If you're thinking of taking a trip to Salem, Massachusetts soon, you need to know what the best attractions in Salem are so you can have as much fun as possible, while not spending too Witches in SalemCredit: fossilizedcustoms.commuch money. Salem, located about 40 minutes from Boston, is a great city with plenty of history, most well-known for the Salem Witch Trials in the late 1600’s. This makes it a great tourist destination - not to mention the perfect place to go to for Halloween!

There are many fun and free museums, special events and plenty of good restaurants, bars and hotels in Salem, Massachusetts. Here is a guide for you as you plan your trip.

Best Hotels to Stay in at Salem, MA

Salem has three great hotels to choose from - Clipper Ship Inn, the Hawthorne Hotel and the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina.

The Clipper Ship Inn has spacious rooms and suites at affordable prices, offers ample parking and is located near historic attractions, restaurants and recreational areas. The motel has Satellite TV and is Pet friendly, and also has WiFI, according to the Clipper Ship Inn website. This motel has has 60 rooms, 16 suites, private baths, etc. You must fill out a form or call them for rates – expect rooms to cost anywhere from $150 - $300 a night, depending on the time you are staying.

The Hawthorne Hotel is a little more upscale. The are an “elegant full service hotel in the heart of Salem.” According to their website, they have 93 rooms including a four room antique house, fire placed Tavern and award-winning Nathaniel's bar. The hotel is decked in 18th century-style decor, “reflecting Salem’s charm and character.” Expect to pay anywhere from $250 to $350 a night.

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina is the final hotel located in Salem. It is also fairly upscale – it is located waterside in historic district, features 86 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, marina, 4,800 square feet of meeting/banquet space, according to their website.

Museums and Attractions in Salem, MA

1)  Ghost Tour and 3-D Haunted House – The haunted house is only open in October but the ghost tour is open summer spring and fall.  The ghost tour is features “Fully costumed and licensed guides” which take you on a “frightfully fun ghost tour of America’s most haunted city!” This tour is said to be historically accurate, as it explores “Salem’s notorious past of Witch Ghosts!Credit: Salem.Orgwitch hysteria.” The tour starts at 8 p.m. and it is 1 and a half hours long, and 45 minutes long in October.

2) Cry InnocentThe critically acclaimed live re-enactment of witchcraft in Salem! Bridget Bishop was hanged in 1692 for being accused of witchcraft. This explores her life and other facts about the witch trials. 

3) The Salem Museum and the Salem Wax Museum o f Witches & SeafarersThe Salem Museum has FREE admission and features exhibits which explain the founding of Salem, the Salem Witch Hysteria, and much more.

If you want to know the city and get a real experience of Salem, you should definitely make this one of your destinations! The Salem Wax Museum is also really cool – it features 50 London made wax figures: “The scenes in our galleries depict pinnacle figures and situations in Salem's history from its founding in 1626 through to Hysteria of 1692 and into the Mercantile trade of the 18th century.” Tickets for adults are justSalem MuseumCredit: SalemMuseum.org $8 and children and seniors is $6.

4)  The Salem Witch Museum – This is another MUST see, plain and simple! Their motto tells it all – “20 innocent victims lost their lives during the Witch Hysteria of 1692 – history made them famous…we make them real!” They are open year round, and admission is just $9 for adults.Witch HouseCredit: www.witchhouse.info

5)  Witch House This is Salem's only building with direct ties to the witch trials, the 17th century home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, a trial judge during the witch trials. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from March 15 to November 30th. Admission for adults is just $10.25 and children is $6.25.


Restaurants and Bars in Salem, MA

Thankfully, You can decide from a number of great places to dine and drink at in Salem: 43 Church, Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, Bella Verona Ristorante, Cilantro, Great Escape Restaurant, Howling Wolf Taqueria, Red’s, Seaport Café, are just a few that come to mind.

Witch Shops in Salem

Check out the Crow Haven Corner Crow Haven CornerCredit: www.crowhavencorner.net/and Hex: Old World Witchery. The Crow Haven Corner has a ton of cool stuff like occult books, crystals, spell kits, herbs and candles, etc. Hex has Voodoo Dolls, broomsticks, potions, and other cool items as well!

I hope you enjoyed this travel guide to Salem, Massachusetts. Have fun spending your Halloween or your regular vacation in Salem!