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Salem (Massachusetts)

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Salem [46] is a city in Massachusetts, New England. It is best known for the "Salem Witch trials" even though the hysteria really started in what is now Danvers. The city is well worth a day-trip from Boston, or even a trip in its own right, to see what basically amounts to a three-dimensional textbook of American architectural history. President Barack Obama on the 10th of January 2013 signed executive order HR1339 "which designates the City of Salem, Mass., as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Logan International Airport, +1 800-23-LOGAN (56426), [47] (IATA: BOS) in Boston. Take the subway to the train (see below). Salem is about 20 miles north of Boston, so your bus or car ride will only take a half hour if your not in rush hour.

Logan International Airport

Beverly Municipal Airport, +1 978-921-6072, [ This small very, handy airport is only 15 minutes or less from downtown Salem. When Logan has it's peak trafficking times, Beverly Municipal Airport gives relief to the states flagship airport.

By train[edit]

  • Take the Newburyport/Rockport line [48] on the MBTA [49] Commuter Rail to the "Salem" station. The station is only a few blocks from the center of town.

By boat[edit]

  • The Salem Ferry, Blaney Street, Phone +1 978-741-0220, [50]. High-speed catamaran between Salem and Central Wharf, Boston at the New England Aquarium. 45 minutes. Easy walk to ferries to Boston Harbor Islands, Hull, Hingham and Quincy or to MBTA subway.
The Salem Ferry approaching its dock off Blaney Street

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

Salem is a small town with most tourist attractions within a stretch that is roughly a twenty-five minute walk across. Follow the red line along the cobblestone roads (you'll see it all around downtown Salem). This directs you to the nearest historical sites and museums.

By Segway[edit]

Segway Tours in Salem
  • Witch City Segway, 283R Derby Street, +1 781-626-4000 (), [1]. Historic tour of the city. Cruise around town on a Segway, minimum age is 14.  edit

By taxi[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Pickering House, 18 Broad Street, [3]. The oldest continuously lived-in house (by the same family) in Salem  edit
  • Salem Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, +1 978 740-1650. Daily 9AM-5PM. Film on the history of Essex county. Rest rooms. Free walking maps, and other historical information. A good place to start.  edit
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 193 Derby Street, +1 978 740-1660, [4]. Daily 9AM-5PM. Salem's maritime and Commercial history should also be sure to take in the operated by the National Park Service, which features tours of the historic custom house (1819), two colonial residences (dating to 1672 and 1761), and a full-scale replica of the 1805 ship the "Friendship."  edit
  • Peabody/Essex Museum, East India Square, +1 978 745-9500 (toll free: +1 866 745-1876), [5]. Has some of the world's largest collections of maritime art, as well as the world's largest collection of Asian export art, and other art forms such as 18th and 19th century Chinese oil paintings.  edit
  • House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, +1 978 744-0991 (, fax: +1 978 741-4350), [6]. One of the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansions in New England. Made famous by the Nathaniel Hawthorne story.  edit
  • Salem Witch Museum, Washington Square North, +1 978 744-1692, [7]. Daily 10AM-5PM (Until 7PM July, August). The museum includes a narrative on the history of the trials in 1692 and also an exhibit on witchcraft through the ages. $6.50, under 14 $4.50.  edit
  • Witch Dungeon Museum, 16 Lynde Street, +1 978 741-3570 (), [8]. 10AM-5PM with extended hours in October. Has witch trial reenactments. Can get $5 off tickets when you buy with New England Pirate Museum and Witch History Museum. Adults $8, Children 4-13yr $6, Seniors $7.  edit
  • New England Pirate Museum, 274 Derby Street, +1-978-741-2800 (), [9]. 10AM-5PM with extended hours in October. The museum includes a walking tour that consists an artifacts room, a recreation of life down by the docks where the pirates did their recruiting, and reenactments and representations of such famous pirates as Sam Bellamy, Captain Kidd, and Blackbeard. Can get $5 off tickets when you buy with Witch Dungeon Museum and Witch History Museum. Adults $8, Children 4-13yr $6, Seniors $7.  edit
  • Witch History Museum, 197-201 Essex Street (on the Pedestrian Mall and Heritage Trail), +1-978-741-7770 (), [10]. 10AM-5PM with extended hours in October. History of the witch trial in the entire area around and near Salem. Can get $5 off tickets when you buy with New England Pirate Museum and Witch Dungeon Museum. Adults $8, Children 4-13yr $6, Seniors $7.  edit
  • Architecture. Salem, one of the largest towns in the British American colonies, was the sixth largest city in the United States in 1790 and the richest per capita due mostly to its early involvement in post-Revolution international maritime commerce, especially with India and the Far East. Due to this rich history, and Salem's subsequent decline from its post-Revolutionary pre-eminence, the city is a treasure trove of post-medieval, Georgian, Federal, Greek-Revival, and Victorian architecture (the French Second Empire Style in Particular). There are many historic districts in Salem, the largest is the The Chestnut Street District, a historic district bounded roughly by Broad, Flint, Federal, and Summer Streets in Salem, Massachusetts, also known as the McIntyre Historic District that was created in 1981 and containing 407 buildings and is the city's largest district. This historic district is named after Samuel McIntire. Samuel McIntire had a house and workshop that was located 31 Summer Street, at the intersection of Chestnut Street where many grand mansions designed by McIntire and others display the profits of the Old China Trade. A short 10 minute walk from the Chestnut Street District, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of 12 historic structures and about 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts. Other historic districts that are nearby are the Federal Street District, Salem Willows Historic District, Downtown Salem District, Charter Street Historic District, Crombie Street District, Derby Waterfront District, Bridge Street Neck Historic District, Essex Institute Historic District, Old Town Hall Historic District and the Salem Common Historic District. Those planning a trip to Salem to see architecture should consider consulting Architecture in Salem by Tolles and Tolles.
  • Salem Willows Amusement Park, 167 Fort Avenue (off of route 114), 978-745-0251, [11]. 11AM-Hours subject to change due to weather. Salem Willows park is fun for the whole family. Located on the water, you will be surrounded be restaurants, arcades, yacht clubs, and a dock that runs daily cruises for your enjoyment.  edit
  • Salem Trolly, 8 Central Street, 978-744-5469, [12]. 9AM-5PM. Not exactly sure what Salem's all about? Having a hard time figuring out your plan for the day? Then hop on the trolly and let an experienced guide host you and your fellow tourists. It's a promise you'll get the inside scoop on this lovely city and it's famous attractions and sites.  edit
  • Salem Toy Museum, 1 East India Square Mall, 978-473-2988, [13]. The collection focuses on the 1950s-1990s, and had both boy and girl toys. There is a large collection of vintage metal lunch boxes with TV show themes Each exhibit case had a different theme and it is worth your while to go slowly through everything. There are a lot of different items in each exhibit case, and it would be easy to miss a lot if you don't take your time. $6.  edit
  • Salem Wax Museum , 288 Derby Street, ☎ 978-740-2929, [new]. 10AM-5/6PM (*October Ext. Hrs). This museum is composed of life-like wax figures that depict Salem's vivid history from its founding in 1626, through the terrifying Hysteria of 1692. Come face to face with recognized Salem historical figures. Also, a quaint gift shop accompanies the museum so you and your family can bring home some valued and memorable souvenirs!

  • Ropes Mansion, 318 Essex Street, (978) 745-9500, [14]. A 18th century Georgian Colonial mansion located in the beautiful McIntire Historic District and operated by the Peabody Essex Museum. It's open to the public for free house tours on the weekend, and is full of antique furnishings once owned by the Ropes family. The best part: the amazing gardens in the back, which are well-kept and full of rare flowers from around the world. It was also a exterior filming location in 90s cult classic, "Hocus Pocus"  edit

Ghost hunting[edit]

  • Salem Smugglers' Tour, PO Box 249 Salem, MA 01970, 978-578-9238, [15]. An above ground tour highlighting some of the most active and haunted spots in Salem and focusing on the history of the smuggling tunnels in town. Your guide Chris Dowgin is a medium and author of Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City  edit
  • Witch Trial Trail and Terror Trail, [16]. Salem's Two Best Candlelight Walks by Derby Square Tours - Celebrated Salem Author Jim McAllister - Salem From Naumkeag to Witch City (2000) & Salem:Cornerstones of a Historic City (1999)  edit
  • Paranormal Salem: A wicked ghost hunting experience, [17].  edit
  • Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex St Salem, MA 01970,, 1 978-745-8763, [18]. Salem's Oldest Witch Shop -The Witch Walk is an amazing experience - available every October in the Evening  edit

Magic shops and readings[edit]

  • Bewitched in Salem, 180 Essex St Salem, MA 01970,, 1 978-744-9904, [19].  edit
  • Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex St Salem, MA 01970,, 1 978-745-8763, [20].  edit - Salem's Oldest Witch Shop -The Witch Walk is an amazing experience! The opening of the tour is started with a circle where you get to experience the practices of modern day witch. "Crowhaven Corner", a magical shop & historical building. The owner Lorelei a 3rd generation psychic. She is a wealth of knowledge & her shop is definitely a spot to check out before & after your tour.
  • Hex: Old World Witchery - 246 Essex Street - Salem - (978) 666-0765 - - Authentic Witchcraft for everyone from curious visitors to experienced practitioners, including candles, incense, jewelry, Voodoo dolls, potions, broomsticks, and spell kits found only at HEX.
  • Magic Parlor, 213 Essex St Salem, MA 01970,, 1 978-740-3866, [21].  edit - Salem's Oldest Majic Shop in Salem - Book on Magic, Paranormal, Spirits, Psyric Reading Daily -costume wigs, masks, makeup, gadgets, jokes, gags, bumper stickers, funny stuff and even some very nice jewelry and figurines, etc..
  • Majika-Chapel of Archangel Michael 107 Federal Street Salem 978-741-9297|978-740-9297 Lori Bruno is a psychic medium & Tarot reader with 50+ years experience. Featured on National Geographic and in The Wall Street Journal. Readings in person, phone & private events. Classes are also offered at Magika.
  • Rev. Peter White, (617)939-1029, [22]. 10a-6p. Rev. Peter is Salem's only Victorian Gothic Wizard. He has been reading tarot for over a decade and has assisted thousands. He has been featured on syndicated radio shows and in print. He takes pride in helping those he reads to get back on a positive and productive path using his insight. $40/30min.  edit
  • Jacqui Newman, +1 781 235-7877, [23]. Noon-9PM. $30/15min reading.  edit
Salem Harbor oil on canvas, painted by Fitz Henry Lane in 1853 and now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Do[edit][add listing]

Halloween is always a good time of the year to visit and see everything that Salem has to offer. During the month of October Salem plays host to over 140 events known as "Haunted Happenings". It is fun for all ages. They have everything from guided tours of historical sites in the town, a psychic fair and witchcraft expo, ghost tours, art exhibits, book readings, festivals, fairs, and concerts, to beer tastings of local ales and brews.

Salem is a great day trip for residents of Massachusetts and an even better weekend getaway for people looking to do something different with their time. It offers a variety of activities to do and places to visit that represent early American society in the New England region. There is a wealth of history contained in the town and its tour guides, artists, musicians, and other characters bring it to life for visitors and residents alike.

  • Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters, 167 Fort Avenue (off of route 114), 978-825-0001, [24]. The Mahi Mahi Cruise runs from mid-May to October and the boats are running morning, noon, and evening. This is a great way to explore the Salem Harbor. Food and beverage are served along the boat and on a beautiful day, it is a great activity for everyone.  edit
  • Cinema Salem, 1 E India Square Mall, 978-744-1044, [25]. A small cinema, a vast difference with less crowds than your surrounding malls. Even able to watch the newest hit TV shows on different nights premieres! Get comfortable, grab your popcorn and enjoy all the newest movies at Salem Cinema! Avg. $9 per movie.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several boutiques in the downtown area that cater to the occult, including the Magic Parlour, The Broom Closet, and Crow Haven Corner--the last of which was originally opened by Laurie Cabot, the first public Witch in Salem and author of numerous occult books. She no longer owns the store, but operates another on nearby Pickering Wharf called the Cat, Crow and Crown.

  • The Picklepot, 75 Wharf Street (Pickering Wharf), +1 978-744-6678 (), [26]. Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su Noon-5PM, closed Monday. A contemporary arts and crafts gallery that specializes in selling "functional art" (Plates that are designed by local artists but will stand up to being used.) The store represents more than 50 New England artists, in a range of mediums and materials and the goods are exceptionally handcrafted.  edit
  • Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, 122 Derby St., +1 866-393-6533 (, fax: 978-744-1201), [27]. Visit the oldest candy company in America. Established in 1806.  edit
  • Crow Haven Corner, 125 Essex Street, +1 978-745-8763. The first Salem Witch store in town.  edit
  • Linda, The Crystal Lady, +1 978-744-4158. Spiritual Psychic Readings. Linda is a licensed psychic who gives intuitive consultations from her Victorian Salem home. You can call her and book a date and time, or catch her home for an immediate walk-in session. And in the Season of the Witch, October in Salem, you will find Linda Reading at the Witches Faire in the Essex Street Mall almost every day & night. Walk-Ins welcomed.  edit
  • Hex: Old World Witchery - 246 Essex Street - Salem - (978) 666-0765 - - Authentic Witchcraft for everyone from curious visitors to experienced practitioners, including candles, incense, jewelry, Voodoo dolls, potions, broomsticks, and spell kits found only at HEX.
  • Bewitched in Salem, 180 Essex St Salem, MA 01970,, ☎ 1 978-744-9904.
  • Derby Square Book Store, 215 Essex Street, Salem MA, (978) 745-8804. A beautiful old style bookstore, with nearly wall to ceiling high piles of books. Try not to knock anything over when maneuvering around the small shop. There are stacks upon stacks of books, some of which seem so old that you definitely cannot find them at your local Barns and Nobel. It is run by an elderly man who seems to have a knack for finding the correct book despite the disorder. The store constantly has 50% off sale off of the price of every book inside. Definitely a good find for the avid reader!  edit
  • Magic Parlor, 213 Essex Street (Essex Street is non-accesable to vehicles), 978-740-3866, [28]. Mon.-Sat. 11AM-6PM Sun. Noon-6PM. From psychic readings, to halloween costumes, to an extremely vast range of toys, gimmicks and strange souvenirs, the Magic Parlor can fulfill your weirdest desires to collect something different! So stop into the parlor and explore a world that you rarely see!  edit

  • HausWitch Home + Healing, 144 Washington Street, Salem, MA, (978) 594-8950, [29]. 10am-6pm. A beautiful modern witch store with a well-curated selection of locally-made gifts, tasteful Salem souvenirs, magical wares, and vintage home goods. They also host awesome witchy events (moon meditation, anyone?), Tarot readers, and have a cozy, little healing space to get energy work.  edit


  • Front Street Coffee House, 20 Front St., +1 978-740-6697. Open at 7AM daily and serving bagels, coffee & tea. Fresh soups like fish chowder, chicken noodle or clam chowda & Italian wedding, and sandwich specials like turkey avocado chipotle spread tomato lettuce bacon on a wheat wrap or grilled turkey, avocado, tomato, baby spinach, cheddar cheese and mayo and sometimes a black eyed pea with smoked ham or grilled chicken corn chowda, chipotle spread with turkey cheddar lettuce tomato bacon in a wheat wrap. On cold days, hot pear apple ginger juice. Butternut squash and apple. Scali bread grilled with black beans, roasted red peppers, red onions, tomato, dill havarti cheese, baby spinach and a garlic cracked peppercorn dressing. Other soups of the day are White chicken chili with cilantro. Thai chicken soup with red curry or veg beef barley & cream of broccoli. Every month there are new art exhibits & live music some evenings.  edit
  • A&J King Artisan Bakers 48 Central St. (978) 744-4881" url="" - Winner of the best of Boston - Boston Magazine in 2009 & 2012
  • Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, 155 Washington St., +1 978 594-183, [30].  edit
  • Bella Verona, 107 Essex St., +1 978-825-9911, [31]. Opened in 1996 and serving Italian food.  edit
  • Bill & Bob's Roast Beef - 9 Bridge St 978-744-9835
  • Boston Hot Dog Co. 60 Washington St. (978) 744-2320
  • 'Brodie's Pub, 215 Derby 76 St.. Fantastic food - Beer & Wine - 25 years in business by the Votto family * Cafe Polonia 118 Washington St. 978-745-0045 * <eat name="Caffe Graziani" alt="" address="133 Washington St." directions="" phone="+1 978-741-4282" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Italian and American food.  edit
  • Finz Seafood & Grill, 76 Wharf St., (978) 744-8485, [32].  edit
  • Flying Saucer Pizza Company, 118 Washington St., 978-594-8189, [33]. Located in downtown Salem, The Flying Saucer Pizza Company offers gourmet pizzas and craft beers in a funky cool urban setting. Has our take on New York style pizza as well as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free pies. We make our food from scratch and use local ingredients whenever possible. - Open seven days a week from 11AM -11PM  edit
  • Gulu-gulu Cafe, 118 Washington St., (978)-740-8882, [34]. Gulu-Gulu Café is a private space that serves a public purpose. Is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike to meet, relax, and have fun. Come on over, grab a light bite and enjoy one of our specialty coffee drinks. -Serving Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and beer! Has it all! - Draft Beer - Bottled & Canned Beer - Wines - Liqueurs & Cordials. Catering - Shop and show your Gulu pride! Shirts, mugs & more. - ARTISTS, Every month we feature a new local artist --- open Mon – Tue:8AM to 12AM -- Wed – Sat:8AM to 1AM -- Sun:8AM to 12AM  edit
  • Great Escape, 50 St. Peter 76 St., +1 978-745-5022, [35]. * <eat name="Grapevine Restaurant" alt="" address="26 Congress St." directions="" phone="+1 978-745-9335" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Zagat's rates it as among the top 40 restaurants in the Boston area.  edit
  • Howling Wolf Taqueria, 76 Lafayette St., +1 978-744-9653. The Howling Wolf in Salem, Massachusetts is a California style taqueria featuring cuisine inspired by the Southwest. What started as a simple take-out taco joint, has evolved into much more, as Owners Patrick Schultz and Matthew Gaughan brought in a chef from Guadalajara, and decked out the dining room with wood floors, a fun bar, and colorful artwork.  edit
  • 'In A Pig's Eye, 148 Derby 76 St., +1 978-741-4436, [36]. Is a friendly neighborhood restaurant offering lunch & dinner six days a week as well as our famous Sunday Brunch. You can also hear local musicians weekly, view our revolving art exhibits or attend our seasonal theatrical Sunday night performances celebrating 25 years. - - Entertainment Calendar - - - Booking Information: email: [email protected] * Lakay Island Restaurant - 168 Essex Street, Salem, MA – (978) 744-2308 * Maria's Place - 10 Jefferson Ave. 978-744-1817 * <eat name="Medusa's Cafe" alt="" address="122 Washington Street" directions="" phone="+1 978 741-4269" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Located in Historic downtown Salem & is open seven days a week serving breakfast and lunch ( 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. )  edit
  • Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel, (On the Common), +1 978-744-4080. Traditional New England - inside the Hawthorne Hotel.  edit
  • New England Soup Factory - 140 Washington St - 978-744-0444
  • Old Spot - 121 Essex St, Salem, 978-745-5656
  • Passage to India 157 Washington Street - 978-832-2200
  • Polonus European Deli - 176 Essex St - (978) 740-3203
  • Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar - 94 Lafayette St.
  • Reds Sandwich Shop, 15 Central St., (978) 745-3527, [37]. M-Sa 5AM-3PM; Su 6AM-1PM. - most popular in downton for breakfast & where the locals eat for great food  edit
  • Regatta Pub, 225 Derby St.. Regatta Pub is located inside of the Waterfront Hotel. It has a very expensive, yet comfortable feel to it. You can go inside expecting to pay top dollar, then discover that the menu does not have very expensive items at all. You can buy anything from a regular burger, to a whole cooked chicken or a steak. They have a very extensive drink menu, as they are a pub.  edit
  • Salem Beer Works, 278 Derby St., +1 978-745-2337. Located in Historic downtown Salem and close to the waterfront since 1996, and completely renovated in 2011, Salem Beer Works offers 15 award winning & freshly brewed beers on tap each day. Our outdoor patio is open during the warmer months serving American food & weekend brunnch.  edit
  • Salem House of Pizza, 23 Endicott St Salem, MA, +1 978-744-0017. Fresh Pizza, Gigantic Subs - Salads & Soda - Open Seven Days a week * Scratch Kitchen - 245 Derby St. 978-741-2442 A quality driven restaurant with a focus on regional and local farm fresh ingredients. We feature house smoked meats & homemade bacon, breads, condiments and pickles & also offer a fine selection of craft beers and wine. * <eat name="Tavern at the Hawthorne" alt="" address="" directions="On the Common" phone="+1 978-744-4080" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Traditional New England - inside the Hawthorne Hotel.  edit
  • Tavern on the Square, (189 Washington St.), +1 978-740-2337, [38]. Over 30 flat screen t.v.'s - gigantic sports bar in downtown - open very late - full bar & huge patio - big for sports  edit
  • Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall, (43 Church St.), +1 978-745 7665, [39]. Only Oyster Bar in Downtown - The Turner family purchased the historic building and historic Lyceum Hal in downtown Salem. Today lunch and dinner guests dine in the historic building with local seafood, fresh daily with the Turner signature, classic New England seafood dining, a lively oyster bar and Salem's first, fresh, locally-sourced seafood market.  edit
  • Thai Place Restaurant 2 E India Square Mall - 978-741-9086
  • The Hungry Whale, (72 Wharf St. at , Pickering Wharf), +1 978-745-6659, [40]. Run by the Mattera brothers who have a passion for great cuisine! The Hungry Whale is a great local sandwich shop that has unbelievably tasty sandwiches using super fresh locally sourced breads, Gourmet Hot Dogs and our signature HUGE New England Lobster Rolls & Ice Cream from Richardsons in Middleton, Massachusetts  edit
  • Victoria Station, Pickering Wharf, +1 978-745-3400. Offers great steaks, seafood, and an award winning salad. Located on Salem Harbor.  edit
  • Witch's Brew Cafe - 156 Derby Street (978) 745-8717

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Rockafellas of Salem, 231 Essex Street (across from the Salem train station), 978-745-2491, [41]. M-W- 11:30AM-10PM Th-Sa- 11:30-1AM Sun-11-11. Enjoy outside dining on a nice Summer or Spring day. At night, Rockafellas is a usual hot spot with local bands. A fun atmosphere with classy taste. 7.00-20.00.  edit
  • Tavern In the Square, 189 Washington Street (off of route 1A), 978-740-2337, [42]. M-F-11:30-1AM Sat & Sun- 10:30AM-1AM. The newest addition to downtown Salem; "Tavern in the Square" has made quite the impact of the small city. With their outside patio area and location in the center of the city, this restaurant is a great place to go especially during a warm night. The bar is very open and you get to enjoy the nice breeze by the water. The food is good and they have a wide drink selection. middle of the road.  edit
  • Murphy's, 300 Derby Street (off of route 1A), 978-744-8889. Murphy's is also fairly new to Salem. If you are looking for a loud atmosphere with dancing, this is the place to be. There is also an outdoor patio area that is great to sit down in and take a break from all the activity. Drinks are generous and inexpensive and there is usually a college crowd there on most nights. Overall, a good addition to downtown Salem.  edit
  • The Tin Whistle, 241 Jefferson Ave, 978-741-1912, [43]. 11AM-1AM everyday. 5-12 dollars.  editThe Tin Whistle is a little hole in the wall with a great family feel, great food, and great service.WIth their juke box, pool table, and dart board you really can't go wrong.The Tin Whistle has specials almost every night of the week including $2 burgers on Monday nights. They often host events and have many givaways and are often raising money for chairity. A fun place overall.
  • Strega (See above in Eat)
  • AOH Division 18, 108 Boston Street, 978-744-9817, [44]. Sit down, and have a drink with the locals! Salem's AOH has been running for over 100 years and has contributed to many charities and fundraisers! Two event halls within, can fit up to 150 people! Enjoy a casual drink after work, or have a family reunion or party at the AOH!  edit


Salem has a vibrant music scene with many venues to see local bands.

  • Bangkok Paradise on Washington Street
  • Gulu-gulu Cafe on Washington Street
  • Front Street Coffee House on Front Street
  • In A Pig's Eye on Derby Street
  • Lobster Shanty on Front Street/Artists Row
  • Murphy's Irish Pub on Derby Street
  • Rockafella's on Washington Street
  • Victoria Station on the Wharf

Stanslist [51] and NorthShoreTonight [52] have an up to date complete listing of Salem Massachusetts and the Boston North Shore Music scene. Many places of good food, good cheer, and good company centered around the best of Boston and Salem area.

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  • Salem Inn, 7 Summer Street, Phone: +1 978-741-0680, Fax: +1 978-744-8924, email: [email protected], [53]. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn is comprised of three houses. $129-$219 in season.
  • Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West on the common, Phone: +1 978-744-4080, Fax: +1 978-745-9842, [54]. Eighty-nine rooms and six suites. $100-$310.
  • Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites, 225 Derby Street, Phone: +1 978-740-8788, Fax: +1 978-619-1166, [55].
  • Boston Marriott Peabody, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody 01960, Phone: 978-977-9700, [56]. Ideally situated on the Boston North Shore, the Boston Marriott Peabody Hotel is conveniently located near Gloucester, Rockport, and Salem, Massachusetts.
  • Stephen Daniels Bed and Breakfast, 1 Daniels St. One of the oldest Bed & Breakfasts in the United States.  edit
  • The Henry Derby House Bed & Breakfast, 47 Summer Street, 978-745-1080, [45]. The Henry Derby House Bed & Breakfast is in the heart of downtown Salem, the Henry Derby House stands as a model of elegance, comfort, and convenience & is within an easy walk to Salem's many fine restaurants, shops, museums, as well as the harbor & the train station.  edit

Get out[edit]

For a fun beach day close-by to Salem, you could head over to Nahant beach which is right off of Route 1A. It is $3 to park for the entire day and the beach is filled with white sand and clear water. Right accross the shore you can see the Boston skyline. A large selection of beaches to choose from! Enjoy the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring here in the North Shore of Massachusetts!

  • Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts is One mile from the town center is Singing Beach, so named because the sand comprising the beach squeaks when walked upon (see Singing sand). This beach is quite popular during summer months in particular because it is easily accessible from Boston by a half-mile walk from the MBTA train station. Also located on this historic beach is the famous tourist attraction "Eaglehead", a rock composite that is the focal point of rock climbing and other recreation activities.
  • Devereux Beach - Marblehead.
  • Bearskin Neck is in Rockport with principal attractions of many quaint little studios, shops, and restaurants that line its narrow road that is on the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Wingaersheek Beach - Gloucester
  • Hammond Castle Museum - Gloucester -For the past 25 years, the castle has run a special Halloween-themed haunted house every October.
  • Crane's Beach - Ipswich
Panorama of Crane Beach in September 2007
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