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Exploring Salem, Massachusetts

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City Beat
Exploring Salem, MA

    Salem, Massachusetts, nicknamed the “Witch City,” is rich in history--capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1626-1630, site of the infamous witch trials of 1692, and a prosperous 18th century shipping center.              
    Walking tours take you by stunning architecture from the 17th to 19th centuries and past major sites along Heritage Trail.  There are countless attractions for the whole family.  
    Salem is located along 18 miles of the Atlantic coastline with one third of the city being park land.  
    In October the city comes to life so to speak... as ghosts, witches, and scores of visitors make their way to Salem in ghouly celebration of Halloween (see Haunted Happenings below).

Haunted Happenings occur all about Salem from October 10 to Nov. 2--making it the “Halloween Capital of the World.”  Festive parades, haunted houses, costumed balls and parties, spooky hayrides, fright trains, psychic fairs, and craft shows--fun for all!
More Information:  (508) 744-0013

Peabody Essex Museum was founded in 1799 by sea captains in hopes of preserving the art treasures they brought back from countless world voyages to destinations in North America, Africa, Asia, and Pacific Islands. Explore one of the best collections of Maritime Art and many history exhibits too. Displayed are decorative arts from three centuries of American lifestyles along with tours of period homes.
More Information:  (800) 745-4054

Witch House was the home of witch trial judge Jonathan Corwin.  Tours provide a look at 17th century lifestyles, witch trials, and Judge Corwin’s role and its impact on the community.
More Information:  (508) 744-0180

Salem Maritime National Historic Site is located on the waterfront and encompasses the last remaining historic wharves and buildings of the Port of Salem from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  View Friendship, a replica of a 1797 merchant vessel.*
More Information:  (508) 740-1680
House of the Seven Gables Historic Site offers a look at the life of author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the novel’s famous mansion with its secret staircase, his birthplace, and seaside gardens.
More Information:  (508) 744-0991

Salem 1630: Pioneer Village is a replica of the 1630 New England fishing village, Naumkeag.  Stroll among period dressed guides as they share the Puritan’s lifestyle.
More Information:  (508) 745-0525

Salem Witch Museum reenacts the tragic events of the 1692 witch trials.  Witness the drama: accusers, accused, the court proceedings, and execution of 20 victims.*
More Information:  (508) 744-1692

Witch Dungeon Museum, a former 19th century church, where a scene from the witch trial of Sarah Good is performed.  Don’t miss the dungeon.*
More Information:  (508) 741-3570

Salem Wax Museum’s multi-media show and wax figures brings to life the 1692 witch trials and Salem’s maritime history.  Kids can enjoy the hands-on activity area.*
More Information:  (508) 740-2929  

Salem Witch Village takes a look at witches of then and today--learn the origin of their craft, superstitions, and customs.*
More Information:  (508) 740-9229

New England Pirate Museum relives the adventures of Salem’s own pirates, Captain Kidd and Blackbeard.  Hear about actual events and see authentic pirate treasures.*
More Information:  (508) 741-2800

Cry Innocent is a play from the lives of Puritans in Salem. You can serve as a member of jury, listen to testimony, cross-examine witnesses, and decide the outcome.
More Information:  (508) 927-2300

Dracula’s Castle is Salem’s haunted house.
More Information:  (508) 741-0280

Salem’s Museum of Myths & Monsters is an animated journey into fear and beyond.
More Information:  (508) 745-7283

Salem Whale Watch offers two prime whale feeding grounds where you can catch chance sightings of humpback, finback, rightwhale, and dolphins.  Guided by professional naturalists. Season:  April to Nov.
More Information:  (508) 741-0434

Salem Trolley guides you through the city and provides interesting facts and trivia about some 40 historical sites.
More Information:  (508) 744-5469

Moby Duck Tours is an entertaining way to view the city--by land and water.
More Information:  (508) 741-4386

Friendship Carriage Tours offer a horse-drawn carriage ride along the waterfront to architecturally beautiful Chestnut street.
More Information:  (508) 745-3806

* Educational packets available.

Special Salem Events
Spring:  Salem Seaport Festival
Summer:  Salem Maritime Festival, Salem Heritage Festival
Fall:  Haunted Happenings, Oktoberfest
Winter:  Salem Festival of Lights

More Information:  
Salem Office of Tourism
(800) 777-6848
Salem Web Site



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