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A half-ish day in Salem in July

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A half-ish day in Salem in July

This may not be enough time but that's all we have. We will arrive in Boston at 6pm on a Saturday in July, then need to bring our kids to a camp the next day in the afternoon. We heard so much about Salem and really would like to check it out.

If we stay in Salem for that Saturday, going to a ghost tour, then check out the town Sunday morning and early afternoon, will it give us some intro. level about the history and let us get back to Boston for checking into the summer camp by 3pm? Any thoughts are great appreciated.

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1. Re: A half-ish day in Salem in July

Are you strictly witch people or are you interested in the rest of Salem's history beyond the witch thing? There is much more to Salem than the witches, but that is all that some want to experience.

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2. Re: A half-ish day in Salem in July

Howland_Owl's point is a good one, and frankly it's a lot easier to learn about Salem's maritime history than its witch trials history. To do the former, visit the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which opens at 10am, but you can walk around the grounds of the park, including Derby Wharf (though unfortunately the tall ship Friendship may still be away for repairs at the time of your visit), before it opens. Try to sign up for a ranger-guided tour, which I believe you can now do by phoning the NPS Visitors Center (it opens at 9am, but is not on the grounds of the Park, so you could stop there first). Also, before everything opens, you could walk along Chestnut Street to see the homes of the merchants and sea captains; the architecture is beautiful. If you have time later in the day, a visit to the Peabody Essex Museum for more maritime history would be worthwhile. The House of the Seven Gables is another option for continuing the maritime history--and adding a bit of Salem's literary history--and it is not far from the Historic Site

Another important question: Will you have a car? It would give you the most flexibility. If you are planning to use the commuter rail, note that it runs on a fixed schedule with infrequent service on Sundays.

Enjoy your visit!

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3. Re: A half-ish day in Salem in July

Thank you all for great points. No, we just want to experience Salem but have limited time. But the recommendations make great sense and we just need to execute it. Appreciate your replies.

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4. Re: A half-ish day in Salem in July

So where is this summer camp?

It's kinda hard to say much about getting back to an unknown location with an unknown means of transportation but it doesn't sound like anything I'd want to do especially at the expense of time in Boston unless I'd already been to Boston a lot.

Edited: 12 May 2018, 03:47
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