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5 Tips To For Navigating Salem, MA as a Newbie!

Updated: Apr 16, 2018


So you’ve come to Salem and you’re wondering where should I go? What should we do first? Is this attraction worth my time and money? There are so many things to do in Salem during the busy season (August through November 1st) it’s hard to even make a good list on what to do, and perhaps even more importantly.. what to avoid!

One thing you absolutely want to avoid is Anywhere that is not designated as commercial tour areas. This means please avoid going into neighborhoods where Salem’s 43 thousand + residents live. Locals in Salem are usually very welcoming and very familiar with the seasons festivities. Please respect their privacy, their neighborhoods and their property. A lot of Salem residents live in historical homes, some of which have significant pasts and stories connected to them. The majority of these buildings are private homes. Please respect that.

You want to make sure you stay within the mapped areas during the Haunted Happenings festivities. These include Essex, Washington, Lynde, Bridge, Derby and Summer Streets. Along with Hawthorne Blvd and Pickering Wharf. These locations are populated with restaurants, hotels, and more attractions than you’ll know what do with.


It’s difficult to go to Salem, especially as a first timer and not check out our famous landmarks. These include (and are not in order of importance as each is so unique they’d deserve their own list.

1. The Salem Witch Museum - 19 1/2 N. Washington Sq. Salem

2. The Salem Haunted Magic Show - 24 St. Peter St. Salem

3. The Peabody Essex Museum - 161 Essex St. Salem

3. The Witch Dungeon Museum - 16 Lynde St. Salem

4. The House of the Seven Gables - 115 Derby St. Salem

5. The Witch House - 310 Essex St. Salem

6. The Salem Willows - 165 Fort Ave. Salem

7. The Gardner-Pingree House - 129 Essex St.

8. The Salem Witch Village & Memorial - 282 Derby St. Salem

9. The Witch History Museum - 197 Essex St.

10. The New England Pirate Museum - 274 Derby St. Salem


Ok so parking in Salem has always been an issue for the Halloween season. However the city has gone through some incredible renovations and have added more parking and different laws regarding where to park.

St Peter's Church is the home of the Salem Magic Show
St Peter's Church Parking Lot Directly Behind Church