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.