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    Salem Trolley

    by kazander Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Salem Trolley

    The Salem Trolley touts itself as "The Best Way to See Salem". They could be right. An informative tour guide gives you lots of great info as you are shuttled about the city stopping at 12 different historic locations. You can ride the entire tour, or get off and explore any time you want. The tour takes about an hour and does an eight mile loop around town.
    Adult tickets are $10, Seniors are $9, Children are $3 and toddlers ride free.

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    Take the train!

    by kazander Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Salem Train Station

    We deliberated on how we would get to Salem for Halloween day. We were staying in Boston for the weekend so we really had 2 options. Drive there ourselves, or take the train. All the people I asked, here on VT and also family members and friends strongly suggested the train. The traffic into the town is apparently horrendous. Even during the 1st weekend in October my future sister in law said it took her 2 1/2 hours to get the last half mile into town! EEK! So we took a cab to North Station in Boston and then hopped the 10:15am train. It was all so easy! The train lets you off about 2 little blocks from the main section of downtown, an easy minute walk. The entire town is far easier to walk than to drive around. Many of the streets are only for pedestrians and later in the evening many of the main streets are shut down to traffic as well.

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    THE SALEM TROLLEY INC.

    by LoriPori Written Oct 3, 2007

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    Slem Trolley

    Board one of SALEM TROLLEY INC. charming nostalgic trolleys and enjoy a comfortable and entertaining journey through Salem's fabled architectural, maritime and witchcraft history. View historic sites, stately mansions and dramatic ocean vistas along their scenic seven mile route. Their knowledgeable guides will relate fascinating stories attesting to Salem's rich and diverse historical legacy.
    Tickets include complimentary same day shuttle service between 12 major sites and attractions. The trolley runs daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April to October.
    Tickets available on board the trolley, at the Visitor Center and at the Trolley Depot.
    Adults $12.00
    Seniors $10.00
    Children 5 - 14 $5.00

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    YOU CAN DRIVE THERE OR COME...

    by mangoblue99 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    YOU CAN DRIVE THERE OR COME BY TRAIN. THEY HAVE A FERRY SERVICE THAT TAKE YOU FROM BOSTON AND BACK.
    AROUND TOWN YOU CAN TAKE A WALKING TOUR, TROLLY ,HORSE DRAWN CARRAGE OR THE PEDDLE TAXI.THEY EVEN HAVE A WATER TAXI IF YOU WANT AN OCEAN TOUR. THERE ARE PLENTY OF SIGN AND LAND MARKS TO MAKE IS EASY TO WALK AROUND AND EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN...

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    Salem is approximately 20...

    by BuickMackane Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Salem is approximately 20 miles from Boston and Logan Airport. There is commuter rail service to Boston-North Station, but please remember that it runs much less frequently than Boston's 'T' subway system. 24 hour taxi service is available.
    During tourist season, trolley service is available around town. There is a large municipal parking garage above the Museum Place Mall. Daytime parking is difficult and expensive, because Salem has a large courthouse and during the day there are many people in court or working at law firms who take all the parking places. And that's in addition to all the people who park near the train station to commute to work in Boston!

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    Take Route 128 East towards...

    by Easty Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Take Route 128 East towards Gloucester from I-95. About 2 miles from I-95, take the Route 114 exit. Follow Route 114 to downtown Salem. The signs in Salem were excellently marked. So follow the sign to the attractions.
    Most major forms of transportation are available in Salem being that it is a seaport and a large suburb of Boston. I drove into Salem and used the trolley to get around. Parking is at a prenium during the week because Salem is also a county seat and has many people working in it.

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    Watch Where You Park

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    The city parking can be expensive at $1.50 per hour or more. They have garage parking and some surface right in the middle of town. Museum Place Mall is the most convenient, but I did not want to pay the high cost for this town. The other parking is on the streets, and meters charge 75 cents an hour, but street is only good for 1-2 hours most places. Free parking is by the Salem Common park, if you could find a spot. The MBTA commuter lot at the north end of the town may be the best choice. It is only $2 for all day. It does fill up with commuter vehicles, though by 8:00 during the week. Otherwise, parking down by the harbor may be one other alternative.

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    The Salem Trolley

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    The Salem Trolley is a hop on/off tour of Salem. You can purchase tickets at the Trolley Depot located down the block from the Peabody-Essex Museum. The tour is a fun ride around Salem and lets visitors off at key sites around town such as the Visitor's Center, Essex Mall, Derby Street, Salem Ferry, Witch Dungeon, Witch House, House of Seven Gables, Salem Witch Museum, Salem Willows, and Winter Island.

    The tour guides are funny and packed with information ready to share. One of the guide knows Liz from her previous visits and they had a fun time rehashing old times and stories.

    Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students and $5 for children.

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    Walking Around Salem

    by cjg1 Written Dec 31, 2008

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    The attractions in alem are very easy to walk to. We had had our car at the Hawthorne Hotel parking lot so we were centrally located. We walked to many of the attractions: Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, derby House, House of the Seven Gables, The martime Center and many of the shops. I find that you see and experience more when walking around an area.

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    Salem Ferry

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Salem Ferry is a nice way to get to Salem from Boston or vice versa. The ride is about 45 minutes in duration and quite enjoyable in the summer months. If you are in Boston the ferry leaves right by the Boston Aquarium. In Salem the ferry is located on 10 Blaney Street, a short walk from the House of the Seven Gables.

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    Take the Commuter Rail to Salem

    by RhondaRuth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Waiting at the Salem Train Station

    If you're in Boston and want a great place to go for a day ... take the train to Salem. From the North Station at the Fleet Center, it's only $3.75 for a 30 minute ride to Salem's Depot. From there you can walk into Salem and to many of the attractions such as the Peobody Essex Museum and the House of Seven Gables.

    A great way to spend the day and let the driving be done by someone else. There's lot's to see & do in Salem besides enjoying the "Historical Feel" to the city.

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    Driving

    by cjg1 Written Feb 2, 2010

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    Driving is my preferred method of transport to Salem. The drive depending on traffic can be anywhere from 3 1/2- 4 1/2 hours. It has taken us 4 1/2 in the peak summer months.

    We hop on I-95 North to 91 North. In Hartford we take 84 East to Route 90 East. The Mass Pike East brings us to Route 128. Continue on route 128 North to Exit 25A. Follow route 114E. You'll see signs that will lead you to the heart of Salem and its historic district.

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    Take the Train

    by cjg1 Written Feb 2, 2010

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    From North Station, take the Rockport/Ipswich Line to Salem At the Salem Depot, exit up the stairs. It's a 5 minute walk to the Visitor Center. The total ride to Salem is around thirty minutes which isn't a bad journey.

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    Traffic

    by SteveOSF Updated Dec 10, 2007

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    The traffic from the interstate freeway to downtown Salem was intense. The old city streets were never designed for the current traffic volumes, so expect some slow going and be sure to allocate some time to deal with the drive. Excessive demand exists for the little available street parking in downtown Salem. Fortunately, a parking structure is available near the museum and I recommend to plan on using it.

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    Salem Trolley

    by gosiaPL Updated Jun 23, 2006

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    Salem Trolley tour

    This trolley will take you to all the key places in Salem. You pay the same price whether you go on an hour ride or an all day ride, you may get on and off at any stop. The tour is with a guide who tells all the interesting stories and details to enliven your ride. You may buy tickets on board, the tour begins and ends at the Visitor Center. Check the trolley website for the details of the route, the schedule and ticket prices.

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