May 31, 2013
Day Trip From Boston: Salem, MA
by Jennifer Morotto
It’s 92 degrees in May. Summer has arrived early, it seems! Desperate to get out of the city and be close to the water, but not wanting to battle the Cape traffic heading south, my husband and I head north to Salem. We find a parking meter easily (even on a Friday!), and find ourselves right across the street from the Salem Wax museum; he humors me, and we go right in, getting a bargain ticket that includes a Salem Witch tour as well. The wax museum is not too extensive (don’t think anything as extreme as Madame Tussaud’s in NYC!), but very informative. A self guided tour, which only takes about half an hour to make your way through, we learn more about the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692, and the initial settling of Salem as a town. This would be a great option for families with children who might be learning about the witch trials, or even the ones who may be reading, ‘The Crucible’ in school (there are lots of familiar names!)
We then head across the way to the Salem Witch village tour, where we are the only two joining our tour guide. The guide gives a broader history about the conception of “witches”, and how they came to be misconstrued as the green skin, hook nosed women through the ages, from the time of the Inquisition, through the Salem Witch Trials, to modern day Paganism. You also get to meet their lucky dragon, Fluffy!
There are so many great old cemeteries in Salem to explore, and it is just fascinating to be in the presence of something that is close to 300 years old! Salem has some great trolley tours (similar to what we have here in Boston), boat tours, and lots of fun shopping! Salem also has a wealth of fun little cafes (Gulu Gulu Café on Essex St.) and great seafood restaurants right on the water (Finz on Wharf St.)
It’s just a short trip from Boston, an easy ride if you have a car, ample parking, but it’s also a very easy ride on the commuter rail! See your friendly concierge for more details and schedules!