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Five Choice Adjectives for Downtown Salem, Massachusetts


by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 3/15/17. All photos by Eric unless otherwise noted.

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Salem, Mass., is best known for its witch culture, but did you know that this popular vacation destination is also a vibrant city with a beautiful walkable downtown and a scenic waterfront district? Let us show you the greatness of this North Shore Community through photos, as well as describing the scenes with a few select adjectives...

Downtown Salem MA

The Essex Street Pedestrian Mall offers a wonderful travel experience with shops, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants set in a beautifully restored historic, brick-dominated setting. Here, you also will also find the Peabody Essex Museum, a world class cultural institution dedicated to New England art, architecture and maritime art. Fun!

Lobster Shanty, Salem MA

Restaurants like the Lobster Shanty not only serve fantastic seafood but also reflect the growing, impressive downtown Salem dining scene. Yummy!

Farmers Market, downtown Salem MA
The Thursday Salem Farmers Market is one of the best around, offering fruits, veggies and more from local businesses. Vibrant!
Editor's note: The 2017 Farmers Market will be held Thursdays from 3 – 7 p.m. in historic downtown Salem, MA at Derby Square behind Old Town Hall from June 8 – October 12.


Pickering Wharf, Salem MA
The Pickering Wharf waterfront district features dining with outdoor seating, interesting little shops and pleasing harbor views. Scenic!

Salem MA Trolley

The Salem Trolley takes you on a narrated one-hour tour of the best of Salem -- the list of attractions is jam-packed. Educational!


What a fantastic small city! To learn more about Salem and all there is to see and do (including the must-see witch attractions), log onto the Destination Salem web site.

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