Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, is a nine-acre historic site located on Salem’s waterfront that tells the history of Salem’s international trade and the sailors and merchants who built the economy of the young United States. National Park Rangers present guided tours of historic buildings and replica tall ship Friendship, and are ready help you navigate Salem at the Visitor Center, conveniently located on New Liberty Street across from the city parking garage.
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,510 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Hard to write a full review, because it was not open the weekend I tried to see it. Parked out of the way to see it, as it was a ways from the other places we intended to visit. Still, it is a pretty boat and a peaceful waterfront. Will try again next time...
Written June 5, 2023
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Ginger B R
Oswego, NY289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is a great area to walk around when you grow tired of the touristy witch stuff. I didn't plan much for my day in Salem since we went on a whim, but I would like to return and explore more of the harbor area. The historic buildings and ships really gave me a sense of this town's history, while looking out at all the sailboats in the harbor assured me I was in New England. Just lovely. There are some places to eat if hungry (we ate at Oyster Bar Sea Level), and seemed to be endless places to just sit and enjoy the views.
Written September 10, 2020
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michellehouse
Evansville, IN284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Ok so if you plug this into your GPS it's going to take you down to the friendship however the visitor's center is not at the same location. The Visitor's Center is back more in Salem. The ship and wharf are worth the walk to look at. We also walked out to the lighthouse (wouldn't necessarily recommend that as it's a pretty long walk and the views aren't great). The staff at the visitor's center were amazing. Ranger spent so much time talking with our kids and giving them Jr Ranger gear. Overall great visit.
Written August 8, 2022
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NhBeaglemom
Goffstown, NH423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Wonderful historical area. Be sure to visit the area across the street and the houses. There is a beautiful garden area behind one house and more historical markers explaining other houses and their use during colonial times. There is even the building where they would weigh the goods. We visited in April and could not go on the ship. We walked around while visiting 7 gables area. Such a beautiful town to walk around in. Love that so many houses have plaques stating original owners and who they were/their jobs.
Written April 26, 2022
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greglinmon
Las Cruces, NM935 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We love visiting National Park Service sites. Thus one is simple, well organized and we enjoyed the walk from the main Visitor Center down to the ocean and the replica ship. Great interpretation on signs about the houses and business. Learned a lot about some things I did not know. A very important part of American history commercially.
Written June 6, 2021
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Karen C
St. John's, Canada3,066 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited Salem in late February, not the best time! It was cold & many things were closed. The tall ship had its masts and sails removed for repair. The gift shop is really nice as most National Park gift shops are. The old buildings are interesting. I did not go inside any of them though. I walked out to the end of the breakwater to the lighthouse. Would like to visit again when the weather is warmer.
Written March 1, 2020
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Kim R
Springfield, MA537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Because of COVID the national park office here is not open. Despite that, this was a nice place to walk and explore the harbor. The town has placed benches and chairs along the way for guests to enjoy the views. There are plaques scattered around to provide some historic information. I don't know if there were tours of the ship, but you could get some views of it from the stretch of land beside it.
Written November 8, 2020
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX3,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This is a nice free Park to walk around and explore. Beautiful views of the ship and water. Unfortunately the ship was closed during our visit but we did get some pictures of it and the small Lighthouse. The park store was open and we were able to buy a few souvenirs as well. Hopefully in the future the ship can be open more days a week. I was told it's currently only open on Saturdays.
Written July 27, 2022
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courtney
Edmond, OK11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Ship was covered in a tarp and closed for restoration. Their website makes no mention of this, only an alert for sidewalk repairs. We parked in a garage nearby, and since all the rest of our interests were downtown, we had a long walk for nothing.
Written May 27, 2023
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Julie F
New Lenox, IL187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We stopped by to visit while in Salem for the day. Beautiful area along the water, but unfortunately the replica tall ship Friendship is currently being renovated. We enjoyed some time by the water, but did not have to chance to see the tall ship.
Written July 30, 2023
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