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.