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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  • When we ran out of things to do thanks to the influx of tourists this was a nice quiet spot. The view was cool and definitely worth a visit. 
    When we ran out of things to do thanks to the influx of tourists this was a nice quiet spot. The view was cool and definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • This is an expanse of land with many attractions. Perhaps due to the pandemic, none were opened when I visited during the week, but perhaps some are open on weekends. I really wanted to view the... 
    This is an expanse of land with many attractions. Perhaps due to the pandemic, none were opened when I visited during the week, but perhaps some are open on weekends. I really wanted to view the...  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.
  • Cool piece of history! Worth walking through and enjoying the views. I would have preferred the Ship to have its Masts installed, but I can understand the weather constraints. Great spot for pictures!

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