Boston to Salem Day Trip: 13 Thrilling Attractions Beyond Halloween

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Salem, Massachusetts is a favorite fall destination in New England that’s especially popular during October. It makes a great Boston to Salem day trip.

With historic and present-day ties to witchcraft, Salem rings in the Halloween spirit with loads of seasonal activities from pumpkin carving to a Witches Ball.

But did you know Salem is a waterfront hub brimming with fine dining, cultural attractions, and a vibrant arts community worth visiting year-round?

We spent a magical day discovering a cool summer slice of this historic colonial town. It was a quick day trip from Boston, but we could have lingered or spread these activities (and more) over a long weekend.

Instead, we powered through one day in Salem we won’t soon forget. Check out these things to do in Salem most any time of year.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated in May of 2022.

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Culture Trip: The Best Art Museums in New England

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Perhaps New England is known best among travelers for its quaint towns, historic charm, and vibrant fall foliage. As if that weren’t reason enough to visit, you’ll find plenty of local and world-class art in the region.

Here are what we think are the best art museums in New England to round out your itinerary.

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