HALIBUT POINT STATE PARK, Gott Avenue, Rockport. 978-546-2997.
Tide pools, seabirds, and wildflowers make up part of the scenery at this state park, but the real attraction is the sloping granite ledges from which you can see all the way to Maine and New Hampshire. A longtime quarry in the 1800s, the area is primarily used for sightseeing and by picnickers who want to get close to nature.
By: Luke O'Neil, Globe Correspondent