One of Salem's best spots for hanging out is Winter Island Maritime Park. It is one of the few locations in Massachusetts north of Boston where you can camp with water views. It has a boat launch, a beach named after Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, a function hall, playground, community gardens, and hiking trails.
It is a great spot.
Winter Island is a great green space that makes you forget you are anywhere near suburbia or the urban confines of Boston.
Camping facilities include tent sites tucked away in the woods, and RV sites with harbor views.
Originally Fort Pickering, Winter Island was one of Salem's earliest military forts. Prior to being a military fort, it was used for drying fish and launching fishing vessels. More of Winter Island's history can be found on Salemweb.com.
Pickering Light still guides vessels into Salem harbor today, and it's a great backdrop for scenic photographs!
You can learn more about Winter Island, the camping, parking, and function fees and calendar on Salem.com.