Miles Over the Moon

The Wicked Running Club of Salem is hosting the eighth annual Miles Over the Moon four-mile road race, Salem’s only nighttime race. Starts and finishes at the Bentley Academy Charter School with proceeds supporting the Wicked Youth Running Club which provides financial support for local high school track programs and the family-friendly Wicked Kidz race (scheduled for July 21).

The race course, new for 2018, will follow a seaside and sunset route through historic Salem. Runners will find some challenging local hills, beautiful architecture, and harbor views as they meander through the streets. The first 300 registered runners will get a technical race shirt and there are some other surprises in store, too. The cost is $27.00 before July 11. Race day registration is available for $30.00.

After the race, runners and their friends and family are invited to join the Wicked Running Club for a party at Brothers Taverna at 9:00 pm. Here, awards will be offered to top runners as well as a presentation for the Wicked Frosty Four Scholarship winners at 9:30 p.m.

For full details and a link to register, please visit

5 Ways to Start Your Visit to Salem, Massachusetts

Are you excited to visit Salem, Massachusetts for the first time, but not sure where to start? Keep reading to learn five ways to start and see where you can go from there.

Photo by John Andrews, Creative Collective.

Salem Regional Visitor Center

Start at the Salem Regional Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street to pick up a map, watch short films on Salem’s history, learn where to go next, and use the restroom. While here you can get directions and information from National Park Service rangers and volunteers or sign up for a walking tour or harbor cruise with Essex Heritage.

Salem Trolley

Take the Salem Trolley when you arrive in Salem to experience an hour-long tour covering Salem’s past and present. After your tour, you can use the Trolley throughout the day to hop on and off around town. Get all the details (and your tickets) at or visit the Trolley office at 8 Central Street.

Salem Heritage Trail

Hit the ground running and see Salem from the Salem Heritage Trail. The trail connects Salem’s historic sites and goes past popular museums and attractions. You can spend a full day walking the trail if you stop at each of the sites, or you can use the trail along with this guide or the map in the back of the Salem City Guide & Map.

Walking Tour

Learn about Salem when you arrive by taking a guided walking tour. There are historical walking tours available for nearly every interest with stops at sites relevant to the Salem Witch Trials, spice trade, and Salem’s maritime history. More interested in modern witchcraft, food, or seeing Salem from the harbor? You can find all available tours here.

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Walk for HAWC

Join HAWC for the annual Walk for HAWC! This fun, family-friendly event brings together members of the community to raise awareness and funds for our domestic violence services. Form a team, and start fundraising today! There will be music, food, children’s activities, and more!

Register now at

Gypsy Walk Charity Tour

In honor of Black Cat Tours‘ namesake, we are running our fourth annual charity tour weekend in memory of Gypsy, our dearly departed feline friend and inspiration. 100% of proceeds from tickets sold for these tours go to a different feline charity every year. This year we are supporting Il Gattaro d’Aleppo, a cat sanctuary in the heart of war torn Syria. To learn more about what they do, visit Alaa and house of Cats Ernesto in Aleppo

This is our historic day tour with some fascinating extra stories about the roles cats have played in the most important moments of Salem’s history. Please join us!

Wicked Frosty Four

Celebrate the New Year and run a four-mile course through Salem during the Wicked Frosty Four!

The race kicks off near the cemetery on Charter Street.

Registration information and packet pick-up details are available online.

Salem Zombie Walk 2017

Come walk with the dead during the 2017 Salem Zombie Walk. Departs from Collins Cove Park/East Collins Street.

Face painting and zombie kickball at 3:30 pm, walk begins at 4:30 pm.

Pickerings, Pirates & Physicians: Secrets of an Old Salem Cemetery

An important and visible part of Salem for 350 years, the quaint and historic Broad Street Cemetery across from Salem’s Pickering House has been overlooked by many and contains many “history mysteries.” Historian John Goff will look anew at this city resource and showcase some of the important early Salem citizens who now reside there. After the lecture, we’ll walk over to the site to look at some fine examples of 17th – 19th-century hand-carved gravestones.

Reservations required. Please RSVP at

North River Walk & Talk—Ecology, History and the Future

Once called the Blue Danube of Salem, the ecologically important tidal North River provides the largest source of fresh water to Salem Sound. Originally lovely and wide, flowing through forests and meadows, the river was transformed by both the industrial revolution and urban development. Polluting tanneries lined the banks. The railroad came along and narrowed the banks with fill. Land pressures from urban development brought more fill and channelization of the river. Today, flooding and sea level rise pose new challenges.
As we walk, we’ll look at the river in a historical context–showing how and where the river changed over time, how and why decisions were made affecting the river (which thankfully no longer stinks to high heaven or runs red or blue!) and efforts to turn this impaired waterway back into a thriving ecosystem. We’ll look at amazing photographs from the old days and learn how the revolutionary war almost started on the banks of the North River. We’ll visit newly created rain gardens that are helping protect the river for American eel and rainbow smelt. Bring your questions and stories. Participants should be able to walk approximately one mile.

Punto Urban Art Museum Tour

Tours will start on the hour, beginning at the North Shore Community Development Coalition offices at 96 Lafayette Street.

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and present a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. The Punto Urban Art Museum has two primary goals: to create a beautiful, uplifting environment for Point residents, particularly for children to grow up in, and to break down the invisible divide between the Point and the rest of Salem by inviting visitors into the Point to experience world-class art first-hand.

Please join us for an informative walking tour around the Point Neighborhood to learn more about the Punto Urban Art Museum and the individual murals! This tour will take place on Peabody Street and Ward Street and will be roughly one hour long, so wear your walking shoes!

Special Instructions:
Please meet us outside our offices on Lafayette Street!
Reservation Information: RSVP to Abbie Allenson at

The Quakers of Early Salem

Join Salem State University Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker for a walking tour examining the history and influence of the Quakers in Salem. Three hundred years after the Witch Trials we explore the lessons learned, its effect on our country and the evolution of tolerance. Starting at the Witch Trials Memorial, continuing to the Quaker Meeting House at the PEM and then a walk through the McIntire District to Maule’s Well and the Quaker “Friend’s Burial Ground” on Essex Street. This 90-minute tour will be outside on city sidewalks.

A Day in Salem for $50 or Less

A day-trip to Salem doesn’t have to break the bank. From free events and tours to reasonably priced attractions and restaurants, there is so much to see and do even with a tight budget in mind. Continue reading to learn tips for planning your next low-budget visit to Salem, Massachusetts:

Getting here

Parking costs in Salem range from $.25 to $1.00/hour at garages and metered spots. We recommend parking at the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, which is conveniently located across the street from the Salem Regional Visitor Center. Note: Many parking fees increase to $20 per day, cash on entry, during weekends in October. 

Public transportation to Salem is accessible through the MBTA commuter rail’s Newburyport/Rockport line which extends from cities north of Salem to Boston’s North Station. Ticket prices range from $3.25 – $7.50 (one way) depending on where you depart from.

Museums & Attractions

The Visitor Center is home to two films that can give some context for Salem’s history before you head out to explore. Where Past is Present is a free 27-minute film that gives an overview of Salem’s history. Salem Witch Hunt presented by Essex Heritage is a 38-minute film that focuses specifically on the Salem Witch Trials and costs only $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and kids.

The National Park Service Rangers and volunteers at the Visitor Center can also help the kids complete Junior Ranger Programs, and brochures for various self-guided walking tours of Salem are available all free of charge. Salem’s Heritage Trail offers a free self-guided walk to many local historic sites, and the National Park Service also offers free guided and self-guided tours of the Custom House and Narbonne House on Derby Wharf.

Learn about the Salem Witch Trials by taking a tour of the Witch House. The home of Witch Trials Judge Jonathan Corwin, the Witch House is the only building in Salem today with direct ties to the Witch Trials. Admission ranges from $8.25 for adults and $6.25 for kids for the guided tour and $6.25 for adults and $4.25 for kids for the self-guided tour.

Adjacent to the Witch House is the Ropes Mansion. Currently owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, the Ropes Mansion is open on Saturdays and Sundays for free self-guided tours. The Ropes Mansion (c. 1727) is a beautiful Georgian Colonial that was home to four generations of the Ropes Family. The Mansion contains original furnishing a variety of 18th and 19th-century artifacts including ceramics, glass, textiles, and more.

Moving on to the 20th century, guided tours of Historic New England’s Phillips House are available for just $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and $4.00 for students. Built in 1821, the Phillips House houses the collection of five generations, while presenting information on the lives of both the Phillips family and their domestic staff during the turn of the century.

Visit the Salem Wax Museum to learn more about the Salem Witch Trials and Salem’s maritime history. View exhibits with London-made wax figures from Salem’s and visit the museum’s interactive area to learn nautical knot-tying and gravestone rubbing. Admission to the Salem Wax Museum is $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids, and combination tickets with neighboring attractions are available for select dates.

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery is moving to a new, central location on Essex Street for Spring 2018! This monster movie museum is home to life-size figures and props all designed by Hollywood special effects artists. Admission to Count Orlok’s is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.


Salem celebrates with a different festival each month of the year, many of which are free or inexpensive to attend. Spring events include the Salem Arts Festival and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

This summer visit the Salem Jazz & Soul Festival which happens at Salem Willows in August. This free event features live performances by local Jazz, Blues, and Soul artists from around the North Shore, local craft and artisan vendors, music education workshops, and more. (While the festival is free, donations or purchases of festival merchandise help support music education causes and additional free concerts on the North Shore).

The Antique & Classic Boat Festival takes place August 25-26, 2018 at the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina. For a $5 entry fee (kids 12 and under are free), you’ll be able to spend the day meeting with skippers and crew from rare vintage motor yachts and sailboats. Enjoy boat rides, craft markets, and music, and close out the event with the Blessing of the Fleet.

Flying Saucer Pizza Company

Fall festivals include Trails & Sails in September and Salem Haunted Happenings in October. A full list of annual festivals is available here, and all events may be viewed on our online calendar.


Grab and go lunches in Salem can help save you time and money. To pick up lunch on the run, grab a sandwich or salad from Milk & Honey, or stop for pizza at Essex’s NY Pizza and Deli or Flying Saucer Pizza Company.

Low-budget lunch does not always have to mean eating on the run. Red’s Sandwich Shop serves up all-day breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, salad, and classic entrees like meatloaf and macaroni and cheese many for under $10.00/person. Another great downtown lunch spot is Thai Place, where specials start at $6.95 for adults and $2.95.

You can visit every attraction listed here (and enjoy a $10 lunch) for $50. For more budget-friendly fun, check out our picks for the Top 10 Free Things to Do in Salem or create your own adventure.



2017 Wicked Kidz Race

For full details about the Wicked Kidz race, please visit

Time note: The 1/2 mile race will start at 9:00 a.m. The 1 mile race will start at 9:30 a.m. Day-of registration for BOTH races will close at approximately 8:50 a.m.

Parking: Public and on street parking available

Course: Shaded, flat crushed stone path

Entry Fee: $2.00 per race; suggested amount

Timing: New for 2017! This race will be professionally timed by North Shore Timing!

Information: Contact any co-director:;;

Registration: Online registration is available at note, there is a $1.00 fee/race to cover processing fees. Online registration will close on Friday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m. Downloadable mail-in applications are available at Day-of registration is available and will close at 8:50 for both the ½ mile and 1 mile race. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on race day.

Awards: Trophy to top male & female finishers; Medals to top 3 in each age group; ribbons to all finishers

Age Groups: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14

T-Shirts: Shirts to the first 75 registrants. Shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed.

Post-Race: Post race food and beverages provided.