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Sure, there's witch stuff to see in Salem, and Halloween is one big spook party, but the city's historical sights and world-class museum are more worth your time.


You can find all of these sights and more on this map.

Salem Common

Salem's historic central park is a landmark, starting-point, and green and shady break from cityscape. More...

Salem Maritime
National Historical Site

Salem produced America's first millionaires, merchants who earned fabulous wealth by sending speedy clipper ships around the world in search of high-value goods for import and export. Want to see where and how it happened? More...

House of the Seven Gables

The 17th-century Salem house that served as the setting for Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel House of the Seven Gables is the centerpiece of a historic site with five houses and period gardens on Salem harbor near Salem Maritime National Historic Site. More...

Peabody Essex Museum

A group of Salem sea captains formed the East India Marine Society in 1799 and housed the "natural and artificial curiosities" brought back from their worldwide travels in a museum that now ranks among the finest—and largest—in the US, with collections and exhibitions going far beyond the original maritime collections. More...

Salem Monuments

The famous grim-looking statue of Roger Conant (alias "The Puritan") stands by Salem Common in front of the Salem Witch Museum, not far from the Hawthorne Hotel. More poignant is the Salem Witch Trials Memorial dedicated to the men and women who suffered and died from religious persecution. More...

Witch Stuff

Despite that there were never any witches in Salem, there are several Disney-esque amusements based on the witch trials of 1692, including the Salem Witch Museum, Witch House, Witch Dungeon and others. More...

Halloween in Salem

One big citywide spook party with up to 100,000 revelers—that's Salem on Halloween. You've got to be prepared for it. More...

Salem Willows Park

About 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northeast of Salem Common, Salem Willows Park is a fine place for a picnic, a swim, and a break from the weight of history and art in Salem.

Salem Trolley

A trolley-like bus makes hourly tours of the town every day from April through December between 10 am and 4 pm. Tours leave from Riley Plaza. You can buy tickets on board the trolley.

—by Tom Brosnahan

What to See & Do in Salem

Salem Witch Trials

Salem Hotels

Salem Transportation

Halloween in Salem

Tourist Information


Cape Ann

North Shore

  Istanbul Love Bus, the novel: 1968 hippies, Soviet spies, drug lords, and a plot to destroy a world monument


"Friendship," Salem MA

Above, the Friendship, a three-masted, square-rigged Salem merchantman, with the red brick Custom House behind, both part of Salem Maritime National Historic Site.


Beach at Salem Willows Park, Salem MA

The beach at Salem Willows Park.


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