All Ages

Topsfield Fair

Topsfield Fair is one of the longest running annual fairs in the United States

The Topsfield Fair is a perennial favorite for us.  We're not the biggest fans of the midway, although it is always worth a walkthrough and a ride or two.  We love fruits and vegetables, and are always on the lookout for the winning 'biggest pumpkin'.  Another favorite is checking out the pigs and other farm animals, as well as the interesting variety of guinea pigs and rabbits.

When: 
October 4, 2013, 1 - 11pm
When: 
October 5-14, 2013, 10am - 11pm
Location: 
Topsfield Fairgrounds

Historic Children's Games & Activities

Kids can play historic games and learn history through crafts at the Sargent Hou

Learn about Gloucester History in this Trails & Sails 2014 activity! Explore the fascinating world of early American feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751 - 1820) and her husband Reverend John Murray (1741 - 1815), the founder of Universalism in the Country. Event includes historic children's games and activities in the garden that bring Judith's story to life.  

When: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 12-6pm
Location: 
Sargent House Museum

Historic Ice House Tours - Sundays

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.

When: 
Fridays, September 19 & 26, 2014 2-3pm
When: 
Saturdays, September 20 & 27, 2014 11am-Noon or 1-2pm
When: 
Sundays, September 21 & 28, 2014 11am-Noon
Location: 
Cape Pond Ice

Historic Ice House Tours - Saturdays

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.

When: 
Fridays, September 19 & 26, 2014 2-3pm
When: 
Saturdays, September 20 & 27, 2014 11am-Noon or 1-2pm
When: 
Sundays, September 21 & 28, 2014 11am-Noon
Location: 
Cape Pond Ice

Historic Ice House Tours - Fridays

Tour Cape Pond Ice and chill wioth the coolest guys in town!

Chill with the coolest guys in town! Enjoy a cool visit to Cape Pond Ice Company, icing Gloucester's fleet since 1848. We were featured in Sebastian Junger's account of The Perfect Storm. Tours highlight the history of the ice industry, with vintage film of natural ice harvests. See first hand 300-pound block ice being made (up to 350 tons per day), fishing vessels taking on ice and ice sculptures being carved in our historic icehouse on Gloucester's working waterfront.

When: 
Fridays, September 19 & 26, 2014 2-3pm
When: 
Saturdays, September 20 & 27, 2014 11am-Noon or 1-2pm
When: 
Sundays, September 21 & 28, 2014 11am-Noon
Location: 
Cape Pond Ice

Dockside Tour of Schooner Adventure

Schooner Adventure's Open House has some great activities for kids!

Bring the family to see this newly-restored Gloucester schooner, learn some maritime history and have some fun! The Schooner Adventure will be hosting an Open House with free admission at the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck as part of the Trails & Sails 2014! Tours on board Schooner Adventure are led by Docents. Tours take about 20 minutes depending on questions. Please arrive in the first half hour after the hour.

When: 
Sundays, September 21 & 27, 2013 10 am – 11am
Location: 
Maritime Gloucester

Cruising the Essex River

Take a guided tour of the Essex Marshes with Essex River Cruises for Trails & Sa

Essex River Cruises hosts a narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Explore the marshes and discover a habitat brimming with abundant wildlife and the changing landscape that supports it. Bring along your binoculars, cameras and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired!

When: 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 8:30 - 10 am

Marine Science Experience at Cat Cove Marine Lab

Tour Salem State's Cat Cove Marine Lab for Trails and Sails! FREE!

Come tour the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory as part of Trails & Sails 2014! The Cat Cove Marine Laboratory is operated by Salem State University to promote the sustainable use of aquatic resources on the North Shore and elsewhere. 

Massachusetts’ North Shore is historically, culturally and economically linked with the ocean. More recently, the ecological importance of coastal waters has been recognized.

When: 
Friday, September 19, 2014 3:30-5pm

The Lady of Salem: Maritime Art

Tour the Ladies of Salem with Trails & Sails 2014! Learn about the histroy of Sa

Learn about Salem's maritime history and view "Lady of Salem" public art through a guided walking tours of the "Ladies." This festive Beautification Committee public art project features over 15 artistically decorated ship figureheads adorning downtown Salem. Tours will focus on Salem's maritime history, the public art project, and Salem's community involvement in public art. Maps for self-guided tours and Lady of Salem photo opportunities will be available. The project is supported by a Salem Cultural Council grant. Visit our website www.ladyofsalem.com and 'like' LadyofSalem on facebook. 

When: 
Fridays -Sundays, September 19-28, 2013 9am-5pm

Beach Seining Demonstration

Beach seining is a scientific tool used by marine biologists and scientists to s

What creatures live in Salem Harbor? Find out at this Trails & Sails beach seining demonstration at Forest River Park! Salem Sound Coastwatch staff and volunteers will walk a large seining net into the water and then drag it back to shore.  We'll lay it out, gather around to examine the catch and talk about what we find. Seining is used by marine scientists to gather information about species living in a body of water. SSCW staff will answer questions and share information about marine habitats and the ecology of Salem Harbor and Salem Sound.

When: 
Saturday September 20, 2014 11am-Noon
Location: 
Forest River Park
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