Salem Warnings and Dangers
Salem, Massachusetts is a port town primarily associated with the brief period of American history when colonists were engaged in a literal witch hunt. Keep the history of the area in mind when planning your visit. Salem is a generally safe town but you should remember that it is place with a rich culture you want to honor when visiting.
Respect the Local Religious Culture
Wicca is very real belief system. Just as you would not insult people of other religious belief systems, you should also respect the local Wiccan culture and their believers you will find in Salem. Do not mock people you see dressed up as traditional witches or wizards in this town.
Crowds During Halloween
Salem gets very crowded during the Halloween season. The season can start as early as Labor Day. If you are headed here during the fall, keep in mind that is the busiest season of the year for many shops and attractions, If you are visiting on the week or day of Halloween, make arrangements well in advance so you can get a hotel room and see what you want. If you don’t like crowds, consider scheduling a visit for the summer instead when the crowds thin out.
Parking in Salem
Driving is generally very easy in Salem. However, it’s not always easy to find a parking spot. Many side streets have meters. Make sure you have enough coins before you leave your car. Metered parking is generally only good for less than half a day. Some hotels offer free parking you can use as you explore the town on foot.
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