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Now that September is finally here, it’s easier to start thinking about fall. One of the first things that comes to mind, besides the leaves changing colors and Pumpkin Spice lattes, is Spooky Season. Consequently, a historical event that comes to mind with the coming of Spooky Season is the Salem Witch Trials.
In the spring of 1692, several girls in Salem, Massachusetts claimed to be possessed. It was during this time that they accused several of the women in the town of witchcraft. Consequently, this caused massive hysteria. Ultimately, the Salem Witch Trials occurred. According to History.com, at the peak of the panic, an estimated 150 men, women, and children were accused of witchcraft. Just five years later, the Massachusetts General Court deemed the trials unlawful.
Walking Tours in Salem, Massachusetts
With such a notorious history, there is without a substantial amount of things to do and see in Salem, Massachusetts. Several walking tours provide local historical context to the Salem Witch Trials. With that in mind, one of the best-selling walking tours, according to TripAdvisor, is the History & Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour. This walking tour offers daytime and nighttime options. With that in mind, the nighttime option is spookier. Additionally, the nighttime tour is led by lantern light. Most fascinating is the fact that participants get to “meet real practicing witches” on the way to the Burying Point cemetery.
A fun twist on the walking tour is a scavenger hunt. According to TripAdvisor, Let’s Room is the “#1 app-led scavenger hunt company.” With the assistance of the app, this scavenger hunt is great for a family day trip or even a bachelorette party. Many visitors like this excursion since it is at your own pace.
For the history buff, the 1692 Salem Witch Trials Guided Walking Tour is probably the most beneficial walking tour in the area. The tour lasts for about an hour and a half, and takes walkers to four monumental locations as they relate to the Salem Witch Trials. This tour provides stories from accusers and victims. Additionally, participants will visit the witchcraft memorial and courthouse.
Of the more spooky variety there is the Salem Voodoo, Vampires, and Ghosts Guided Walking Tour. Operated by Spellbound Tours, this walking guided tour claims to offer “a combination of authentic New England history and an exploration of witchcraft, voodoo, vampires and ghost sightings without too many gimmicks.” One review of the tour reads, “A bit spooky, but the tour was filled with great history.”
Restaurants to try
After all that walking, Salem visitors are likely to work up an appetite. Luckily, Salem is home to some charming restaurants. One of the most notable of these restaurants is Turner’s Seafood. Ranked #1 of the 118 restaurants in Salem, Turner’s Seafood would definitely be a bucket list item for visitors. According to diners, anything lobster is rave-worthy. One diner says, “Lobster bisque was delicious! So creamy!” The same diner says that the “Lobster roll Maine style is the way to go.” Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the establishment, wait times may be on the long side. Consequently, several reviews recommend calling ahead.
Additionally, travelers recommend Tavern on the Green for a more laid-back vibe. One tourist describes the pub as “a must stop for lunch, dinner or drinks.” Another describes Tavern on the Green as “quaint, pub-like feel with an upscale menu. Great as a solo visit of spooky sightseeing!” Diners repeatedly sing the praises of the fish chowder.
What else is there to do?
Without a doubt, there is a lot of history in Salem, Massachusetts. In addition to walking tours, scavenger hunts, and great food, Salem visitors can visit many museums, memorials, and a marina. Notable museums include the Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, and the New England Pirate Museum.
For a relaxing picnic, visitors highly recommend the Forest River Park. Luckily, the park is next to another place of note, Pioneer Village. Visitors are happy with availability of park benches, the view, and small park for the children.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some of the places above may be operating with limited hours. Additionally, in accordance with CDC guidelines, face coverings may be required. However, many of the options for sightseeing in Salem, Massachusetts allow for adequate social distancing.
Since Summer 2020 didn’t go according to most people’s plans, things may be looking up for the Fall. Without a doubt, New England has a lot to offer for those looking to finally get out of the house after the coronavirus pandemic settles down some. Keep Salem, Massachusetts in mind for their notable history with the Salem Witch Trial and a variety of sightseeing activities. Check back with The Destination Seeker for more fall sights to see!