Sink your toes into 35 acres of parkland
Salem Willows is a public, seaside park that’s been around for decades (it was established in 1858). Get some of its ubiquitous popcorn, stroll the paths, visit the arcades, or go on an amusement ride. Jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong performed at what was the pld Charleshurst Ballroom. The park’s carousel may trigger hazy, happy memories of your childhood, and Pickering Wharf is another seaside locale where you can browse shops, stop for a bite, or just watch boats roll by.
Cost: The park is free, but bring quarters for the arcade