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Essex River Basin Adventures

1 Main St., Essex, 978-768-3722,

For exploring North Shore waters few can compete with Essex River Basin Adventures’s many offerings. Guided tours (including night expeditions), group and private lessons, and a new kids’ camp make the place extremely popular during peak kayaking season. Whether picking up a paddle for the first time or looking to master the ins and outs of sea kayaking, a diverse group of experienced guides provides trustworthy instruction. After 18 years in business, owners Ozzie and Sandy understand what people are looking for when they venture out onto the water, and they deliver it—smart, safe, titillating adventure.



Plum Island Kayak

Whether you’re interested in a kayak trip under the sun or by moonlight, our readers’ choice for Plum Island Kayak pulled ahead of the rest in the water sports category. The outfit also offers paddleboard tours. Exploring the salt and freshwater marshes and estuaries along the Lower Merrimack River makes for an adventurous outing.

92 Merrimac St., Newburyport, 978-462-5510,