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TRAILS & SAILS - Explore Essex County!

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September 20, 2013 – September 22, 2013
TRAILS & SAILS - Explore Essex County!


Trails & Sails

Two Weekends of Walks and Water


The 12th Annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water, takes place the last two weekends in September:

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - September 20, 21 and 22
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - September 27, 28 and 29


Over 150 FREE Events To Explore Throughout Essex County!

Search Trails & Sails EventsThe perfect opportunity to explore Essex County's cultural, historic and natural sites arrives during these two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Enjoy a variety of guided tours, open house visits, hikes, walks, sails, paddles, and other special experiences for all ages, skill levels and interests. All events are located within the 34 cities and towns of Essex County including the communities of Salem, Gloucester, Newburyport, Andover, Saugus and many more.

Get your FREE Guidebook at the CHMM -- While Supplies Last!

Pick up a copy of the Trails & Sails guidebook at the Custom House Maritime Museum providing descriptions, details and directions to over 150 FREE events taking place throughout Essex County. But pick your copy up soon as we only have a limited number available.

Create your own personalized itinerary HERE!Free Museum Tours

A  Maritime History Tour

Hosted by Custom House Maritime Museum

Discover the rich maritime heritage of Newburyport -- the eastern seacoast's first major commercial port and official birthplace of the United States Coast Guard. Famous for its shipbuilding industry, Marine Society and Merchant Trade, Newburyport was an important economic center of colonial America. Explore our unique collection of maritime art, cultural exhibits, model clipper ships, U.S. Coast Guard history, shipwreck artifacts and more!


  • Friday 9-20 at 1:00pm

  • Saturday 9-21 at 1:00pm

  • Sunday 9-22 at 1:00pm

  • Friday 9-27 at 1:00pm

  • Saturday 9-28 at 1:00pm

  • Sunday 9-29 at 1:00pm

Trails & Sails 2013

What is Trails & Sails?

Coordinated by the Essex National Heritage Commission, as an integral part of our mission, TRAILS & SAILS raises regional awareness of Essex County’s resources, encourages visitation, and fosters stewardship and preservation of its heritage sites. TRAILS & SAILS takes place each September, just North of Boston, inviting you to enjoy Free events throughout Essex Countythe diverse experiences that led to this region’s designation as a National Heritage Area, for FREE!

Discover treasures in your own backyard! Experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & WaterExplore the many cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of FREE events featuring a variety of walks, guided hikes, sails, historical tours, and adventures! To create your own itinerary for FREE -- Click HERE!

Thank you for your interest in TRAILS & SAILS!

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Essex National Heritage Area

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