurant
“In my opinion, the best restaurant on the North Shore. Spend the day at Singing Beach and have lunch at 7 Central.”
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Cafe
“great family and take out place --serves breakfast, lunch and dinner--excellent food and good for the whole family”
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Clothing Store
“Fabulous jewelry designed by Mahri, as well as unique clothing, gifts, and decorative items.”
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Café
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“Great for café breakfast. Also offer prepared dishes "to go" and sandwiches for the beach. ”
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Restaurant
“The sister restaurant of the landing in Marblehead - nice place to stop in for a drink after a day at singing beach”
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