With summer comes plenty of opportunity to spend time on the water in Salem, Massachusetts! For summer 2021, be sure to bring your mask/face covering (they are required in downtown Salem), and check for tickets in advance as capacity for cruises may be limited. As you plan your summer travels, consider adding these harbor cruises to your itinerary:
Schooner FAME Sails
Schooner FAME is a full-scale replica of a privateer that sailed from Salem during the War of 1812 and captured 20 ships. FAME is expanding its sails this year, departing up to FIVE times daily from May through October, including sunset sails six nights a week! In 2018, Schooner FAME began partnering with Salem rum-maker Deacon Giles to offer Salem Swizzles and Deacon Stormies. These up-size, up-scale drinks come in their own collectible cups for cruisers to take home as souvenirs.
Harbor Cruises with Mahi Cruises
Over the summer, Mahi Cruises run out of Pickering Wharf with family-friendly cruises! Each cruise comes with a full bar and grill with fresh eats and views of Salem Sound, stunning coastlines, lighthouses, and more. During October, the family-friendly fun continues with Haunted Happenings cruises offering a fun way to celebrate the Halloween season on the water with hot apple cider, clam chowder and fall activities.
Take Naumkeag to Bakers Island
Join Essex Heritage for a quick cruise aboard landing craft Naumkeag to volunteer or spend the night on Bakers Island. While volunteering, you can be a part of the preservation process for maintaining Bakers Island’s historic buildings and grounds. Volunteer days run Wednesdays through September 16. For even more time on Bakers Island, camp overnight in the Assistant Keeper’s House with available dates through September.
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