Halibut Point: Rockport’s hidden gem
At the northernmost tip of Cape Ann lies a peaceful treasure of coastal landscape, with views stretching to Crane Beach in Ipswich, Mount Agamenticus in Maine, and the Isles of the Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. Halibut Point State Park offers visitors beautiful coastal views, a serene quarry, walking trails, and plenty of summer programs for children and adults alike.
“It’s special to me because of the remarkable number of people who find it a special place to them,” said Park Interpreter John Ratti, who is in his third year at Halibut Point State Park. “The place they hold in their hearts for this place is just remarkable, stunning, and astonishing.”
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and The Trustees of Reservations administer the park. The Visitor’s Center is located in a renovated World War II fire-control tower. The tower is open to the public.
Ratti’s work at Halibut Point includes staffing the Visitor’s Center; fielding visitor inquiries; devising, implementing, executing, and promoting standard state park programs; and booking and promoting outside events.
“Not all state parks have interpreters,” Ratti said. “I think the ones that do really shine.”
The Friends of Halibut Point is a non-profit group that supports programs at Halibut Point by co-sponsoring them. “They are a major supporter of the history of Halibut Point,” Ratti said. “It’s great to have friends because they are able to supplement or allow me to add on to interpretive programming by their support.”