Monday, August 22, 2011

FAQ #1: Are there any deals? Discounts? Packages?

Travel anywhere is expensive, so it is logical that the most often heard question at Destination Salem involves saving money during your trip. 

We travel.  We travel with family.  We get it.

We occasionally see Salem businesses pop up on Groupon, Living Social, and Where deals, but we usually don't know who or when these deals will be available.  When they are available, we post them on Facebook and Twitter, so if you are not following us, you might want to ad us to your list. 

There are three combination tickets in Salem that might work for you and your trip.

Discover Salem Passport - If this is your first trip to Salem, or you are looking for a sampling of all things Salem - Witch Trials, Maritime, Architecture, Art - this is the combo-deal for you.  This passport includes admission to the House of the Seven Gables, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Trolley and Salem Witch Museum.  The passport is also good for 15% off your meal at the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel, Victoria Station, or Salem Beer Works.  Note: if you qualify for senior pricing, the Discover Salem Passport will not offer any savings.  You may want to purchase attraction tickets individually. The passport must be purchased online, in advance of your trip, and it is not valid in October.

The Land of Witches & Pirates:  This is a great way to see the Witch Dungeon Museum, Witch History Museum and New England Pirate Museum.  The combination ticket to all three will save you $5.00 off the three tickets.  The discount on all three tickets is offered through October, and it is available when you purchase your tickets at any of the three museums.  Between the three attractions, you will gain insight into the events of 1692 as well as Salem and New England's pirate history. 

The Hysteria Pass:  The Hysteria Pass is good for admission to the Salem Wax Museum and the Salem Witch Village, saving you $2 per person.  The Salem Wax Museum is self-guided, allowing you to see scenes from Salem history at your own pace, perhaps pausing on Roger Conant, the founder of Salem, or Elias Hasket Derby, Salem's first millionaire, and the Witch Village provides insight into Witchcraft.  The Wax Museum has an interactive "Souvenir Factory," as well, which is great for kids who want to make grave rubbings (which are illegal on real grave stones), wax hands, or Salem bears.  

There are several ways to save when you stay overnight, and many of Salem's inns offer packages that include museum tickets.  The Hawthorne Hotel, Salem Inn, and Salem Waterfront Hotel each have packages outlined on their web sites. 

Where you stay and the sites you visit greatly depend on the experience you are seeking in Salem, but one of these combination tickets might help guide you through the 400 years of history you will experience during your visit. 

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