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10 Things To Do in Salem, Massachusetts
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10 Things To Do in Salem, Massachusetts

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Salem, Massachusetts is a town with a haunted past — but that’s what makes it all the more exciting. Salem is infamous for the Salem witch trials, which makes the month of October a spooky and spectacular time. Capitalize on all the fun to be had while celebrating its history.
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Visit Harbor Sweets

Visit Harbor Sweets for some of the best goodies this Halloween season. There are handmade candies galore in this chocolate lover’s heaven. Watch out for their sweet sloops (handmade chocolate sailboats with almond butter crunch in the center).

85 Leavitt St, Salem, MA USA (978) 745-7648

Witch Trial Memorial © Christine Zenino/ Flickr
Witch Trial Memorial | © Christine Zenino/ Flickr
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Visit The Salem Witch Trial Memorial

Pay your respects to those that lost their lives during the Salem Witch Trials and learn a little more about the subject while you’re at it. This is a great activity to do with friends or family while exploring Salem.

Liberty St, Salem, MA USA

Inscription along the front ground © Christine Zenino
Inscription along the front ground | © Christine Zenino/Flickr
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Check Out Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

This museum offers those adrenaline lovers in Salem the thrill of their lives. It flaunts exhibits on horror, Sci-Fi, and fantasy films. Count Orlok’s is a place you need to see before leaving Salem — plus check out their haunted house in October.

285 Derby St, Salem, MA USA (978) 740-0500

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Tour Salem Willows

Salem Willows is both an oceanfront neighborhood and an amusement park. It gets its name from the white willows planted there in the early 1800s. Be sure to stop by for an amazing view and a roller coaster riding time.

167 Fort Ave, Salem, MA USA (978) 741-4600

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See The Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest operating museums in the United States. Stop by to experience art and history from New England and all over the world. This museum showcases maritime art, architecture and New England art. It’s a great way to spend the day in Salem.

161 Essex St, Salem, MA USA

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Visit Crow Haven Corner

Crow Haven Corner is America’s oldest “witch shop.” This shop is packed with witchcraft — you’ll feel like you’re at Hogwarts. Kids love it here (as do their parents!). Get your tarot cards read if you’re feeling adventurous. This is a must-stop shop in Salem, MA.

125 Essex St, Salem, MA USA (978) 745-8763

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Take A Bewitched After Dark Walking Tour of Salem

Get spooky with Bewitched After Dark — go for a wicked walking tour of Salem. This tour will educate you on Salem’s history while also sending you through a haunted heaven. if you are around Salem in the fall make sure you head over hear for some haunted Halloween fun.

180 Essex St, Salem, MA USA (978) 498-4061

Witch house sign © Karen/ Flickr
Witch house sign | © Karen/ Flickr
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Check Out The Witch House

Otherwise known as the Jonathan Corwin House, The Witch House is one of the only houses left standing that has direct ties to the Salem Witch trials. Tour the house where Corwin led the biggest witch hunt in history and learn more about America’s colonial heritage.

310 Essex St, Salem, MA USA (978) 744-8815

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It’s a pirate’s life for me! | © Greg Grimes/ Flickr
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See The New England Pirate Museum

This fun-filled museum explores the pirate’s life in New England. Take some time to relive the adventures of Blackbeard at the New England Pirate Museum. Take the walking tour where you will encounter several buccaneers and learn what it was really like to be a pirate.

274 Derby St, Salem, MA USA

Check Out the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

Head to Salem in October for fall festivities and Halloween fun. Kick off the season with Salem at their annual Haunted Happening Grand Parade. Dress up in your spookiest costume and celebrate the witch town with the locals.