Salem Night Tour
“ HOWEVER, Elaina turned it around real quick and everyone was spooked, laughing and interacting by the end! ” in 10 reviews
“ Our tour guide Cas was great, she had a good mix of haunting stories as well as historic facts. ” in 5 reviews
“ He is very lively, Informative , and is very detailed oriented when telling stories and information about each location you will visit. ” in 6 reviews
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Salem, MA 01970
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The tour is family friendly and when we were on it there were tons of children. It's more historical than it is scary :)
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very interesting our guide had some great dad jokes. The 1.5 hour walk went by fast we were having such a great time.
Talk about the cherry on top of our day in Salem! Elaina was an amazing tour guide, very funny, dry humor and super sarcastic! Her story telling was great and I loved learning more of the history and the possibility of catching a ghost on camera. One recommendation is to get their EARLY. If you go in October get there at least 30 minutes before your tour and any other time during the year I'd try and get there 20 minutes before. We did start our tour early which was fine but a few people were not happy... HOWEVER, Elaina turned it around real quick and everyone was spooked, laughing and interacting by the end! Highly HIGHLY recommend this Salem tour!
Davey is awesome. He mixes ghost stories with history. His knowledge of the area is top notch and he has a great personality. Throw in a few of his dad jokes and it's a great time. The tour was awesome, the guide was great and the whole experiment was amazing. Can't wait to do it again. Thanks Davey.
This was a fun ghost and history walking tour of Salem. Our tour guide was Davey and he did an amazing job. He was knowledgeable and very entertaining. His stories taught us a lot about Salem we likely wouldn't have learned otherwise. I highly recommend this tour!
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Our tour guide (Katie) asked us to "stop recording the tour because it makes me feel like I'm in a fishbowl". My wife and I do these tours all over the country & this is the first time we've had this issue. If this is a policy or your company, you should make it known at the time of purchase. This is also the only tour we've ever been on that doesn't actually take you to the place of paranormal activity. Most of the tour was her stopping infront of random buildings and saying "Look across the street at that parking lot, now find the blue dumpster in the back left corner, behind that is a street that leads to a haunted cemetery".... Seriously? And then to ask us to not record, nothing you are showing us is proprietary info or property privately owned by your tour. This was a joke. Do better. Most of these tours encourage recording and photos.
Excellent! We weren't sure if we'd enjoy an hour and a half of information we'd probably already heard elsewhere, but our tour guide, April, was great! She kept everything at a good pace, was easy to hear, super informative, and even kept my friend's interest, and she admittedly loses interest fast. Even her 13 yo son enjoyed it!!
Davey was our tour guide . Very knowledgeable and nice. Although, he spoke a little quick I found his information good and interesting kept the crowd engaged
Ben was SO amazing! So much history, but a fun satirical wit that made it all the more enjoyable. Definitely recommend this tour (and if you're lucky, with Ben!)
We had Sarah as our tour guide, a transplant from PA. She made things up as she went along. She claims the game Monopoly was created in Salem by the Parker Bros. she told a story of an elderly female ghost at the Seafood restaurant claiming to be a woman who once lived there. my daughter asked how old she was when she was killed. Sarah replied under 40years old. Disappointed
I've done 4 tours in Salem before and this one was by far my favorite! Our guide Davey was so passionate about ghosts and Salem history and had a great sense of humor. Would highly recommend him and this tour for Salem visitors :)
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The 5 Best Salem Tours
From its infamous witch trials to its scenic harbor, this Massachusetts city is ripe for exploration.
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See Salem from its waters during a tour with Fame of Salem.
Note: Some tour providers on this list may have ceased operations due to COVID-19. Check with your tour operator about availability before you book.
While best known for its notorious witch trials in the late 1600s, Salem, Massachusetts, has a lot more to offer. These Salem tours offer an in-depth look at everything related to the trials, but they also explore the area's landmarks and Revolutionary War history. U.S. News selected the following tours by consulting traveler sentiment and expert opinion. Whether you explore by day or by night, these excursions will introduce you to all sides of Salem.
Fame of Salem – Sail on the Fame
Set sale on a replica of an 1812 privateer schooner on this nearly two-hour cruise. Not only do tourgoers see Salem from the water, but they also learn about the original Fame ship and the War of 1812. Travelers will also have the opportunity to assist the crew with raising the sail and other tasks. Passengers say the sail was one of the highlights of their trip to Salem and praise the expert crew. Tickets cost approximately $40 for participants ages 14 and older and $30 for youths ages 13 and younger. Tours are available May through October several times daily a few days a week; availability depends on the season. Fame of Salem also offers a sunset cruise, as well as private charters.
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Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours
On this two-hour walking tour from Bewitched After Dark, travelers learn about colonial Salem, along with its ample witch-related history. Along the way, tourgoers will pass by more than a dozen historical locations within the downtown area. Reviewers praise the guides for their storytelling abilities and recommend the tour for history buffs. Many also add that this tour turned out to be the highlight of their visit to Salem. Tickets cost approximately $30 per person; children 7 and younger can participate for free. Tours operate nightly at 7 p.m.
Led by paranormal investigators, this trip focuses on more than the city's fabled witches. During the 90-minute tour, guides will share stories about Salem's ghosts, New England vampirism and Voodoo while visiting haunted sites like the Salem Jail and the Joshua Ward House. Guides will also teach participants how to hunt for ghosts and take images of spirits with their cameras. Reviewers say this is an informative and historically accurate tour and that it's one of the best ghost tours they've attended. Tickets start at $21 for participants 11 and older. Tours are available at 8 p.m. nightly; there's also a 2 p.m. tour offered Friday through Sunday.
Salem Night Tour
Explore downtown Salem at night and learn about the city's history while listening to ghost stories on the Salem Night Tour, which lasts about 90 minutes and covers roughly 1 mile. As an added bonus, the company says the tour's content is appropriate for children. Travelers give high marks to guides, describing them as knowledgeable and engaging. Tickets start at $25 per person. Tours operate daily at 8 p.m. The company also offers a daytime tour at 2 p.m.
Witch City Walking Tours – History & Hauntings of Salem
Those with an interest in Salem ghost stories should sign up for this two-hour walking tour led by a local historian. If you'd like to boost the eerie factor, opt for a night tour when you'll be led around town by lantern. Stops on the tour include the Old Burying Point Cemetery, the seaport and the Old Town Hall. Tour-takers describe guides as passionate about Salem and say the tour is full of great stories. Tickets cost approximately $25 for adults with discounts for seniors, students and children. Tours run daily at multiple times. The company also offers a Mysteries and Murders of Salem tour.
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BEWITCHED WALKING TOURS of SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS
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Welcome to Witch City! Join us for a journey back through time to uncover the real history of Salem, Massachusetts. With a local historian as your guide, you'll venture right through the heart of downtown, exploring 400 years of Salem at over a dozen locations along the way. Booking with Bewitched is the perfect way to start your visit. Come see why Bewitched Walking Tours is beloved by locals and visitors alike!
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A delightful mix of history, legend, and pop culture.
Most in-depth look at the Witch Trials Salem has to offer.
Four centuries worth of history in one tour.
Topics include Salem's colonial roots, its role as a thriving seaport, and how we be came known as "Witch City."
All tour guides are licensed professionals.
Walking tour commences at one of America's oldest cemeteries.
Stops include the Samantha Statue, Old Town Hall, the Old Witch Jail, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, and so much more!
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This tour is an absolute must if you want to learn more about the people and events that made up the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Sarah was the best tour guide I have been lucky enough to follow. She was incredibly knowledgeable, entertaining, and passionate about the history she was sharing. She reminded us that the victims of the witch trials were just that - victims, who had lives, families, and who leave legacies after them. I learned more in this hour and a half than I could have hoped to in a history class!
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Which Salem Walking Tour Should I Take?
One of the best ways to see Salem, Massachusetts and learn about local history is on foot with a guided walking tour around town. Salem has a tour for everyone, with a variety of historical and ghost tours, tours just for kids and families, and even food tours! Learn more about each of Salem’s walking tours, and find links to book in the post below.
Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours covers the Salem Witch Trials in the larger context of 17th century Salem with stops at relevant historic sites and locations around town. Repeat visitors love Bewitched After Dark for their mix of historical knowledge and local insight into how best to see and experience Salem and make the most of your time downtown. Tickets for afternoon and evening tours are available at BewitchedTours.com .
For a daytime walking tour, Black Cat Tours offers a historic day tour focusing on “Pirates and Puritans, and Witchcraft and War.” The tour stops at sites that share Salem’s history of seafarers, architectural genius, and the spice trade with insight into how Salem became one of the most prominent ports in the US and home to one of the most famous American authors. Book online at BlackCatSalem.com .
Guide Kenneth Glover leads an in-depth look into Salem’s past and present with his 2.5-hour-long Salem Morning & Afternoon Stroll . The tour covers the history of Salem from the 17th to 20th centuries and is memorable thanks to Kenneth’s humorous anecdotes and a deep personal interest in Salem’s stories. This longer tour also means time to stop in little-known historic districts and sites, making it a great way to see more of Salem on foot. Book online at SinisterStoriesOfSalem.com or at the Coven’s Cottage on Essex Street.
Salem Day Tour includes a journey around town with stops at relevant historic sites minus the ghost stories you may encounter on a Salem Night Tour. The tour covers all areas of Salem’s history from the Salem Witch Trials to the Spice Trade, and beyond, and is geared toward guests ages 13 and older. The tour is offered daily, but advanced tickets are recommended. Book at SalemDayTours.com .
Salem Historical Tours cover the general history of Salem along with tours devoted entirely to the Witch Trials of 1692. They also offer both a daytime and evening version of their Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour allowing for some flexibility in when you take in Salem’s haunts and history. Just be sure to book your tour early to ensure you’re spot at SalemHistoricalTours.com .
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Salem Food Tours is Salem’s original food and cultural walking tour with stops at local shops and restaurants and background on the history of the Spice Trade and Salem as a culinary destination. Each tour starts with a spice tasting and includes tastings of traditional New England staples like clam chowder along with innovative new dishes by local chefs. Learn more at SalemFoodTours.com .
You could also opt to start your day with an AM Coffee Walk by Salem Food Tours . Enjoy coffee or tea from a local coffee shop then take a stroll around town to take in some of Salem’s history earlier in the day. Information and booking for AM Coffee Walks are also available at SalemFoodTours.com .
For a spooky walk through Salem by candlelight, plan your visit in the late summer or fall to take a Candlelit Ghostly Walking Tour . The tour departs from the side street adjacent to the Salem Wax Museum for an evening walk filled with Salem history and ghost stories. The tour also includes tips for those learning ghost photography, and tickets are available when in season at CandlelitGhostlyTour.com .
If you are searching for a tour that tells the history of the Salem Witch Trials and other local lore alongside tales of potential ghost stories, consider taking a Salem Night Tour . Offered nightly at 8 pm when in season, the tour covers the history of Salem through the centuries with stops at sights related to local history and hauntings. Advanced tickets are recommended, but it doesn’t hurt to check availability in person at Remember Salem (Salem’s Harry Potter shop!). Book online at SalemGhostTours.com .
Spellbound Tours offers guided tours around Salem with professional paranormal investigators. In addition to covering the major parts of Salem’s history like the Witch Trials, the tour dives into stories of vampire folklore and voodoo. Spellbound’s Guides also share photos they’ve captured of paranormal activity themselves to help their guests learn when their photos are evidence of a haunting and when they may be a simple camera function. Advanced tickets are recommended and available online for the whole season at SpellboundTours.com .
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Tours for kids.
Salem Kids Tour is specially designed with kids and families in mind. The tour takes Salem’s history and makes it more accessible for younger guests, making this tour the perfect addition to a family vacation or school vacation week activity. The tour runs most days while in season, and tickets are available at SalemKidsTours.com .
Love Hocus Pocus ? Witch City Walking Tours has an entire tour devoted to the locations where this cult classic family Halloween movie was filmed. Learn trivia and history behind the movie and stop at Salem Common, Old Town Hall, and Allison’s house just to name a few. Witch City Walking Tours also offers a variety of historical tours covering everything from the Salem Witch Trials to Murder and Mysteries. Find what interests you and book online at WitchCityWalkingTours.com .
For a self-guided tour, try Salem On Your Own , a new mobile app by Hocus Pocus Tours. The tour offers a self-guided exploration into Salem’s past that can be done whenever you want, at your own pace.
Prefer to see Salem by trolley? The Salem Trolley runs daily with hour-long tours April-October, 10 am-5 pm. The last full tour departs at 4 pm, and complete information is available at SalemTrolley.com .
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