What Are Some Interesting Tourist Attractions in Salem, Massachusetts?


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Attractions in Salem, Massachusetts, include the Heritage Trail, the Salem Witch Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Salem 1630 Pioneer Village in Forest River Park. The Salem Trolley runs a daily shuttle service that stops near several points of interest.

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The Salem Trolley looks like a cable car but it has wheels like a bus. As of 2015, from April through October, the company offers one-hour narrative tours. The tour tickets include use of the shuttle service described above. Passengers "hop on and hop off" at 14 designated locations.

Visitors wanting to explore downtown on foot can walk the Heritage Trail. Maps are available at the National Park Service Salem Visitor Center on New Liberty Street. The trail leads past museums, the old Town Hall and the Witch House, built in 1642. It then travels through the McIntire Historic District where several buildings are Registered National Historic Landmarks.

The Peabody Essex Museum has maritime and other treasures from around the globe, while the neighboring Phillips Library has the original court documents from the witch trials. Salem Pioneer Village 1630 is a recreated village from that time period, complete with tour guides in period costumes.

Also of interest is the Burying Point, the city's oldest cemetery, with graves dating back to the witch trial days. The Salem Witch Museum gives visitors a glimpse into that time period through life-sized re-enactments of the trials.

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