Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem

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The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a National Historic Site consisting of 12 historic structures, one replica tall-ship, and about 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land along the waterfront of Salem Harbor in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem Maritime is the first National Historic Site established in the United States (March 17, 1938). It interprets the Triangle Trade during the colonial period, in cotton, rum, sugar and slaves; the actions of privateers during the American Revolution; and global maritime trade with the Far East, after independence. The National Park Service manages both the National Historic Site and a Regional Visitor Center in downtown Salem. The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior.

In 2014, the National Park Service, which runs the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, released figures and statistics for 2012: there were 756,038 visitors to Salem who spent an estimated $40,000,000. The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016.
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  • Ok so if you plug this into your GPS it's going to take you down to the friendship however the visitor's center is not at the same location. The Visitor's Center is back more in Salem. The ship and....  more
    Ok so if you plug this into your GPS it's going to take you down to the friendship however the visitor's center is not at the same location. The Visitor's Center is back more in Salem. The ship and....  more »
  • Beautiful walk and exploration. There were some informative historical markers and neat things to see along the way. We enjoyed waking out to the small lighthouse and looking at all the boats in the.....  more
    Beautiful walk and exploration. There were some informative historical markers and neat things to see along the way. We enjoyed waking out to the small lighthouse and looking at all the boats in the.....  more »
  • This is a nice free Park to walk around and explore. Beautiful views of the ship and water. Unfortunately the ship was closed during our visit but we did get some pictures of it and the small... 
    This is a nice free Park to walk around and explore. Beautiful views of the ship and water. Unfortunately the ship was closed during our visit but we did get some pictures of it and the small...  more »
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  • Everyone knows why people go to Salem. It's no mystery, and Salem delivers on the witchy theme and the beauty of the colonial style city. I could walk the cobblestone around the cemeteries and shops all day. However, the surprise of the journey was the Maritime National Historical Park. If you meander around the city area and the Commons' outskirts you'll naturally gravitate towards the water, and what a pleasant sight it is. Only a 10-15 walk from the Commons, you will be greeted by the boats, the water, the history, gorgeous views, and an overwhelming sense of Coastal Massachusetts. Even if witchery is the only reason you set your feet in Salem, take the time to walk to the Maritime Park, you won't regret it.
  • The Custom House was still closed. The park/beach across the street was clean and well kept. The ranger was very helpful
  • Free. And that is great. Beautiful ship. Nice clean park. And free parking
  • We legit sat here for 2 hours. They have nice lawn chairs by the water and it was stellar views. Not too loud or rowdy, it just perfect. Go, go, go!
  • Another National Park checked off! Loved it - could sit for hours and just stare into the bay.

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