The 10 Best Things to Do in Salem, Massachusetts!

Salem, situated on the north coast of Massachusetts, boasts a long, rich history. As many know, Salem is home to the historic witch trials. Along with that, though, the town features other intriguing historical landmarks, museums, great restaurants and dessert options, and some of the most stunning scenery in the fall you could ask for. Check out these 10 awesome things to do in Salem and get to know the town a little better! 

1. Peabody Essex Museum

The tagline at Peabody Essex Museum is, “There’s always something amazing to do at PEM,” and there’s so much truth to it. See paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles, architecture, drawings and decorative pieces, too. The café and gift shop are well worth visiting as well.

2. Sea Level Oyster Bar

You can’t visit Salem, Massachusetts, and not enjoy some delicious local seafood. The Sea Level Oyster Bar is one of the best places to do exactly that. In addition to enjoying your food, you’ll love the water views.

3. The Witch House

Otherwise known as the Jonathan Corwin House, the Witch House played a big role in the infamous Salem Witch Trials. It’s where the judge who oversaw the trials lived. There are both guided and self-guided tours. Those truly interested in the rich local history should spring for the guided tour.

4. Melt Ice Cream

This ice cream shop has a focus on connecting with their surrounding community, and providing top-notch, homemade ice cream using local ingredients. Try their insanely delicious salted caramel ice cream with brownies—it’s a favorite. 

5. Salem Witch Museum

Check out a brief stage production, as well as exhibits and tours at the Salem Witch Museum. You’ll come away with a wealth of knowledge about those involved in the witch trials—as well as information about witchcraft in today’s society.

6. Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Comprised of a nine-acre park, historic buildings, wharves and a replica tall ship, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site educates and entertains with a wealth of information about some of the country’s earliest sailors. Sailors traveled all over the world, bringing new and exotic items home to America via Salem Harbor.

7. Fame of Salem Tour

Head on down to Pickering Wharf Marina and step aboard a replica of the 1812 privateer Fame. This schooner tour runs an hour and 45 minutes and is the top-rated boat tour in Salem. Beer, wine, and other drinks are made available to guests and you can even help to raise the sails if you’d like! 

8. Salem Wax Museum

It may be small, but the Salem Wax Museum packs a mighty punch. View wax likenesses of those with roles in local history. It’s also a fun place to pick up Salem souvenirs, too. 

9. Salem Willows

Ride a 1905 carousel at Salem Willows. Their over 35 acres include a beautiful beach. The kids will love the arcade. Several eateries are available, so come for lunch or dinner and spend afternoon or evening.

10. Crow Haven Corner

Before you leave Salem, be sure to pick up a souvenir from Crow Haven Corner, the town’s oldest witch shop. Here you’ll find magical supplies, occult books, herbs, crystals, spell kits, candles, incense, and much more. There are even psychic readings at the shop. You won’t want to miss it. 

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