Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The Salem Maritime National Historic Site tells the story of more than 600 years of coastal life in New England. As the nation's first established National Historic Site, Salem Maritime offers visitors the chance to see what life was like back in the Massachusetts Bay Colony along the Salem coastline as well as during the period after the American Revolution. You will learn about the naval and commercial history of New England, day-to-day colonial life, the type of merchant ships that helped America develop international trade, and the infamous Salem witch trials. As you walk by historic sites, down the wharves, and along the beach, you will experience the role that maritime life has played in shaping American history.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Salem Maritime National Historic Site

You can visit the replica of the Friendship, a ship built between 1796-1797 that brought goods to New England. Get up close to the Derby Wharf Light Station that lit the way for sailors entering Salem Harbor. Visit the House of the Seven Gables that was made famous by Nathanial Hawthorne. Watch reenactments of the Salem Witch Trials. Get your fortune told by a psychic. Or experience the dark side of the town's history with a walking tour of notorious murders in Salem. 

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How To Get To Salem Maritime National Historic Site

From Boston, take MA-1A N. (a toll road) for roughly 9 miles. Go straight on Lynnway for 0.5 miles. Take the 3rd exit at the traffic circle to Lynn Shore Dr. After about 1.2 miles, veer right onto Humphrey Street. After a little more than 1 mile, veer left on Maple St. Keep going straight until you get onto Lafayette St. Make a right onto Derby St. 


160 Derby St., Salem, MA 01970

Fee: Entry fee $0

With all of the historical sites and natural beauty, Salem Maritime has a lot to offer both the history buff and nature lover. However, it is all best enjoyed with your own RV. You can drive through town or camp out and explore. And RVs allow you to bring along the comforts of home.