Things To Do In Salem

55% Off Intro to Sea Kayaking Lesson

Salem Kayak

Salem Neck

$130 $59

Instructors cover all the basics such as kayak strokes, trip planning, and safety during beginner's lesson

Up to 41% Off 90-Minute Tour of Salem Sound from Sea Shuttle

Sea Shuttle

Salem

$50 $30

Tourists can choose to depart at Great Misery Island for hiking or stay onboard the catamaran for a 90-minute tour of the Salem Sound

Up to 54% Off Membership at Brickhouse Cardio Club Salem

Brickhouse Cardio Club Salem

Downtown Salem

$50 $25

Burn fat, tone muscle and vanquish stress with unlimited Zumba and yoga classes

Up to 53% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes

Yoga Sakti

Salem Neck

$130 $65

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Instructors lead a variety of fitness classes, which range from restorative yoga to sessions that combine TRX and spinning

Up to 58% Off Harbor or Brunch Cruise

Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Private Events

Salem

$50 $24

Cruises cast off from Pickering Wharf and sail around Salem Sound; Mother's and Father's Day cruises include onboard brunch for two

64% Off Month of Kenpo Karate Classes

D&A Fitness and Martial Arts Studio

South Peabody

$80 $29

Donning uniforms, students gather around a second-degree black belt to learn Kenpo karate, a discipline that emphasizes quick movements

Half Off Pop-In Playtime at Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Peabody Town Center

$40 $20

Kids' imaginations run wild as they explore, bounce, and burn energy at vibrantly colored bouncy houses, slides, and inflatables

Up to 74% Off Weight-Loss or -Gain Packages

Gym Warriors

Peabody Town Center

$380 $99

Powerlifting experts and personal trainers analyze body fat or design personalized weight plans for clients of all fitness levels

Up to 80% Off Classes at K.I.C.K. Karate

K.I.C.K. Karate

KICK (Karate Inspires City Kids)

$150 $35

Instructor with 20+ years experience teaches students of all ages the basics of martial arts, such as discipline and health benefits

Up to 71% Off Fitness Classes and Evaluation

Studio 13 Pilates & Core Fitness

Beverly

$175 $55

Certified instructors teach classes ranging from Pilates, barre, and P90X to bootcamp

Up to 70% Off at DW Kim’s US TaeKwonDo Center

DW Kim’s US TaeKwonDo Center

Multiple Locations

$180 $59

Students of all ages gain self-defense skills and build strength, mental and physical discipline, and confidence in tae kwon do classes

Up to 67% Off at North Shore Yoga

North Shore Yoga

Beverly

$85 $29

Prenatal or postpartum yoga helps build mother-child bond; 10 styles of yoga & Pilates classes help improve strength, flexibility & balance

Up to 50% Off Salsa-Dancing Classes

Stilo, Dance & More

Lynn

$50 $25

Experienced Latin-dance instructor leads beginners and intermediate dancers through the steps of salsa dancing during one-hour lessons

Up to 75% Off Karate Classes at Neves Karate Academy

Neves Karate Academy

Multiple Locations

$75 $19

Skilled instructor teaches students Okinawan karate

Up to 55% Off Non Live-Fire Firearm Safety Class

MAGPRO Inc

Multiple Locations

$95 $45

Four-hour class includes firearm-handling exercises, complete review of state and federal firearm laws, and a Massachusetts certification

Up to 52% Off Golf Center One-Day Passes and Range Balls

Sun 'N Air Golf Center

Danvers

$31 $15

The facility is your playground as you practice chipping and putting or hone your shots at the driving range

Up to 41% Off at Wenham Museum

Wenham Museum

Wenham

$16 $10

Marvel at 10 model train layouts, vintage dolls and antique toys and step back in time to visit a New England home from the 1690's

56% Off Martial Arts / Karate / MMA Lessons

Fenix Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Danvers

$90 $40

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to Half Off at Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf

Danvers

$36 $18

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes decorated with eerie, luminous murals, large monsters, animated props, and music

Up to 75% Off Group Fitness Training

North Shore Performance Training

Danvers

$190 $49

Train like an athlete by using TRX equipment, kettlebells, and free weights with guidance from professional coaches

46% Off Blueberry Festival

Connors Farm

Danvers

$23.90 $13

Guests feast on blueberry pie and ice cream, go on hayrides, watch duck races, and listen to music

60's Rock Revival Festival – Up to 54% Off

60's Rock Revival Festival

Topsfield Fairgrounds

$43.19 $20

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Tribute acts celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, the British Invasion, and '60s culture in a family-friendly festival

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Tiger Institute Tae Kwon Do

Saugus

$99 $54

From the merchant: Start a lifelong journey in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Includes registration, orientation, first month of classes.

50% Off Bowling and Billiards at Kings Lynnfield

Kings Lynnfield

Lynnfield

$40 $19.99

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Fun center offers 16 lanes, two pool tables, bocce court, and shuffleboard table amongst 50 HDTVs, two bars, and a restaurant

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

55% Off Dance Class

Synergy Dance Studio

Wakefield

$220 $99

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Up to 84% Off Martial Arts Fitness Classes

Defensive Edge Martial Arts Training Center

Wakefield

$125 $20

Center dedicated to building up confident, skilled fighters helps students train for their goals with specialized equipment and programs

Up to 82% Off at North Shore Martial Arts Center

North Shore Martial Arts Center

Downtown Melrose

$159 $29

Students study kenpo and jiu-jitsu as they learn discipline and self-defense, with cost of uniforms included

50% Off Opening Day of Yoga Rocks the Park

Yoga Rocks the Park

Melrose

$30 $15

75-minute group yoga classes combine postures with music and the great outdoors

Up to 69% Off Fitness Classes

Strength Discovery

Revere

$150 $69

Small group training classes at a studio focus on devising personal workout plans based around each individual's unique physical needs

Up to 55% Off Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes

Greater Boston Fitness

West Revere

$110 $50

Martial-arts classes include jujitsu, MMA, boxing, and muay thai kickboxing

50% Off Unlimited CrossFit Classes

Revere Crossfit

Revere

$219 $110

From the merchant: At Revere CrossFit you will not find any machine; instead you will find kettlebells, barbells, and medicine balls.

38% Off Pottery Painting at Look What I Made

Look What I Made! Pottery

North Reading

$40 $25

Adorn a bisque piece with provided paints and sponges inspired by surrounding pieces during a laid-back paint-your-own-pottery session

50% Off American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits

Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

$40 $21

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Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

64% Off at Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy

Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy

Multiple Locations

$159 $58

Trained instructors demonstrate kickboxing, karate, and mixed martial arts in courses separated by age and ability

Up to 86% Off Yoga or Tai Chi

Tai Chi Wellness Center

North Reading

$70 $25

Learn balance control, body relaxation, body coordination, and mind calming during yoga and tai-chi classes

45% Off Fitness Classes

IMPACT Boston

Malden

$95 $52

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 78% Off Martial Arts Fitness Classes

Red House Martial Arts

Malden

$100 $29

Fight your way to fitness during high intensity workouts that employ the movements of boxing, kickboxing, and MMA

Up to 70% Off Indoor Rock Climbing

MetroRock

Multiple Locations

$280 $129

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Climbing facility's ropes course, walls, and bouldering formations build climbers into scaling savants

68% Off Dance Classes at Champion's Dance Studio

Champion's Dance Studio

Downtown Everett

$60 $19

Expert instructors pass on their skills to both children and adults during classes in Ballroom and Latin dance

Up to 51% Off Dance Classes

SuperShag Dance Studios

Multiple Locations

$132 $69

Private and group dance lessons help students perfect their moves in a variety of styles; pole dancing is a exciting theme for a party

Up to 54% Off Strength Training and Conditioning Classes

Athena School of Arms

Medford

$180 $99

Martial arts coach teaches strength training and conditioning to improve flexibility, mobility, joint health, balance, and agility

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

The School Of Oom Yung Doe

Medford

$450 $248

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Up to 68% Off Muay Thai Classes

Tokyo Joe's Studios Of Self Defense

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Classes teach self-defense while challenging the whole body; assessment includes personalized plan followed by personal-training session

Up to 56% Off Classes at Borealis Yoga

Borealis Yoga

Medford

$75 $39

Sessions emphasize stretches and introspection or asana sequences at a gentle, moderate, or vigorous pace

50% Off Firearms-Safety Course

Tactical Dynamics Firearms Training

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

Students learn about marksmanship and firearms safety at a four-hour, state-approved class taught by military and law enforcement veterans

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Roshankish Krav Maga

Medford

$540 $297

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75% Off Boot Camp from Boston Bootcamp Guy

Boston Bootcamp Guy

Medford

$160 $40

Personal trainer with more than 10 years of experience challenges boot campers to burn fat and build muscle in regular 45-minute sessions

Up to 38% Off Major League Ultimate Frisbee Games

Boston Whitecaps

Hormel Stadium

$16 $10

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After winning the league title and posting an undefeated record last season, the Whitecaps continue their pursuit of perfection

Up to 53% Off at Griffin Photography Museum

Griffin Museum of Photography

Winchester Center

$28 $14

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Three galleries showcase up-and-coming photographers, in addition to well-known contemporary artists and celebrity photographers.

Up to 51% Off Golf with Cart and Range Balls

Winchendon Golf Club

Winchendon

$87 $43

Course architect Donald Ross designed this 5,512-yard layout, which challenges golfers with narrow fairways framed by dense woodlands

40% Off a Four-Week Outdoor Boot Camp

Ultimate Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$239 $143

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Participants burn calories & strengthen muscles as instructors lead creative workouts with cardio circuits, interval training & group games

Up to 56% Off Batting-Cage Rentals

A's Baseball Center

Woburn

$40 $19

Hone swinging skills by hitting homers across one of the baseball training facility's 70-foot-long batting tunnels

Up to 53% Off a Firearms-Certification Class for One or Two

Massachusetts Gun Safety

Multiple Locations

$95 $47

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Expert instructors delve into gun safety, loading, storage, and transport, and a shooting simulator allows students to practice

Up to 63% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Tokyo Joe's Studios of Self-Defense

Downtown Woburn

$129 $49

Karate is about more than kicks and punches. Their programs develop focus, discipline and they help build a students self confidence.

Up to 78% Off Women's Fitness Classes

Freddy’s Hawaiian Punch

Woburn

$180 $49

Skinny Jean classes use bodyweight exercises to sculpt curves; Body Infusions classes use the barre and yoga straps for core conditioning

Up to 83% Off Kids' Martial-Arts Classes

New England Small Circle JuJitsu

Woburn

$250 $49

Kids learn how to recognize potential threats and give bullies the slip with practical martial-arts and jujitsu moves

50% Off Boot Camp

Gridiron Training

Woburn

$150 $75

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 71% Off Martial-Arts or Fitness Classes

Fenix Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team

Multiple Locations

$100 $35

Experienced coaching staff teaches adults and kids techniques from Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, boxing, and other martial-arts styles

Up to 68% Off Fitness Classes at FT Extreme Fitness

FT Extreme Fitness

Woburn

$120 $39

Work up a sweat in intense fitness classes at a martial-arts school in business since 1982, headed by a certified personal trainer.

50% Off Beer-Making Class or Products

Beer & Wine Hobby

Woburn

$178.90 $89

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Craft a home brew with beer-making equipment and an ingredient kit, learn how in a brewing class, use a voucher for any product in the shop

Up to 57% Off at Boston Rock Gym

Boston Rock Gym

Woburn

$125 $55

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Neon-colored handgrips speckle multiple climbing walls that guests can traverse alone or with assistance from AMGA-certified instructors

53% Off at CrossFit Lando

CrossFit Lando

Woburn

$209 $99

Trainers design a new workout each day based on CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional fitness

The Dinner Detective – Up to 40% Off Murder-Mystery

The Dinner Detective

Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill

$98.17 $59

Amateur sleuths dig into delectable four-course meals while trying to solve a mysterious murder perpetuated by disguised actors

Up to 88% Off Martial-Arts Lesson Packages

Villari's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$249 $29

Expert martial artists instill discipline in students of all ages while promoting respect and physical fitness

Up to 51% Off Swing Dancing Lessons and Party

Boston Swing Central Incorporated

The Crosby Whistle Stop

$20 $10

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Hour-long group dance class or three-hour workshop teaches basic swing moves that you can put to use at Friday night dance party

Up to 56% Off Ice-Hockey Lessons

MA Hockey League

Somerville Rink

$100 $49

During twice-a-week classes, experienced coaches guide adult players through ice hockey basics

$8 for a Factory Tour at Taza Chocolate

Taza Chocolate

Union Square

$15 $8

During 45-minute tours, small groups learn about the chocolate-making process and equipment, and choose organic chocolates to take home

Up to 53% Off at Evolve Bootcamp

Evolve Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$192 $99

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Enthusiastic instructor motivates students of all fitness levels during high-intensity, outdoor boot-camp classes

54% Off High-Speed Boston Harbor Boat Tour

RIB Adventure Tours

North End

$170 $79

High-speed guided tour of historic islands' lighthouses, forts, and wildlife

Up to 65% Off BYOB Island Picnic to Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor Shuttle

Boston

$120 $59

Three-hour excursion ferries passengers to a verdant island in Boston Harbor for picnicking, hiking, and more

50%% Off Kayak or SUP Rental from Boating In Boston

Boating in Boston

Carson Beach

$20 $10

Set amidst a serene natural backdrop, rental kayaks or paddleboards float on calm waters at Boating In Boston's Carson Beach location

41% Off Beer and Wine Festival

Red, White, & Brew Summerfest

Boston Center for The Arts

$59 $35

Wine and beer fest offers sips from around the country

"Bye Bye Liver" – Up to Half Off Comedy

"Bye Bye Liver"

Hennessy's

$40 $20

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A troupe performs an interactive comedy show inspired by drinking, barhopping, and male-female relations

Nick's Comedy Stop – Up to 52% Off Standup

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop

$45.70 $22

The intimate 30-year-old venue hosts both emerging and established comedians

51% Off Bowling for Up to Six at South Boston Candlepin

South Boston Candlepin

South Boston Bowl

$59 $29

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New England–born variation of bowling employs balls and pins smaller than standard 10-pin games

Up to 85% Off Golf Discount Cards

The Links Card

Online Deal

$215 $32

Card offers discounted green fees at over 130 courses in five states; MA, ME, VT, NH, NY, and includes cart

Up to 52% Off at Boston Pedal Boats

Boston Pedal Boats

DCR's Hatch Memorial Shell

$60 $29

Tour the Charles River in a private pedal boat; bring a lunch or dinner aboard

39% Off a Month of Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Community Boating Inc.

Charles River Esplanade

$99 $60

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30-day pass includes lessons and unlimited paddling in the Charles River basin with both kayaks and paddleboards

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In 1799, Salem’s weathered seafarers founded the East India Marine Society and began to assemble “natural and artificial curiosities” brought back from their journeys to Asia, Africa, and other distant lands. Over the following centuries, the collection grew, and while it did, the Society evolved through various shapes until it became the Peabody Essex Museum. Today, more than 1.8 million of these works invite visitors to explore the world in a facility that underwent a $200 million transformation in 2003.

The majority of works now rest in a Moshe Safdie–designed glass-and-brick building, focused around a sunny atrium whose various architectural silhouettes echo local forms. This new building joins the East India Marine Hall, built by the seafarers’ society in 1825 and dedicated in a ceremony attended by President John Adams. Today, that National Historic Landmark hosts society-member portraits and a number of the hall’s original objects; in other galleries, paintings and sculptures by Japanese, Indian, and Chinese artists hang on the walls or perch in glass cases like pies with personal-space issues. Guests can also tour Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside of China and a 200-year-old structure with intricate carvings.

In 2013, the Peabody Essex Museum will add exciting new displays to its rotating special exhibitions, from Faberge treasures to impressionistic masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Renoir, and Manet, as well as modern African-American art and contemporary art from India. After marveling at the skill and diversity of the artwork, visitors can drop by the Atrium Café or the Garden Restaurant for a bite to eat.

East India Square, 161 Essex St
Salem,
MA
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Captain William Webb bellowed to his crewmen, "Ready cannons, bring her to starboard!" as they rounded on the English ship Concord. He wasn't born a soldier, but the English had press-ganged some of his closest friends into slavery on their warships, stolen his family's livelihood, and set his home of Salem, Massachusetts, on the path to financial ruin. Like many other merchants, fishermen, and ship owners, Webb and his crew outfitted whatever boats they could find to fight the English during the War of 1812, and the 70-foot Fame was no exception. The original Fame went on 11 more journeys before being wrecked in 1814 and now lives on as a luxurious home for the retired actors of The Little Mermaid.

The Fame seen around Salem today is a direct replica of that heroic ship, built exactly as the original was in the early 19th century. Passengers on the ship's daily public sails relive the experience of navigating the Atlantic in an traditional, wooden, gaff-rigged schooner. The boat also plays host to weeklong camps, during which kids learn how to sail, tie essential knots, and read charts and maps before camping out for an evening of dumping tea in the ocean.

Pickering Wharf Marina
Salem,
MA
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One might leave Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, which was named this year's best new restaurant north of Boston by Boston Magazine, with some sense of the broad scope of Mexican cuisine, geography, and culture. That epiphany might come from the selection of 180 tequilas, which slip down in shots, release bell peals of clicking ice in glasses, or blend with lime in thick margaritas rimmed with salt. The tantalizing menu also parades traditional Mexican ingredients, though they are tangled into surprising configurations.

Red chandeliers glow, bringing to life the colors of chipotle peppers on plates at plush black booth seating, all beneath red wallpaper. In the tequila lounge, ample couches create a circle around red, candlelit tables for resting a glass of sangria or a mojito muddled with strawberries or cucumber. A row of inset shadowboxes displays the colorful lucha libre masks typically used in overblown battles and attempts to go out in public without being recognized as Kevin Bacon.

94 Lafayette St
Salem,
MA
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Jocelyn’s Restaurant's menus offer up healthy, reverently crafted Lebanese and American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Playful palates can begin a meal with bouncing kibbee balls, volleying seasoned ground beef, crushed wheat, and pine nuts and spiking hunger in the face ($8). Sea-sourced entrees include baked haddock topped with tahini, cilantro, garlic, and pine nuts ($18) and grilled shrimp skewers transfixing six jumbo shrimp with garlic-paprika spice ($21). Jocelyn's falafel plate satisfies stomachs with creamy ground chickpeas, seasoned and fried fava beans with tahini sauce, and promises of meat-free dreams ($15). The mixed mediterranean grill compiles one beef skewer, one chicken skewer, and two kafta skewers—a kebab comprising a mixture of lean ground beef and lamb—nicely charred over an open flame ($24).

355 S Broadway
Salem,
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Recipients of Northshore magazine’s 2010 Best of North Shore award for Best Movie Theater, CinemaSalem fills four screens with first-run, art, and documentary films. Evening flicks after 6 p.m. offer stargazing opportunities for adults ($9.50) and kids ($7.50); 3-D films levy an additional $2 to compensate the hardworking technician who throws props and actors at the audience. Take in a morning movie before 12:30 p.m. ($6), or escape incessant summer sun by ducking into a matinee ($8 for adults, $7.50 for children). While you watch, crunch popcorn or traipse to the café for movie-minded concoctions such as the Vanilla Sky, a froth of espresso, vanilla, and clouds of foam ($3.50–$4), or the Holy Grail ($4.50), a peanut-butter-and-banana milkshake.

1 E India Square Mall
Salem,
MA
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Rockafellas delights diners by dishing up a menu of fresh steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizzas in a casual, historic setting. Stop by for lunch to try a fresh lobster roll ($17) or a Missing Staircase, a shredded-chicken panini named for the building's grand foyer staircase ($8), which was demolished after the simultaneous invention of fireman's poles and jetpacks. Evening eaters can placate their palates with entrees such as the 12-ounce, brown-sugar-smothered grilled harvest pork chop, which comes plated with cranberry chutney ($21), or the fresh crab-stuffed haddock, served buttered and lightly seasoned ($17).

231 Essex St
Salem,
MA
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Salem Scene