Peabody Essex Museum
Without question, the Peabody is one of the most highly regarded art museums in the country. The permanent collection here consists of well over one million pieces of art in more than 20 buildings of a historic nature. Works range from one of the best collections of Asian art in America to maritime-related pieces. Even more interesting are the museum's two libraries that contain upwards of 400,000 manuscripts and books. The educational, historical, and communal utility of the museum's presence is invaluable, offering patrons a remarkable experience each time they visit.
Sam's Willows Park
A favorite and entertaining destination for many folks is Salem Willows Park, a great outing venue for the entire family. The park features all kinds of activities guaranteed to fill up the day. You can take a ride on a gigantic carousel originally built in 1866 or engage in a bit of contemporary gaming in the video arcade. There are plenty of shops to grab a bite to eat, including the famous Hobb’s and its mouth-watering popcorn. Or, you can just take it easy and relax beneath the shade of the ageless willow trees that line the park. Without question, Salem Willows is an entertainment extravaganza.
The Witch House
No witches have reportedly ever resided in the Witch House. It is, however, the former home of one Jonathan Corwin, who has the distinction of being a judge who presided over witch trials back in 1692. His home is remarkably preserved and is actually the only building left in the city that has any direct link to the witch trials. Depending on your architectural tastes, the home may seem a bit…spooky, but the design is actually typical of the 17th century. The home now stands as a museum and tourist attraction, one that ably draws on Salem’s infamous past.