2023 Boat Tour to Misery Island

[DateSeptember 2]Location:Salem Ferry Dock 10 Blaney Street Salem, MA 01970 United States

Journey on Essex Heritage’s landing craft Naumkeag to Great Misery Island in Salem Sound.

2023 Boat Tour to Misery Island
2023 Boat Tour to Misery Island

About this Boat Tour to Misery Island

Travel to Great Misery Island in Salem Sound aboard the landing ship Naumkeag owned by Essex Heritage. Hear tales about the harbor’s lengthy past and the origin of the Misery Islands’ unusual appellation as you go. When you get there, you’ll have two hours to explore the island’s paths, wide-open meadows, rocky coastline, and secret coves. The Trustees are in charge of running The Misery Islands. A trail map and further details on the islands are available HERE.

The Naumkeag leaves from the Salem Ferry port at 10 Blaney Street in Salem, Massachusetts, 01970.

What You Should Know Before Travelling! Questions and Answers

What is the cost of this?

$40 for adults
Children (ages 4 to 12): $29
Members of Essex Heritage get a 20% discount! (The letter confirming your subscription will include a coupon code.)
How far is the journey?

30 minutes to go there and back from the islands, plus 2 hours on Great Misery Island, equals around 3 hours roundtrip.

Who is permitted to attend is there a cap?

YES. All travellers must:

No newborns; in arms or baby carriers; at least 4 years old
capable of navigating the rough island terrain and the boat ramp on their own.
What do I need to wear?

shoes with rubber soles.
Heels are not permitted, nor are flip-flops.
attire that is comfortable.
Important information: Our open boat offers no protection from the elements and it is colder on the water. Bring an additional layer!
What happens if it pours or storms?

Trips on boats are weather-dependent. There is no rain or sun protection on Naumkeag. While travelling to and from the island, you will be exposed to the elements.

What is the policy on cancellations?

If Essex Heritage must cancel the boat trip because it is too windy, rainy, or rough on the seas, you will receive a full refund of the price of your ticket.
If the ticket holder withdraws: Tickets are not refundable if you decide to cancel because it is too sunny, rainy, windy, or whatever, but the boat still leaves.
If a boat departs the dock but is unable to touch down on an island: You will still have enjoyed a pleasant boat ride and harbour tour even in the extremely unlikely scenario that the boat arrives at Great Misery Island but is unable to let passengers off. If this occurs, you will be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of your ticket(s) (full refunds are only given if the boat stays at the dock).
How will I find out if my tour is postponed?

Essex Heritage staff will do our best to email all ticketed passengers in advance if your trip has been cancelled. We will also keep an updated weather advisory line at (978) 998-2188.

Is there food or drinking water?

No, we do not have any food or drink available while on board. You are free to bring your own, but please take everything back with you. If you carried it on then you must carry it back.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is NOT permitted on the boat or anywhere on the island.

Are there bathroom facilities?

The bathroom facilities are VERY limited. There are bathrooms at the Salem Ferry dock, but there are no bathrooms on the boat. Once on the island, there are bathrooms along the trail.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are NOT permitted on our boat, with the exception of certified service animals defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA.


Please call our Bakers Island Line at (978) 212-9227, if no one answers right away please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

For information about the Misery Islands please visit the website of The Trustees, the regional organization that manages them: https://thetrustees.org/place/misery-islands/

Essex Heritage does not assume responsibility for any lost or stolen personal property.

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