How long does it take to visit Salem?

Salem is an excellent day trip, and an even better overnight stay. By staying overnight you can take advantage of the evening walking tours, live music, and Haunted Happenings programming without worrying about a late-night drive home.

How big is Salem?

Salem is a very walkable city. Most everywhere you’ll want to explore is less than a 1-mile walk from downtown Salem with a few exceptions ranging from 1.5 miles to 2 miles.

What is the weather like in October?

Average temperatures for October include a high of 62 degrees and a low of 45 degrees. But being New England, it could be 75 degrees and sunny, or 32 degrees and snowing. Salem Haunted Happenings events will run in rain or shine so be sure to dress in layers.

Are there haunted accomodations in Salem?

There are no hotels, inns or B&Bs in Salem that promote themselves as haunted, but if you ask their guests it’s a whole different story. Without anything official, we leave you, the visitor, to tell us: Were your accommodations haunted?

Where do we start?

If you are planning your first visit to Salem, please start at the Salem Regional Visitor Center, located at 2 New Liberty Street. The National Park Service Rangers and volunteers can help you with maps, brochures and directions. There are also clean restrooms, a gift shop, and two films. From there, you can head off to explore in any direction!

What is the red line drawn on the sidewalks?

That is the Salem Heritage Trail! It connects Salem’s historically significant sites and neighborhoods. We recommend following in conjunction with a map (like the one in our free Event Guide or on this site) so you don’t miss a thing!

Click here to learn more about the Salem Heritage Trail.

Are there any deals, discounts, or combination tickets?

There are! Click here to view a list of combination tickets, discounts, and deals in Salem during October.

How do we get there?

Salem is located just 16 miles north of Boston. There is ferry service between Long Wharf in Boston and Blaney Street in Salem via the Salem Ferry, and train service between Salem and Boston, and between Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, and Newburyport via the MBTA Commuter Rail.

Click here for a detailed listing of directions to Salem.