Become a Salem Maritime B.A.R.K. Ranger

A person holds a leashed black dog as it walks on the wharf next to the harbor
Learn how to have a “pawsitive” experience in unfamiliar environments

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Do you want to explore Salem Maritime with your leash-holding companions? Weave around historic buildings, enjoy a walk on Derby Wharf, or take in some sunshine on the lawn? You can! Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a pet friendly park.

Interested in getting your very own B.A.R.K. Ranger dog tag? We made it easy for your human to help you get one. Just follow the B.A.R.K. Ranger principles!

B.A.R.K. stands for:

B = Bag Your Waste               

Have your human pick up after you

A = Always Wear a Leash               

No more than 6 feet (2 meters)

R = Respect Wildlife               

No barking, digging, sniffing, or chasing

K = Know Where You Can Go 

Except for buildings, you can go anywhere your human can

Once you learn the principles of B.A.R.K., find a park ranger to receive your very own B.A.R.K. Ranger dog tag!

Park rangers offer bark ranger tags during the summer months, usually mid-May through October. However, you can explore Salem Maritime with your dog year-round.

Depending on where you want to go, the walk can be short or long.
Once you learn the principles of B.A.R.K., find a park ranger to receive your very own B.A.R.K. Ranger dog tag!
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Established on March 17, 1938 as the first National Historic Site in the United States, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of land and twelve historic structures along the Salem waterfront, as well as a downtown visitor center. Located in the urban setting of Salem, the park preserves and interprets over 600 years of New England's maritime history and global connections.

Accessibility Information
Pets are welcome in the outdoor spaces including grounds, waterfront, and wharves but are not allowed in any park buildings. 

The park is located in historic downtown Salem with fully accessible walkways. The Derby Wharf area is mostly grass which can become soft with rainfall. The Wharf is accessible by a flat gravel pathway that may be difficult to traverse with a wheelchair.

Last updated: March 3, 2021