Sight Seeing in Salem Massachusetts

Jude Barton By Jude Barton, 28th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/18yy2y18/
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Links and information to Salem, MA sightseeing and attractions. Vacationing in Salem Massachusetts provides activities and events for a variety of interests from the Salem witch trials to the rich Salem history of an important American seaport.

Visiting Salem

Salem is not only the place of the infamous witch trials, it is also an important historical seaport in American history. If you are visiting Massachusetts fly into Boston's Logan Airport. Salem is just 25 miles northeast of Boston. Take your time, stay a few nights and enjoy some of the sights of Salem.

Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum www.salemwitchmuseum.com19 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1692

The Salem Witch Museum is housed in a former church. The lobby has interesting facts about the Salem witch trials and the people involved. People are let into the main museum auditorium in groups to view a dramatic presentation of the history of the witch trials that took place in 1692. The presentation consists of stage sets and narration of the tragic events of the time.

Within the museum is a kitschy gift shop full of overpriced trinkets and literature about current day witches and Wiccans. It is loaded with crystals and crystal balls and Halloween paraphernalia.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial At the Burying Point Cemetery

http://www.salemweb.com/memorial/memorial.shtmlAlso known as Charter Street Cemetery and Salem Burying Point, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial was dedicated to the victims of the trials in 1992, 300 years after the trials of 1692.

House of the Seven Gables

http://www.7gables.org/The Turner-Ingersoll house more commonly known as The House of the Seven Gables is on Turner St. The home that inspired Nathanial Hawthorne to write the novel by the same name. The tours are led by knowledgeable tour guides who can tell you all about the residents of the house and about Nathanial Hawthorne’s connection to it. Located on the grounds are beautiful gardens and walkways. There is a theatrical performance within the house and other special events throughout the various seasons.
If you haven’t read the book you should! Take it slow and savor it.

Peabody Essex Museum

http://www.pem.org/East India Square
161 Essex Street

This world class museum dates back to 1799 and has grown into one of the finest museums of art and culture in our country as well as internationally. Their extensive maritime collection reflects the foundational beginnings of the museum.

Salem Wax Museum

http://www.salemwaxmuseum.com/288 Derby St. Salem, Ma. 01970

Adjacent to the Old Burying Point and the Witch Trials Memorial.
See lifelike reproductions of characters from Salem’s history.
The Hysteria Pass covers admission to the Wax Museum and The Salem Witch Village

Pickering Wharf

http://www.pickeringwharf.com/Visit the waterfront shopping district and marina with taverns, museums, retail shops and street performers.

The Schooner Fame

http://www.schoonerfame.com/From the Pickering Wharf Marina you can take a voyage on the Fame a full scale replica of an 1800’s fishing schooner and learn about pirates, fishermen and privateers.
Pickering Wharf sponsors many events throughout the various seasons.

New England Pirate Museum

http://www.piratemuseum.com/pirate.htmlAcross from Pickering Wharf and next to the Salem Beer Works is the Pirate Museum an attraction for the whole family. Mingle with swashbucklers and watch reenactments of adventures of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard.

Maritime National historic Site at Derby Wharf

http://www.nps.gov/sama/index.htm
Derby Wharf is part of the national park system. There is a fee to enter many of the guided tours through the historic buildings and tall ships.

Salem Trolley

http://www.salemtrolley.com/The best way to see Salem is to take the trolley. They have a one hour narrated tour and all day shuttle service. Take the ride around town and get your bearings. This is a great opportunity to see where everything is and what you will want to do while you are visiting Salem, MA.

Enjoy Your Stay

Many more sights, events and attractions are available to the Salem visitor. Plan to spend a few days exploring and enjoying this beautiful historical American city.

Stay in one of the local historic Bed and Breakfasts or Hotels and enjoy a piece of history up close as you enjoy the restored architecture and funishings.

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History, History Of United States, Salem, Sightseeing, Tourist Attractions, Travel, What To See And Do, Witchcraft, Witch_Trials

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I am an artist, mother, grandmother, Christian and traveler on a wonderful journey of life. My interests are art, art history, world culture, literature, film, children, and all the things that make us tick and tick us off.

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