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Outdoor Activities in Salem

Many guests of our Salem boutique hotels love visiting in summertime when New England weather is at its peak. With warm days and cool nights, our guests want to see all that Salem has to offer while also spending time soaking up the sun. For your next visit, here are three outdoor activities in Salem that combine the history and culture of the area with some fresh air.

Our Favorite Outdoor Activities in Salem

Salem Maritime Historic Site | 160 Derby St, Salem | (978) 740-1650

Head right to the heart of Salem's history and culture at this 9-acre national historic site. The park preserves the historic waterfront of Salem, which was once a bustling seaport of travel and trade. Guided tours of the site are led by park staff (free, but require reservations) and self-guided audio tours are available. Free tours are also offered of two historic homes, the Custom House, and tall ship Friendship of Salem.

Schooner Fame | 70 Wharf St, Salem | (978) 729-7600

This replica of a War of 1812 privateer is certainly one of the more unique outdoor activities in Salem. The original schooner Fame ransacked British merchant ships in the Gulf of Maine during the war, and today, crew aboard the replica will take you sailing in Salem Sound while entertaining you with tales of pirates and privateers. Two-hour sails are available for $35, making it one of the more affordable ways to get out on the water in Salem.

Salem Heritage Trail | Essex St, Salem

Explore Salem's historic sites by foot on this self-guided walking trail through the city, marked by a painted red line on the sidewalk. Covering both Essex Street and historic Derby Street, this trail will take you past Salem's best historic sites from witch trials to memorials and museums to the historic seaport. Find a trail map in the center of the Salem Guide for this outdoor activity in Salem.