- Where are you located?
Fame is located right in downtown Salem at Pickering Wharf Marina on Wharf Street.
If you want a GPS address, use 86 Wharf Street, Salem. Our ticket booth has no postal address, but it is directly outside the new Finz restaurant (where Victoria Station used to be).
Take Route 114 into Salem and follow the signs to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. There is metered parking on Derby Street, two-hour parking on Wharf Street (you should be fine as long as you don’t abuse it and stay all day), and cheap garage parking in the garage at the corner of Derby and Congress streets.
Note: parking is more difficult and the rates all go up on weekends, especially in October!
- What are some landmarks around your location?
We are located near the Salem Witch Museum, the Peabody-Essex Museum, and the House of Seven Gables — are all within a 10-minute walk of our dock. The Hawthorne Hotel is a five-minute walk away. The Salem Waterfront Hotel is in the same complex as Fame and is about 100 yards from our ticket booth.
Our downtown Salem location is NOT the same dock as Blaney Street, where the ferries operate. Blaney Street is a half-mile from downtown. Seniors and those with limited mobility may find it a long walk, especially on hot days.
- Do you have drinks and snacks on board?
Yes! We offer beer, wine, soft drinks, some mixed drinks, and we have a large snack basket with a variety of treats! Nobody is going to go hungry on board! And Pickering Wharf is full of restaurants and shops where you can grab a meal or a snack either before or after your trip.
It’s also cool to bring a sandwich on your sail! Please do not bring coolers, however, as they take up too much space.
- What should I bring?
We suggest sensible shoes, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. It’s often cooler out on the water, so you may want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt. No coolers or BYOB, sorry!
- "I have an expired Groupon from a couple of years ago..."
Groupons are still worth whatever you originally paid for them. So an expired Groupon that you paid $20 for is worth $20 at the booth toward your purchase of tickets. As long as Groupon remains in business, expired Groupons will have value at our ticket booth. Expired Groupons have no cash value.
- I have a gift certificate. How do I book?
Gift certificates can be used on a walk-up basis, but you can also call ahead to make a reservation. In any case, it’s always smart to call ahead and check our schedule!
- We’re looking for a place to eat in the area. What do you recommend?
Wow, you’re in luck. We have great restaurants in Salem, and several of the best are right here on the Wharf.
FINZ is an upscale restaurant that features seafood but has lots of non-seafood options as well. I love to sit at the bar and get the soup of the day (always a winner) and a salad. They have lots of room and can handle large groups. Great sushi and nice views of the marina. (978) 744-8485
SEA LEVEL OYSTER BAR is a little more focused on raw seafood but has great burgers and sandwiches as well as other options. There is an unbeatable view of the harbor and marina from their upper level. They too can handle groups and functions. (978) 741-0555
LONGBOARDS is the place to order sandwich platters; great finger food for the boat, a crowd-pleaser, and no mess! Their menu is now online (scroll down for sandwiches), and you can call them at (978) 745-6659
There’s also Brodie’s Seaport Café on Derby Street, a candy and ice cream shop (Popped) right by the ticket booth, and a great coffee shop (Jaho) at the corner of Derby & Wharf streets.