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Things to do in Salem without extra cost

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Things to do in Salem without extra cost

My husband and I are thinking of a day trip to Salem, however I am wondering is there much to do or see where you don't have to pay to get into somewhere? I'm open to paying for some things, but don't really want to fork over $$ all day in order to get a well rounded expeirence

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1. Re: Things to do in Salem without extra cost

What kinds of things are you planning to see?

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We want to take in some of the history of Salem for sure & also just relax and enjoy the town. Are there shops to browse in? We will most likely take the ferry over from Boston on Friday or Saturday.

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When will you be coming? Will you have a car? As you may know Salem celebrates Halloween for the month of October. There's lots of people-watching that can be done during October and that's free! The Haunted Happenings festivities include some free activities. You can count on crowds next week and each October weekend.

Assuming you are coming later, the answer about free activities depends a lot on your interests. Salem is a city with beautiful architecture, so with a map and some free information from the internet or Visitors Center, you can take some lovely walks. The Witch Trials Memorial and Old Burying Point are free and are good places to reflect on Salem's history with the witchcraft tragedy. Salem also has an important maritime history and is the home of Salem Maritime National Historic Site. The ranger tours now have a fee, but you can walk around the outside of the buildings and out Derby Wharf to view the tall ship Friendship without charge. The two visitors centers are free. The downtown area and Pickering Wharf have lots of shops to poke around in.

salemweb.com/guide/…Chestnut

http://pem.org/visit/historic_houses

http://www.salemweb.com/memorial/

http://www.nps.gov/sama/index.htm

http://salem.org/free.shtml

Many of Salem's attractions do have admission fees. The three that I would consider visiting are the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of Seven Gables, and the Witch House.

http://pem.org/

http://www.7gables.org/

http://www.salemweb.com/witchhouse/

Let us know more about your interests and we can offer more suggestions.

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And if you come after the end of October, the ferry will be done for the season. For shopping or to get a feel for the history, it is free to walk around as long you don't buy anything.

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The visitor center across from the Peabody Essex Museum has a free film about the history of the area, shown throughout the day, and also has a few free exhibits and lots of free literature about the area.

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