Planning a trip to Salem, MA? Get our insider tips for the best attractions and things to do during your getaway. One of your most important decisions will, of course, be where to stay. Consider our stately boutique hotel in Marblehead, only 10 minutes outside of Salem, for a quieter location that is still close to all the big attractions. In fact, our quaint village is often what is filmed in the movies and portrayed as Salem!
This historic museum dates back to 1799 and features both contemporary and historic international art collections that provide an unrivaled view into New Englands diverse heritage. It is very easy to spend an afternoon taking in the fascinating exhibits and is our most recommended activity for visitors.
Built in 1668 by John Turner, a Salem Sea Captain and Merchant, this historical home is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. It is also the home that inspired famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel “The House of the Seven Gables”.
Experience the drama of the late 1600’s in Salem by walking through exhibits, life-size stage sets, and trial reenactments. The 1692 Salem Witch Trials was one of the most intriguing and emotional events in American History and at Salem Witch Museum, you will dive in head first to learn how it all happened.
The Friendship is a replica of a cargo vessel built in Salem in 1797. This tall ship anchors the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, serving as a floating museum. The park is open for exploration year round, and free tours provide an eye-opening look into a vessel that sailed all over the world to bring goods back to Salem during the height of the East Indies trade as well as the lives of Sailors who traveled on it.