Sailor Crafts and Activities

Kids will learn Maritime History through activities and crafts in Salem Massachusetts!

Come to the Salem Maritime National Historic Visitor Center to 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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017, Noon-4pm (Open Doors)

Model Ship Show

Come to Peabody MA for a FREE model ship show.

Hundreds of models ships of all types will be on display in downtown Peabody! There will be all types, made from wood, plastic paper and miscellaneous media and created by hobbyists and professionals from the Greater Boston area.  Many of these models are incredibly detailed works of art worthy of museum display.  Come see these wonderful pieces and meet the people who make them!  You'll learn about their skills and hear some great stories, and its a great time for all visitors. Please use the side entrance to the building.

Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2016 9am-3pm

Downrig or Die!

Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts! V

Salem Maritime National Historic Site will be celebrating sailing, ships, and our maritime heritage. Details about activities are coming soon. (Sneak peak! Activities will include sails of the Essex built schooners Fame and Ardelle, activities and lectures at St. Joseph Hall, and a social at Victoria's Station from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.) 

Saturday, November 5, 2016 Noon-9pm

Maritime Archaeology and Heritage on the Wharf

Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts!

Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Dr. Calvin Mires, Co-Founder and Instructor of Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program (SEAMAHP) in bringing maritime heritage to life through hands-on activities. Although we won't actually be practicing archaeology, visitors young and old will have the opportunity to use the tools and methods of archaeological research, survey and documentation.

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11am-4pm (Open Doors)

Friendship of Salem: Behind the Scenes of the Downrigging Project

Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts!

Join the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Friendship of Salem with Captain Jeremy Bumagin, Rigger John Newman and ship volunteers. Participants can see and visit areas of the ship typically not open to the public, as well as learn about numerous ongoing maintenance projects.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10-11:30am

Maritime Heritage Day

On Heritage Day, admission is free at Maritime Gloucester!

Maritime Gloucester is hosting their annual Heritage Day in honor of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2017.  Admission is FREE for the day. Maritime Gloucester is creating a busy, festive hub of traditional crafters, engaging community organizations in the First Ipswich Bank Pavilion, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music, impossible magic, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop. Enjoy local fare at our food tents.

Saturday, September 2, 2017 10am-4pm

Annual Salem Maritime Festival

Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts! V

Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the annual Salem Maritime Festival in August hosts an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and family fun! Each year, music, demonstrations, exhibits, and children's activities are available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf.

The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime, your national park in Salem in cooperation with Essex Heritage. From live music, historical re-enactors, and tall ships, to interactive programs and crafts for families, all events and activities are free and open to the public. Stay tuned to learn more about what's in store for you at the 2016 Festival!  There's also fun activities planned just for kids!

August 4-6, 2017

Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester

Enjoy lLobster on the wharf at Maritime Gloucester duirng the Schooner Festival!

Come to Maritime Gloucester for a community celebration of food, music and Gloucester's Maritime heritage! Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio's roll— all for $15 per person!  Where else can you get a boiled lobster for that price?  Relax on the wharf with your dinner or on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 4:30-7:30pm

Kid's Sail Free on the Schooner Lannon

Kids ride free on the 10am Saturday Cruise on the Lannon through Summer

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon is a fixture on the Gloucester Harbor vista throughout the day in the warm months, but to really experience the Lannon, you need to come aboard and go for a cruise!  Sail and see lighthouses, castles, scenic beaches, and magnificent waterfront homes.

With their special offer each Saturday on the 10 .am. cruise, sailing aboard the Lannon becomes even more accessible.  For each paying adult, one child will be granted free admission!  Kids aged 16 and under sail for free. Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult must pay full fare for his or her ticket. No other discounts apply.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10 a.m.


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