Discover a selection of 199 vacation rentals in Salem, MA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and kitchens. Prices start at $156 per night, and houses and condos are popular options for a stay in Salem. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Things to do and see in Salem

Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts. Well-known for the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s, the city wholeheartedly embraces its heritage. Travelers spending time in Salem vacation rentals can mingle with locals in a bustling downtown area with more than 50 restaurants and coffee shops, spend time browsing local stores, or explore historic homes and buildings. Salem, which normally attracts more vacationers during the summer and fall due to an abundance of local activity, also hosts a variety of seasonal festivals, town parades, and neighborhood events throughout the year.

Things to do

Salem attractions you'll definitely want to see

Replicas of historic ships can be seen in Salem Harbor. The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates Asian art and culture and honors the area's rich maritime history. Also worth seeing are the kid-friendly North Shore Children's Museum and the Witch House. Pioneer Village is a unique living history museum set in a recreated Puritan village. The best Salem attractions for a day of family-friendly fun include a small amusement park in the oceanfront neighborhood of Salem Willows. For adults, wineries, breweries, and cider houses can be found in the area.

Activities

Salem activities, natural and historic

For travelers to Salem, things to do here include biking through the McIntire Historic District, Whalers Lane, Witch Hill, and other parts of the city. Visiting historic places like the Pickman House, Gedney House, and Hamilton Hall provides an excuse for travelers staying in Salem vacation rentals to walk around and explore the city's charming and historic features. In addition to boating and kayaking, outdoor concerts are popular in the summer, some of which are free in public areas. Activities in Salem for Halloween and autumn often generate interest from late September through early November.

Weather

What to expect from the weather in Salem

Salem has nearly 200 days of sunshine per year. January is the coolest month, while July sees highs averaging around 80 degrees. If you consider Salem weather versus the rest of the nation, you'll see that the city has a comfort index rating on par with the average for most major U.S. cities. Late spring through early fall are the best times to enjoy outdoor activities, since weather conditions are usually more desirable during these months, yet for some residents and travelers, the snowfall only adds to the appeal of winters here.

Natural features

Salem's natural and geographic features

Cradled by the Massachusetts Bay between Salem Harbor and Beverly Harbor, the city encompasses nearly 19 square miles. Much of the land in Salem includes hills, the town's most prominent geographic feature. Numerous waterways and related features are also found in the area, including the Danvers River, the North River, Juniper Cove, Collins Cove, and Winter Island. Natural boundaries divide the many neighborhoods in the town where Salem vacation rentals may be located, as is the case with South Salem, a community that primarily rests along the banks of Salem Harbor. Wildlife here is fairly diverse and includes beavers, red and gray squirrels, woodchucks, and white-tailed deer.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Salem

The nearest airport is in Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal), located 5 mi (8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.), which is 12 mi (19.3 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Salem, MA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 199 vacation rentals around Salem. From 113 house rentals to 58 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Salem?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Salem:

  • Beacon Hill: 302 vacation rentals
  • Shawmut: 172 vacation rentals
  • Prudential / St. Botolph: 168 vacation rentals
  • Thompson Square / Bunker Hill: 62 vacation rentals
  • Back Bay: 399 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Salem?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Salem. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Witch House: 1,214 vacation rentals
  • Salem Common: 1,220 vacation rentals
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site: 1,213 vacation rentals
  • Salem Willows Park: 1,208 vacation rentals
  • National Park Service Salem Visitor Center: 1,220 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Salem listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Salem?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 113 Houses in Salem. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Salem include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 58 rentals available
  • Cottages: 9 rentals available
  • Cabins: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Salem?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 7 vacation rentals with pool available in Salem. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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