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Salem Witch Village, Salem

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  • Go a couple days before Halloween, Salem was jammin but not too crowded! Enjoyed the whole area, costumes & all the decorations!!! Very much fun but the witches tour sucked not what we were... 
    Go a couple days before Halloween, Salem was jammin but not too crowded! Enjoyed the whole area, costumes & all the decorations!!! Very much fun but the witches tour sucked not what we were...  more »
  • Couldn't wait to visit. And we visited in October. EXTREMELY disappointed!! Nothing but a tourist trapped! Oddly there are no witches, but they try and separate you and your money with witches. Prove....  more
    Couldn't wait to visit. And we visited in October. EXTREMELY disappointed!! Nothing but a tourist trapped! Oddly there are no witches, but they try and separate you and your money with witches. Prove....  more »
  • The history of Salem is really interesting but, this site is dated and the town is totally overwhelmed by mardi-gras-sized crowds, drunk people, and out-of-control kids in October. It is now so... 
    The history of Salem is really interesting but, this site is dated and the town is totally overwhelmed by mardi-gras-sized crowds, drunk people, and out-of-control kids in October. It is now so...  more »
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  • Don't waste your money! They don't let you take pics inside. And it's not like a you walk around view the exhibits. Everyone enters a room, everyone sits on stools in the middle of the room and there are displays that surround the room in an elevated position and as the story is narrated each section lights up. We left after the presentation. The girl at the entrance gave us an attitude about our small service dogs that we had in backpack carriers. Asking us what kind of service animals they were. It's none of your business!!!!
  • An informative audio walk though, or a haunted house. It depends on the time that you go. We went when it was an informative audio walk through. It was fine. Some static, dated, displays, some informative audio dialog about what you are viewing, and an overall positive visit. But it lacks the "WOW" factor.
  • Walked downtown during my fall vacation to Massachusetts. Many sights to see and small shops to explore. Food and souvenirs are higher priced, but again this is a tourists area so that is to be expected. Purchase tickets in advance as wait times can be long and often sold out for museums and events. You can check out local museums, explore the Salem witch memorial, take a walk through the grave yard, stop by a Harry Potter store, receive a tarot or palm reading, walk though haunted houses or just window shop with your coffee and take in the sighs of the colonial influenced architecture, and stop by the beautiful Ropes Mansion. Have a Beautiful trip. Happy travels -A
  • I'm a Salem resident and I am on a mission to tour all the local attractions. About this one: I'm gonna say it: this is my least favorite attraction in Salem (sorry!). It might be that my judgement was partially clouded by the fact that the staff, the day I went, was unwelcoming and awkward to say the least. But the main problem is the attraction itself. What it is: When I visited the attraction (spring 2022), they were offering self-guided tours. I admit that if you take the tour with a tour guide, it might be a better experience. I recommend to check what they are offering when you visit. Inside the building you will find a path with different "stations". Each stop is a diorama with life-size mannequins depicting little scenes. 2 scenes are generic about witch hunting, then a bigger scene is about piracy in Salem, other 2 scenes are about the witch trials, and the rest is about witches, Wicca and rites over the centuries. If you take the self-guided tour, you will find on the floor numbers and a voice from the speaker will guide you through the exhibition. The tour, I didn't time it but I think is 20ish minutes. PROs I am really not sure. The only pro that I can think of is that this place doubles also as a scary house, so maybe in the dark, with the excitement of being scared, this attraction might become slightly more interesting. Ah, and nobody told me not to take pictures, so you should be able to take photos inside. The souvenir shop is open to everyone and don't have to get a ticket to the attraction to check it out. CONs This place is really uninspired. It's about everything and nothing. It doesn't focus on the Salem Witch Trials, it only gives a very generic introduction to the history of Salem, and the section on witchcraft looks like a bad rip-off of the equivalent at the Witch Museum. The recorded voice through the speaker is flat, speaks a bit too fast, and I swear I hear her sigh at one point. If you take a tour with a real person in the flesh, it might be better tough.
  • Definition of a tourist trap! So disappointed....the whole setup is dated and in disrepair. Looked thrown together, mannequins missing hands, other props were broken and what the hell does a dragon at the end have to do with anything? Best advice would be to skip this.

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