Welcoming the Tall Ship Eagle to Salem

Coast Guard Eagle Tall Ship U.S. Coast Guard Northeast‎Coast Guard Barque EAGLE visits Salem, Massachusetts

The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle is sailing toward Salem!  She will arrive mid-morning on Friday, July 29 and she will be in port a Salem Wharf, 10 Blaney Street, until August 1.

Both Schooner Fame and Essex Heritage’s Naumkeag Are planning cruises to welcome the Eagle to Salem on Friday morning.

  • Schooner Fame will be sailing out to meet EAGLE on Friday morning at 7:30 am, returning around 10:00. Cost for this special sail is $20 pp. Call 978-729-7600 if interested.
  • The Naumkeag will depart its dock at Salem Wharf on Friday at 7:15 AM to greet the arrival of the tall ship EAGLE and escort her from Bakers Island into Salem  Harbor. Space for this one-of-a-kind experience is limited to 18 passengers. Purchase tickets here.

Not ready to take to the seas to welcome Eagle?  She will be open for public tours on July 29, 30, and 31.  Click here for information, and follow the visit on Facebook.

EAGLE, also known as “America’s Tall Ship” is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in U.S. government service. The ship was built in 1936 in Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, one of three sail training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of World War II, Horst Wessel was taken as a war reparation by the United States, recommissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut. Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

SCNA Kids Carnival

Visit Salem Common for rides, face-painting, and family-friendly fun at the SCNA Kids Carnival!

There is no admission fee to enter the carnival. Tickets for rides are $3/ticket or $15 for an unlimited daily wristband. Each ride costs 1 ticket.

Family Movies on Salem Common

Grab a blanket or chair, your family, and friends, and enjoy a bit of Hollywood under the stars!  Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Wednesdays in August.

August 16: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

August 23: Mary Poppins (1964)

August 30: The Sound of Music (1965)


National Junior Ranger Day

Families and children can explore history and earn their Junior Ranger badge at Salem Maritime National Historic Site!

Stop in at the park store, Waite and Peirce (193 Derby Street) and pick up the free Junior Ranger Program. Use the compass and explore the grounds, wharves, garden, and Public Stores and Scale exhibits while using a compass. What can you spy in the park and Salem Harbor with the telescope?

Meet a Park Ranger at the Custom House from 1:00-2:00pm and at the Narbonne House from 2:30-3:30pm to be sworn in and receive your Junior Ranger badge.

Children’s Storytime with PJ Library

Peabody Essex Museum

PJ Library sends free books that celebrate Jewish culture to families with children up to 8 years old. Stop by to hear readings of Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson, Feivel’s Flying Horses by Heidi Smith Hyde, and Castle on Hester Street by Linda Heller. Presented by the Lappin Foundation.

Location: Studio 2, Create Space at the Peabody Essex Museum.
All programs included with admission.

Family Yoga Workshop

Peabody Essex Museum

In our fast-paced and “plugged in” world, today’s youth are struggling to navigate emotional, mental and physical stress more than ever. Amanda Given, founder of Govinda Yoga Play, takes a playful approach to helping children improve their inner resilience, emotional balance and attention through yoga and mindfulness. Join this fun, safe and engaging workshop that combines creative, free-flow style yoga and meditation and incorporates play, music, story and simple props. No skills required. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one; some will be available.

Reservations by April 13

Location: PEM Connect Building, 135 Essex Street
For ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult
Included with admission

Breaking the Chains: Celebrating Haiti’s Dance of Freedom

The body is a powerful pathway to freedom — a vessel for storytelling, healing, and resistance in the face of oppression. Join Wee The People for an interactive, family-friendly dance workshop and storytime celebrating Ibo, a Haitian dance of freedom that honors the breaking of chains from slavery.

Kids will explore the story of the Haitian Revolution, whose slave uprising defeated Napoleon and created the world’s first Black republic. Then, dance artist Melissa Alexis and master drummer Kera Washington will take participants on a journey of freedom, retracing Haiti’s story of struggle, rebellion, and liberation through dance and music. Get ready to move, feel, and learn with Breaking the Chains!

Breaking the Chains is part of Peabody Essex Museum’s day-long event, Pathways to Freedom.

Wicked Wednesdays at Phillips House

Get wicked at Phillips House as part of Haunted Happenings family-friendly events. Ticket includes historic games, fall crafts, and a family- themed tour of the house.

$5 per family, Historic New England members and residents of Salem, Mass.
$10 per nonmember family

Please call 978-744-0440 for more information or buy tickets online. Salem residents must call to receive discount.

Colonial Kids Art and Crafts Night

One of the most famous myths surrounding early Puritan settlers is that they forbid pastimes like music, dancing, games and leisure activities. While Puritans had a strict, hardworking lifestyle they did believe there was a time and place for fun pastimes. Join the Salem Witch Museum for a special night of Puritan and Colonial crafts and games, as we explore some of the activities enjoyed by children living in early America. We invite kids of all ages to come and learn how to make a corn husk doll, create your own handheld loom, play old fashioned New England games and listen to some captivating stories! If you are interested in Puritan and early American history, or you just want to make a fun craft, this is an event for you!

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise with Mahi Cruises

Treat your mom to an experience she won’t soon forget! Love your mom and can’t think of a good gift? You can’t go wrong with Mahi Cruises’ Sunday Jazz Brunch! We’ll cruise through Salem Sound to the melodic and soothing music our live jazz band.

This 2-Hour Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch includes:

  • A brunch spread that includes delectable culinary options like baked goods, salads, wraps, quiches, fresh fruit, and hot coffee or juice (see full menu below).
  • Picturesque views of the North Shore coastline and it’s abundant wildlife.
  • Soulful tunes from our live band while aboard the Hannah Glover.

The complete brunch selection will include an array of baked goods including bagels, muffins and croissants, along with fresh fruit salad and yogurt with granola. We’ll have a make-your-own waffle bar, and additional lunch favorites like fresh green salad, finger sandwiches, and caprese kabobs! We’ll finish off the cruise with an array of sweet treats.

Toast your awesome mom with our unbeatable Bloody Mary or a special tropical mimosa. We have a full bar onboard with a selection of beers, wines, cocktails, and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of the cruise ticket.

Tickets ($22-32) available online.

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise with Mahi Cruises

Give your dad a reminder about how much he rocks this Father’s Day with a summertime cruise! Explore the Salem coastline and celebrate with your dad on a Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard the Hannah Glover. The whole family will enjoy the mellow sounds and smooth music by a live jazz band. There’s no better way to spend Dad’s Day than a special family outing on Salem Sound!

Tickets ($22-32) available online.

Fireworks Cruise with Mahi Cruises

Depart from Pickering Wharf at 8:00 or 7:45 (varies by vessel), and cruise over to Singing Beach, and will witness the magic of a July 4th eve showing of fire in the sky!

After celebrating a night of fireworks with Mahi Cruises, we’re sure you’ll be back next year for more! Book your spot today before they are all gone – this special cruise will sell out quickly!

Fireworks begin at 9:15pm, and the boat returns to Salem after fireworks.

Tickets ($30) available online.