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Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

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Address: Salem, MA

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Fun, free activity!

Nice to walk around and see the shops and museums along here. Didn't get bored, and the stroll didn't seem long. Just a nice time and place to visit while on vacation.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Forked River, New Jersey
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I have spent 3 days in the past 6 months visiting Salem and have really only had to pay for food and parking. Take advantage of the open air areas to get a feel for the town while absorbing the past with the present!

Thank megan0627
Forked River, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice to walk around and see the shops and museums along here. Didn't get bored, and the stroll didn't seem long. Just a nice time and place to visit while on vacation.

Thank gostartraveler
Brooklyn, New York
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832 reviews
309 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

My husband and I came here Halloween weekend and had an absolute blast. SO many people were out partaking in halloween fun. Lots of people dressed up, lots of great witch/occult/wicca/new age type stores on the pedestrian walk. We stopped in all of them, it was so great to pick up a few crystals and trinkets to remind us of... More 

1 Thank Jvalliant
Suffield, Connecticut
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Such fun to stroll around the mall on a cool, rainy October day! Lots of shops, the terrific Peabody Essex Museum, and places to sit back and enjoy a bite to eat with a glass of wine! Best part was the live music near the museum. Wish I knew the name of the band!

1 Thank AnneMarie B
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Good place to go to find some food, authentic materials, or souvenirs. It can get pretty crowded, especially on weekends, but it's usually not too bad. Definitely one of the main hubs of the downtown.

1 Thank Steve O
Aurora, Ohio
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500 reviews
193 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Walking and Exploring the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall is fun. Most of the shops are witch or magic themed. It was quite busy, but that would be expected since it was October. Street performers line the mall dressed as Halloween icons. They pose with you for pictures and expecting tips. It adds to the fun atmosphere. Especially if you come... More 

Thank Angie_Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Salem on a Saturday in October is crazy busy, avoid like the plague. If you decide to go anyway, stop inside if your cold it was HOT in there. There are shops and places to eat, and Cinema. Also a place you can get Witch pictures taken. Its a great short cut if your trying to get from one side... More 

Thank diamun
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is fun but tough with kids. I like to visit the shops and there's not much for kids. Worth a walk down to visit with the costumed people, there's ghostbusters, Frankenstein. Maleficent and others to take pictures with for tips

Thank Rebecca S
United States
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Our tour group made an unexpected stop at the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall. There had been a festival there the weekend before and it was buzzing with excitement. We got to see street performers in early colonial dress, the stores were filled with books, toys, witchcraft memorabilia, lots of extraordinary items, and restaurants smelled delicious as we strolled by. The... More 

Thank Kerry H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fun mall where you could shop, dine, people watch, or just go to the Peabody Museum for other cultures. The Silversmith shop had an incredibly huge selection of rocks and fossils which was fascinating. Rockafellas restaurant was on the mall and the Bewitched statute was at one far end. Yes, there were a lot of "souvenir" shops... More 

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