Fun for Kids & Families

Social History & Architecture Tour of the Historic King Hooper Mansion

Special tour of the King Hooper Mansion, from Tavern wine cellar to third floor ballroom, discussing the complex and fascinating family and showing how the house changed from 1728 to 1938, when it was purchased by the Marblehead Arts Association. Enjoy the current art exhibits of artist member artworks throughout all six galleries and stop in at the Artisan Shop before or after the tour.

Explore Gloucester's Working Waterfront with Family Games and Fun at Maritime Gloucester

Ring in fall as you explore all that Maritime Gloucester has to offer through family games and activities. Explore the Schooner Adventure and the exhibits throughout Maritime Gloucester. Touch tanks, interactive exhibits and more! We'll have a birthday cake to share at 1 PM to mark Maritime Gloucester's 15th year of providing marine education and maritime experiences.

Gloucester Sea Serpent

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Gloucester Sea Serpent Sighting with the Cape Ann Museum and Maritime Gloucester. Create sea serpent sculptures in the Museum Courtyard using marine debris and found objects. At noon, parade down the hill to Maritime Gloucester for more art making activities. This is a joint event with Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop where the afternoon segment begins at 12:30 p.m. Participation in both events is not necessary but encouraged.

Fish Flake Hill Walking Tour

join us for a walking tour that explores Fish Flake Hill! The site of the town’s revolutionary and early national period maritime industries, and home to Beverly’s merchants and sea captains, Fish Flake Hill was the town’s primary business district until the mid-nineteenth century. Rain or shine event, in case of severe weather, check with us that day.

Garrison House Tour

This is a historical tour that will take you back in time. Come explore this 1689 Garrison House. This Garrison house was owned by famous Haverhill heroine Hannah Dustin and her husband Thomas Dustin. The Garrison house has many Dustin heirlooms that are on display. Take advantage of this special open house.

The Quakers of Early Salem

Join Salem State University Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker for a walking tour examining the history and influence of the Quakers in Salem. Three hundred years after the Witch Trials we explore the lessons learned, its affect on our country and the evolution of tolerance. Starting at the Witch Trials Memorial, continuing to the Quaker Meeting House at the PEM and then a walk through the McIntire District to Maule’s Well and the Quaker “Friend’s Burial Ground” on Essex Street.

The Remond Family, Salem's Early Abolitionists

Join Francis Mayo for a talk and walking tour examining the history of the Remond Family who played a central role in the abolitionist movement. From Curacao, John settled in Salem in 1805 establishing several successful businesses at Hamilton Hall while raising 10 children. Sarah and Charles, became internationally known for their anti-slavery oratory, lecturing with William Lloyd Garrison.

The Bay Circuit Trail

Help us open a new section of the Bay Circuit Trail! The Bay Circuit is a 230-mile “semi-urban” greenway, starting at Plum Island and extending through some 40 towns. This section joins the existing trail in the vicinity of Sharpner’s Pond Road in North Andover and connects the Bay Circuit Trail for the first time through the town of Middleton. We will hike along the wooded trails of Boxford State Forest, making stops at an abandoned cellar hole and cider press stones. The hike is sponsored jointly by the Friends of North Andover Trails and the Middleton Stream Team.

Explore Harold Parker State Forest

Come explore a small portion of Harold Parker State Forest with the Friends of North Andover Trails. Harold Parker is a hidden gem of 3500 acres, half in North Andover, with a wide variety of trails accessible for hiking and biking. We will walk past beaver dams and ponds, traveling on a well-maintained forest trail, making our way first to the old soapstone quarry site and finally to the historic Jenkins Mill site. Some ups and downs, some rocky sections, even parts of the Bay Circuit Trail. A wonderfully diverse 2-hour walk.

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