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Salem: Ghosts, Witches, & Warlocks Guided Walking Tour

1. Salem: Ghosts, Witches, & Warlocks Guided Walking 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 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 the famed Witch House.  Salem’s commitment to preserving this history has made it a perfect spot for spirits to linger and for visitors to experience a connection with the past.

Salem: History & Witchcraft Day Tour

2. Salem: History & Witchcraft Day Tour

Meet near the cobblestone streets and brick-lined center of town on Essex Street. Follow your licensed and experienced historical guide through the Axelrod Garden Walkway toward the Witch Trials Memorial. Hear about the lead up to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria that engulfed the town in 1692. Through the memorial and into the Old Burial Point Cemetery your guide will continue to explain the surprisingly relevant stories of those accused and those that accused them. Continue on to several other locations with strong ties to the witchcraft hysteria such as the witch dungeon site, and others.

Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

Join a spooky self-guided tour that will help you to explore Salem's past and learn about the events that took place there. Explore some of the town's most notable landmarks and places connected to the famous witch trials. Along the way, there are plenty of optional detours available for those looking for a little more. The experience begins at the Salem Armory. From there, walk to the 1692 Memorial, where the victims of the witch panic are memorialized. Get to know many of the key figures who found themselves swept up by the plague of fear and paid the ultimate price. Next, you’ll see the Old Burying Point, where many of the trials’ victims and aggressors were laid to rest. Listen to the tragically heroic tale of Giles Corey as you walk through the gravestones, a man who refused to bow to the nightmare overtaking his town and was immortalized in The Crucible. After that, you’ll pass by some of Salem’s spookiest architecture, including the Joshua Ward House and the Old Town Hall. You’ll also hear of the secret tunnels which run beneath some of these buildings, many of which still exist to this day. Continue on past the old jailhouse, where innocent people were subjected to cruelty so terrible that some suggest their spirits never really left. You'll hear about Hollywood’s many forays into Salem, including hits like Hocus Pocus and Bewitched. Pass by the Witch Museum on your way back and hear about how all the madness finally came to an end. The final stop brings you to the Salem Common, where the tour wraps up with some things you probably didn’t know about the aftermath of the trials.

Salem: Witch Trial Walking Tour

4. Salem: Witch Trial Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the dark and somber history of the Salem Witch Trials on this walking tour. See the most important historical locations in the city. Learn about the trials' main players such as John Proctor and Bridget Bishop. Discover the most tragic aspects of the witch trials, including the humiliating examinations that women who were suspected to be witches endured. Meet your guide at the Salem Five Bank and begin your journey into the tragic history of the trials. Learn more about topics such as the possession of children and animals, curses, and black magic. Make your way to the Witch House and head towards the 18th-century Merchant Hotel. Wander through the country's oldest cemetery, Burying Point Cemetery, and pay your respects at the Witch Trials Memorial.

Salem: Self-Guided Ghost Tour

5. Salem: Self-Guided Ghost Tour

Walk Salem's spooky streets on a smartphone-guided ghost tour. Listen to professionally narrated stories and discover unnerving legends as you make your way to some of Salem's most haunted locations. Charged smartphone in hand, set out on a ghoulish tour that takes you to eerie sites like the Witch House, the Salem Inn, the Salem Witch Trial Memorial, and many more. Hear stories about the lady in blue, the underground tunnels, the ghost of the strangler, and others. This tour is app-based and uses GPS navigation, guiding you turn by turn to the most haunted locations in Salem. Go at your own pace and take the tour at any time, even exploring the city during the witching hour if you like.

Salem History Tour: Winter Edition

6. Salem History Tour: Winter Edition

Salem is almost 400 years old, making it one of the oldest cities in the US. It has a vast and varied history. Since its humble beginnings as a fishing community, it has developed as a key metropolis and was even the state capital for a brief period. On this 1.5-hour tour, you will see sites that relate to the 1692 Salem witch trials and hear compelling stories that once shook the town to the core. There are also locations that have incredible significance to the American Revolution; the US may not be the same US without Salem. The seaport was arguably the richest in America in the early 1800s and was frequented by ships that brought goods from all over the world. The city is home to inventors, as well as famous political leaders, and has been visited by countless celebrities who have shot movies and TV shows within the city and its environs. At the end of the tour, you will be regaled with a tale of the supernatural activity that plagues the city even still.

Salem: Pirate Museum with Authentic Treasures Entry Ticket

7. Salem: Pirate Museum with Authentic Treasures Entry Ticket

See an authenticated pirate's treasure with a ticket to Real Pirates Salem. Discover the real-life story of “Black Sam” Bellamy and his beloved Maria Hallet, the "Witch of Wellfleet," on an interactive experience. Enter the mysterious world of "Black Sam" Bellamy and Maria Hallet. Learn about Bellamy's success as a young pirate, thanks to his capture of the Whydah Gally, one of the fastest ships of its time. As you explore the exhibit, marvel at the coins, jewelry, and weapons Bellamy liberated from over 50 ships after stealing the Whydah Gally. See bounty that was last touched by pirate hands 300 years ago before falling into the Atlantic after the Whydah crashed on the shores of Cape Cod. Continue your visit with a stop in the discovery lab, where you can see archeologists unearth artifacts. Finish off your day with a video and photo experience. The Director's Tour options includes personal guided tour of the museum, a gold coin for each member of your boarding party that secures you $5 off $10 or more in the Plundered Goods gift shop, and a complimentary postcard with access to an audio tour of the shipwreck recovery narrated by discoverer Barry Clifford.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 40 reviews

We had a great time on our tour! I tour guide Beverly was amazing and extremely knowledgeable. We learned so much about different places in Salem as well as had a fun time hearing ghost stories in the dark. 11/10 tour and we would love to do it again. Highly recommended!

Audio guía que funciona sin internet. Me ha encantado visitar Salem a mi ritmo utilizando esta actividad. recomendable

David T was beyond amazing! He is the best tour guide ever!!! Definitely deserves a raise!!!!

Very professional and knowledgeable guide recommend it for everyone

It was a great adventure! Listened in spanish an it was awesome