Find things to do around Salem, Massachusetts without breaking the bank with these 20 ideas all under $20: The Salem Witch Trials occurred over 300 years ago and have since been dramatized in books, movies and TV shows. Sometimes the real history gets lost in the storytelling. Join Essex Heritage to uncover the myths and misconceptions you may have about the Salem Witch Trials.
Entrees range from $5-14, with many dishes being $10 or less. Cry Innocent is a critically acclaimed reenactment of the witchcraft examination of Bridget Bishop (Things To Do In Boston This Weekend). Advance ticket purchase is recommended, but if you find yourself by Old Town Hall 10 minutes before show time rush tickets are offered at $15 when space is available.
Gain a deeper understanding of Salem’s history by learning about pirates, puritans, witchcraft, and war with Black Cat Tours. Weekend afternoon tours cover everything from the Witch Trials of 1692 to Salem’s role in global trade, our famous authors, and more. Located off the lobby of The Hotel Salem, Counter offers new American food with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Pick up a 14 oz. ceramic camper mug from HausWitch featuring the shop’s “Witch City” design. They make a great souvenir to remember your visit to Salem, and the perfect coffee cup, tea mug, or soup bowl! Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre hosts a theatrical experience about the Salem Witch Trials, with history, entertainment, and excitement all in one place.
(Seasonal) Pick up a classic and affordable piece of jewelry at RJ Coins & Jewelry on Pickering Wharf. With fun designs, unique scrimshaw gifts, rare coins, this shop has something to fit every taste and budget. Stay under $20 while souvenir shopping by going with a sterling silver lotus flower necklace retailing at $18.
Then see the museum’s second exhibit, “Witches: Evolving Perceptions” to learn about the “Witch” as an ever changing figure in history and pop culture, and historical witch hunts and their connections to the present. ($13 for adults, $11.50 for seniors and $10 for children.) Admission to The House of the Seven Gables includes a guided tour of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, a visit to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace, Kids Cove, the Colonial Revival Seaside Gardens, and access to a guided audio tour of the grounds on your phone or tablet.
Appetizers at the two restaurants at the Hawthorne Hotel are under $20! One of the most popular appetizers right now is their all-new lettuce wraps made with Bibb lettuce, coconut-curry noodles, crisp carrots, bean sprouts, sesame cucumber, sweet chili sauce, house-made peanut sauce, and choice of chicken or tofu (tofu makes this dish vegan!).
Costumes fit over your everyday wear and are available for all ages, shapes, and sizes and Witch Pix’s handmade costume, props, engaging photographers and hand painted backdrops, capture the spirit and play of witches, wizards and warlocks. Visit Salem Arts Association to see one of their current exhibitions of work created by local artists.
Stop by the gallery shop or make a donation to support their mission. Things To Do In Boston This Weekend. Salem Kids Tour is the only tour in Salem designed exclusively for kids and families! Costumed guide “Prudence Adams” leads fun and informative tours perfect for kids of all ages. Tours include information on the Salem Witch Trials, a famous phone call, and more.
Prices vary by project and many are available for less than $20! Hop on and off the Salem Trolley or stay on for their hour-long tour around Salem! The trolley provides an excellent overview of Salem’s history and can help you find your way around town during your visit. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $10 for kids (under 5 is free).
Gastro Obscura In the 19th century, Chinese immigrants developed an early New England fusion sandwich that is divisive as it is salty.
“Nobody uses their Halloween costumes as much as we do in Salem.” Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem, wasn’t kidding when she said that to me in a recent interview. On hauntedhappenings.org, a guide to all things Halloween-related in Salem, Mass., there are more than 1,000 events in the month of October and people from all around the world flock to the city in the fall to experience the spooky celebrations.
The tragedy has led to Salem becoming synonymous with witches and the city has embraced their history by preserving artifacts in museums and offering tours to educate visitors. If you’re thinking about heading to New England's famous Halloween haunt, start making your reservations now. Approximately 500,000 people visit Salem in October and hotels fill up a year in advance.
A second exhibit features live guides as they explain the perceptions of witches, stereotypes and how the phenomenon of witch hunting continues today. If you grew up in the '60s and '70s you’ll likely remember the TV show Bewitched starring Elizabeth Montgomery, who played the witch Samantha Stephens. During the sixth season, the show ventured from its Hollywood backlot and filmed several episodes in Salem, which Fox calls the beginning of “witch tourism.” In 2005, TV Land marked the 40th anniversary of the sitcom with a statue of Montgomery in Salem’s Lappin Park.
The Witch Trials Memorial is a somber reminder of the 20 men and women who lost their lives unjustly in 1692. The memorial features 20 benches inscribed with the names of the accused, the date of their execution and the method. The oldest cemetery in Salem and one of the oldest in all of Massachusetts, the Burying Point on Charter Street contains the graves of a Mayflower passenger and witch trial judge John Hathorne.
Built in 1668, The House of the Seven Gables is New England’s oldest wooden mansion and is the setting for Hawthorne’s 1851 novel by the same name - Things To Do In Boston This Weekend. The Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, as it is also known, is a one-of-a-kind historical experience for guests and tours cover architecture, maritime and literary history of Salem.
With roots dating back to 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country and houses a fascinating collection of artwork. One exhibit that caught our eye comes from a Metallica guitarist who is perhaps better known for shredding on stage than for collecting art.
To be clear though, this isn’t a ghost tour. Bewitched After Dark sticks to the facts and guides visitors along to some of Salem’s must-see sites. Tickets are $20 for adults (kids under 7 are free) and the tour is about two hours long. New England is famous for having stunning fall foliage, and while you’re in Salem you’ll be surrounded by the colors of autumn.