Schooner Fame Sail for Gloucester Schooner Festival

On Sunday of Labor Day weekend,schooners will form up for a Parade of Sail and then head out to compete in the Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, a trophy from the first International Fishermen’s Races sailed in 1920. Join Schooner FAME as we depart from Salem for a 5-hour adventure. We will join the other schooners and tall ships off Gloucester and sail out with them before returning to Salem in the afternoon.

On our way toward Gloucester, we’ll be cruising along the “Gold Coast” of Massachusetts and expect to see such highlights as:

    • Baker’s Island
    • The Misery Islands
    • Baker’s Island Lighthouse
    • Eastern Point Lighthouse

The cost of your ticket includes not only five hours of sailing on the water but unforgettable views of the most picturesque sailing event of the summer.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch is NOT included. Beer, wine, soft drinks, water and assorted snacks are for sale on board at reasonable prices.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, but no alcohol can be brought on board due to state regulations.
  • Dress for the weather. It will be cooler on the water.
  • Hats, sunglasses, binoculars, and a camera are all good ideas!

Tickets ($125) available online.

Beverly Homecoming Fireworks Cruise with Mahi Cruises

You’ll get your oohs and ahhs as the fireworks shoot across the sky above us. Enjoy unobstructed views out on the water, as we cruise to enjoy the Beverly Homecoming Fireworks!

On this 2 hour cruise you can expect to:

  • Dance the night away as we play popular jams all night.
  • Sit back and watch the fireworks explode through the night sky.
  • Enjoy the company of your group and make new friends.

Final timing and cruise length will be determined based on Beverly Homecoming Fireworks timing. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 PM, and the boat will return after they are complete.

After celebrating a night of fireworks with Mahi Cruises, we’re sure you’ll be back next year for more!

Tickets ($27) available online. Walk-up tickets will be $30.

Fireworks Cruise with Mahi Cruises

Departs from Pickering Wharf at 8:00 PM. Sit back and watch the fireworks explode through the night sky. Dance the night away while we play jams throughout the cruise. Enjoy the company of your group and make new friends. Returns to Salem after fireworks.

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!

Tickets ($30) available online.

Schooner Fame July 4th Fireworks Sail

Each July 4, FAME celebrates the nation’s birthday (and the taking of her first prizes off New Brunswick in 1812) with an extended two-and-a-half hour cruise followed by a front-row seat for Salem’s fireworks display! The fireworks are set off on Derby Wharf, just 100 yards from FAME’s dock, so we have an unbeatable view. This cruise sells out every year, so plan ahead. No discounts are available for this trip. Cruise departs at 6:15 (allow extra time for parking!) and the fireworks generally end around 9:45.

Tickets ($95) 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.

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.

Sea Shuttle Opens for the Season

Sea Shuttle opens for the season today!

Discover the history and mysteries of Salem Sound on the catamaran Endeavor. Touch live sea creatures from our on-board aquarium. Optional drop-off and pickup at spectacular Misery Island.

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5 Reasons to Take the Salem Harbor Shuttle

Looking for a quick and carefree way to get around Salem? The Salem Harbor Shuttle offers stops near the Salem Ferry landing on Blaney Street, right downtown at Congress Street, and at Winter Island and the Salem Willows. Tickets ($7 for adults or $4 for kids) may be purchased onboard, and special rates are available when transferring from the Salem Ferry or for Salem residents. Take in the coastal views and maybe even a sunset as you cruise to your next destination with the Salem Harbor Shuttle.



Take the 9:30 am shuttle from your campsite at Winter Island to Downtown Salem
Visiting Downtown Salem while camping at Winter Island is can be convenient and scenic aboard the Salem Harbor Shuttle. Hop on the 9:30 am shuttle from Winter Island and plan to disembark at the next stop at Congress Street. Enjoy beautiful views of Salem Harbor as you sail into downtown and prepare for a day full of history, culture, dining, shopping, and more.

Take the 10:00 am shuttle from Congress Street to the Salem Ferry
Getting to Boston with the Salem Ferry has never been easier. With the Salem Harbor Shuttle, you can go from downtown Salem to the ferry landing on Blaney Street in just 20 minutes. By reaching the Salem Ferry landing at 10:20 am, you’ll have plenty of time to purchase ferry tickets, and stock up on brochures and maps to help plan your day-trip to Boston. The ferry transfer rate for the Salem Harbor Shuttle is only $4, and discounts for the ferry are available for both Salem and North Shore residents.

Take the 11:00 am shuttle from Congress Street to the Salem Willows for pinball and a chop suey sandwich
Spend the afternoon at the Willows showing off your pinball or skeeball skills, or wander the grounds and enjoy the coastal views. Grab a chop suey sandwich for lunch or snack on popcorn and ice cream before catching the 5:15 pm shuttle to return downtown.



Take the 2:00 pm shuttle from the Salem Willows to Blaney Street and take the 3:00 pm tour of the House of the Seven Gables.
Head to the Willows first thing in the morning for some fun arcade games, a quick lunch, and maybe even some time at the beach before boarding the 2:00 pm shuttle to Blaney Street. From Blaney Street, walk down to the House of the Seven Gables, and view the exhibit, Life and Labor Over Four Centuries at The Gables, which is on view through September 30. Learn about the various aspects of personal life and work through the lives of former residents of The Gables before embarking on a tour of the historic property.

Take the 4:00 pm shuttle from Blaney Street, and enjoy a harbor tour for just $7!
The 4:00 pm shuttle docks at every stop, allowing you to relax with a 90-minute ride along Salem Harbor for just $7 (or $4 if you transfer from the Salem Ferry or happen to be a Salem resident). Prefer to hop on and off throughout the day? Day passes for the shuttle are also available for $15.

Visit to view complete schedules and rates or request more information about the Salem Harbor Shuttle.

Lighthouse Lovers on Bakers Island

Join author and fellow lover of the light, Jeremy D’Entremont on a special excursion out to Bakers Island Light Station, a historic property owned by Essex Heritage. This 3.5 hour special trip includes the boat ride aboard Naumkeag where you’ll get up close photo opportunities of FIVE lighthouses; Derby Wharf, Fort Pickering Light on Winter Island, Hospital Point, Marblehead, and we will disembark for an exclusive tour of the remote Bakers Island Light. If you have a U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport book, you could obtain stamps for each of the five lighthouses as well. Jeremy’s books The Lighthouse Handbook: New England and The Lighthouses of Massachusetts will be available for sale and he will also be signing copies you may already have!

Tickets ($45) may be purchased online in advance.

About Jeremy D’Entremont
Jeremy D’Entremont has been called the leading expert on New England’s historic lighthouses. He is the author or co-author of more than 15 books and hundreds of articles about lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder and chairman of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. He has appeared on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, Public Television, and National Public Radio speaking about lighthouses and other subjects, and has given lectures all around New England.