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11 Fun Things To Do In Salem Near Real Pirates

Pirates And Privateers: Sailing The Schooner Fame

Are you planning your visit to Real Pirates in Salem, Massachusetts? Complimenting all the swashbuckling fun to be had at the museum, there are so many fun things to do around Salem.

Below, we have put together a small list of local sights and experiences to help plan your visit.

Visit Salem, MA Museums

There’s no shortage of great local museums in Salem. If you’re planning an educational trip, be sure to add these museums into your schedule – along with Real Pirates, of course! 

1. Real Pirates Salem

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Are you interested in local pirate history? Real Pirates in Salem, MA, is your go-to destination. Our pirate museum features the thrilling story of Captain Black Sam Bellamy, his crew, and the Whydah Gally. Here, visitors can also get a firsthand look at the world’s first authenticated pirate treasure. Book your tickets today!

2. Peabody Essex Museum

PEM is over 220 years old. During that time, the museum has amassed a vast collection of authentic artifacts and historical artwork stretching centuries. The museum also hosts various rotating exhibitions, so be sure to check back often.

3. Salem Witch Museum

Inside the Salem Witch Museum, guests can find exhibitions exploring one of the most infamous events in American history, the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The museum features 13 life-sized stage sets complete with figures and narration.

Take A Guided Walking Tour of Salem

With so much to see and learn in Salem, why not take a guided tour?

4. Witch City Walking Tours

Witch City Walking Tours takes guests through almost 400 years of local history. The expert tour guides blend compelling history and supernatural hauntings and happenings as they guide you through Salem’s cobblestone streets. 

5. Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

Starting at 7 pm most evenings, Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours takes you through Salem’s incredible (and spooky) history after the sun sets.

View Historic Buildings

Still haven’t had enough history? We don’t blame you! There are historical houses, buildings, and other properties all across Salem to explore. 

6. The McIntire Historic District

Salem visitors can find over 300 historic structures within the McIntire Historic District. A self-guided tour of the area takes about 45 minutes through a clearly marked route. 

7. The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables is a seaside mansion built in 1668 by Captain John Turner I.  When visiting, guests can choose from two options: a guided interior tour or a self-guided exterior Grounds Pass.

Fuel Up At A Local Cafe

Phew! All that exploring can really tire you out. Luckily, our town has many coffee shops and cafes within walking distance.

8. Front Street Coffeehouse

Front Street Coffeehouse serves up hot and iced coffee, teas, and small bites in a cozy, cafe setting. Here, guests can grab a quick cup to go or sit down for sandwiches, soups, or salads.

9. Odd Meter Coffee Co.

Odd Meter Coffee Co. is a great spot to try something new when it comes to coffee. Here, you can find iced and hot coffee served in unique and exciting ways. Additionally, guests can also take home a bag of their favorite coffee beans. 

Dine And Play

At the end of a long day touring the town, maybe you want to feast on delicious food and play a few classic arcade games. Luckily, we have both!

10. Ledger Restaurant & Bar

Ledger Restaurant & Bar offers its guests traditional 19th-century dishes elevated by 21th-century techniques. The restaurant serves brunch, dinner, and kids’ menus alongside local craft beer and cocktails. 

11. The Bit Bar

Dinner before games? Games before dinner? Either way works at the Bit Bar. Here, you can find savory plates and cold drinks, and play a selection of your favorite classic arcade games. Note: Bit Bar is 21+ after 8pm.