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. 

Share your favorites!
Massachusetts Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You
May
26

Dog Lovers: Aiff Screen In May Sems

All Day
Arlington International Film festival, Watertown, MA
Learn More
May
26

Exhibition : Mel Bochner

10:00 AM
Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston, MA
Learn More
May
26

Exhibition : In Space

10:00 AM
Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston, MA
Learn More
May
26

Memorial Day Ceremony

10:00 AM
Fort Devens Post Cemetery, Devens, MA
Learn More
May
26

Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt

11:00 AM
Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, MA
Learn More
May
26

5th Birds of America Show

11:00 AM
Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA
Learn More
May
26

Exhibition - Sandra Stark

11:00 AM
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA
Mission StatementThe Danforth Museum and School of Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience, create, and c... Read More
686 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA
About Opened in August of 2002 by two local women, Lori Karlsson and Maya Elisayeff, Whimsy represents the realization of their dreams and visions... Read More
61 Shrewsbury Street Route 140 North, Boylston, MA
The Cookie Club is the creative side business to Wicked Good Cookies where kids can choose and entirely make their own selection of biscuity treats... Read More
8 Mercer Road, Natick, MA
The Museum of World War II, Inc., is a 10,000 square foot, fully staffed, private collection containing the most comprehensive display of original ... Read More
239 Concord Road, Marlborough, MA
FIELDS: The 2 Ghiloni Park fields (Dirico & Vietnam Veterans) serve as Multi-Purpose Fields. Inquire at the Recreation Department about hosting... Read More
180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA
The mission of New England Wild Flower Society is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse ... Read More
280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA
An expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River, Broadmoor is an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife: dragonflies darting... Read More
After suffering her first bout with cancer in 2002, Pam Manikas Washek decided to turn her pain into purpose by helping others experiencing similar... Read More
2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA
The Southwick Story It all started 200 years ago The Southwick homestead dates back over 200 years to 1803. As a working farm with dairy cows, the... Read More
1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA
History: Ski Ward Ski Area, once known as Ward Hill Ski Area and formerly Union Hill, has been in operation since 1939 and is one Think Snowof the ... Read More
3 Boston Rd, Sutton, MA
Posies N' Presents proudly serves the Sutton area. We are family owned and operated. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangemen... Read More
Show More
Select a Massachusetts town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Nantucket County