Spooky Season in Salem
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Food & Wine
One of the most well known spooky spots year-round, Salem is the place to be for all of you Halloween season lovers! Taking on the New England charm of the fall while boasting with history, the small town goes all out during the fall turning into a real life Halloween town. While it can get quite busy during this time of year, there is truly no better season to experience the magic of Salem than autumn.
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Things to do in Salem
Historical Walking Tours - Offered daily, these tours are the best way to see a lot in a small time frame while soaking in the knowledge of your guide.
Ghost Tours - If you are looking for something more on the haunted side, there are also plenty of ghost tour offerings throughout the day that take you around to all of the most well known haunted spots of the town!
Visit the Witch House - Buy tickets to visit the inside or just walk around the outside. Either way you choose to do it, this is a MUST SEE!
Salem Witch Museum - From artifacts to documents to more haunted stories, there is an unlimited amount of things to explore.
Old Burying Point Cemetery - This is a hot spot for many of the tours, but if you are venturing out on your own, be sure to add walking the graves to your schedule.
Souvenir Shopping - There are tons of dainty shops throughout the downtown area of Salem where you can find everything from crystals to souvenir t-shirts to even thrift shops.
Walking the Town - One of the best parts of experiencing Salem in the fall is taking it all in! I recommend giving yourself time to just wander around and take in the charm.
Enjoy the restaurants - There are so many cute coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy for all meals of the day that will give you the fuel you need to keep exploring!
Places to eat & drink in Salem
Salem Center Food Court - If you are looking for something quick and not so sit down style, the Salem Center has a food court with a handful of fast food options including a Chinese Cafe, a Charleys, and a Little Sicily's Pizza.
Brodie's Seaport - Serving traditional American Cuisine located right in the seaport of Salem.
Casa Tequila - Mix your love for Mexican cuisine and your love for spooky things with this traditional Mexican restaurant, also located in the seaport.
Witch City Hibachi - After a day full of walking around the city, sit down and enjoy Salem's ONLY hibachi restaurant!
Rockafellas - Located in the heart of the historic area of Salem, enjoy a meal on the patio with the traditional cuisine offered.
Olde Main Street Pub - With high quality food and a wide array of wine, beers, and spirits, this pub is conveniently located to be the perfect pit stop to your day.
Jodi Bee Bakes - If you are just looking for a quick pastry and or bakery item, stop in at this vegan shop to enjoy a sweet (or salty) treat.
Pickering Wharf - One of the few waterfront dining options in Salem, venture down to the harbor and enjoy a fine meal over the water.
Boston is a wonderful day trip addition to your Salem trip, or you can even do it the other way around by staying in Boston and day tripping to Salem. The drive between them is less than an hour with train and bus options as well.
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