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First Settled in 1629, Marblehead’s Old Town is a picturesque maritime village with winding streets and brightly painted colonial and early-American Houses. You'll enjoy charming shops, coastal dining, boating and beaching here. State Street Landing, is the town’s main dock - fun for boat watching and relaxing.

Visitors Information:
The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center on 62 Pleasant St is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. The information booth (tel. 781/639-8469) is open daily from late May to October, from 10am to 6pm.

The chamber publishes a visitor's guide and map that includes a calendar of events; ask for a business directory or check the website for a description of a walking tour.

Special Events:
Sailing regattas take place in the outer harbor all summer, and Race Week in mid- to late July attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. The Christmas Walk, on the first weekend in December, incorporates music, arts and crafts, shopping, and Santa Claus, who arrives by lobster boat.



Pleasant Street (MA 114), Marblehead, MA map


3-starWith a gameplan can be lots of fun
Marblehead is beautiful but difficult for a newcomer to navigate. We found parking to be difficult to find and were surprised there was no clear way to enjoy walking near the harbor (i.e. boardwalk or clear public area). We ended up parking for lunch and then getting in the car again to go back to the beach near Marblehead Neck. We never did find an easy way to navigate the 'charming shops' with 3 children and therefore skipped them. The children enjoyed the beach and playground, though.


Day trip to a nice town, Grade 4 Student
Walking through Marblehead was very fun! We went to a bookstore called Whit and Whimsy with very nice books notebooks, and bookmarks. We also went to the Marblehead Toy Store which has trikes and scooters, and toys for all ages. My friend and I had ice cream at Orange Leaf, where we enjoyed the different flavors and toppings.It was a wonderful day.


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