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Salem, MA

Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the glorious maritime era that left an indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Today, the city celebrates its rich history with a never-ending list of exciting events and things to do in Salem year round, such as  restaurant weeks, the Salem Arts Festival, Salem Film Fest, and – of course – Salem Haunted Happenings. Located just 15 miles north of Boston, Salem is accessible by car, train, and seasonal ferry.

Founded:
1626

Population:
43,302

City Website:
https://www.salem.com/

Did You Know?
In 2013, President Barack Obama recognized Salem, Massachusetts as the birthplace of what we now call, The National Guard.

Accommodations

From modern convenience to cultural and historical, Salem, MA, hotels have a variety of options perfectly matching the purpose of your visit to our historic city, such as the famous Hawthorne Hotel, The Hotel Salem, and Hampton Inn Salem.

Beaches & Lighthouses

Lighthouse enthusiasts will find plenty to explore and visit in Salem, MA, from the Derby Wharf Light Station to the Bakers Light Station and the Winter Island Light, also known as the Fort Pickering Light.

Business Resources

Local businesses in Salem, Massachusetts, receive a great deal of support from the city and are active in our local community, such as Sperling Interactive and the Enterprise Center at Salem University.

Educational Institutions

Salem, MA, proud to call itself home to Salem State University, one of the region’s most renown state schools.

Historic Sites

When it comes to engrossing yourself in the history of Salem, MA, the city is brimming with opportunities to visit historical locations, sites, and tours, such as the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tours, and the Salem Maritime Historic Site.

Local Resources

Destination Salem, Salem Athenaeum, and The Salem Chamber of Commerce provide priceless services and information for both citizens and visitors alike.

Museums & Attractions

Hundreds of years of vibrant history come alive in Salem, Massachusetts, from the Witch House to Gallows Hill Museum & Theatres and the New England Pirate Museum. There’s something for everyone to visit in Salem, MA.

Music, Theatre & Arts

From Salem State’s Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts to History Alive, music, theatre, and the arts thrive in Salem, Massachusetts, capturing the city’s unique history and vibrancy.

Restaurants

From quick bites to harborside seafood, there’s plenty of places to eat in Salem, MA, such as Rockafellas, Sea Level Oyster Bar, and Finz Seafood & Grill.

Tours

Get an in-depth, guided look at Salem, MA, through our various invigorating tours, including the Salem Historical Tours and Haunted Ghost Footsteps Tours, as well as taking a ride on our famous Salem Trolley.

Transportation

Transportation around Salem, MA, is easy and fun with our famous Salem trolley. The Salem Ferry also offers visitors from Boston, MA, visit Salem by sea.

Whale Watches & Harbor Cruises

The Schooner Fame of Salem and Mahi Mahi Cruises and Charters represent the best of Salem, MA, whale watches and harbor cruises to bring you on a nautical adventure.

Getting Here

From Logan Airport to Salem, MA: Take I-93 North to exit 37A, and then follow I-95 North Peabody to Route 128 North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem.

Via MBTA: From North Station, take the Newburyport/Rockport line to Salem, MA.