Great New England Places To Visit – Salem, MA

Salem, MA is a beautiful city with a storied past.  This October is a great time to step back in time and visit Salem.

Whether you wander along the deep blue harbor at Pickering Wharf, stopping to see the historic Custom House, enjoy Salem Commons with its playground sheltered by the colorful foliage of sugar maples, or shop along the pedestrian mall of Essex St, Salem is a great place to be this Fall.

If you want to take a tour, Salem has just the right one for you.  There are boat tours that visit New England’s historic lighthouses set against the colorful explosion of fall foliage, walking history tours, and ghost tours that quietly step into the crisp night air.

Visit the 17th century Witch House, home of Judge Corwin who sentenced Salem’s witches, The Salem Witch Museum, Salem Wax Museum, or the Pirate Museum where friendly pirates tell the tales of Salem’s pirate past.

If you love literature, visit the House of Seven Gables and step into the setting of a Hawthorne novel including the secret staircase where witches once hid from finger pointing neighbors.

Live music at Fountain Stage and historic brick buildings set the backdrop to the endless parade of visitors dressed in ghoulish and creative costumes.  Along Derby Street, a carnival awaits thrill seekers.

Shopping for books, costumes, and witch supplies is exceptional at pedestrian mall carts and stores like Bewitched on Essex St.

Dining for every taste is within a quick walk.  Tavern on the Green has an outdoor café and Howling Wolf Taqueria offers delicious Mexican food. has a complete list of October events.

Have you been to Salem?  What are your best memories of the experience?

Consumer Expert Marcie Ricker

Marcie Ricker is a grandmother who lives in Hamilton, MA with her husband, children and grandchildren. She has a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Salem State University. She has recently published a children's book "The Sugar Witch Switch" about a great Halloween tradition of trading Halloween candy for a toy, compliments of the Sugar Witch. She loves to garden, but lives to travel and has been to all 50 states as well as Europe, Africa, Mexico and almost all of the Caribbean Islands. Travel ignites the spirit and gardening soothes the soul.