Ice House Tours


Welcome to Gloucester signVisitor Information:

104 Commercial Street, Fort Point Wharf, on Gloucester’s Historic Waterfront.
Tel. 978 283-0174

1/4 mile down Commercial Street from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, past Pavillion Beach, the freezers & fish plants – at end on left.

Walk-Through Tours are no longer available. Please stop by for a FREE history talk and videos in our Gift Shop, and to visit our working wharf.


Featured in the Sunday Boston Globe

See the Boston Globe Article about our Tours

View iGetNewEngland’s video about Cape Pond Ice.

  • Explore our historic ice house and working wharf
  • Learn about our 166 year history icing Gloucester’s fleet and our Perfect Storm connection

Enjoy a uniquely “COOL” visit to the Cape Pond Ice Company, where we’ve been icing Gloucester’s fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger’s account of THE PERFECT STORM. Tours highlight the history of the industry, with vintage film of natural harvests. Explore our historic Ice House and see first-hand 300-pound block ice being made – up to 150 tons per day.

The Cape Pond Ice office shop features historic photographs and tools documenting the company’s history since 1848, and vintage movie footage of early 1900 ice harvesting. You can even watch The Perfect Storm.  A viewing window in the office looks out on the 150 ton per day ice block manufacturing area.

The public is welcome to glimpse whatever waterfront action happens to be going on, from loading ice onto fishing boats at our wharf, to looking inside the refrigerated “icehouse”.

This is an unusual & interesting part of Gloucester’s working waterfront and local history. But be warned:  this is an active industrial plant, so due care & caution must be observed.

Get Directions to Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester, MA .

Explore the rest of Gloucester with the help of our Perfect Storm Landmarks map.

Gifts and Souvenirs
Cape Pond Ice shirts, caps, sweats, hooded sweatshirts, decals & other merchandise are available in our office shop at 104 Commercial Street.  This is the most complete selection of Cape Pond Ice products in all sizes & styles.

For the less adventurous, our Cape Pond Ice merchandise may also be purchased at convenient downtown locations:

The Weathervane
153 Main Street
Phone:  (978) 281-1227

If you missed us, our “Coolest Guys” T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, & Caps are also available at several downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts locations. And if you do get home, only to realize you really needed a few more Cape Pond Ice shirts and caps for yourself, family, and friends, just give us a call (866-766-3423), or place an order on our web site, and we’ll get them right out to you.

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