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Salem in august with children

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montreal
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Salem in august with children

We are heading to the beach in august, not far from Salem our children, 7 and 8, are thrilled to visit Salem. Although we have informed them of the historical nature of Salem, they do want shop for trinkets that are more their age and want to see the touristy side of Salem.

I've read that certain shops will snub tourists who are looking and shopping for nick-nacks of this sort (my daughter wants to buy "potions", black furry cats, hats and T-shirts).

I just want our kids to experience the historic side but also have fun with it,. How much time should we invest in this visit and what places could be cool for the children.

Thanks

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1. Re: Salem in august with children

Depending on your interests, you could certainly spend a day, but a half day might be enough. Besides Salem's association with the witchcraft tragedy of 1692, the city also has a rich maritime history and beautiful architecture. The Peabody Essex Museum and Salem Maritime National Historic Site both present these sides of Salem; both have gift shops (the NPS Visitors Center has more stuff than the Maritime Site itself) with a fair amount of souvenirs for kids as I recall, but nothing of the black cat variety. Your kids also might enjoy a stop at Salem Willows at the end of the day (I assume you will have a car).

I don't really go to the shops that sell witch-related items, but I've not heard of the problem you describe. Frankly, I think the tourist dollar is welcome most everywhere. ;-) Some of the shopkeepers practice Wiccan and perhaps bristle at disrespect of their religion. It sounds like you will prepare your kids for their visit and won't have that kind of problem--tolerance is a big lesson learned from the witch tragedy after all. Maybe some Salem shoppers can offer some tips.

Hope your family will enjoy your visit!

http://www.nps.gov/sama/index.htm

nps.gov/sama/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm

http://pem.org/

http://www.salemwillowspark.com/

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2. Re: Salem in august with children

IMHO the city fully embarrasses their witch and pirate history. Ive also always enjoyed the House of Seven Gables and it's secret passageways, http://www.7gables.org/

List of cool Salem shops... http://salem.org/advertisers/C12

This is where your daughter will want to go for her spells...:). Check out the hoodoo powders...stuff is too spooky for me! http://www.SalemHex.com/. I'm more a fairy dust kind of gal.

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thank you so much for these wonderful sites! We are going to Boston for a nightime Sox game and I thought we could squeeze in Salem, getting there early morning through mid-afternoon but I hate rushing in a new city...

Hex seems hard core but has cool stuff. We will definitely talk to our children about the hisrtory and the actual witchcraft/Wiccan that exists at present time before getting there.

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btw, any good places to eat with the kids near the water and/or downtown Salem?

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5. Re: Salem in august with children

Victoria's Station, on the water at Pickering Wharf, has some outdoor tables and is good for kids. Red's is a downtown Salem institution for sandwiches. Gulu-Gulu Cafe is another place downtown for sandwiches. There are many, many other restaurants.

http://www.victoriastationsalem.com/

http://www.redssandwichshop.com/

http://www.gulu-gulu.com/

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6. Re: Salem in august with children

Oh, and if you go to the House of Seven Gables (which I, too, enjoy), your kids can have a great meal nearby: Candy! (my kind of meal ;-) Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie, the oldest candy company in the US, is across the street. Salem also has another excellent candy maker, Harbor Sweets, but it's not as conveniently located (but could provide the next meal!).

http://www.peppercandy.net/index.html

http://www.harborsweets.com/

Enjoy!

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7. Re: Salem in august with children

Places to eat in Salem are many. There is the Great Escape which was built in the old jail, Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel. and the Lyceum which is haunted. You can actually look at a book of photos taken by patrons who have seen ghosts. There are tons of other places but these are the most gimicky for kids. Check out Restaurant.com, I think some of them are on there. Be sure to check out the oldest candy store in the country. It is across from the House of 7Gables. There is also Salem Village which is similar to Plimoth Plantation but on a smaller scale. I would also suggest going to Harbor Sweets on Leavitt St. It is the BEST candy in the country in my opinion. Just a warning it is expensive but they always give you samples. Try the Sweet Sloops.

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8. Re: Salem in august with children

Gary W, the Lyceum closed early in the year and has reopened as 43 Church, under the ownership of the Lyceum owner's son. I like it there.

Also, by Salem Village, I think you are referring to Pioneer Village. That could work well for the 0P, though I'm not sure what day of the week they are visiting. It's only open Friday through Sunday.

http://pioneervillagesalem.com/

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9. Re: Salem in august with children

Oh...on my earlier post Salem does not embarrass...it Embraces. I am the worlds worst typist/speller and auto correct does me no favors. There is nothing embarrasing about Salem.

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10. Re: Salem in august with children

thank yo so much once more. These are places/sites I would,ve probably found but are always so much better with comments from people who've been/live there. I'm eager to research them!

Dont worry about typo's , I'm french and am always self conscious about my choice of words and/or spelling of them!