Ultimate Halloween Experience – Salem
- submitted by Zoe S., a travel enthusiast
My husband and I got the chance to take a day trip to Salem last weekend. We had been to Salem by ferry last summer and found it a lovely town with lots of museums and cute shops. I didn’t get the chance to explore the town a little bit further during our first visit since we were on a friend’s boat all day long and that’s why I decided to go back for a second visit.
Visiting Salem in October gives you a special festive vibe – it’s all about Halloween. Salem has a cute town center full of local owned shops and we were amazed by numerous creative costumes and adorable Halloween decorations of those shops once we arrived.
* Caution: The streets are packed with people in costumes and traffic is at a standstill in Halloween season.
The homes and buildings in Salem are very historic and extraordinary! Check out the picture of a yard I took in Salem below and you will know what I mean! The whole Salem downtown is just like this in October – full of scary and fun things to see and explore.
In addition, Salem is located near the water and has a great deal of maritime heritage as well. Friendship, a reconstruction of a 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman built in 1797, is the largest wooden, Coast Guard certified, sailing vessel to be built in New England in more than a century. The new Friendship is part of the National Park Service’s larger exhibit area at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Ranger-led tours and programs are offered year round.
Furthermore, Salem is famous for its museums and in the next blog post, I’m going to introduce some popular Salem museums among Boston travelers, including Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum & Peabody-Essex Museum.
For more information about how to get to Salem from Boston by train, take commuter rail (Rockport line) to Salem from North Station or visit the website of MBTA Commuter Rail. (Tip: Take ferry to Salem if you love ocean view.)