Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Imagine what life was like at sea as you rummage through the sea bags of a ship’s boy, a sailor, and a captain. Try writing your name using signal flags used to send messages at sea. Then, make a Sailor Valentine out of sea shells like the ones sailors would create for their loved ones back home.
Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA, 01970
From Route 128, take exit 25A, Route 114 East to Salem. Follow Route 114 into Salem where it will become North Street, then Summer Street (pass the Witch House on the right). Turn left onto Norman Street and then stay straight through the traffic light onto Derby Street (note: Route 114 will turn right at this corner toward Marblehead). Follow Derby Street through the traffic light straight past the Beverly Cooperative Bank to the next intersection. Park in the South Harbor pay-parking garage on this corner. Walk east on Derby Street (continuing in the same direction) for about three minutes past the hotel and Pickering Wharf to Waite & Peirce on Derby Street. There are two handicapped parking spots and a number of metered parking spots on Derby Street across from Waite & Peirce. If you are heading to the Salem Visitor Center, turn left onto Hawthorne Boulevard. At the light turn left onto Essex Street. The Visitor Center is at end of Essex Street on right corner. There is a pay-parking garage across the street from the Visitor Center.