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Three Cheap Travel Ideas for Salem, Mass.

Picture of Salem Witch Museum, Salem MA

Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Mass. (photo by Eric)

Famous at the “Witch City,” Salem, Mass., has a brew of cheap travel destinations that won’t have you flying off the handle. It’s really a great, little city with a fantastic, brick-dominated pedestrian downtown district and appealing waterfront area called Pickering Wharf. Here are three cheap travel ideas that we recommend when visiting this appealing city on the North Shore:

Take a one hour, narrated tour on the Salem Trolley (Tel. 978-744-5469) that focuses on the city’s history, hidden gems, and stops along the way including Pickering Wharf, the House of the Seven Gables, and the Salem Witch Museum. I initially hesitated to include the Salem Trolley as a cheap travel idea – $15 per adult, seniors, $14, and children 6-14 $5, at this writing, but I think the tour is well worth the money as it’s the best way to see this remarkable city. The trolley is far more entertaining than some area attractions that cost twice the amount. Regarding cultural attractions, be sure to check out the aforementioned Salem Witch Museum. This landmark Salem travel attraction centers on the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 through a tour that features life-size figures, lighting and a spirited narration. Although the admission price is reasonable to begin with, you can lower the price even more by purchasing discount tickets to the Salem Witch Museum through Trusted Tours and Attractions. Last but not least, we know that you want to keep your dining out budget in check, so a good cheap eats choice is the Front Street Coffeehouse at 2o Front Street in the heart of downtown Salem.  It’s cozy with tables and couches, and great for coffee, tea, specialty sandwiches, salads, smoothies and baked goods. It’s easy to have a filling meal here for under $10.

What cheap travel attractions in Salem would you recommend? Please feel free to comment in the “Leave a Reply” box below!

Related articles and resources:
Salem’s Lifestyles of the Witch and Famous
Hotels in Salem
Visiting the Essex St. Pedestrian Mall

Also, be sure to visit the Destination Salem web site for a full spectrum of things to see and do in Salem.

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