Quaint shops, fine restaurants, a multitude of attractions, live music and great nightlife make Salem a vibrant city with a cool urban feel. Salem is experiencing an incredible resurgence, new retail stores and restaurants are opening every month, attracting more year-round residents.
Salem is known worldwide as a historical and cultural tourist destination, and is the heart of the tourist community in the region north of Boston. There’s always something happening in Salem. Whether it’s a festival at the Willows, music at the farmers market on Derby Square, the annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade, or fireworks over Salem Harbor, it is easy to enjoy Salem. Salem is also known as the restaurant destination north of Boston, and celebrates its culinary attraction during the spring and fall restaurant weeks.
And, of course, Salem is the only city in the world that celebrates five seasons each year – winter, spring, summer, fall, and Haunted Happenings in October!
Today, as you walk the streets of Salem, you can see the best of four centuries of architecture contained within the one-mile-wide center of historic Salem. From the 1668 House of the Seven Gables, to the grand mansions of Chestnut Street, to the charming Victorian cottages near the Salem Common, the city of Salem has a wealth of architectural treasures.
Salem has a culturally diverse population, a rich maritime heritage, and amazing stories that span almost four centuries. During your visit, stop by at The National Park Service Regional Visitor Center or the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on the Salem Waterfront. It’s time to discover the magic of Salem!