Salem, MA 01970
Famous for the 1692 Witch Hunts, this seaside city is one of the oldest settlements in the country. Today the town is referred to as Witch City, and you can't walk down the street without seeing some sort of witch iconography. Although most people come to Salem for the supernatural experience, there is a lot more in store here than simply three hundred year old witch hunts. In Salem you will find a beautiful seaside city steeped in charm and filled with period buildings, cobblestone streets and lots of family fun. A visit to Salem wouldn't be complete without a trip to a spooky witch hunt related museum, but visitors can also find the inspiring house of Seven Gables, The Maritime Historic District or the Peabody Essex Museum. When that is done, partake in some boutique shopping on the red brick pedestrian mall and then dine at one of the many popular restaurants. For more tips and information, check out A Day Out in Salem. Then enjoy our photo tour of Halloween in Salem.
Science & Nature Museum
Toddlers & Pre-K: Salem Commons is a great place to take the kids, tons of running room and a small playground.
School-Age Kids: Kids really like to tour Friendship the replica 18th Century cargo ship. Tours are available through the National Parks Service.
Pre-Teens & Teens: All the attractions are rated G in Salem, but sensitive kids may want to steer clear of the authentic Witch Dungeon museum. The last exhibit includes a realistic Gallows Hill complete with hanging bodies.
- A great day trip. A day trip to Salem Massachusetts is quick and easy from Boston and you don't even need a car. Salem is accessible through many mass transit options from Boston, including a seasonal ferry, commuter rail and even a shuttle service.
- Get on the Trolley. While downtown follow the red painted line around the city for a complete tour of all the attractions (about 1.5 miles) or hop on The Salem Trolley. You can also download an iphone app to help you navigate.
- Happy Halloween. Each October, Salem throws a month long Halloween bash, with tons of activities and events. More than 200,000 visitors crowd the city for this family friendly party. Plan ahead, especially for October's Haunted Happenings. There are two hotels and quite a few inns, but they sell out fast for October, so if you want to go, book up six to nine months early.
Just the Facts
Hours: Most museums are open daily with extended hours in October.
Fees: $20 and less.
Recommended Time: Full day