Spend Labor Day Weekend in Salem, Massachusetts
Fall may be just around the corner but there is still time to catch up on our favorite summertime activities this Labor Day weekend in Salem.
The Salem Willows Arcade remains open for the season through the end of September. Stop by for some classic boardwalk-style arcade games, show off your pinball skills, or soak up the oceanfront views with an ice cream, popcorn, or the famous chop suey sandwich. The Salem Willows Arcade is open on Labor Day weekend (Saturday-Monday) until 10:00 pm and from noon to 8:00 pm on weekends through the end of the month.
Learn about Salem’s literary and maritime history with a guided tour of The House of the Seven Gables, and stick around after the tour to spend some time in the site’s beautiful seaside gardens. These colonial gardens have as much history as the house itself, and information and maps for the gardens specifically are available at the Gables and online.
For another garden escape while in Salem, visit the Ropes Mansion. The mansion is part of the Peabody Essex Museum’s collection, and free self-guided tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm through October. The Ropes Mansion’s garden is open year-round and offers a picturesque change of pace from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Planning on visiting the museum too? The Peabody Essex Museum is open regular hours on the weekend, and on Monday for the holiday. Stop by to see Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings before this exhibit closes on September 23, 2018.
What better way to send off summer than with a picnic? Pick up a sandwich from Kuscho Bistro or a pizza from either Flying Saucer Pizza Company or Essex’s NY Pizza, and find a spot to have lunch outside. Bring a blanket to Salem Common, walk down to Derby Wharf, or ride the Salem Trolley and hop off at Winter Island for a scenic picnic spot.
Immerse yourself in Salem’s history with a walking tour with Hocus Pocus Tours. This 90-minute walking tour is offered year-round and it’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in Salem’s history. Tours run daily at 7:30 pm (5:00 pm on Labor Day) and tickets are available in advance at hocuspocustours.com.
Many of Salem’s harbor cruises run through the end of the month, so you can get one last taste of summer during Labor Day weekend. Craving one last Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar on the water? Be sure to get your tickets for Mahi Cruises’ Sunday Funday Cruise, the last one of the season sails during Labor Day weekend.