Things to Do in Salem, Massachusetts Part 2
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Things to Do in Salem, Massachusetts Part 2

Salem, Massachusetts is a great place to visit year-round, but during the Halloween season, in the fall, its a spectacular place to visit, and its a relatively inexpensive place to find entertainment. If you are halfway across the country, outside the country, or just a few miles away and you have never been, its a great idea. Summer is coming, and from Summer to fall, tis the season to visit the home of The Salem Witch Trials!

Salem, Massachusetts is a great place to visit year-round, but during the Halloween season, in the fall, its a spectacular place to visit, and its a relatively inexpensive place to find entertainment.  If you are halfway across the country, outside the country, or just a few miles away and you have never been, its a great idea.  Summer is coming, and from Summer to fall, tis the season to visit the home of The Salem Witch Trials!

My first piece of advice to you if you are booking hotel accommodations is not to stay in Salem.  You want to book a room in Beverly, Danvers, or Peabody.  You will save at least $50 - $100.  Just because you are staying in Salem, you will get charged an arm and a leg and have nowhere to park!  Its like a zoo, especially during September and October!  Hotel prices are jacked up sky high at that time of year.  If you stayed at Motel 6 in Danvers, Massachusetts, which is about six miles from The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, you would save over $100 a night if you were staying for about a week in Massachusetts as opposed to paying at the very least for scant accommodations $200 a night in downtown Salem.  I checked out rates and this would be for two adults and their children.  Its about $60 a night at Motel 6 in Danvers during the summer months.  Beverly, which is even closer to Salem seems to have ludicrous hotel and motel rates, also.  The funny part of all of this is that Danvers was the real site of The Salem Witch Trials.  Danvers in 1692 was part of Salem.  It was called Olde Salem Village. 

Another good idea for accommodations is just to camp at Winter Island.  A Marine Recreational Park is located at 50 Winter Island Road in Salem, Massachusetts.  You can make reservations for the 2012 camping season by phone or in person.  Recreational vehicle and tent camping is allowed May 1- Nov 1.  You will find a public beach there equipped with a lifeguard, and public boats that are open year round.  Its close to all the happening attractions in Salem!  You can ferry into the city instead of driving and you can walk to all the attractions since they are so close together!

History Alive! / Cry Innocent involves the professional actors of the Gordon College Department of Theater. Cry Innocent is performed at the Old Town Hall in Salem, Massachusetts.  The production is about Bridget Bishop, an accused witch.  Its partially interactive.  You, who are an audience member sit on The Puritan jury while historically accurate testimony and an actual Puritan trial goes on.  The actors remain in character each and every time you speak to them.  Old Town Hall is located at 32 Derby Square in Salem, Massachusetts.  It costs $10 for a ticket for adults, $9 for adults who are sixty-five and over and students who are thirteen and over with a student ID, and its $8 for kids who are between six and twelve.  The production is free for kids under six.  Group and private shows can be arranged.  Guests get a dollar off their ticket if they attend a tour of Pioneer Village.  The 2012 season begins in July!

The Witch's Cottage - is located at 7 Lynde Street in Salem.  The lobby of The Witch's Cottage has historical photographs of Salem Witch Trial "victims", potions about the fireplace in the "witch's kitchen", and its quite scenic.  It has a theater, where you watch historical films in the dark.  They have a 4D live witchcraft and ghost show!  You watch a film about witchcraft, ghosts, history, and the supernatural.  There will be a 45 minute theatrical program discussing The Salem Witch Trails of 1692 and how it relates to Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".  It will show scenes from the actual Arthur Miller play.  It will discuss John Proctor, Abigail Williams and Judge Hawthorne.  This is a pretty "adult" event, and might be a bad idea for little kids.  There is a question and answer period after the film has concluded.  The film is a group event available from April to October.  The Witch's Cottage is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 - 6pm.  Shows happen about every half hour.  The final show starts at 5:30 pm.  Monday through Thursday at 7 pm, The Dark Times show can be viewed.  On Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, The Witch's Cottage is open from 10 am - 8:45 pm.  Tickets are redeemable for all shows happening from 6 pm - 8:45 pm.  Daytime tickets can't be used for night shows, and night tickets can't be used for day shows either.  There are no reservations available.  The Dark Times Show is at 7 pm, Monday through Thursday.  They hold a Summon The Dead Seance Saturday nights at 9:15 pm.

Salem has become a haven for real practitioners of the peaceful, white magic practice and study of the modern day witchcraft-based nature religion known as Wicca, which means wise woman.  You can purchase tour tickets at The Crow's Haven Corner for a magical tour, where you can learn a little bit about witchcraft, spells, and some of the folklore behind white witchcraft that happens to be true.  Its $13 to take this tour.  Every guest gets a mojo bag and a crystal that is blessed by a genuine witch.  Crow's Haven Corner is at 125 Essex Street.  Hex, at 246 Essex Street sells them, too.  Lorelei, who is a famous Salem clairvoyant does readings at The Crow's Haven Corner.  She does tarot card readings, also.  The Crow's Haven Corner has many herbs, gems, and other supplies witch's and those into herbal folk medicine might have difficulty finding elsewhere.  For readings, they accept walk-ins as well as appointments. 

Derby Square tours meets outside The Salem Visitor Center on New Liberty Street on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings at 9:30 May 14 - November 1.  They don't tour on Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day.  No reservations are needed.  It costs $10 for an adult tour, and $3 for kids seven to seventeen.  Kids under seven tour free.  They only take cash payment.  Jim, the tour-guide, has been doing these tours since 1983, and will talk about the history of Salem and show you all the relevant sites to the city's history!  Apparently, Jim has been on television discussing Salem quite a few times. 

I can't even begin to tell you how many delicious places there are to eat in Salem.  Quite seriously, just pick one and dig in!  Shops line the corners of the city for you to purchase trinkets to take home with you, and almost every museum and attraction has a shop you can purchase souvenirs at.  A cute idea to take home is some gravestone rubbings!  Get your charcoal pencil and some tissue paper and take it with you to the cemeteries and you will have a forever keepsake to remind you of your spooky trip to the historic City of Salem! 

If you are visiting in October, definitely look at Groupon and places similar to get deals on tickets for events.  Google away for some of these event and places websites online.  This will most likely get you discounts if you buy tickets in advance and combination tickets.  There are lots of inexpensive ideas during what Salem calls "Haunted Happenings" in October.

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Comments (2)

Thanks for all the great advice, I bet that is a cool place to visit in October, I will mention that to my husband. 

Its so much fun, Rae!  When I lived out there, I used to take my son to The Pirate Museum at least once a month and it didn't get old for him for years, lol!

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