10 Things to Do in Peabody That You Shouldn't Miss

March 9, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Peabody /ˈpiːbədi/ is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 51,251, and in 2014 the estimated population was 52,376. Peabody is located in the North Shore region of Massachusetts.
Restaurants in Peabody

1. Rebecca Nurse Homestead

149 Pine St, Danvers, MA 01923-2693 +1 978-774-8799
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Rebecca Nurse Homestead

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead sits on 25+ acres of an original 300 acres occupied by Rebecca Nurse and her family from 1678 until 1798. This is the only home of a person executed during the Salem Village Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692 open to the public. Another unique feature is a reproduction of the 1672 Salem Village Meeting House where many of the early hearings surrounding the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria took place. Located on the grounds is the Nurse Family Cemetery. It has been a longstanding family tradition that Rebecca's son and husband retrieved her body after her execution and secretly buried it here. A monument with a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier was erected years later to commemorate this. Recently another victim of the Hysteria, George Jacobs, was buried here after being found in the middle of the last century on his former property in a lone unmarked grave. This is the only known burial site of anyone convicted of witchcraft during the Salem trials. Open seasonally May-November Saturday & Sunday 10-3 July & August extended summer hours Wednesday-Sunday 10-3 October extended hours Friday-Sunday 10-3 The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is a private non-profit museum owned by the Danvers Alarm List Coy. It is an entirely volunteer group of 18th century living history reeanactors that portray the militia, minute and alarm companies of Danvers and surrounding communities. The Alarm List Coy. Presents its impression to the public through demonstrations, exhibitions, parades, living history encampments and battle reenactments.

Reviewed By LeppardLady - Ashland, Ohio

This was a nice stop for Danvers history. I personally was hoping to hear/learn more about Rebecca Nurse and her family, instead got a blanket review of the witch hysteria. The tour guide Candace was knowledgeable but wanted more of Rebecca. We did like the family cemetery on the property where John Proctor and George Jacobs (hanged accused witches) are laid to rest. Weren't told they were buried there on the tour it was a pleasant surprise we stumbled upon.

2. Fort Sewall

Front Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Fort Sewall

Reviewed By Paul T - Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States

Fort Sewall sits on a small cliff at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor, across the harbor from the famous Corinthian Yacht Club. During the Revolutionary War, this harbor was important since the American ships could attack the British and then take off for the safety of Marblehead Harbor. Once inside the harbor they were insulated from the British ships pursuing them. Then to add insult to injury, the cannons at Fort Sewall would shell His Majesty's fleet!

Today, the fort is intact with sleeping quarters from 250 years ago , and other paraphernalia from the era. The modern well known Glover's Regiment holds historical events there ( in full Revolutionary uniforms and weapons traditional to the era ( as well as performing at New England Patriots football games).

The fort is a beautiful serene place with park benched overlooking the harbor and the open Atlantic Ocean. I have lived in Marblehead since 1977 (200 years short of the war) and visit it regularly.

3. Brooksby Farm

54 Felton St, Peabody, MA 01960-1446 +1 978-531-7456
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Brooksby Farm

Reviewed By Francesca B - Peabody, Massachusetts

The high-season is late summer and autumn, yet visiting anytime is wonderful. There are various animals to see, picnic tables to sit at and a fun country store. Such a pleasant outing!

4. Phillips House

34 Chestnut St, Salem, MA 01970-3129 +1 978-744-0440
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5 based on 108 reviews

Phillips House

Phillips House is the only home on historic Chestnut Street open to the public, and it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Phillips family during the early decades of the twentieth century. The kitchen, pantry, and a domestic staff bedroom, present a rarely seen picture of how the great houses functioned as new technologies were being introduced.

Reviewed By 105joel - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Our guide, Joan, was extremely passionate about the House and the families that lived there. We had a tour of two....just my bride and I. It was great...we asked many questions and Joan was so willing to respond....great artifacts....provides outstanding insights as to how the affluent lived in those days...if you like history and nistalgia....you should enjoy this site.

5. Independence Greenway Bike Route

LT Ross Park, Peabody, MA
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Independence Greenway Bike Route

Reviewed By dmccarth8 - Peabody, Massachusetts

Nice easy walk! It is a nice paved walkway. There is a short stretch where you need to walk along Lowell Street. But it's still a nice walk! Free it's a walk! There were families on the walk; some on bikes, some walking, some pushing carrages

6. Salem Ferry

10 Blaney St, Salem, MA 01970-5603 +1 978-741-0220
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4.5 based on 324 reviews

Salem Ferry

Reviewed By Michael F - El Cerrito, California

Sure -- you can take the boring train or bus (or, heavens, even drive) to Salem from Boston. But, isn't a nice water trip enticing. The catamaran leaves from the Long Wharf in Boston and drops you at the Salem Ferry terminal, about a 15 minutes walk from downtown (with signs to see on you way there). The catamaran is pleasant, with plenty of seats and tables indoors and outdoors, on two decks. There is a snack bar (with free ginger candies if the rolling seas get to you) and less than an hour after leaving you're in Salem. A nice bonus is a tourist narration of the sights in and history of Boston Harbor at the Boston end of the trip, and a similar narration about the area from Marblehead to Salem at the Salem end of the trip. The middle of the trip does take you on what can be somewhat rough waters (the remains of hurricane Maria were churning the seas when I went on the trip). But even though I am not a strong fan of water based transportation, I found it pleasant.

7. Time Warp

8 Bourbon St, Peabody, MA 01960-7481 +1 978-587-3560
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Time Warp

Reviewed By yuliyuls - Boston, Massachusetts

We almost didn't make it! We ended up escaping with only 10 seconds left. It is more fun when you play with four people. Honestly more than that and you will have some people bored because they will just be standing around. Work as a team and take things literal and you. Will be able to Time Warp!

8. Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 +1 866-745-1876
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Peabody Essex Museum

Experience art and culture from New England and around the world at one of the region’s largest art museums. Explore the museum’s vast collections and changing exhibitions, ranging from modern art to photography to Asian art and culture. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, the only example of Chinese vernacular architecture on display in the United States.

Reviewed By 1979Traveler - Hanson, Massachusetts

Even though I went specifically for the Georgia O'Keefe exhibit, I did see the other exhibits that were there. I did not pay the extra $6 for the China house. Really...after paying $20 to get into the museum, I kind of felt like that should be included! But on the plus side, you could watch a video on the Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House and it explains the history behind it and how they dismantled it to bring it over here. The Visitor Map they handed out at the beginning I did not find to be user friendly. I found it very hard to read. So I did just wonder around and discovered the American Art room which had a Norman Rockwell hidden in a corner! The T.C Cannon exhibit is not to be missed, and the American Art and the Japanese Art were also good!

9. The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970-5640 +1 978-744-0991
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

The House of the Seven Gables

Discover The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, this National Historic Landmark is a treasure of American history. Professional guides welcome guests year round for a remarkable journey that explores Salem's maritime history, architecture, the famous hidden staircase, and the literary legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Adding to the site's charm are spectacular three-season colonial revival gardens, and our unique museum store. Please visit our website for current hours and information.

Reviewed By Matt C

Terry was an amazing tour guide and our family loved the experience! The secret stairway was the best part of any historical tour I have ever been onThank you for taking the time to rate your visit. We're happy you had a great time experiencing the Secret Staircase and that Terri took good care of you! We'll be sure to pass along your kind words.

10. Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Charter St., Salem, MA 01970 +1 978-740-1250
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Each of this park's 20 stone benches represents a person executed in the infamous 1692 witch trials.

Reviewed By Elizabeth L

This is right next to the Old Burying Point Cemetary, and is basically a big lawn. However, it's pretty cool to go to and remember what a tragic time period it was.

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