Fall may be just around the corner but there is still time to catch up on our favorite summertime activities this Labor Day weekend in Salem.
The Salem Willows Arcade remains open for the season through the end of September. Stop by for some classic boardwalk-style arcade games, show off your pinball skills, or soak up the oceanfront views with an ice cream, popcorn, or the famous chop suey sandwich. The Salem Willows Arcade is open on Labor Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Learn about Salem’s literary and maritime history with a guided tour of the House of the Seven Gables, and stick around after the tour to spend some time in the site’s beautiful seaside gardens. These colonial gardens have as much history as the house itself, and information and maps for the gardens specifically are available at the Gables and online.
For another garden escape while in Salem, visit the Ropes Mansion. The mansion is part of the Peabody Essex Museum’s collection, and free self-guided tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm through October. The Ropes Mansion’s garden is open year-round and offers a picturesque change of pace from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Planning on visiting the museum too? The Peabody Essex Museum is open regular hours on the weekend, and on Monday for the holiday. Stop by to see Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style before it sets sail on October 9.
What better way to send off summer than with a picnic? Pick up a sandwich or salad from Milk and Honey, or a pizza from either Flying Saucer Pizza Company or Essex’s NY Pizza, and find a spot to have lunch outside. Bring a blanket to Salem Common, walk down to Derby Wharf, or ride the Salem Trolley and hop off at Winter Island for a scenic picnic spot.
Immerse yourself in Salem’s history with a daytime or evening walking tour with Black Cat Tours. Daytime historical tours cover various parts of Salem’s history from the Witch Trials in 1692 to the spice trade and more. On the tour, learn about Salem’s famous historical residents and see the architecture that is associated with them today. In the evening, join Black Cat’s Ghostly Night Tour to hear ghost stories from around town and learn about the dark sides of Salem’s past. Bring your camera and see if you can capture any images of paranormal activity yourself.
On Sunday, take to the water during a sail with Mahi Cruises. The last Sunday Funday Brunch Cruise of the season takes place this Sunday, September 3. Each cruise comes complete with live music, a brunch spread, and a tropical mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar. To purchase tickets and view additional cruises that continue through October, visit Mahi’s website.