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Plum Island

Updated on September 20, 2014

Plum Island, Massachusetts

The best of PI.

Eat, sleep, have a great time...and go home with a souvenir.

Never heard of it? You're not the only one.

Plum Island has to be one of Massachusetts' best kept secrets. Less than an hour north of Boston you will find miles of pristine beaches where you can avoid the crowds and just relax. Great for a day of boating, fishing, bird watching or walking along the shore.

Take a look

Photos from around Plum Island

Taken by me.

curated from my Flickr account

Shorebirds staging at Parker River NWR by USFWS Headquarters
Shorebirds staging at Parker River NWR by USFWS Headquarters

Image used under Creative Commons from USFWS Headquarters on Flickr

Top 10 Reasons to live on Plum Island

Note: #2 is just a joke. Please don't hurt the cute little, endangered, Piping Plovers.

Other Places of Interest

Plum Crazy: 134 Northern Blvd, Newbury
Restaurant and convenience store.

Mr. Moes Package Store: 14 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury
Beer, wine, video rentals, lottery tickets and more. Buy a PI magnet while you're there ;).

Dick's Variety: 29 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury
Groceries and The New York Sunday Times.

Surfland Bait and Tackle: 28 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury
Rods and reels, lures and bait.

PITA Hall: Plum Island Boulevard, Newbury
The Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall is available to rent for special events.
Phone: (978) 463-0670

Plum Island Airport: 24 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury
Not exactly on Plum Island, but they offer scenic air tours over the area.

What a cute little island it is

show route and directions
A markerPlum Island Grille -
2 Plum Island Blvd, Newbury, MA
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B markerblue -
20 Fordham Way, Newbury, MA 01951
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C markerMad Martha's -
51 Northern Blvd, Newbury, MA
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D markerPlum Crazy -
134 Northern Blvd, Newbury, MA
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Merrimack River & Plum Island Sound, MA River Chart
Merrimack River & Plum Island Sound, MA River Chart

Side A: Plum Island Sound and Ipswich Bay Side B: Merrimack River to Haverhill

Plum Island: The Way It Was
Plum Island: The Way It Was

I scanned my copy of this book and added it to Amazon as a customer image. If you click on the link you will be able to see the cover of this book.


Goodies from Plum Island Soap Company

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Taste of PI 2014

Sample food from local restaurants.

The annual Taste of Plum Island was held on Friday, May 16th 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at PITA Hall, 8 Plum Island Blvd., Newbury MA. Area restaurants served their most popular dishes from chowder and sushi to pasta and pastry.

Proceeds benefit PITA's efforts to make the Island a better place to live and visit.

Restaurants at previous years' Taste of PI

From Newburyport: Alden Merrell, Black Cow, Bluwater Cafe, Buttercream Bakery, Bottega Tuscana, Domino's, Giuseppe's, Gram's Ice Cream, The Grog, Jewel in the Crown, Leary's Fine Wines, Not Your Average Joe's, Park Lunch, Purple Onion, Starboard Galley, Starbucks, Simply Sweet, and Szechuan Taste

From Plum Island: Bob Lobster, Mad Martha's Cafe, and Plum Island Grille

From Newbury: Newbury Butchery

From Salisbury: Angelina's, and Mapow Sushi

For all you Squid fans

Did you know that the 3rd giant squid ever seen on U.S. soil was found on Plum Island in 1980?

It's true!

It was 9 ft long and weighed 440 lbs. It's still on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

(Photo by Carla Skinder, Feb. 1980)

A last look before you go

Taken by my husband.

curated from my Flickr account


Been to PI? Live there? Come and say hi. - :)

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Never heard of it but it sounds to do it! Thanks for sharing.

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      sconnelly711 5 years ago

      Great lens definitely want to go back one day!!

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      acregmed 5 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      This lens is pretty comprehensive... what to do, where to eat & stay!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If you venture into the Refuge, beware of parking along the road. While there are absolutely no signs indicating "no parking", you will receive a $75 parking ticket courtesy of the Refuge.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to visit PI. I'm still hoping to someday.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! I love places like Plum Island, so I'll have to check it out. Right now my family and I are in Brazil and writing about that here on Squidoo!

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      I've never heard of Plum Island, but it looks like a great place to visit.

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      AngryBaker 6 years ago

      Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      I loved this lens a long time ago and am tickled to find that I still love it. Thanks for taking me to Plum Island again.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      I'll add Plum Island to my Bucket List of places to visit

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Hm, I grew up in New England (Rhode Island) and I hadn't heard about this place. This looks like a good resource for all things P.I. *Blessed by an angel on the Back to School Bus Tour*

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      trippste 6 years ago

      This is a great lens! I can't wait to visit Plum Island next month!

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Looks like a great place!

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      Christene-S 6 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: Ack, no the mention in Silence of the Lambs is not this Plum Island. The Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center is in New York.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I drove to Plum Island and Newburyport from Boston just for the day. It was a nice secluded spot. And remember they mentioned Plum Island in Silence of the Lambs as a spot where Hannibal Lector could go if he gave up info. Bahhhaahhha.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      What a delightful place to visit. I had not heard of it before. It is now on my list of places to visit in the USA.

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      Christene-S 7 years ago

      @mythphile: I read your comment in my email first and it doesn't say who posted. I was so confused until I saw it was from you. LOL

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Hello, Christene. I just saw your introduction in the newbie forum, and I think this has great potential as a first lens. I predict that you're going to do very well on Squidoo. :D

      (Sorry to be silly, I was just poking through the Introduction Forum trying to find some newbies and/or oldies who had never received LOTD to nominate, and couldn't help clicking on your first post!)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My BF is coming up from No Carolina this upcoming weekend..we thought of PI & I found this sight. Well, we'll be heading up on Friday after leaving Logan..what a wonderful sight. Thanks very much!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      well done, I enjoy the way you laid out the information and links and it makes me want to visit Plum Island.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Plum Island, Massachusetts looks like a place to explore!

      Would love to be able to travel to places I have never been to.


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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      "Every day is beach day." I could go for that!

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really super lens! We are hoping to come over to Massachusetts to visit Duxbury which was established by my ancestor Captain Myles Standish. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to heipet] Thank you for submitting this lens to All 50 States.

      Plum Island is a wonderful place to bird watch. The park rangers offer free bird watch talks. It is one of my favorite places in the world. Peaceful, quiet and serene most of the year.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The best place in MA to vacation, better beaches than the cape and none of the traffic. It has everything you could possibly want in a beach town. I will continue to plunk down my hard-earned cash every year for the privilege of staying there.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I just linked to this lens on my New England road trip lens. There are actually some Snowy Owls that migrate to Plum Island during the winter just about yearly.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh Christene, this is BEAUTIFUL :)

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      Christene-S 8 years ago

      [in reply to giltotherescue] Thanks Gil :)

      As soon as I saw the theme I ran to this lens to update it. Ha

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      Gil Hildebrand 8 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Couldn't think of a better lens for the purple theme. Way to go Christene!

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      heipet 8 years ago

      I have submitted this lens to "All 50 States"!

      Don`t forget to vote for it.

      heipet - SUMMER Group groupmaster

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      Christene-S 8 years ago

      [in reply to Aime] I've already got it on the lens. ;) It's the first listing under "They don't have a webpage". It's called Plum Crazy now.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yup--great place! My family moved there in 1974, and mom still lives there. My kids just spent their April school vacation there--and our street is paved now, so they could ride their bikes! You need to add PJs --- or whatever they are calling it now. A store, mid-island that was a landmark forever, then closed for a few years, recently reopened--renamed, but EVERYONE will call it PJs!

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      Jlyn12 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens and photographs with lots of interesting links. Absolutely 5 stars!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Well done. I have never even been to Mass. but have wanted to go to Boston for some time. Maybe I will get to visit Plum Island one day. Thanks for all the great info.

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      homedadsuccess 9 years ago

      Great lens. My mom used to have a house right on the beach at the beginning of the main drag. I loved going there, especially being next door to some nuns that were always enjoying a few cocktails! I wish my mom never sold the place!

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      miragana 9 years ago

      I like your lens. It is very informative and I also like the scenery on your lens. Hope you could red and rate my lens.

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      newsgirl lm 9 years ago

      What a lens this one! I really enjoyed reading everything. I cannot add much to this lens, but at least i can leave you my 5*.

      Your experience making lens, make me jealous.

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      very peaceful and along the beach, surely I will love this place. :)

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      cleansweeping 9 years ago

      Ok, I think I need to mapquest Plum Island from St. Louis! We don't have sunrises like yours! And, I want to eat at Mad Martha's!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Looks like a neat place to visit, and a very nice lens. 5*****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Seems like an excellent place for a vacation!

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Plum Island is great, it doesn't get enough credit compared to the Cape(maybe that's a good thing?)

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      sandif 10 years ago

      Finally! I see someone mentioned the book by Nelsen DeMille, my favorite writer!

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      thomasz 10 years ago

      Interesting lens. Nice info.

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      Cuidado 10 years ago

      I lived on Plum Island in '73.

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      Teacher Adez7 10 years ago

      Hi Christine, I love this lens. Plum island looks like a wonderful place to visit. 5*'s from me for a job well done.

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      Laraine Sims 10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      An island vacation! If you have read my "Staycation" lens - you'll know that we would love a trip to somewhere different. Is September a good month to go there? Thanks for yet another great lense.

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      flicker lm 10 years ago

      I used to live in the Boston area and had heard of Plum Island, but never managed to get there. I should have. Beautiful photos!

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      Robin S 10 years ago from USA

      I'm thinking I need to plan a vacation. That sunset shot of your husband's is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      I love finding information on new islands - well, islands new to me. Great lens

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      ebizsalez 10 years ago

      awesome island. i didn't know it was that close to Boston! i've been to Cape Cod it was nice too. Next time i'll check Plum Island.

      from fellow lens bigsaveontravel

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      Aika 10 years ago

      lovely images, looks like a wonderful place to be. I would love to kayak on my own backyard. :)

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      marasco2001 10 years ago

      Nice lens! Nothing like Plum Island written by Nelson DeMille LOL!

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      Piksychick 10 years ago

      I love islands! I just went to Tenerife, Spain and it was wonderful. Thanks for letting us know about this place in the world.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thx for the memories ... I lived in NBPT on Market Sq for a year and PI was my favorite spot to unwind and visit the sea. Rode my bike out to avoid parking issues, but also loved to go to the National Seashore park in dead of winter to watch bald eagles. Greenheads make you tough!

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      allysa 10 years ago

      wow! looks like a great place to be. Perfect for taking pictures of sunrise and sunsets. More stars for you.

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      Sensitive Fern 10 years ago

      I went to Plum Island while sightseeing along the Massachusetts coast one day 15 or so years ago. There was hardly anyone there and it was August. Very beautiful.

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      Rossman LM 10 years ago

      I used to live in Boxford, MA. Not very far from Plum Island. When I was a kid we used to go to the beach at Plum Island. The undertow currents could really beat you up. SOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      TravelWarrior 10 years ago

      Thats what a good travel article does! Introduces you to new and wonderful places. Plum Island does indeed look gorgeous!

      Tikal Xunantunich

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      I've been to Mass several times and never knew Plum Island existed. A 5 star thank you for bringing this to me. Please visit me soon.

      All the Best, Karen at Karen's Kinkade Art Store

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Congratulation, you've done great job here, excellent information! 5 stars! Check out my lens about Top 10 Vacation Spots.

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      Beautiful Island. Wish I could go there right now!

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      jazzdog 10 years ago

      Hi Christene,

      Thanks for allowing me to leave a link to my New England blog here. After two years of posting I just moved it from blogger hence the delay in my response to you. The link to it is here:

      New England Guide

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      klapskie 10 years ago

      very very tempting place, hope to visit this someday. Please do a visit to my lens and tell me what d'yo think?

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      vnrozier 10 years ago

      Lovely photos.

      A rather agreable place

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      KimberlyDawnWel1 10 years ago

      Nicely done! This makes me want to go on a road trip.

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      Christene-S 10 years ago

      Thanks jazzdog :)

      Feel free to leave a link to your blog here.

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      jazzdog 10 years ago

      Thank you for reminding me of this beautiful area in Massachusetts. You've put together a nice resource for pepople on Plum Island.

      Thanks to you I've added a entry on my New England blog and added a link to this page as a resource from it.

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      elishadavis 10 years ago

      Informative and interesting! Great job. Keet it up. Cheers. :D

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      Christene-S 10 years ago

      hi gaspeer

      Nope, that Plum Island is in New York. That one is not as nice. HA

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      GarySpeer 10 years ago

      Gotta ask, because it's been year since I read the book -- is this the Plum Island in Nelson Demille's mystery novel? LOL!

      I'm new here, just made my first lens, Top Gear for Overnight Hiking Trips. I'd appreciate you taking a look!

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      Kathryn Grace 10 years ago from San Francisco

      This is what Squidoo is all about, isn't it? Recommendation by individuals with passion and deep love for their subject. I had never heard of Plum Island, but you've made me yearn to visit. What a beautiful vision, shown with love. Thank you.

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      globy 10 years ago

      Christene, I will now definitely stop buy Plum Island on my next trip east. Thank you!California Real Estate For Sale

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      oddsend03 10 years ago

      Wonderful pictures, great lens!

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      heipet 10 years ago

      Hi Christene, I invite you to add your fascinating lens to my (very) new group "SUMMER":

      It still has some bugs in it, e.g. there is no JOIN button (Squidoo Support is working on it) so you have to leave me a blurb in the guestbook and I will add you manually.

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      CJPate 11 years ago

      Never heard of Plum Island, but now I hope to go there. This is fantastic!

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      badmsm 11 years ago

      Great lens, I LOVE visiting MA! Keep up the good work!

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      Lady Gotrocks 11 years ago

      Ooooo this is not far from me. Nope, never heard of it. Will have to check it out.

      See my gem store

      Comprehensive Guide to buying Alexandrite gems

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      anonymous 11 years ago

      Great Stuff!!!