I grew up on the North Shore in Massachusetts, so you’d think I know my way around every area. However, it’s only since I moved to Salem that I’ve really explored Marblehead MA.
And I can’t believe I had never ate, shopped, and beached in Marblehead! The town is just too cute.
As much as I love Marblehead Massachusetts during the summer, it’s a great destination any time of year. There are so many fun things to do regardless of the season.
The town has a similar vibe to Salem, but is smaller and has less of an emphasis on witchcraft. I love Salem but also liked the opportunity to explore such a traditional New England town that feels more coastal and upscale. It’s a totally different experience!
Marblehead Massachusetts is a great town to stop in for a night or two. I found that 48 hours was the perfect amount of time to get a feel for the area and hit most of the major attractions.
Things To Do In Marblehead Ma
Depending on the season, there’s a wide variety of things to do in Marblehead MA. Whether you’re more into shopping or want to explore the historical aspect of the town, there really is something for everyone.
There are so many gorgeous old homes that give you a feel for the history of Marblehead. Washington Street is especially nice to walk down. Many of the homes are colorful and unique while maintaining the New England vibe.
Checking out the homes and downtown was one of my favorite things to do in Marblehead Ma during this trip!
Atlantic Avenue is especially gorgeous and is one of the most upscale streets in the town. However, you can literally drive around and find gorgeous homes without needing specific directions.
Shopping In Downtown Marblehead
If you’re out and about, you might as well stop in at some of the stores. The selections in Marblehead MA are great!
My favorite stores are Bobbles and Lace (an upscale and trendy boutique), Shipshape (a quaint New England-oriented gift shop with super unique items), and French + Italian (high end women’s clothing).
Marblehead MA Museum
If you’re at all into history, Marblehead Museum is one of the best things to do in Marblehead MA.
The museum comprises of three old homes that are connected and has a large collection of old photographs and paperwork that explain a lot about the town’s history as well as the area.
Old Burial Hill
This cemetery is a super short drive from downtown and has a lot of history. Many Puritans are buried here, as well as 600 Revolutionary soldiers.
Old Burial Hill was most famously the setting for the daytime cemetery scenes in Hocus Pocus (the original one). It also has amazing views of the harbor since it’s set up on a hill that overlooks that ocean and town.
If you’re staying in Salem, then you probably know that Old Burial Hill is supposedly haunted. It’s even one of the most haunted places in America. You may want to check out the cemetery during dusk if you’re into ghost stories!
This is one of my favorite areas in Marblehead MA. If you’re looking for things to do in Marblehead, then you really can’t miss the opportunity to drive out to Marblehead Neck.
Not only is there a whole area to tour and spot wildlife, but there’s an insane amount of massive homes if you choose to just drive around. It’s really crazy to think that many of these homes (I’d consider them mansions) are actually only used in the summer.
We got the chance to see a gorgeous sunset over the Boston skyline here – if you time it right, the view is incredible.
The Jeremiah Lee Museum
If you like history then the Jeremiah Lee Museum will be right up your alley.
The museum is in a genuine old home and showcases real artifacts. However, the architecture is simply stunning, especially the sweeping staircase.
I’ve found that every guide at the Museum is really interested in the topics and extremely helpful. This is a little gem that can’t be missed!
Lastly, make sure you check out the gardens. During the spring and summer months, they’re simply stunning, which makes the Jeremiah Lee Museum a super popular place in Marblehead Massachusetts to host weddings.
Whether you’re looking to spend a full day on the beach in the summer or just walk it during the colder months, Devereux Beach is the most popular in Marblehead for a reason.
The beach over 5 acres long, meaning there’s usually enough room for everyone (even on popular summer holidays like the 4th).
Where To Eat In Marblehead Ma
There’s a surprisingly high number of cool eating spots in Marblehead. Eating is one of my favorite past-times anywhere, but was definitely high on my list for the best things to do in Marblehead MA.
Here are my absolute favorite spots when you’ve only got 48 hours.
This place is an iconic breakfast and lunch spot with locals for a reason. It’s a really cute cozy eatery that has a small town vibe.
I particularly love the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. The lattes are amazing as well.
5 Corner’s Kitchen
Known as the best high-end restaurant in town, 5 Corner’s Kitchen is a great place to try if you’re only in town for a few nights. The cocktails are trendy and delivered in a low-lit, upscale setting.
The food is gourmet (French-inspired) and is really fabulous, especially if you like to try experimental dishes. Make a reservation well in advance for any weekend evening – the restaurant books up quickly. They also offer a great brunch on Sundays.
Casa Mia Cucina Italiana
This is by far my favorite restaurant in the whole town. I live over an hour away, and am actually considering driving back to Casa Mia Cucina Italiana every few weeks just for the homemade gnocchi.
It’s a small and cozy Italian restaurant that is clearly family-owned (we literally met the whole family). The bartender was a fabulous mixologist, the bread was delicious, and the pasta was literally to die for. It was also pretty easy to get a table on a Friday night. 10/10 recommend!
The Landing Restaurant
If you’re looking for a true local restaurant with lots of fresh fish options, check out the Landing.
Not only does the Landing have surprisingly upscale options, but they’re known for serving a delicious brunch. Make sure to try the lobster eggs Benedict!
The clam chowder is also popular year round. Try to sit on the deck if the weather is warm enough; the views are truly stunning.
Where To Stay In Marblehead MA
There aren’t many hotels in downtown Marblehead, so you definitely need to book ahead. However, you can also check out VRBO – there are tons of options in Marblehead that may be more to your liking.
Here are my favorite Marblehead Massachusetts hotels as well as a few VRBO condos that I love!
I was given the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Marblehead and can’t say enough good things about it!
The hotel is located a short drive from downtown in a large old home (bordering on a mansion). It’s very comfortable and clean, with a cool coastal decor vibe that is New-England and still super classy.
There’s a lot of cute additional amenities, such as warm cookies and tea in the afternoon and free breakfast in the morning. The hotel definitely has an old-world vibe but is updated nicely.
Everyone at the front desk was really friendly and helped us plan and figure out the best things to do in Marblehead MA. They had some great suggestions for the winter months!
I highly recommend making a reservation well in advance, especially during the summer months. I just stayed here in February and the hotel was pretty booked, so I can’t imagine what it’s like in July.
If you’re looking for an old-world New England vibe then you’ll love the Harbor Light Inn.
Located close to downtown Marblehead Massachusetts, the Harbor Light has a quintessential feel with four poster beds, in-room fireplaces, and antique furniture, yet the amenities are upscale and new.
I especially love how you can choose your own room at the Harbor Light. Because the rooms are so cozy, this is a great hotel for a vacation any time of the year. Plus, there’s an outdoor pool and gorgeous deck for the summer months.
Like I said, Marblehead doesn’t have a ton of hotels. However, there are some really great VRBO options. Here are some of my favorite places:
- Private Townhouse Near The Ocean
- Rustic Single Family Home In Old Town
- Cozy Cottage On Whittier Road
- 3 Bedroom Home With Private Garden
Photos Of Marblehead Massachusetts
To give you a feel for what Marblehead Massachusetts is like, here are some of my favorite photos of the area.