15 Best Things To Do in Salem, Massachusetts

Salem is a coastal city in Massachusetts in USA. The city is best known for its historical importance. The city is historically famous for the disgraceful incident, which happened in 1692 in which many individuals were executed because of practicing witchcraft.  Many of them were teenage girls. The city is home to many other attractive places such as Breakheart Reservation, Misery Islands, Count Orlok’s Nightmare gallery and New England Phillip’s House. Every year around one and a half million people come to the city as tourists. Before you visit the place, you better know 15 Best Things to Do in Salem, United States.

Let's explore Salem points of interest and 15 best things to do in Salem:

1. Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

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It is James Lurgio’s private collection. Here you will find all the classic and modern monster characters. The creations are mostly made of latex, silicone, and resin. The artists are very well reputed; most of them have worked previously in movie industries. The inner atmosphere of the museum is very much eerie because of the suitable light and decorations. This place is pet-friendly as long as your dog is well behaved. Horror movie fans like this place very much.

2. Witch House of Salem

This building attracts most of the tourists. It has a direct connection with the unfortunate incident, Witch Trial. It’s the house of Jonathan Corwin. He was one of the few judges who convicted the witches. He bought this house in 1675 when he was 24. The house is now known to the public as Witch House. Until the 19th century the house belonged to his family. The house is very crowded all through the month o0f October, especially in the time of Halloween. So, if you are visiting in October, we suggest you to reach early or else you won’t be able to get a parking space.

3. House of Seven Gables

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Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a novel of this name. Let me tell you that he was actually inspired by this house. He was one of the great writers of America who born and grew up in MA. Originally the house was located in the Washington Street but later it was moved few blocks away for better tourist accessibility. The visit to the house is completely free and you will learn a good deal about its history. Here you will be able to see the displays of life and important works of Nathaniel Hawthorn.

4. Peabody Art Museum

It is one of the largest art museums in the country itself. It is very respected by the art lovers. The Museum is mostly famous for its tremendous collection of Asian art. It has 22 historical buildings and at least 1.3 million pieces. It has a vast collection of art of the maritime history.  It has two large libraries including almost half a million books. Many ephemera, rare manuscripts, and books are to be found here.

5. Satanic Temple

If you look at the structure of the building, there is nothing special about it because these kinds of colonial style buildings are scattered all over New England. It becomes interesting when you enter the building. It is actually an occult art gallery and satanic temple headquarters. The Satanic Temple was founded in 2013. They worship the figure of Satan. This place is an art museum plus gift shop. There is also a library featuring satanic books. The museum is not at all appropriate for kids. The contents are rather mature.

6. Misery Island

This 87-acre wide nature reserve was established in 1935 in Salem, MA. Trustees of Reservation manage this place. It is situated in the Salem city, though the place is much more near to Beverly. It is a nice place for relaxing. The trial is very easy to follow. The water view is great, although the other views like fields, forests, and the views are amazing too. The crew is exceptionally well behaved and friendly. Visiting this place would be educational as well as fun. If you love boating then you should definitely try this. It is also a beautiful place for hiking and swimming. 

7. Witch Dungeon Museum

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The museum is situated in the central part of Salem. So, it is very accessible to the tourists. The place is not that much educational. It rather recreates the disgraceful incident of American history of 17th century. This is frankly a tourist trap. Reenactment of the 1692 witch trial is performed live here. The act may actually take you to the historical time. Actresses wear the period costumes. After the act of the trial, the visitors are taken to the basement where the recreation of which dungeon is set up. The atmosphere inside is very spooky. The museum is only open seasonally.

8. Breakheart Reservation

It is a large public park near Salem. The Park is actually situated in Saugus. The park occupies almost 652 acres of land. The scenic view of rocky hills, two lakes and Saugus River is very solemn and beautiful. The park also has a visitor’s corner where they display educational programs and they also exhibit the history of the park and its wildlife. If you are lucky enough you might see rare species birds. It a nice place to walk and hike. You can stroll on the paved path through the forest. A lot of deer inhabit in the reservation.

9. Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery

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Montgomery was an actress who played the character of Samantha in 60s famous TV sitcom Bewitched. Samantha was a witch who tried to have a normal life as a married woman with her husband. The statue is situated at the very end of ESP Mall in the city of Salem. It is sponsored by TV Land. In 2005 the statue was unveiled. The bronze made statue is six feet tall. The statue truly matches the theme of the town.

10. Phillip’s House

This historical landmark is situated in at the Chestnut Street. The house is open for public visit. It provides a little glimpse of the twentieth century Phillips family. The tour guide will explain you about all the people who inhabited in the house. The house is very nicely preserved. The staff and the guides are very knowledgeable. The guides are so enthusiastic that they will bring the house alive to you. The artwork of both inside and outer part of the house is stunning. If you stroll down the street you will find a lot of New England colonial houses there.

11. Salem Maritime

It is a national park situated in Salem, which tells the history of the international trade works of Salem. It also tells the history of the traders and sailors who actually were responsible for building the economy of early United States. Before visiting make sure you the auto tour guide from their website. To understand perfectly the significance of the city it is indispensable. At the visitors’ centre two films are showed, ‘Where Past is Present’ and ‘Salem Witch Hunt’. The first one is likely to give you a perfect overview of the area itself and the second one is as you can guess from the title is about the infamous witch trial of the 17th century. After the movies all you have to do is grab a map and enjoy the tour. The place has educational value. You can see here how the 18th-century harbors looked like. In this area, the custom house, the hawk house, and the Derby house attract tourists very much.

12. Ropes Mansion

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It is a very well taken care old house. One of the most impressive things to see here is the Butler’s pantry. There is also a room to keep the great collection of China. Various people lived there during various times. Nathaniel Ropes bought this house in 1768. The thing that is worth seeing is the backyard garden. It is a perfect place for taking pictures and just relax on the garden bench. There is also a library where you will find guidebooks. Before taking books, make sure that you sign and write where you are from. The museum is maintained by Peabody Art Museum.

13. Independence Park

Situated at the Beverly channel, it is a small park with a sandy small beach. As it is a harbor area, waves are very scarce. The view of the ocean is nice though. There is a lot of space for children to play. You can put a beach chair here and see the in and outs of the boats and enjoy the sunbath.

14. High Rock Tower Reservation

In the city of Lynn near Salem it is actually a municipal park. The park occupies an approximate land of 4.5 acres. The summit of the hill offers stunning views of the adjacent area, including the Atlantic Ocean. The main piece of the park is the tower, which is 85 feet tall, built in 1905. When you climb the stairs, the view is breathtaking. 

15. Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

It is a living museum established in the year of 1930. The visual representation of the history of that time is very interesting to watch. It is best if you visit in the time of Halloween. Before visiting, check the opening time.

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Must see places in Salem ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Salem and point of interests to visit.

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    House Of The Seven Gables

    Address: 115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Built in the year 1668, House of the seven Gables was once the house of Captain John Turner, who along with his family stayed for three generations. Turned into a historical attraction by Caroline Emm...Read more

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    Peabody Essex Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum

    Address: 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Considered as one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem will change the way you look at art. Dating to the year, 1799 Peabody Essex Museum ha...Read more

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    Old Burying Point Cemetery

    Tags: Cemetery

    Address: Charter St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    If you are interested in getting to experience the real Salem that was back then with all the witchcraft and the mysterious stories, then you should definitely visit 'The Burying Point' where all the ...Read more

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    Bewitched Statue Of Elizabeth Montgomery

    Tags: Statue

    Address: 235 Essex St Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Bewitched Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery is the iconic statue of Elizabeth Montgomery who starred as Samantha in the television series, Bewitched. Sponsored by the cable channel TV land, the statue wa...Read more

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    Witch Dungeon Museum

    Tags: Museum, Entertainment

    Address: 16 Lynde St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Witch Dungeon is a museum in Salem that performs a live re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trial of 1692 followed by an informative tour of the museum. The atmosphere and the setting inside the museum ta...Read more

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    Pickering Wharf Marina

    Tags: Walking Area, Cafe, Restaurant, Neighborhoods

    Address: 23 Congress St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Pickering Wharf Marina is a neighborhood in Salem that is situated in close proximity to the bay. If you are looking for a place to walk around leisurely in the city of Salem, then look no further Pic...Read more

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    Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Tags: Historical Site

    Address: 160 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Regarded as the first National Historic Site in the United States, Salem Maritime National Historic Site offers you a true flavor of the city of Salem. Preserving a wide range of attractions that incl...Read more

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    Salem Arcade

    Tags: Amusement Park, Boating, Picnic Spot, Neighborhoods

    Address: 167 Fort Ave, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Named after the white willow trees, Salem Willows is an oceanfront neighborhood and an amusement park in Salem that is a popular picnic spot for the local residents as a means to escape from the heat ...Read more

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    National Park Service Regional Visitor Center Image
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    Tags: Tourist Center

    Address: 2 New Liberty St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Tracing back to the late 18th century, the gothic-styled building of National Park Service Regional Visitor Center, formerly known as 'The Salem Armory' is one of the first stops that you should visit...Read more

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    Gallows Hill Museum Theatre

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance, Stage Show, Theatre

    Address: 7 Lynde St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Be a part of the theater's best show of 'The Witchcraft and Ghost Experience' that is exciting with its incredible storytelling, surprising twists, special effects and phenomenal acting performances. ...Read more

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    Pioneer Village

    Tags: History Museum, Garden, Village, Architecture

    Address: 98 West Ave, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 12:30 pm - 02:30 pm Details

    Created in 1930 as a set for a play, Pioneer Village in Salem is America's first living history museum. Take a stroll through the 3 acres of land that is complete with various examples of colonial arc...Read more

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    Salem Old Town Hall

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site, Heritage Building, Hall

    Address: 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Dating back to the 19th century, the federal style building of Salem Old Town hall is one of the oldest surviving municipal structures in Salem. Turned into a museum, Salem Old Town hall is an interes...Read more

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    Stephen Phillips House

    Tags: History Museum, Tour, Heritage Building

    Address: 34 Chestnut St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 11:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Historic New England Phillips House is a residence turned museum in Salem. Initially belonging to Elias Hasket Derby, one of the self-made millionaires of that time, the house later became the residen...Read more

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    Salem Wax Museum And Salem Witch Village

    Tags: Museum, Village, Castle, Cemetery

    Address: 288 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    If you are looking for a place to celebrate Halloween in the best way possible, then Salem is the ideal place and the neighborhood of Salem Witch Village is the ideal place to be in. Lined by attracti...Read more

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    Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

    Tags: Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: Salem, MA 01970, USA

    Essex Street Pedestrian Mall is a shopping center in Salem that helps you in picking up the best souvenirs for your loved ones and offers a special something to cherish Salem by. From everyday gifts t...Read more

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    Come and explore the rich, mysterious history of one of New England's most loved destinations. Thisnightly 120-minute walking...

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  • The House of the Seven Gables

    115 Derby St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Hamilton Hall

    9 Chestnut St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Old State House

    206 Washington St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    99 Warren St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Beverly Historical Society & Museum

    117 Cabot St

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • The George Peabody House Museum

    205 Washington St

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Fresh Pond Reservation

    250 Fresh Pond Pkwy

    Lakes
  • Mystic Lakes

    Mystic Valley Pkwy

    Lakes
  • Spy Pond Park

    50 Pond Ln

    Lakes
  • Spot Pond

    4 Woodland Rd

    Lakes
  • Pomps Pond

    Lakes
  • Lake Quannapowitt

    North Ave

    Lakes
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  • Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

    285 Derby St

    Museums
  • Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre

    7 Lynde St

    Museums
  • Phillips House

    34 Chestnut St

    Museums
  • Griffin Museum of Photography

    67 Shore Rd

    Museums
  • Armenian Library and Museum of America

    65 Main St

    Museums
  • Warren Anatomical Museum

    10 Shattuck St

    Museums
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  • Chambers of Terror

    59 Wharf St

    Amusement Parks
  • Salem Willows Amusement Park

    173 Fort Ave

    Amusement Parks Arcades
  • Boda Borg

    90 Pleasant St

    Arcades Amusement Parks
  • Paragon Carousel

    205 Nantasket Ave

    Amusement Parks Landmarks Arcades
  • Wicked Escapes

    425R Broadway

    Amusement Parks
  • Lasercraze

    15 Presidential Way

    Arcades Amusement Parks
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  • Lobster Shanty

    25 Front St

    Seafood American Bars
  • Major Magleashe's Pub

    268 Washington St

    Bars American Diners
  • Spud's Restaurant & Pub

    255 Newburyport Tpke

    American Bars
  • The Hill Tavern

    228 Cambridge St

    American Bars Pizza
  • Waxy O'Connor's

    1 Rainin Rd

    Bars American Burgers
  • Mount Vernon

    14 Broadway

    American Seafood Bars
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  • Boston Casino Events

    123 Liberty St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • New England Casino Events

    147 Summit St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Sands Hotel-Casino & Country Club

    539 Lincoln Ave

    Casinos and Gaming Hotels and Motels
  • Aquaashino Boston

    76 Marine Blvd

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Casino Productions

    26 Rockland St

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Sports Draft Daily

    100 Conifer Hill Dr

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    160 Derby St

    Natural Parks
  • Boston African American National Historic Site

    14 Beacon St

    Natural Parks
  • Lynch Park

    55 Ober St

    Natural Parks
  • Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

    Atlantic Ave

    Playgrounds Natural Parks
  • Breakheart Reservation

    177 Forest St

    Natural Parks
  • Commonwealth Avenue Mall

    Commonwealth Ave

    Natural Parks
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  • Fellsmere Park

    Fellsway E

    Dog Parks
  • Peters Park

    1277 Washington St

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • South Boston Bark Park

    1280 Columbia Rd

    Dog Parks
  • The Esplanade

    Charles River

    Dog Parks
  • Zero New Washington Street Dog Park

    0 New Washington St

    Dog Parks
  • Tudor Street Dog Park

    Tudor St

    Dog Parks
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  • Crane Beach

    310 Argilla Rd

    Beaches
  • Singing Beach

    119 Beach St

    Beaches
  • Good Harbor Beach

    Thatcher Rd

    Beaches
  • Nantasket Beach

    213 Nantasket Ave

    Beaches
  • Niles Beach

    Eastern Point Rd

    Beaches
  • Revere Beach

    Revere Beach Blvd

    Beaches
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  • Ward Reservation

    50 Prospect Rd

    Hiking
  • Coolidge Reservation

    15 Coolidge Pt

    Hiking
  • Cox Reservation

    82 Eastern Ave

    Hiking
  • Lynn Woods Reservation

    Great Woods Rd

    Hiking
  • Horn Pond

    Arlington Rd

    Hiking
  • Agassiz Rock

    School Street

    Hiking Landmarks
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