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  • Salem: 1-Hour Haunted Ghost Tour

    1. Salem: 1-Hour Haunted Ghost Tour

    Meet your tour guide and venture through 8-12 different sites around the city, each one spookier than the last, starting with the historical Salem Old Town Hall. Continue down the eerie streets to explore the Old Burying Point Cemetery, a preserved burial ground that was established in 1637 where some prominent pilgrims and town officials were buried. This haunted tour takes you to different sites and reveals their true stories so that you can feel connected to the history that took place there. Experiencing these stories while at the sites where they occurred is a truly unique experience that can’t be recreated by simply reading about their history.  During your tour, find out how did Salem became the center for all haunted happenings. The phenomenon is partially explained by Salem’s rich history and the fact that many of its oldest structures and sites are preserved today, including ...

    Simone was a great guide! The tours were perfect for travelers that prefer a smaller one on one tour.

  • Salem: Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

    2. Salem: Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

    Get an introduction to the history of Salem and discover local ghost stories on a guided 1.5-hour walking tour. Visit at least one cemetery and several buildings known for paranormal activity. Listen to dark tales of accidental death and murder. Hear about a man who was murdered for his treasure by his heirs and a woman who died in a fire and continues to haunt the home. Learn about the various unexplained sightings in some of the older structures in the city. Your tour will end in the downtown area, where your guide will direct you to wherever you'd like to visit next.

    Stash our tour guide was amazing. His humor was delightful and his knowledge of the history of Salem was very informative. I loved all the unique places he took us too. Also,his energy circle was a cool experience. My husband and I felt the energy in the circle.

  • Salem: 1692 Witchcraft Trials Walk

    3. Salem: 1692 Witchcraft Trials Walk

    Explore this history of the infamous 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the city. Listen to tales of the fear, political turmoil, and family rivalries all help fuel the hysteria that pitted neighbor against neighbor and family members against each other. Starting from the local partner's office, visit the jails where suspected witches were held, the court house, and homes of the judges and accused. Discover how two girls having fits transformed into a frantic quest to expel the Devil, leading to the deaths of 25 innocent people. 

    Our guide, Shofta (?sp?) was very knowledgeable about the area and the history surrounding it. Occasionally he went off on tangents, which I found equally interesting. It was a very engaging tour, and fortunately I felt we did not have to tramp all over the city. My only regret is that the Witch House is apparently the only surviving structure from that era- but that was nothing anyone could do anything about. Very enjoyable - the 90 min passed very quickly!

  • Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

    4. Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

    Spend more time sightseeing and less time traveling with a fast ferry ticket to Salem from Boston, or vice versa. Available as a 1-way or round-trip option, the hassle free journey takes a relaxing hour each way. Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf, and in less than an hour you’ll be museum hopping and sampling the specialties of local chefs in Salem’s quaint neighborhoods. Discover unique boutiques for shopping and more. If you are staying in Salem but want to explore Boston, the fast ferry can speed you to Beantown in no time. Upon arrival, take a cruise along the Charles River, see all the monuments from the birth of America, or go for a walk on Boston Common. Forget the hassle of driving, finding a parking place, and driving back after a long day sightseeing and shopping. Let the ferry take the frustration out of your day. This service is seasonal and operates from May to October. ...

    Such a fun way to get to Salem! Loved learning about significant and historical places along the way. Our commentator was incredible. Would highly recommend and will definitely take again!

  • Salem: Haunt and History Guided Night Tour

    5. Salem: Haunt and History Guided Night Tour

    Take a 1 hour and 20-minute walk through Downtown Salem's most historic and haunted outdoor areas. Although every tour is slightly different, each tour visits about 10 locations. See 2 cemeteries, the Witch Trials Memorial, the location where an accused witch was tortured to death, filming locations from the movie Hocus Pocus, the Old Salem Jail, the site of the Salem Witch Dungeon, among others. Start the tour at 127 Essex Street in Downtown Salem where you will join a local historian and paranormal investigator who will lead the experiece. Embark on a casual walk through Salem's beautiful, historic and haunted downtown. Take the time to stop and hear stories about Salem's haunted, dark, and surprisingly inspiring history.

    Elaina (our guide) did a great job keeping our attention, had good timing & shared interesting information. She related to the group & was considerate of the few who had physical challenges. We even got a picture of what we think might be a spirit orb!

  • Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

    6. Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Begin the tour at the Salem Witch Trials Visitor Center. Follow the route provided on the app for the best experience. Throughout the tour, learn of the mass hysteria which took hold of the residents of the town of Salem, and the now-infamous witch trials which took place in 1692. Stop at the Old Burying Point Cemetery and learn of the important figures buried there, including Judge John Hathorne, who was the chief judge presiding over the witch trials. Learn about Bridget Bishop, who was the first accused witch to be executed at Gallows Hill. Walk to the Joshua Ward House, a historic three-story Federal-style brick homestead built in 1784, the first of its kind in Salem. Stroll by the Gedney and Cox Houses and make your way to the Roger Conant Statue, which immortalizes the city's founder. Finish the tour at the colonial House of the Seven Gables. Learn about its historic significanc...

    These guides are just wonderful! I love the history that goes with them. I love that you can do them anytime with out an actual guide! Thank you!

  • Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

    7. Boston: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 40+ Attractions

    The Boston All-Inclusive Pass by Go City provides you access to over 40 of the area’s top activities, attractions, and tours for a single low price. Enjoy the freedom to do and see what you want while saving up to 45 percent compared to the cost of individual tickets. Choose a 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day pass at a low, pre-paid price. Take a Trolley Tour, visit the New England Aquarium, explore the Museum of Science, and get your thrills at Six Flags. These and many other options are included in the cost of your Boston All-Inclusive Pass. A free digital guide helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Included Attractions: Boston Duck TourHistoric Sightseeing CruiseCityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 2-Day TicketNew England AquariumOld State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo TicketFenway Park TourUSS Constitution MuseumMuseum of ScienceFreedo...

    We bought the 2 day ticket for Boston. The hop on hop off trolley was worth it alone. But then we got to Revere house, USS Constitution, Aquarium, Harbor Cruise and we barely scratched the list of what is included. Just doing those few things it paid for itself in 1 day! All the sites we talked about the pass to knew what we were talking about. This is legit. 100% recommend

  • Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 3 to 5 Attractions

    8. Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 3 to 5 Attractions

    Marvel at the wonders of the sea with a visit to the Boston favorite New England Aquarium, explore the city aboard a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or choose a Boston Sunset Cruise. Purchase the Boston Explorer pass to save time and money, compared to general admission prices.

    Take the stress out of sightseeing with a multi-attraction pass that is accessible straight from your mobile phone (also available to print-at-home) and is valid for 60 days from your first visit. Simply browse your digital guidebook for where to go next, show your pass to be scanned at the entrance or ticket office, and you're in!

    Choose any 3, 4, or 5 attractions or tours from the following:

    - New England Aquarium

    - Historic Sightseeing Cruise (seasonal)

    - CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 1-Day Ticket

    - Old State House Museum & Old S...

    We chose the 5 activity pass and all were amazing. We saved a lot of money too..

  • Salem: Introductory General History Tour

    9. Salem: Introductory General History Tour

    Start the tour with an introduction to the history of Salem and its humble beginnings. Find out about how whilst Salem is known for the infamous witchcraft trials, it has so many more interesting stories. Discover how it was once one of the largest seaports in the US, was an important city to the American revolution, and has been home to famous writers, celebrities, inventors, politicians, and more. As you begin the walking tour, hear amazing stories of people who lived and visited the quaint historic city as well as see buildings, homes, and locations where remarkable events occurred. See where the revolutionaries met to plan the rebellion for this area, where Houdini escaped from jail, and the first Federal style building built in Salem that holds a dark secret in its basement. Next, learn about various pop culture as your guide reveals which movies and TV shows were shot in Salem as...

    This tour was great!! Learned a lot about the non witch history in Salem that I never knew even happened!! Definitely worth it ☺️

  • Salem: Grave Matters Cemetery Tour

    10. Salem: Grave Matters Cemetery Tour

    Start the tour by entering through the main gate of the cemetery where you will be greeted by impressive chest tombs of some of the most prominent individuals of their time. Traversing the paths, see varying different carvings representing mortality, ascension, protection, and grief. Learn about how many of these hand made tombstones are incredibly unique and have stood the test of time, surviving some of the harshest of winters. Admire some of the extraordinarily beautiful stone carvings, many of which have symbolism and poetic remembrances. See the final resting places of some the Puritans who came to Salem and had a major impact on the United States and you will see many recognizable names. Discover how there are still 35 million descendants of these folks in the country so it is possible that may even see your own family name.

    We absolutely loved our tour with Giovanni. We were in town visiting from Florida and would love to come back and tour with him again. The tour was very informative and entertaining and appropriate for all ages.

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What people are saying about Salem

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Our guide, Shofta (?sp?) was very knowledgeable about the area and the history surrounding it. Occasionally he went off on tangents, which I found equally interesting. It was a very engaging tour, and fortunately I felt we did not have to tramp all over the city. My only regret is that the Witch House is apparently the only surviving structure from that era- but that was nothing anyone could do anything about. Very enjoyable - the 90 min passed very quickly!

We bought the 2 day ticket for Boston. The hop on hop off trolley was worth it alone. But then we got to Revere house, USS Constitution, Aquarium, Harbor Cruise and we barely scratched the list of what is included. Just doing those few things it paid for itself in 1 day! All the sites we talked about the pass to knew what we were talking about. This is legit. 100% recommend

Elaina (our guide) did a great job keeping our attention, had good timing & shared interesting information. She related to the group & was considerate of the few who had physical challenges. We even got a picture of what we think might be a spirit orb!

Simone was a great guide! The tours were perfect for travelers that prefer a smaller one on one tour.

Great way to get to Salem from Boston. Loved the trip.