Tina Nalepa – Arts Editor
Salem Witch Museum
One of the most visited attractions in Salem, the Salem Witch Museum, brings the young and old back in time to the infamous witch trials of 1692. The 45-minute-long narration of different scenes captures the story, truth, and stereotyping behind the Salem Witch Trials, and the overall phenomenon of witch hunting during this era. Hours of the museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round. Admission into the museum is $9.50 for adults and free for Salem residents.
House of Seven Gables
Erected in 1668, The House of Seven Gables was built for sea captain and merchant John Turner. After dying at sea, the house was left to his daughter, Susanna, and cousin, writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who later used the house for his inspiration of his novel, “The House of Seven Gables.” During the early 1900s the house became a place for immigrants to learn English and literature. Today, the space is still used for immigrant communities, families and at-risk teens, while being partnered with the Salem Public Schools. The tours of the house range from 30-40 minutes and vary in times according to the season. Current hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with admission being $10 for students.
The Salem Trolley tour is the most efficient way to see the city, along with a historical narrative of Salem. This hour long trolley ride covers eight miles of historic Salem and allows the options for riders to get picked up and dropped off at 13 locations on the route. With the trolley running all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., passengers have the opportunity to access the trolley when needed. The stops along the tour include, the House of the Seven Gables, the Witch Dungeon Museum, the historic waterfront, the Witch Museum and several more. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Trolley Depot, 191 Essex Street.
This hour and a half guided walking tour brings guest through the streets of historic Salem, back to its unique historic past of witchcraft. All ghost tours begin at 8 p.m. and are $13 for students. Other walking tours include the Hocus Pocus tour, the Witch tour and Salem Historical tour.
For the past 17 years, the Fountain Place Restaurant located in Salem offers a wide variety of food from bacon and eggs to burgers and sandwiches. Fountain Place is a family-friendly restaurant with great service and an option for everyone. Prices range from $2-14 and is open daily at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, with breakfast served all day on Saturdays and Sundays. 232 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
A&B Burgers offers a wide variety of over 10 different types of burgers including hand cut fries, an array of sauce options, milkshakes as well. With prices ranging from $5-15, visitors can get a gourmet burger for half the price at other restaurants. There is even an A Burger and B Burger to choose from on the menu. A&B Burger is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 1 a.m. on weekends.
50 St. Peter Street, Salem, MA 01970