Talk about Salem in Massachusetts and you just cannot ignore the Witch Trials that occurred here in 1692. Yes, one of the most explored Salem Massachusetts attractions is the ‘Haunted Happenings’, an event of more than 120 shows that is fun for all ages. Via this guided trip, you get the most demanding opportunities to explore the historical sites, witchcraft expo, psychic fair, ghostly sites, book readings, exhibits, festivals, and concerts.
Accessible from Boston within 45 minutes, Salem is actually a coastal city along the Atlantic that is not only famous for its witches and spells, but also for its maritime history. So, besides the witchcraft stories as well as eerie occurrences, the Salem Massachusetts attractions are cultural as well as historical. Start discovering the town from its New Liberty Street running in the heart of the city. It is the home of the visitor center from where a myriad of highlights are sprinkled throughout the length of The Heritage Trail. By walking on this trail, you come across the historical sections as well as the trail culminating Witch House at the Essex and Summer Streets’ corners. Just ensure that you reach here before the sun sets.
The remaining historic districts are Lafayette Street, Derby Street, and Washington Square. If you want to go for an informative tour, guided walking tours occur here from May to October. Alternatively, you can also go for a narrated trolley tour. If you are in the downtown, do not forget to explore the McIntire Historic District – a great park zone for an afternoon hangout!
Salem Massachusetts attractions rotate around the mysterious witch trials. So, get spooky as you explore the Salem Witch Museum telling about hysteria, accusations, and executions via dioramas; Salem’s Museum of Myths and Monsters; Salem Witch Trials Memorial; Witch Dungeon Museum re-enacting the witch trials; the Spell Bound Museum; and the Witch History Museum. These are all adequate to leave you bewitched! If you come here except October, a discount Hysteria Pass offers admission to Witch Village as well as the wax museum. I hope that all spookiness is now over with these highlights.
Some more attractions are Burying Point as the most ancient burying ground, the House of Seven Gables preserving over 300 years of interesting American as well as maritime past, and Hamilton Hall of the early 19th century for the city’s merchant families. The New England Pirate Museum is where you encounter a charming memorabilia that speak about the terror by sea-robbers off the North Shore. It offers a walking tour to the artifacts room, representations of famous pirates like Captain Kidd, and recreation of life where pirates performed recruiting. You need to pay $8.00 for this tour. Now, get ready to explore the waterfront highlight called the Salem Maritime National Historic Site offering three wharves, the Narbonne House, the U.S. Custom House complex, the Derby House, and the West India Goods Store. Do not forget to watch a free movie showing much of the maritime past!
You will not believe that such a ghostly town will also have a thrilling amusement park. It is the Salem Willows Amusement Park off route 114 on Fort Avenue that is a major family attraction. As it is nestled on the water, it features yacht clubs, arcades, restaurants, and a dock that offer you cruises daily. Check out for the Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters (978-825-0001) that operates morning, afternoon, and evening from mid-May to October. No other way is so great for discovering the Salem Harbor. And yes, on the boat, you are also served food and beverages.
If shopping is your choice, the Salem Marketplace is the best place to be due to its specialty shops, outdoor dining, and night time entertainment. However, if your craze is not fulfilled by the Salem Marketplace, take yourself to the Museum Place that is the sole enclosed shopping mall here.
- The Hawthorne Hotel on the Washington Square (centrally located) from $100
- Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites on Derby Street for family
- The historic Salem Inn on the Summer Street from $129
Restaurants in Salem are experts in offering a great blend of American as well as other ethnic cuisines such as Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Greek, Thai, and Irish.
- Victoria Station at the Pickering Wharf overlooking the harbor famous for its salads
- Grapevine Restaurant as one of the best in Boston’s 40 for alfresco dining
- Reds Sandwich Shop for reasonable dining
- E.W. Hobbs for best popcorn on the planet
- Pig’s Eye as the best pub here for casual meal near the House of Seven Gables
- Rockmore Floating restaurant at the Salem Harbor specialized in great native classics on a floating ship from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Best time to visit
October, the month of Halloween!