• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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  • Central Wharf Restrooms Closed

    The Central Wharf public restrooms will be closed on Thursday and Friday, September 18th and 19th for exterior door replacement. They are scheduled to reopen on Saturday at 9am.

  • Fishing Prohibition on Hold

    On 8/20/14 the park issued a rule change prohibiting fishing throughout the park due to concerns over water quality and visitor safety. The fishing prohibition is now on hold, pending further review - click for more information. More »

Park Fun

a cartoon of Eglantine the Custom House eagle at the ship's wheel along with a boy
There are lots of things for kids to do at Salem Maritime!
Cartoon by Paul Trap

Here are some projects you can do at home! You will need the free Adobe Reader to download these pages. A link to the Reader is on the right side of this page.

Sailing a ship requires not only skill and courage, you have to learn lots of new words too! For example, do you know the difference between port and starboard? Here's a hint: in America, we drive on the starboard side of the road.

Can you find other maritime words on our word search?

Download the maritime word search (710 K)

One of the most useful watercraft you could own was a dory. These small rowboats could be used to move people, goods, and even animals up and down rivers, transport supplies and people to ships in harbors, and even would be carried on larger schooners to help with fishing.

Here's a dory you can cut out and assemble at home:

Download dory instructions (2.6 M)

Download cut-and-assemble dory (476 K)

The National Junior Ranger Logo -- a National Park Ranger hat with a green circle around it.

For more on-line fun, visit the WebRanger site. There, you can do activities and learn about National Parks all over the United States.

Did You Know?

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, circa 1855.

In addition to being a world-famous author, Salem native Nathaniel Hawthorne also held three government positions: Measurer for the Port of Boston, Surveyor of the Port of Salem, and U.S. Consul to Liverpool. The Custom House in Salem where he worked is now part of Salem Maritime NHS. More...