Salem Travel Guide

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Salem Things to Do

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  • Salem Common

    Be ready for the crowds... even on a rainy day. Lots of folks come in their witch's hats, capes, costumes ... just about anything goes. It's fun! Loads of shops for costumes, crystals, tarot cards, witch's brews. :-) This year there is a terrific art exhibition near the green which everyone seemed fascinated with and had to have their picture...

  • Visit Salem In October ~ Halloween...

    Be ready for the crowds... even on a rainy day. Lots of folks come in their witch's hats, capes, costumes ... just about anything goes. It's fun! Loads of shops for costumes, crystals, tarot cards, witch's brews. :-) This year there is a terrific art exhibition near the green which everyone seemed fascinated with and had to have their picture...

  • Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

    While Salem is filled to the witch's brim with most things supernatural, and a lot of the attractions are a bit on the tacky side, there's one attraction in Salem that we discovered by chance that's absolutely brilliant! Tacky? Maybe, but it's wonderful! It's Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery and it's filled with life size models of scary monsters...


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Salem Restaurants

  • Great food, honest price

    As the name would suggest, they have lobster. And they carry various other food too, but the seafood is the main draw here. This may be my only tip I write for Salem because honestly peope have already documented the highlights of the town ad nauseam, but somehow skipped this gem.At first I was reluctant to try this place since it is in the heart...

  • Superb restaurant in Salem

    We picked Naumkeag Ordinary for the unusual name. They also advertised that they had their Thursday specials based on the availability at that day's Farmers' Market. They have a bar area and a dining room and there's an outdoor patio as well. Their menu is seasonal and they use as much locally sourced food and ingredients as possible. Sounds good...

  • Seafood and great views

    We chose this restaurant for the great views over the Salem waterfront and took a chance on the food. It was worth the leap! We had very good service (but, then, the restaurant was quiet for a mid week late lunchtime) and the food was prepared well and was really good. The restaurant has a ground floor and a second floor with outside seating...


Salem Nightlife

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  • Pre-Dinner Drinks

    We had dinner reservations at 6pm and were quite a bit early so we decided to head back to the bar for a pre-dinner drink or two. The bar area was very busy and we managed to snag the last two available seats. After checking out the bar menu I decided to have a beer and my wife had a Subpoena Cosmo. As we waited for our drinks; we checked out what...

  • Fun for all ages

    This parade is held during a week night for all Salem schools, their families and guests to start out the month of October's celebrations and Halloween festivals. It's a must for us every year! Street clothes or better yet, come in costume and join in the fun.

  • A great place to go after a haunted...

    I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Salem Beer Works. First of all, the beer menu, which includes several award-winning beers, has to be one of the most extensive I've ever seen. It is a fairly big pub, with a nice outdoor terrace and some pool tables. The location is also great as it's right in the middle of all the downtown attractions. Our...


Salem Transportation

  • Salem Ferry

    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.

  • Salem Trolley -- Historic Tours of Salem

    Take a fun and fascinating one-hour tour of Salem and then use the Trolley as an all day shuttle to see the things you want to see the most. To purchase tickets, visit one of our locations listed below.Purchase Locations * Aboard The Salem Trolley * National Park Service Regional Visitor Center: 2 New Liberty Street * The Trolley Depot gift shop:...

  • Take the Commuter Rail to Salem

    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...


Salem Shopping

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  • Come Meet Ted

    Walked in here so my friend could check out the pet goods and spent most of our time there falling in love with Ted, the owners' Golden Doodle.And truthfully, who wouldn't?

  • Gifts for fans of Harry Potter

    I came across this shop when I first started to explore Salem. The layout inside the store was incredibly creative, exactly how I would have pictured a wand shop to be! I returned towards the end of my trip in order to purchase a wand as a gift for someone.The owner of the store actually works there and I find that this makes for a much better...

  • Good pet gifts

    As a pet owner I find myself often having to take some form of bribe home in an attempt to apologise for my absence. The name of this shop attracted my attention and when I ventured inside I was amazed at the array of items for both dogs and cats. The owner served me and he was a really nice guy to chat and pass some time with. We chatted about...


Salem Local Customs

  • Tree Decorations

    Look up from the red line as you walk around Salem and you might see something a little interesting in the trees. No idea why but it's pretty

  • It's all in the name

    Need an adult beverage? All locals know the best place to get beer, wine and spirits is Bunghole Liquors.Yes, Bunghole liquors:/

  • Real Witches!

    In my opinion, the great irony of Salem is that while zero of the people accused and executed during the Witch Trials of 1692 were actually witches, Salem is now home to the largest concentration of witches in the whole country. There are estimated to be more than 30 witch covens in this little town. Real witches, generally pagan practitioners of a...


Salem Warnings and Dangers

  • Halloween Crowds

    During the month of October be prepared for the crowds of tourist that flock to Salem. These crowds range from the normal tourist to the weirdo dressed as a vampire dripping fake blood from his mouth; yes we did see this and were a bit disturbed.We prefer to viist in the Summer months when the "Halloween" crowd is not out in droves.

  • Parking Meters

    Tourist primarily park at the Visitor's center garage but we found some on the street parking available. The spots are metered. It is important to keep track of the time, we saw many a ticket being issued for expired meters.

  • crime stats

    Salem is generally safer than the average American city.Having said that, Salem does have (according to crime stats) a problem with personal theft (shoplifting, pickpocketing) and auto theft. In those two categories, this city is well above the average in violations.Just be sure to keep your car doors locked, keep your money in a money belt and...


Salem Tourist Traps

  • Halloween

    Halloween is a big tourist trap to Salem. All the freaks come out literally..... I understand the fascination with the Witch Trials and witches of the area but some of the events are just nonsense.

  • Salem Witch Dungeon - except not so much

    Upon hearing the name of the attraction, I thought it would be the remains of the actual dungeon. The only problem is that they don't tell you until after you're inside that it's only a replica - with a lot of guesswork at that. The original dungeon was unearthed, by chance, before Salem had an active historical society. It was completely destroyed...

  • Halloween

    So many people seemed so crazy about Halloween in Salem that I decided in 2006 to check it out for myself. I arrived around 8:30 PM and found many of the central streets to be blocked off, the sidewalks jammed with crowds that reeked of marijuana, and the unblocked roads in an irresolvable gridlock. After half an hour, I managed to park my car on...


Salem What to Pack

  • Get dressed up for Halloween!

    You will be walking around most of the day, so comfortable shoes are a must. If you visit on Halloween, wear a costume! It's fun, and really,where else can you walk around all day dressed up like whatever you want without getting funny looks!? Definately bring your camera, there is lots to see here. It's a very picturesque little town.

  • Don't forget to pack your costume!

    Comfortable walking shoes. You can walk to just about anywhere in Salem, but you want to be comfortable while you do it! Digital camera ... so you can edit and post your pictures on the Internet. Are you coming for the month of Halloween? You don't have to wear a costume, but I bet you'd have even more fun if you did!

  • Packing List

    It depends what type of trip you're making. Salem is a regular stop on bus tours of New England, particularly during fall foliage season. You'll need comfortable walking shoes; a lot of the downtown area has been paved into a pedestrian mall for the benefit of tourists. Nothing unusual here; there are plenty of chain drug stores and local...


Salem Off The Beaten Path

  • Witches, candle light ghost tours,...

    I grew up in a neighboring town to Salem, then lived in CA, TX, NJ and FL and come back to Salem every year. The Fall is fantastic. Pumpkins, colorful leaves, mums, apple cider, and plenty of witches and physics running thru the streets. The locals complain about the traffic, and it starts the first week of October and grows to up to 100,000 ADULTS...


    Every year Salem hosts one of the best Halloween parties in the country. As a matter of fact it was rated one of America's top Halloween parties by AOL. Party guests are always treat to great treats, music, eye candy (scary and sexy) and other psychic adventures. I particularly love the scary costumes, but eye, I've never been known to complain...

  • Marblehead

    Somewhat hard to find, this small town and Marblehead Neck, a piece of land outcropping into the Atlantic Ocean, and a fabulous spot to watch the sea, the harbor and the sunset in a serene environment.All the way at the end of Marblehead Neck is the small Chandler Hovey Park. This includes a small cove, benches and an old lighthouse. It's a...


Salem Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing anyone?

    Salt water fishing is an activity that can be enjoy either from shore or out in a boat. All fishermen know what they need. Just make sure you include sunscreen, guys!

  • Boating and Sailing on Salem Sound

    Rent a boat or bring your own to Hawthorne Cove Marina. Year-round slips, launch/moorings, transients welcome.Full-service repairs, showers, laundry.

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Salem General

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  • Haunted Happenings during October

    http://www.hauntedhappenings.orgIf you're going to Salem, MA during the month of October, check out the events to celebrate Halloween in the city that celebrates it like no other! Walking about after dark on Halloween!

  • Parking Garages

    If you have trouble finding parking on the street there are several parking garages throuhouit Salem: The Museum Place Garage, South Harbor Garage and Church Street Garage. The Museum Place Garage is close to the Visitor's Center and the Peabody Essex Museum and is a short walk to most attractions. The garage is $1.50 an hour or $12 for a day.

  • War Memorial-Salem Commons

    Located in the Salem Commons is a war memorial for all of Salem's natives which have given their lives in one of the nations many wars. It is a simple memorial yet still a must stop for any visitor. Richie and I read the names of the soldiers to the boys as they bowed their head in a moment of silence.


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