Other Ideas: Mystic Aquarium; Newport Mansions; Old Sturbridge Village; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; Museum of Natural History & Planetarium
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Just 16 miles North of Boston, Salem is a excursion rich in American heritage and international culture. Our museums, attractions, restaurants and tours are family friendly. Visit Salem.org to learn how to get the most out of Salem!
How to Explore Salem:
The Witch Trials of 1692: The Salem Witch Trials are ingrained in the American story as a dark period of fear and accusation. Every visitor to Salem has the opportunity to learn lessons of tolerance from the stories of the Salem Witch Trials.
You can do this through museum presentations, dramatic re-enactments, and reflection at the Witch Trials Memorial.
Maritime Heritage: Salem has a vibrant, exciting maritime heritage that you can experience through visiting the tall ship Friendship, sailing aboard a replica schooner, and exploring museums established by sea captains and filled with treasures from around the world.
Literary Salem: Novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of Salemís most famous sons, and here you can immerse yourself in his stories when you Walk down Turner and Derby Streets. Playwright Arthur Miller found inspiration in Salem, as do contemporary novelists including Brunonia Barry, Kathleen Kent, and Katherine Howe.
Salem Sampler: Why choose one them over another? Plan a visit that explores all of Salemís rich history. Begin with the Salem Witch Trials and travel through the prosperity of the maritime trade and on to contemporary Salem.
Salem Now and Then: Use the Salem Trolley or one of Salemís walking tours to travel from the 17th century to the 21st century. Learn lessons of tolerance from the Salem Witch Trials, and have a conversation with a member of Salemís modern Witch community. Visit sites significant to Nathaniel Hawthorne in the 19th century.
Visiting with Family: We know how hard it is to keep the kidsí attention, which is why Salem offers edu-tainment Options for all ages. Curriculum based tours can be found at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, New England Pirate Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, and Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem. Add a dash of fun with a visit to the Witches Cottage, Count Orlokís Nightmare Gallery, or Salem Willows Amusement Park & Arcade.
Destination Salem, Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs
93 Washington Street|978-741-3252|Salem.org
Salem Chamber of Commerce
265 Essex Street|978-744-0004|Salem-Chamber.org
National Park Service-Salem Regional Visitor Center
2 New Liberty Street|978-740-1650|NPS.org/SAMA
Washington Square, Salem, MA, 01970 map
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