Things To Do

The maritime history of Salem, Massachusetts stretches back nearly four hundred years. Today, you can explore that history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site through guided tours, exhibits, wayside signs, junior ranger programs, and free orientation films.

If you have just an hour or two, take a stroll along the water front and explore the Derby Wharf.

If you have half a day, take one of our Ranger-led programs.

  • Depending on the season, the Rangers of Salem Maritime National Historic Site offer a variety of programs to the historic Derby and Narbonne Houses, Custom House built in 1819, and replica tall ship Friendship of Salem. Check out a schedule of our activities.
  • Be an urban hiker and walk the 1/2 mile length of Derby Wharf to visit the Derby Wharf Light Station.
  • Watch the sun rise or set from Derby Wharf.
  • Download our Junior Ranger book or pick one up from our Visitor Center and become a Junior Ranger!
  • Pack your lunch and have a picnic underneath the centuries-old trees of our historic homes and structures.
If you have even more time...

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