Salem, MA, USA

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Salem, MA, USA

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Things to do and see in Salem

Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts. Well-known for the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s, the city wholeheartedly embraces its heritage. Travelers spending time in Salem vacation rentals can mingle with locals in a bustling downtown area with more than 50 restaurants and coffee shops, spend time browsing local stores, or explore historic homes and buildings. Salem, which normally attracts more vacationers during the summer and fall due to an abundance of local activity, also hosts a variety of seasonal festivals, town parades, and neighborhood events throughout the year.

Salem activities, natural and historic

For travelers to Salem, things to do here include biking through the McIntire Historic District, Whalers Lane, Witch Hill, and other parts of the city. Visiting historic places like the Pickman House, Gedney House, and Hamilton Hall provides an excuse for travelers staying in Salem vacation rentals to walk around and explore the city's charming and historic features. In addition to boating and kayaking, outdoor concerts are popular in the summer, some of which are free in public areas. Activities in Salem for Halloween and autumn often generate interest from late September through early November.

Salem attractions you'll definitely want to see

Replicas of historic ships can be seen in Salem Harbor. The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates Asian art and culture and honors the area's rich maritime history. Also worth seeing are the kid-friendly North Shore Children's Museum and the Witch House. Pioneer Village is a unique living history museum set in a recreated Puritan village. The best Salem attractions for a day of family-friendly fun include a small amusement park in the oceanfront neighborhood of Salem Willows. For adults, wineries, breweries, and cider houses can be found in the area.

What to expect from the weather in Salem

Salem has nearly 200 days of sunshine per year. January is the coolest month, while July sees highs averaging around 80 degrees. If you consider Salem weather versus the rest of the nation, you'll see that the city has a comfort index rating on par with the average for most major U.S. cities. Late spring through early fall are the best times to enjoy outdoor activities, since weather conditions are usually more desirable during these months, yet for some residents and travelers, the snowfall only adds to the appeal of winters here.

Salem's natural and geographic features

Cradled by the Massachusetts Bay between Salem Harbor and Beverly Harbor, the city encompasses nearly 19 square miles. Much of the land in Salem includes hills, the town's most prominent geographic feature. Numerous waterways and related features are also found in the area, including the Danvers River, the North River, Juniper Cove, Collins Cove, and Winter Island. Natural boundaries divide the many neighborhoods in the town where Salem vacation rentals may be located, as is the case with South Salem, a community that primarily rests along the banks of Salem Harbor. Wildlife here is fairly diverse and includes beavers, red and gray squirrels, woodchucks, and white-tailed deer.