Growing up in Massachusetts almost commands that fall is your favorite season. With all the beautiful scenery and festive activities it truly is a time when the state comes alive. For me, it doesn’t feel like I have thoroughly completed my fall bucket list until I have made a trip to Salem, Massachusetts. Just under 25 miles it is the perfect day trip to add to any Boston itinerary.
Founded in 1629 Salem is probably most famous for the witch trials that took place there in 1692. During this period 20 people were accused, tried, and were executed for being witches. Now the town has completely taken the witch culture by storm and is also ready to sort fact from fiction. As a destination it delivers on not only the historical aspect but it is always a favorite for the students!
For those unfamiliar with the story of Salem I would recommend your first stop being at the Salem Witch Museum where they do a re-enactment of the witch trials that really demonstrates the level of hysteria that was in the air in Salem in 1692. Another must see is the House of Seven Gables which was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story. And the after-dark Ghost Tour is the perfect way to end your day on a spooky note.
However, there is more to Salem than just witch culture! The Friendship Tall Ship is an incredible reconstruction of a 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman. She is famous for being the largest sailing vessel to be built in New England in more than a century and makes the perfect photo-op! There also is a fantastic shopping area in downtown Salem filled with cozy cafes and boutiques that one could spend an afternoon perusing through.
But I think my favorite thing about Salem is that it truly is a fantastic destination no matter what time of year you go. Going outside of the month of October also means that you don’t have to deal with the hoards of people and long lines. So next time you are planning a trip to Boston with GO Educational Tours ask your Educational Travel Specialist about adding a day-trip to Salem to your itinerary!