What to do? Today,
uses its history to draw in tourists. There
are all kinds of museums, “magic shops,” and psychic fairs or tourists as well as "modern practisers of witchcraft" (legit? idk), along with Haunted
Walks and night-time tours of the town. Salem really goes all out with these around
You can take the Salem Trolley, a guided one hour tour of the town, or else a self-guided walking tour around the centre of the city which will take you past a number of historical locations and museums. My favourite part of the trip was just walking and exploring the streets – there are all kinds of great little shops, and I loved just seeing the houses, which are Victorian or traditional New England architecture – tall, narrow, colourful with decorative porches and towers. Many of the houses are at least a century old.
You can check out the “magic shops” and psychic readers if you’re into that kind of thing. I passed, but it probably would’ve made for an interesting experience.
Another fun thing to do is go down to the waterfront, where there are more shops and some great restaurants. The waterfront is home to an original, restored sailing ship which still actually sails (although it is not open for the public to explore).
What to eat? There are some great restaurants and pubs down on the waterfront in
. If possible, ask a local to recommend one
–they know where the best food is. Make sure you get some New England Clam Chowder, it's famous and you have to get it if you go to New England. I went to the Victoria Tavern, which had a
delicious menu and a deck right on the water overlooking the harbour. Salem
I would definitely do
again! I had a great time just walking and
exploring the city, and probably could’ve spent more than just a day there. Salem