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Salem [1] is a city in Massachusetts, New England. It is best known for the "Salem Witch trials" even though the hysteria really started in what is now Danvers. The city is well worth a day-trip from Boston, or even a trip in its own right, to see what basically amounts to a three-dimensional textbook of American architectural history.

Get in

By air

  • Logan International Airport in Boston.

By train

By ferry

  • The Salem Ferry, Blaney Street, Phone +1 978-741-0220, [2]. High-speed catamaran between Salem and Central Wharf, Boston at the New England Aquarium. 45 minutes. Easy walk to ferries to Boston Harbor Islands, Hull, Hingham and Quincy or to MBTA subway.

Get around


  • Pickering House (address: 18 Broad Street)
    The oldest continuously lived-in house (by the same family) in Salem
  • Salem Visitor Center (address: 2 New Liberty Street) +1 978 740-1650
    open: Daily 9AM-5PM
    Film on the history of Essex county. Rest rooms. Free walking maps, and other historical information. A good place to start.
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site (address: 193 Derby Street) +1 978 740-1660
    open: Daily 9AM-5PM
    Salem's maritime and Commercial history should also be sure to take in the operated by the National Park Service, which features tours of the historic custom house (1819), two colonial residences (dating to 1672 and 1761), and a full-scale replica of the 1805 ship the "Friendship."
  • Peabody/Essex Museum (address: East India Square) +1 978 745-9500
    Has some of the world's largest collections of maritime art, as well as the world's largest collection of Asian export art, and other art forms such as 18th and 19th century Chinese oil paintings.
  • House of the Seven Gables (address: 115 Derby Street) +1 978 744-0991
    One of the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansions in New England. Made famous by the Nathaniel Hawthorne story.
  • Salem Witch Museum (address: Washington Square North) +1 978 744-1692
    price: $6.50, under 14 $4.50
    open: Daily 10AM-5PM (Until 7PM July, August)
    The museum includes a narrative on the history of the trials in 1692 and also an exhibit on witchcraft through the ages.
  • Witch Dungeon Museum (address: 16 Lynde Street) +1 978 741-3570
  • New England Pirate Museum (address: 274 Derby Street) +1 978 741-2800
    price: $8.00, under 14 $6.00
    The museum includes a walking tour that consists an artifacts room, a recreation of life down by the docks where the pirates did their recruiting, and renactments and representationa of such famous pirates as Sam Bellamy, Captain Kidd, and Blackbeard.
  • Architecture. Salem, one of the largest towns in the British American colonies, was the sixth largest city in the United States in 1790 and the richest per capita due mostly to its early involvment in post-Revolution international maritime commerce, especially with India and the Far East. Due to this rich history, and Salem's subsequent decline from its post-Revolutionary pre-eminence, the city is a treasure trove of post-medieval, Georgian, Federal, Greek-Revival, and Victorian architecture (the French Second Empire Style in Particular). Those planning a trip to Salem to see architecture should consider consulting Architecture in Salem by Tolles and Tolles.
  • Jacqui Newman +1 781 235-7877
    price: $30/15min reading
    open: Noon-9PM
  • Salem Willows Amusement Park (address: 167 Fort Avenue) (directions: off of route 114) 978-745-0251
    open: 11AM-Hours subject to change due to weather
    Salem Willows park is fun for the whole family. Located on the water, you will be surrounded be restaurants, arcades, yacht clubs, and a dock that runs daily cruises for your enjoyment.


Halloween is always a good time of the year to visit and see everything that Salem has to offer. During the month of October Salem plays host to over 140 events known as "Haunted Happenings". It is fun for all ages. They have everything from guided tours of historical sites in the town, a psychic fair and witchcraft expo, ghost tours, art exhibits, book readings, festivals, fairs, and concerts, to beer tastings of local ales and brews.

Salem is a great day trip for residents of Massachusetts and an even better weekend getaway for people looking to do something different with their time. It offers a variety of activities to do and places to visit that represent early American society in the New England region. There is a wealth of history contained in the town and its tour guides, artists, musicians, and other characters bring it to life for visitors and residents alike.

  • Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters (address: 167 Fort Avenue) (directions: off of route 114) 978-825-0001
    The Mahi Mahi Cruise runs from mid-May to October and the boats are running morning, noon, and evening. This is a great way to explore the Salem Harbor. Food and beverage are served along the boat and on a beautiful day, it is a great activity for everyone.


  • The Picklepot, 75 Wharf Street (Pickering Wharf), 978-744-6678 (, [3]. Hours: Tu,W 10AM-6PM, Th-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su Noon to 5PM, Closed Monday. The Picklepot is a contemporary arts and crafts gallery that specializes in selling "functional art" (Plates that are designed by local artists but will stand up to being used.) The store represents more than 50 New England artists, in a range of mediums and materials and the goods are exceptionally handcrafted.
  • Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, 122 Derby St., 866-393-6533, Fax: 978-744-1201, e-mail:, [4],visit the oldest candy company in America. Establshed in 1806.
  • There are several boutiques in the downtown area that cater to the occult, including the Magic Parlour, The Broom Closet, and Crow Haven Corner--the last of which was originally opened by Laurie Cabot, the first public Witch in Salem and author of numerous occult books. She no longer owns the store, but operates another on nearby Pickering Wharf called the Cat, Crow and Crown.

Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex Street, 1-978-745-8763. The first Salem Witch store in Salem, Massachusetts.

  • Linda, The Crystal Lady, 978-744-4158. Spiritual Psychic Readings. Linda is a licensed psychic who gives intuitive consultations from her Victorian Salem home. You can call her and book a date and time, or catch her home for an immediate walk-in session. And in the Season of the Witch, October in Salem, you will find Linda Reading at the Witches Faire in the Essex Street Mall almost every day & night. Walk-Ins welcomed.
  • Docspond Psychic Services, 978- 336-1406, [5]. Uses various divination practices such as Runes, Tarot, Mediumship, Dream Interpretation, or Past Live Counseling to answer questions about Love, career, and family that is living or dead. Also can be called on to administer to spirits that hang on to the houses they once lived in. Available for private counseling, Parties, and fairs. Salem Licensed.


  • Caffe Graziani, 133 Washington Street, +1 978-741-4282. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Italian and American food.
  • Grapevine Restaurant, 26 Congress Street, +1 978-745-9335. Zagat's rates it as among the top 40 restaurants in the Boston area
  • Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel, On the Common, +1 978-744-4080. Good brunches and family friendly.
  • Reds Sandwich Shop (address: 15 Central Street)
    open: M-Sa 5AM-3PM; Su 6AM-1PM
    Where the locals eat, great food, huge portions at reasonable prices
  • Salem Beer Works, 278 Derby Street, "+1" 978-745-2337, [6]. American food, award winning beer, and close to the waterfront in Historic Salem.
  • Tavern at the Hawthorne, On the Common, +1 978-744-4080.
  • Victoria Station, Pickering Wharf, +1 978-745-3400. Offers great steaks, seafood, and an award winning salad. Located on Salem Harbor.
  • 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar (address: 62 Wharf St) +1 978-744-0062
    Modern Italian cuisine. Their chef, Antonio Bettancourt, is known for sourcing local ingredients and using seasonal menu. Excellent wine, beer, and cocktail menu as well.


  • Rockafellas of Salem (address: 231 Essex Street) (directions: across from the Salem train station) 978-745-2491
    price: 7.00-20.00
    open: M-W- 11:30am-10pm Thurs-Sat- 11:30-1am Sun-11-11
    Enjoy outside dining on a nice Summer or Spring day. At night, Rockafellas is a usual hot spot with local bands. A fun atmosphere with classy taste.
  • Tavern In the Square (address: 189 Washington Street) (directions: off of route 1A) 978-740-2337
    price: middle of the road
    open: M-F-11:30-1:00am Sat & Sun- 10:30am-1:00am
  • Murphy's (address: 300 Derby Street) (directions: off of route 1A) 978-744-8889
    Murphy's is also fairly new to Salem. If you are looking for a loud atmosphere with dancing, this is the place to be. There is also an outdoor patio area that is great to sit down and take a break from all the activity. Drinks are generous and inexpensive and there is usually a college crowd there on most nights. Overall, a good edition to downtown Salem.
  • The Tin Whistle (address: 241 Jefferson Ave) 978-741-1912
    price: 5-12 dollars
    open: 11am-1am everyday The Tin Whistle is a little hole in the wall with a great family feel, great food, and great service.WIth their juke box, pool table, and dart board you really can't go wrong.The Tin Whistle has specials almost every night of the week including $2.00 burgers on Monday nights. They often host events and have many givaways and are often raising money for chairity. A fun place overall.


  • Salem Inn, 7 Summer Street, Phone: +1 978-741-0680, Fax: +1 978-744-8924, email:, [7]. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn is comprised of three houses. $129-$219 in season.
  • Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West on the common, Phone: +1 978-744-4080, Fax: +1 978-745-9842, [8]. Eighty-nine rooms and six suites. $100-$310.
  • Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites, 225 Derby Street, Phone: +1 978-740-8788, Fax: +1 978-619-1166, [9].
  • Boston Marriott Peabody, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody 01960, Phone: 978-977-9700, [10]. Ideally situated on the Boston North Shore, the Boston Marriott Peabody Hotel is conveniently located near Gloucester, Rockport, and Salem, Massachusetts. The hotel's staff is dedicated to making your trip or event successful, whether traveling for business, a weekend getaway or leisure.
  • Stephen Daniels Bed and Breakfast (address: 1 Daniels St)
    One of the oldest Bed & Breakfasts in the United States.

Get out

WikiPedia:Salem, Massachusetts For a fun beach day close-by to Salem, you could head over to Nahant beach which is right off of Route 1A. It is $3.00 to park for the entire day and the beach is filled with white sand and clear water. Right accross the shore you can see the Boston skyline.

Salem has a vibrant music scene with many venues to see local bands.

  • The Bangkok Paradise on Washington Street
  • Dodge Street Bar & Grill at 7 Dodge Street
  • The Gulu-gulu Cafe on Washington Street
  • The Front Street Coffee House on Front Street
  • In A Pig's Eye on Derby Street
  • The Lobster Shanty on Front Street/Artists Row
  • Murphy's Irish Pub on Derby Street
  • Rockafella's on Washington Stree
  • Victoria Station on the Wharf

For an up to date complete listing of Salem Massachusetts and the Boston North Shore Music scene. Visit Stanslist and NorthShoreTonight. Many places of good food, good cheer, and good company centered around the best of Boston and Salem area.