Image Credits

• Salem Guide—Courtesy of Destination Salem
• Peabody Essex Museum—Courtesy of Hawthorne Hotel
• Yin You Tang House—Larry Lamsa, Flickr
• Giles Corey, Salem Witch Memorial—Cabot Wealth Network
• Salem Willows Park—Courtesy of Destination Salem
• Friendship, Salem MA—Courtesy of Destination Salem
• House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA—Courtesy of Hawthorne Hotel
• Corwin House—Courtesy of Hawthorne Hotel
• Salem MA Ferry to Boston—Kate Fox, courtesy of Destination Salem
• Pickering Wharf, Salem MA—Courtesy of Destination Salem
• CinemaSalem—Cabot Wealth Network
• Old Town Hall—Jared Charney, courtesy of Destination Salem

Salem is known around the world for the 1692 incident involving accusations of witchcraft. But there’s more to this city. Much more. 

Over the centuries Salem residents became wealthy from many colorful, maritime businesses, including establishing trade with China and the far East as well as privateering in the War of 1812.

Today it’s home to the highly-regarded Peabody Essex (PEM) art museum and other history museums, fabulous shops, restaurants and breweries, artists and crafters, and a growing university.  On a summer’s day in Salem, you can go for a sail, relax on the beach, stroll along the harbor, do some shopping, have a great meal, enjoy live music, and more.

Plus, Salem is only about a half-hour north of Boston by train or car—or a 1-hour cruise on the scenic ferry to Boston harbor! You’ll want to save some time to enjoy this beautiful, historic city and try some of its fine restaurants.

Things To Do

Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

Yin Yu Tang House

Yin Yu Tang House

Giles Corey, Salem Witch Memorial

Giles Corey, Salem Witch Memorial

Peabody Essex Museum

    • The PEM is a world-class museum (America’s oldest continually operating) with regular special exhibits
    • Yin Yu Tang: Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house, was brought to America and reassembled at the Peabody Essex Museum
    • Behind the museum: Salem Witch Memorial
      Each of this park’s 20 stone benches represents a person executed in the 1692 witch trials (ask Tim about the Cabot connection)

East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
(866) 745-1876
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Salem Willows Park

Salem Willows Park

Salem Willows

  • Historic 1866 carousel and classic skeeball. Great waterfront views and summertime fun food (try the chop suey sandwich!)
  • It’s a longish walk from downtown (about a mile and a half) but the trolley runs out there (in season)

167 Fort Ave Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-0251
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Friendship, Salem MA

Friendship, Salem MA

The National Park Service—Salem Maritime National Historic Site

  • Visitor Center Films: Where Past is Present; Salem Witch Hunt
  • Free Tours: Custom House and Narbonne House (Note: Friendship of Salem is currently undergoing repairs and routine maintenance)
  • Download an audio tour and learn more about the site

2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-1650
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House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA

House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA

The House of the Seven Gables

  • Also on the same site are five additional 17th, 18th and 19th century structures:
    • The Retire Becket House (1655)
    • The Hooper Hathaway House (1682)
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace (c1750)
    • The Phippen House (c1782)
    • The Counting House (c 1830)

115 Derby St Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-099
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Corwin House

Corwin House

The Witch House/Corwin House

  • Salem’s only building with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692, and one of few remaining examples in the country of a high-end First Period home

310 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-8815
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Salem MA ferry

Salem MA Ferry to Boston

Boston Harbor Cruises- Salem Ferry

  • Fast ferry to Boston’s Long Wharf; food and drink available on board

Salem Ferry Center
10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970
(617) 227-4321
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Pickering Wharf, Salem MA

Pickering Wharf, Salem MA

Pickering Wharf

  • Harbor cruises, restaurants, shops
  • Home of the schooner Fame
  • One of three historic Salem wharves (Derby Wharf and Central Wharf are the others)
  • Festivals and special events throughout the year

23 Congress St Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-2727
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  • Voted best movie theater on the North Shore and screens short films about the area:
  • This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the Massachusetts North Shore; The True 1692 (in 3D)

One East India Square, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1400
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Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

Salem Farmers Market

  • Fresh produce from local farms, prepared foods, chocolate, pastries, baked goods, specialty wines, cured meats, cheeses, live lobsters and other seafood
  • Thursdays 3:00 pm – 7:00pm (June through October), outside the Old Town Hall
  • A tradition that dates back to 1634!

Derby Square on Front St, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-0004
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Places to Eat in Salem, MA

Adriatic Restaurant and Bar

  • Polished place offering Mediterranean & Italian dishes, with a wine list, takeout & outdoor seating
  • Dinner, Weekend Lunch | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $15-30

155 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 594-1832
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Finz Seafood and Grill

  • Upscale-casual seafood, steak & cocktail destination situated on the harbor with deck & ocean views.
  • Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor 4/5 | Dinner Entrees $15-30

86 Wharf St (Pickering Wharf) Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-8485
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Firenze Trattoria

  • Tuscan cuisine and wine—authentic tastes of Firenze
  • Dinner Only | Beer/Wine only | TripAdvisor Score 5/5 | #1 of 147 restaurants in Salem according to TripAdvisor | Entrees $15-30

(978) 219-1188
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Flying Saucer Pizza Company

  • Kitsch-y gourmet pizza place, with gluten-free and vegan options
  • Lunch and Dinner | Beer/Wine only | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $10-$25

118 Washington St Salem, MA 01970
(978) 594-8189
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Gulu Gulu Café

  • Hip European-style café serving coffee, sandwiches, crepes, charcuterie and craft beer
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | Beer/Wine/Cordials | TripAdvisor Score 4/5 | Entrees under $15

247 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-8882
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Hotel Salem – Roof Bar and Restaurant (CLOSED FOR THE SEASON)

  • Light fare, great drinks in a a spectacular outdoor rooftop space
  • Lunch, Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4 | Entrees $10-20

209 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
(978) 306-4050
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Howling Wolf Taqueria

  • Mexican restaurant with favorites like burritos, tacos, and quesadillas served in a lively atmosphere
  • Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees under $15

76 Lafayette St Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-9653
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Ledger Restaurant

  • Progressive, contemporary twists on New England and American classics in the heart of downtown Salem, in the 200-year old former Salem Savings Bank building
  • Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $15-30

125 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970
(978) 594-1908
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Life Alive

  • Organic vegetarian & vegan fare, with soups, wraps & smoothies, served in mellow surroundings
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner | No alcohol | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees under $10

281 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 594-4644
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  • Modern cuisine in a historic setting
  • Breakfast, Brunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $15-$30

Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-4080
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Passage to India

  • Authentic and friendly atmosphere, menu includes specialties from northern and southern India
  • Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $10-20

157 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 832-2200
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Red’s Sandwich Shop

  • Popular historic (the Old London Coffee House ca. 1700’s) sandwich shop/breakfast spot
  • Breakfast and Lunch | No alcohol | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees under $10

15 Central St. Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-3527
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Sea Level Oyster Bar

  • Oysters, lobster rolls, specialty cocktails & more offered in a casual joint with water views.
  • Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Entrees $15-30

94 Wharf St. Salem, MA 01970
(978) 741-0555
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Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall

  • New England seafood experience and fresh-catch market in storied Lyceum Hall
  • Lunch and Dinner | Full Bar | TripAdvisor Score 4.5/5 | Dinner Entrees $10-30

43 Church St, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-7665
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