What to do and see in Salem, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 15, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Salem is a city in Salem County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 5,146, reflecting a decrease of 711 (−12.1%) from the 5,857 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 1,026 (−14.9%) from the 6,883 counted in the 1990 Census, an overall drop of more than 25% over the two decades. It is the county seat of Salem County, the state's most rural county. The name "Salem", in both the city and county, is derived from the Hebrew word shalom, meaning "peace".
Restaurants in Salem

1. Royal Port Antiques

13 Market St, Salem, NJ 08079-1901 +1 856-339-0400
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Royal Port Antiques

Reviewed By KoehlerJ - Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Very nice antique store. Very spacious with wide variety of items. Reasonable price items in wonderful old building. Very friendly lady running store. Even had table section with coffee hot choc n cookies. Salem is cute town too. Wished I had more time to stroll through.

2. Fort Mott State Park

454 Fort Mott Rd, Pennsville, NJ 08070-9646
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Fort Mott State Park

Reviewed By podrozniczka60 - New Jersey

Fort Mott is a nice destination for the whole family. The Visitor Center was for some reason closed on this August weekend and website mistakenly stated the ferry was done for the season but local staff explained these are just mistakes of the central management in Trenton. Self-guided tour is recommended as it gets you to explore all the important elements of the history of this fort . There is nice picnic area available. Ferry to Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware is a major attraction and it makes it for a very nice combined trip.

3. Fort Delaware State Park

Pea Patch Island, Ferry Departs from 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE +1 302-834-7941
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Fort Delaware State Park

Reviewed By podrozniczka60 - New Jersey

This destination is not always easily reachable - but between Memorial Day and Labor day the ferries run both from Fort Mott in New Jersey and Delaware City in Delaware. The journey to the Pea Patch Island is pleasant in itself. From the ferry pier you will be transported by jitney to the Fort. Most tourists stop afterwards in Visitor Center and start self-guided tour. The Fort served as Civil War prison and because of that in October the place offers paranormal tours. There are nice picnic areas and you can meet actors in period attire. It is easy to spend and enjoy whole day here. For birdwatchers - herons, egrets, ibises. There is a rookery on the island.

4. Battery Park

Waterfront, New Castle, DE 19720
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Battery Park

Reviewed By gostartraveler - Forked River, New Jersey

Nice pier to view the water and Delaware Memorial Bridge. They have a playground (but this day was rainy, so couldn't give opinion on that.) Nice historical structure (former railroad ticket booth) with explainer, would be nice if it were open. Parking on street, seemed adequate for a Saturday morning.

5. Cowtown Rodeo

780 Route 40, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098-2909 +1 856-769-3200
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Cowtown Rodeo

Cowtown Rodeo was started in 1929 and are the oldest weekly running rodeo in the United States! We showcase all seven professional rodeo events each week: Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping and Girls Barrel Racing. Come check us out for a taste of the Old West right here in South Jersey at the Best Show On Dirt!

Reviewed By Mike K - Mount Holly, New Jersey

I took my kids to see this rodeo which is about 1 hour outside of Philadelphia, and maybe 30 minutes from Wilmington DE. There is plenty of free parking, and the tickets are not too expensive, I think $20 for an adult, and $10 for kids under 12. There is some food for purchase there, as well as a gift shop. The seating is first-come-first serve bleachers. The arena is fairly small so most any seat will allow you to see some of the action. There are two gates for the animals, one at each end, that seemed to mostly alternate between events, so if you are sitting near one of the gates, you will be close to the action for at least some of the events.

There is an announcer that explains some of what is going on, so even if you dont know much about rodeo (I'd guess at least 50% of the crowd was not well versed in it), then you'll be able to pick up something. There are different events, such as (sorry Im not a rodeo expert, so please forgive any misuse of terminology), lassoing, where people on horse try to lasso and tie up a calf... bull wrestling (where they try to jump off a horse and catch a small bull and flip it over), and barrel racing, where a horse rider tries to quickly navigate around some 55 gallon drum barrels in the arena.

I think its a good experience, and if you live near, or happen to be in the Philadelphia / Baltimore area, its worth a visit if you want to experience a rodeo.

6. A Moment of Zen

157 W Broadway, Salem, NJ 08079-1328 +1 856-935-1390
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

A Moment of Zen

Reviewed By Lisa B

Love this place. Love the vibes. More often then not, you will find me here.

Have stuff from all over the world; India, Tibet, Western Europe, South America etc. Covering multiple cultures; Christianity, Pagan, Buddhism, Taoism, etc.

They have books at great prices if you're into the esoteric knowledge.

The crystal collection is huge, and they have the best prices I've ever seen.

Also staff is well educated, and always puts time aside to talk with customers about their products... but also willing to learn new stuff from their guests!

So if you're in Salem for the ghosts, or the history, or passing by... I recommend checking this place out, and taking a look around. Its well worth it.

7. New Castle Court House

211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720-4815 +1 302-323-4453
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

New Castle Court House

Delaware approved the Declaration of Independence in this building, which was constructed in 1732.

Reviewed By JohnBCowgill - Washington DC, District of Columbia

I had been to New Castle a few times but in the evening. On this trip, the court house was open, and I took the took. There is so much that happened here that made great contributions to America. A must see.

8. Finn's Point National Cemetery

49 Office Dr, Adjacent to Fort Mott, Pennsville, NJ 08070-1049
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Finn's Point National Cemetery

Reviewed By podrozniczka60 - New Jersey

This beautiful cemetery periodically hosts annual Historic Ghost Tour of Salem County. The interesting graves include two and a half thousand graves of Confederate prisoners who died at Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island. There is Confederate Monument and Union Monument on premises. You can find also World War II graves here as well.

9. Cozy Quarters Farm

607 Madison St, Delaware City, DE 19706-8742 +1 302-521-2588
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5 based on 9 reviews

Cozy Quarters Farm

Our farm offers a fun horseback riding experience. We are all friendly including our four legged friends! We have trail riding, horseback riding lessons, horse boarding, horse leasing, and we offer pony parties. Our ponies come to your party bedazzled and ready to impress!

Reviewed By daisyferret1 - Delaware

Our children were guests at a "Pony Party". Cozy Quarters Farm were the ones hired by the host to supply the pony ride experience for the birthday party. Ponies were brought right to the birthday girl's very own backyard! Setup was FAST, friendly and very professional.

Our children had a blast riding the ponies. The staff, which were a family of 3, seemed really friendly. They seemed to be good with BOTH the ponies and the kids. They helped get the kids on/off the ponies and also helped them feed the ponies a treat during the party. The ponies were decorated with rainbows and their manes/tails were dyed colors to match. The kids thought this was great. The ponies were clean, well mannered and great with the toddlers. Staff made sure to keep the ponies separated when the pony rides were going on, which was a great safety feature.

At the end of the party, the staff removed the roping they had put up to section off the pony rides and cleaned up. No mess was left behind.

Overall, our kids had a blast at the pony party. I am almost positive we are going to be begged to host a pony party for our own kids next birthday, which is something we will definitely consider.

10. Auburn Road Vineyard

117 Sharptown Auburn Rd, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098-2634 856.769.WINE
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Auburn Road Vineyard

Reviewed By 149sherried - Springdale, United States

Go for their wine tasting...we have a few favorite wines... they have a small menu for food but it is tasty!! Love their moscato like white wine, they are great with wine tasting, they are knowledgeable, and really assist you with getting to know different flavors and types of wine you may be tasting. its beautiful over looking the trees, hills and surrounding area to the winery, Wine is reasonably priced too!!

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