Admire colonial architecture and Revolutionary War artwork in Marblehead. Embrace a rich maritime culture at the region’s premier yachting port and follow leafy paths to deserted beaches.

Marblehead, settled in 1629, is claimed as the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. This title dates back to 1775 when the schooner Hannah became the first vessel commissioned for battle by George Washington. Today’s maritime culture remains strong. View the pretty harbor holding over 2,000 boats.

Stroll along the narrow streets and admire shades of cream, yellow and blue coating many of the buildings from the 1600s and 1700s. Look inside boutique clothing and craft stores or purchase nautical-themed souvenirs shaped from wood and ceramics.

Walk to Abbot Hall. Unmissable for its red-brick façade, its high clock tower is visible from all parts of town. View fascinating artifacts including the original title deed given by the region’s native tribe in 1684. Don’t miss the Spirit of ’76 painting by Archibald M. Willard.

Visit the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, an impressive federal structure built in 1768 that now holds a museum of period toys and furnishings. Priceless relics illustrating a turbulent seafaring past are placed in rooms decorated with lavish chandeliers and canvases.

From here enjoy a leisurely walk to Fort Sewall at the northern end of town. Constructed in 1644 and enlarged in 1742 to defend against French ships, this weathered structure now has an area of luscious parkland around it.

Comparable for its natural beauty and tranquility is Marblehead Neck, reaching into the Atlantic from the town center. See homes of the rich as you follow tree-covered trails leading to secluded coves perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Marblehead is in Essex County, a 40-minute drive north of Boston. Come at the beginning of July for the Festival of the Arts, a 3-day extravaganza of painting, street performances and children’s activities.

Known for

Sailing, Sunrises and Ports

Top Hotels in Marblehead

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Harbor Light Inn
3.5 out of 5
58 Washington St, Marblehead
$284/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
4.7/5Exceptional! (75 reviews)

"Arriving at this lovely inn was so pleasant. The character of the heritage building has been nicely maintained so it feels like you are back in time but with all the modern conveniences you could need. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, and are happy to recommend things to do in the area. ..."…"

Reviewed on May 25, 2019

Harbor Light Inn
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The Hotel Marblehead
3.5 out of 5
264 Pleasant Street, Marblehead
$260/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.7/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"Beautiful, well maintained, clean, super comfortable bed, adorable hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

The Hotel Marblehead
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Historic Marblehead!
Marblehead
4.3/5Excellent! (4 reviews)
Amazing location, very comfortable

"This apartment is lovely, and convenient for spending time in Marblehead. The outdoor space is wonderful. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

Historic Marblehead!

Popular things to do in Marblehead

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

USS Constitution Museum
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USS Constitution Museum

USS Constitution Museum is a top museum in Boston with a story of its own. Experience the fascinating museums or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Boston Public Garden
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Boston Public Garden

In this horticultural wonder, ride an iconic swan boat, pay respects to North America’s very first tulip bed or simply lie back and watch as the world floats past. 

Harvard University
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Harvard University

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Top activities in Marblehead

New England Aquarium with Optional Ticket for IMAX® Theater
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New England Aquarium with Optional Ticket for IMAX® Theater

$26

Immerse yourself in the marine world at the New England Aquarium. Explore more than 70 exhibits, including the Science of Sharks, Penguin Colony, and Giant Ocean Tank. Spot color-changing cuttlefish, leisurely sea turtles, and mustachioed fur seals.

Boston Duck Tours
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Boston Duck Tours

$47

Explore Beantown with a hilarious ConDUCKtor® behind the wheel of an amphibious World War II vehicle. Ride the DUCK by downtown landmarks like Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, and then ease into the water for a scenic cruise along the waterfront of the Charles River.

Go Boston All-Inclusive: +40 Attractions & Tours in 1 Card
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: +40 Attractions & Tours in 1 Card

$63

Get around town on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, visit Boston favourite New England Aquarium, or explore a haunted past at the Salem Witch Museum. Access over 40 of Boston-area's must-see attractions and save on admission with your Go Boston All-Inclusive pass.

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

$46

Explore Boston's colonial past and thriving modern side with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Take advantage of discounted admission at area attractions, see the city at your own pace with unlimited rides, and enjoy a flexible route that features 18 stops throughout town.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston Tickets

$25

Let your imagination run wild as you build amazing creations, dive into play zones, hop on 2 LEGO® rides, and immerse yourself in the fantastic 4-D Cinema show. This is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction for kids of all ages and ideal for families with children between 3 and 10 years old.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

$30

Live it up Boston-style and journey back to the one of the most significant turning points in American history. Visit restored ships and throw tea into the Boston Harbor at this historic and awe-inspiring attraction.