Salem Massachusetts Travel Guide

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Salem is a beautiful and historic seaside city in Massachusetts. Not only is it rich in history, it is also home to many great restaurant, beaches and shops. Whatever you’re interest in, there’s no shortage of fun things to do or places to visit in Salem.

If you are planning a vacation or trip to the Salem, then check out this guide:

Salem Museums:

Halloween Museum of Salem: a museum celebrating Halloween in Salem

New England Pirate Museum: a museum dedicated to the history of pirates in New England

Peabody Essex Museum: an art museum that features historical and cultural art, including American, Asian, Oceanic, African art and Asian export art, and two expansive libraries. Check out how to get discount tickets to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Pioneer Village: a history museum that features a replica of Salem Village in 1630

The Lost Museum: an underground museum that features cursed artifacts and exhibits on ghosts, monsters and more

Salem Wax Museum: a wax museum featuring life-size figures depicting scenes from local history

Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Mass
Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Mass

Salem Witch Museum: a history museum dedicated to the Salem Witch Trials

The Witch Dungeon: a museum about the Salem Witch Trials that features a replica of the original Salem witch jail

Salem Historic Sites, Houses & Memorials:

Gardner-Pingree House: a historic 19th century house

Gedney House: a historic 17th century house that served as a tavern during the Salem Witch Trials

Crowninshield-Bentley House: a historic 18th century house

House of Seven Gables: a historic 17th century mansion that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne?s novel of the same name

John Ward House: a historic 17th century house that was one of the first colonial-era houses to open as a house museum

Proctor’s Ledge Memorial: a memorial dedicated to the 19 people hanged during the Salem Witch Trials

Ropes Mansion: a historic 18th century house

Salem Witch House: a historic 17th century house where Judge Jonathan Corwin lived during the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Memorial: a memorial dedicated to the victims of the Salem Witch Trials

Salem Haunted Attractions:

Chambers of Terror: a haunted house attraction

Count Orlock’s Nightmare Gallery: a museum that features exhibits on horror, sci-fi & fantasy films and also features a seasonal haunted house

Escape Room Salem: a live action attraction where visitors solve a puzzle to escape a locked room

Gallows Hill Museum Theatre: a museum about local history that also features a live show with ghostly holograms

Witch Mansion Haunted Museum: a haunted house attraction

Salem Parks & Beaches:

Charlotte Forten Park: a 25,000 square foot that features a plaza for performances and a harbor-walk

Dead Horse Beach: a small, white sand beach located at Salem Willows park

Forest River Park: a forested park with bike paths, picnic areas, two beaches, a playground, swimming pool, a baseball field and a view of Salem harbor

Gallows Hill Park: a public park that features a playing field for various sports

Highland Park: a forested public park with hiking trails

Salem Common: a public park established in the 17th century

Waikiki Beach: a small, white sand beach on Winter Island

Winter Island Park: a public park with a beach, campground, historic lighthouse and picnic areas

Salem Willows: a seaside park that features an arcade, a promenade and a picnic area

Salem Restaurants & Pubs:

Bit Bar: a barcade that serves food and is housed in the old Salem jail

Turner’s Seafood: a local seafood restaurant located on the site of one of the Salem Witch Trials victim’s homes and is reportedly haunted

Thai Palace: a Thai restaurant that was the first one on the North Shore when it opened over 10 years ago

Rockafellas: a fine dining restaurant housed in a historic building that is reportedly haunted

Salem Accommodations:

Amelia Payson House

Clipper Ship Inn

Coach House Inn

Daniels House Bed & Breakfast

Hampton Inn Salem

Hawthorne Hotel

Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast

Northey Street House Bed & Breakfast

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Stepping Stone Inn

The Hotel Salem

The Merchant

The Salem Inn

Addison Choate

Best Western Plus

Salem Shops:

Bewitched in Salem: a souvenir shop

Cheese Shop of Salem: a shop with a wide selection of cheese, wine and cured meats

Crow Haven Corner: a witchcraft store

Harrison’s Comics: a comic book store

Hex Old World Witchery: a witchcraft and voodoo store

Pyramid Books: a bookstore focusing on New Age Books

Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie: a candy shop run by the oldest candy company in America

Salem Tours:

A.M. Coffee Walks & Salem Food Tours

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

Black Cat Tours

Boat Tours to Bakers Islands Light Station

Candlelight Ghostly & Graveyard Walking Tours

Derby Square Tours

Haunted Footsteps

Hocus Pocus Tours

Mahi Harbor Cruises

NowAge Travel

Salem Day Tour

Salem Ghost

Salem Historical Tours

Salem Kids Tour

Salem Morning and Afternoon Stroll

Salem Night Tour

Salem Trolley

Salem Witch Hunt Films & Tours

Salem Witch Walk

Schooner FAME of Salem

Spellbound Tours

Witch City Walking Tours

Hawthorne Tours

Wolfe Adventures & Tours

Salem Christmas Krampus Walking Tour

For more ideas on places to visit in Mass, check out this article on the best places to visit in Massachusetts.