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Mother’s Day Activities to Try in Salem, Massachusetts

by Oscar Collins

Salem, Massachusetts, is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., having been inhabited by European settlers almost 400 years ago.

If you’re looking for a fun day trip for Mother’s Day, this city may be the perfect destination. Although it’s best known for the Salem Witch Trials, this quaint coastal city offers many opportunities to get outside and explore or stay in with lots of unique restaurants and shops.

With that in mind, here are five ideas for how you could spend Mother’s Day in Salem.

Take the Salem Heritage Trail

There’s a painted line you can follow in Salem that will take you to the city’s major historical sites. This trail is an easy way to enjoy Salem and learn more about the city’s colorful history. After your walk, you can get lunch at the highly-rated Turner’s Seafood.

The Salem Heritage trail is about three miles long and takes around 90 minutes to walk. Along the way, you can step inside some of the historic buildings and museums that make Salem stand out in American history.

Visit Salem Willows Park

Salem Willows

If you’re looking for a more relaxing activity for Mother’s Day, check out Salem Willows Park. Located on the northeast peninsula of Salem, this beautiful park has a lot to offer the whole family. The willows were planted in the early 1800s to create shade during summer.

Today, the park covers 35 acres and includes beaches, walking trails and places to picnic.

It also includes a small amusement park with arcade games and a carousel. Several restaurants and shops adjacent to the park offer amenities for lunch at midday. If you have time, you can cross to the southern half of the peninsula to Winter Island to view the ruins of Fort Pickering, dating back to the mid-1600s.

Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch with the Family

A number of restaurants around Salem are hosting Mother’s Day Brunch. Make reservations for waterfront dining on Pickering Wharf at Finz Seafood & Grill, or enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch buffet at the Salem Waterfront Hotel or Hawthorne Hotel.

Wherever you choose to dine this Mother’s Day, be sure to make reservations in advance. Find a full list of Salem events happening this Mother’s Day here.

Make Your Own Broom at the Witchery

Take Mom to the Witchery on Pickering Wharf for a uniquely Salem Mother’s Day activity. Craft your own broom with guidance from knowledgeable staff as you decorate the finished product with charms, pendants, and your choice of colors.

Broom making does have an age requirement of 11 or older, but if you are spending the weekend in Salem, the Witchery also offers a special Broom Decorating for Kids activity on Saturday mornings.

Plan an Adventure for Mother’s Day

Salem is a quaint destination that offers access to beautiful natural areas and many opportunities to learn about American history. Consider visiting if you’re thinking about planning a day trip for Mother’s Day.

Oscar Collins is the founder and editor-in-chief at Modded, where he writes about travel, food and similar topics. Follow him on Twitter @TModded for frequent updates!

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