Pickering Wharf
Pickering Wharf

Pickering Wharf

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23 Congress St., Salem, Massachusetts, 01970

The basics

A marina full of docked boats at Pickering Wharf offers a glimpse into Salem’s past as one of America’s primary seaports. Explore the area in a few hours, including a relaxing stroll out to the lighthouse, stopping to read well-marked signs detailing the neighborhood’s history, and shopping at charming boutiques for antiques or unique souvenirs. Sightseeing walking tours of Salem often include an introduction to the area and are a great way to get more information on local history. Time your visit to coincide with lunch or dinner and feast on local seafood with a water view.

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Things to know before you go

  • Be sure to bring a jacket despite the season, as temperatures are often cooler on the water at this location.

  • This area will pose some challenges for wheelchairs and strollers; Salem has designated the area as not ADA-compliant.

  • Families seeking educational opportunities will find plenty in the area, including the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which the National Park Service operates.

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How to get there

Pickering Wharf is easy to reach on foot, by car, and public transportation. Visitors arriving by car should check out the city of Salem’s online map for detailed parking options. Public transportation options include the local bus; hop off at Hawthorne Boulevard at Derby Street and continue on foot. The area is also served with a stop on the Salem Trolley tour. Go for a scenic ride on the Salem Ferry to get out on the water.

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A Spooky City Guide to Salem

A Spooky City Guide to Salem


When to get there

Halloween is the most popular time of year to visit, as Salem has earned a reputation for its spooky festivities. The summer is also popular when schools are closed. While summer offers the best weather, spring and fall are also pleasant, so be sure to bring your rain jacket in case of showers.

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Salem and witchcraft

Salem’s history is intertwined with stories of witchcraft, and there are many ways to explore this past in Salem today. Visitors interested in local witchcraft lore may want to explore the Salem Witch Board Museum, join a spooky-themed walking tour, visit the Witch House (a historic house museum), and check out the Salem Village Witch Trials Memorial.

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