I was just reading some of the reviews of Salem, and I think some are expecting Witch City to be a real witch city.
While I enjoy going to Salem ( I work and live near by), the exploits of the Witch Trials, and all things witches is by far over-blown.
Yes, it is a draw for many...but for the rest of us, just another port town....think Newburyport, Rockport, Essex, etc...with a witch history. Much to the defense of the poor reviews, the board of tourism of Salem perpetuates the notion that it is a tourist destination, but in many aspecs, lacking.
So for all tourists looking to extend their Boston vacation with a visit to Witch City, do some research; set your expectations a bit lower, and have a good time.