Explore Salem

Salem, renowned for the Witch Hysteria of 1692, is a wonderful old city rich in history and American architecture. As one of the oldest settlements in New England, Salem lures the history buffs, paranormal enthusiasts and those looking for a weekend getaway to indulge in museum exploration, historic house tours, fine dining, harbor cruises and unique shopping. Salem is conveniently located only 30-minutes by car or 50-minutes by ferry boat from Boston.

To truly experience the Haunted Happenings around town, there’s nothing quite like Salem in October. Whether you’re coming to have your cards read, to visit the memorial for the witch trial victims, to take a walking tour or to visit a haunted house, there’s something for everyone all month long during Halloween in Salem.

House of the Seven Gables

  • Inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel by the same name
  • Guided tours of the 17th and 18th century period homes
  • Walk the seaside gardens

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Peabody Essex Museum

  • Explore maritime history and American art
  • Gain insights into Chinese art, architecture and culture
  • Art and Nature Center offers hands-on learning experiences and more

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The Schooner FAME

  • Tour Salem Harbor aboard this replica of an 1812 privateer boat
  • Learn about merchants, privateers and fisherman who impacted the north shores of Massachusetts

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  • Learn about the Witch Trials of 1692, in a presentation based on actual trial documents
  • Examine the changing perceptions of witches throughout history

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  • Watch a bone-chilling performance of a witch trial
  • Located where the original witch trials took place in 1692

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  • Tour the home of the Witch Trials' Judge Jonathan Corwin
  • Gain a better understanding of the every day colonial life of those involved in the witch trials

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  • 1-hour narrated tour of our town’s history, including the Salem Witch Trial and literary riches
  • 8-mile ride offers shuttle service all-day to 14 locations

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Maritime National Historic Site

  • Free tours and programs offered year round
  • Tour Friendship, a replica of a Salem-built 1791 cargo vessel
  • Visit the U.S. Custom House and learn about Salem during the height of the East Indies trade

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