On Coastal Byway

Painting to Save the Sea!

Calling all future caretakers of the world, ages 12 to 16, for an important art project! Do you ever wonder about the power of creativity? At Salem Maritime, we celebrate the vibrant and beautiful waterfront of the Salem Sound. But our oceans and marine wildlife are in danger and they need your help! Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time but YOU have the power to have a positive effect on the world's environment!

Historic Essex Walking Tour

The Historic Essex Walking Tour is a self-guided tour (with a brochure and map to guide you) to 16 interpretive signs that highlight the historic significance of this New England village. Learn how 300+ years of shipbuilding produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels; find a 1797 Paul Revere bell; discover the birthplace of the fried clam; learn about the grave robberies of 1818; gain insight into how Essex became known as “America’s Antiques Capital”; and other interesting stories. Benches along the Essex Causeway provide a place to sit and relax as you take the tour.

Little Harbor & Islands Walk

A walking tour around the scenic coves of Marblehead’s Little Harbor and its two rocky off-shore islands. Located at the northeast tip of the mainland peninsula, that sheltered coastal area is where the town’s early settlement began in 1629. It is bounded at the west by Peach’s Point and at the east by Gale’s Head on which Fort Sewall is situated. The tour will highlight the small tidal harbor, its islands, and their stories, starting when Native Americans summered at coastal encampments, and incorporating their subsequent early and later social history.

The Scrapbook /All Prints & Maps weekend @ the Essex Exchange. Gallery Show & Sale.

The Essex Exchange has invited Vinny and Barbara Caravella owners of The Scrapbook to showcase their decorative, vintage & Antique Prints and Maps. Everything from antique maps and 16th - 19th century decorative prints to political cartoons by Thomas Nast to custom picture framing can be found inside The Scrapbook in Essex,Ma. It’s one of Essex’s hidden treasures and we are proud to have them join us for the weekend.

Come Paint with Me

Come paint a rock or similar small object with American Folk Artist, Johanne Cassia. Johanne will have sample pieces for you to follow. She will help you every step of the way. If you have a nice, round beach rock of your own you would like to paint, bring it along. Bring your enthusiasm and take home your piece of art. Join in this fun, free event.

Sail on the Schooner Fame!

In honor of our partners at Essex Heritage, we are offering a free sail on the Schooner FAME! FAME is a full-scale replica of a famous privateer schooner that sailed from Salem during the War of 1812 and captured 20 ships! We sail up to five times a day between May and October from Pickering Wharf Marina in downtown Salem. Our ticket booth is outside the old Victoria Station restaurant — soon to be the new & improved FINZ! The schooner is available for private events as well as public sails.

Historic Waterfront Bike Tour of Salem

EVENT FULL. Join us for a 5-mile guided bike tour along Salem’s historic waterfront. The tour will travel through the historic Derby Street neighborhood, Winter Island, the Salem Willows, as well as the South River, Point Neighborhood, and Forest River Park. Along the way, riders will learn about Salem’s rich cultural and maritime past, and how it has inspired and influenced the numerous waterfront revitalization efforts underway to ensure its bright future. Bring your own bike or use one of the Zagster bikes at the Salem Ferry.

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