If you're looking for things to do in and around Marblehead during your stay at our boutique hotel, then we've got all the information you'll need. Check out all of our suggestions below to enjoy this beautiful, coastal location and the entirety of the North Shore!
The North Shore of Massachusetts is blessed with some beautiful beaches. Marblehead itself offers a few beach options. Devereux Beach offers a great place for the entire family with restrooms and a cafe (Neck Run Cafe), while Preston Beach offers a great place to sit in a chair and read while listening to the waves crash. Other beaches in the Marblehead area include Riverhead Beach, Fort Beach & Lovis Cove, and Grace Oliver Beach (which is an ideal place for kids). Venturing a little farther, Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, named for the squeaky sound the dry sand makes underfoot, has a bathhouse and snack bar that make it a popular warm weather destination.
Sailing is a big deal in Marblehead, and lucky for guests, there are plenty of ways to get out on the water! Local charter companies like Emma Rose Sailing Charters and Sail Satori offer daytime and sunset cruises as well as private classes for those looking to learn or obtain certifications. Emma Rose Sailing even offers the opportunity to "step into the world of sailboat racing aboard the 'Emma Rose'" during weekend racing regattas! Classes are also given at the Marblehead Recreation, Parks and Forestry Department and the Black Rock Sailing School.
The parks are a wonderful place to grab a blanket and watch the ships go in while enjoying a sandwich you purchased from Shubies. Learn a little history and breathe in the sea air. We recommend you check out Castle Rock, Chandler Hovey Park, Crocker Park, and Fort Sewall, which has excellent views of the harbor.
Conservation Areas & Walking Trails
Marblehead and its neighboring towns have a plethora of options when it comes to experiencing the great outdoors. We recommend checking out Forest River which spans 25 acres with a variety of trails throughout, the smaller Hawthorn pond, or Robinson Farm, a former dairy farm spanning 3.5 acres.
Visit nearby Salem by water—take a ride on the Salem Ferry! It's easy to hop on a ferry and visit Witch City as well as a variety of other historic New England locations. While in Salem, we recommend you check out the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Witch Museum, House of the Seven Gables, and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
Marblehead is truly a jumping off point for the entire North Shore. If you're looking to experience even more of what New England has to offer on your trip, Boston is easily accessible by train or ferry. Pop in for an afternoon or full day, and make it back in time to dine at one of the North Shore's best restaurants.
In typical New England fashion, Marblehead has no shortage of historical sites to peruse. We recommend checking out Old Burial Hill; a picturesque graveyard, established in 1638, overlooking the harbor. Old Burial Hill is the final resting place for more than 600 Revolutionary War soldiers. History buffs will also enjoy The Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Built in 1768, the mansion was once home to patriot Colonel Jeremiah Lee.
Did you know Marblehead is the birthplace of the American Navy? Visitors can learn all about Marblehead’s naval history by visiting the Abbot Hall Maritime Museum. Fun fact: The museum houses the original "Spirit of 76" (known as Yankee Doodle) painting by Archibald M. Willard! Marblehead is also home to the Marblehead Museum, made up of three properties: The J.O.J. Frost Gallery & Carolyn Lynch Education Center, The Jeremiah Lee Mansion, and The Civil War & G.A.R. Museum.
New England is overflowing with beautiful lighthouses all along the coast including Marblehead's own very unique Marblehead Light Station. This interesting structure is one of only 14 pyramidal skeletal lighthouses left in the United States, and it's the only one of it's kind in New England. Built in 1896, standing over 100 feet tall, and located within Chandler Hovey Park, this is a must-see for all lighthouse lovers and Instagram capture enthusiasts. For a more classic take, visit Fort Pickering Lighthouse in nearby Salem. Next to the views of the Atlantic ocean, the Winter Island Lighthouse is the main attraction at Fort Pickering. The beacon was converted to solar power in 1995 and the lighthouse now serves a private navigation aid.
What's a vacation without a bit of shopping? Our favorites are Maison de Mer (a locally-owned antiques shop), Hestia Creations (a gift-shop offering handmade ornaments and home decor), and Bobbles and Lace (a beautiful, boutique clothing store). This is just the start for shopping opportunities in Marblehead. We also recommend checking out the wares in nearby Salem.