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Photos: Crowds are returning to Bearskin Neck

Boats moored at scenic Rockport Harbor, a short walk from the hub of shops on Bearskin Neck.
Boats moored at scenic Rockport Harbor, a short walk from the hub of shops on Bearskin Neck.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
 Lisa Gove owns the Happy Whale, which sells toys and games on Bearskin Neck.
Lisa Gove owns the Happy Whale, which sells toys and games on Bearskin Neck. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Candle wicks are centered before the wax can solidify at the Rockport Candle Company shop.
Candle wicks are centered before the wax can solidify at the Rockport Candle Company shop.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Bradley Wharf is alive with color along Rockport Harber.
Bradley Wharf is alive with color along Rockport Harber. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
The Old World charm of a New England fishing village attracts tourists.
The Old World charm of a New England fishing village attracts tourists. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Shop owners on the tourist-driven strip Bearskin Neck in Rockport hope the crowds return to pre-pandemic levels.
Shop owners on the tourist-driven strip Bearskin Neck in Rockport hope the crowds return to pre-pandemic levels.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Summer crowds are expected at Bearskin Neck in Rockport.
Summer crowds are expected at Bearskin Neck in Rockport.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Mermaid plush toys await customers at the Blue Lantern shop.
Mermaid plush toys await customers at the Blue Lantern shop.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
A man walks by Motif #1, an old fishing shack on Rockport Harbor that is a famous tourist attraction.
A man walks by Motif #1, an old fishing shack on Rockport Harbor that is a famous tourist attraction.Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Lobster traps are stacked along Bradley Wharf.
Lobster traps are stacked along Bradley Wharf. Lane Turner/Globe Staff
Visitors took a timeout from browsing shops to look out at the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors took a timeout from browsing shops to look out at the Atlantic Ocean. Lane Turner/Globe Staff