The best free things to do in Salem, NH

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Salem, New Hampshire, is a quaint town with much to offer. It’s located on the southern coastline of Massachusetts and is one of the oldest incorporated cities in America. Salem has a rich history that includes witches, sea captains and pirates (Shiver me timbers!). Today Salem is home to some wonderful sights like its historic Main Street and Peabody Essex Museum. say’s DJ Bettencourt, here are our top five free things not to miss while visiting this city:

Visit the community garden

The community garden is located at the end of Silver Street, just off of Main Street. The land was donated by the city, and it has been open for about six years.

The garden features an assortment of plants that you might expect to see in a garden: flowers, herbs and vegetables. But there are also some unique items like lavender and roses that can be purchased at local shops like The Green Door Store & Garden Center (a must-visit if you’re in Salem).

Check out the town’s architecture

Salem is a town rich with history and architecture, so it’s no surprise that many of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Town Hall, which was built in 1827 and still serves as a meeting place for local government today, is one example of Federal architecture. Meanwhile, several homes around town were built during the Victorian era–one such home is known as “Mansion House” and can be seen at 11 Walnut Street (pictured above).

Eat a slice at Salem Pie Co.

Salem Pie Co. is a local pizza shop that offers delicious slices and more. They have a great atmosphere, with plenty of seating options and activities to keep you entertained while you wait for your food (or while you eat it). Their menu includes both vegetarian and vegan options as well as specialty pies like the “Pizza-Dilla,” which is stuffed with mozzarella cheese and jalapenos!

Take a stroll through Rockingham Park

  • Rockingham Park

Rockingham Park is a public park in Salem, NH. The park has a playground, skatepark and dog park. There are also trails for hiking and biking.

There are many things to do in Salem, NH, that won’t cost you a dime.

There are many things to do in Salem, NH, that won’t cost you a dime.

  • Take the kids to one of the many free playgrounds throughout town. There’s one behind the fire station on Lafayette Road and another at the Smith School on High Street.
  • Go for a walk around Lake Massabesic or along its shoreline trails (there are several options). You can also bike or rollerblade on these paths without having to pay for an admission fee!
  • Visit the Witch Dungeon Museum at Pickering Wharf for some spooky fun without spending any money; admission is always free here!


If you’re looking for a free day trip from Boston, Salem is a great option. You can spend the day exploring the town and surrounding area, or just enjoy some time in the beautiful New England countryside. And with so many activities available for free, there’s no reason not to make a visit!

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