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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 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.

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

2. 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 ScienceFreedom Trail Foundation Walk Into History TourPaul Revere HouseMuseum of Fine ArtsSalem Witch MuseumSam Adams Brewery Tour with Complimentary GlasswareBoston Children's MuseumSwan Boats of BostonHarvard Walking TourHarvard Museum of Natural HistoryJFK Presidential Library and MuseumEdward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States SenateBoston Movile Mile Walking TourPlimoth Patuxet plus Mayflower II or Grist Mill ComboCharles River CruiseLEGOLAND Discovery Center BostonSix Flags New EnglandFranklin Park ZooIsabella Stewart Gardner MuseumInstitute of Contemporary ArtPeabody Essex MuseumHouse of the Seven GablesMary Baker Eddy Library & MappariumBoston Bike RentalBattle Green TourBuckman TavernPeabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyOtis House MuseumLouisa May Alcott HouseConcord MuseumOld Sturbridge VillageHyannisport Harbor CruiseJohn F. Kennedy Hyannis MuseumCape Cod Canal CruiseHighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort CasinoBoch Center Wang Theatre ToursThe MIT Tour

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Salem: Haunt and History Guided Night Tour

3. 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.

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Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 3 to 5 Attractions

4. 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: - Boston Duck Tours- New England Aquarium- Historic Sightseeing Cruise (seasonal)- CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 1-Day Ticket- Old State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket- Boston Sunset Cruise (seasonal)- Museum of Science (skip the ticket line privileges)- Freedom Trail Foundation Walk Into History Tour- Fenway Park Tour- Harvard Museum of Natural History- Boston Children's Museum- LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston- Museum of Fine Arts- Salem Witch Museum- USS Constitution Museum- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- JFK Presidential Library and Museum- Franklin Park Zoo- Peabody Essex Museum- Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology- Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate- Boston Bike Rental- Boch Center Wang Theatre Tours

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Salem: Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

5. 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.

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Salem: Grave Matters Cemetery Tour

6. 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.

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Salem Witch Trials Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. 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.

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Salem: 1692 Witchcraft Trials Walk

8. 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. 

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Salem: Requiem for Salem Walking Ghost Tour

9. Salem: Requiem for Salem Walking Ghost Tour

Join this adults-only walking tour and explore the dark side of Salem's history with an expert local guide. Learn how witches were treated during the 17th-century witch trials and how this set the tone for future atrocities. Discuss spooky topics and themes and maybe even encounter some of the restless spirits that call Salem home. Wander through the former Red Light District and feel the presence of its former workers. Visit some of the city's most haunted locations associated with dark or aggressive ghosts, including demonic hauntings. Explore sights such as the Old Burying Point Cemetery, the Derby Wharfs, and the Wicked Good Books Building.

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Salem: History & Witchcraft Day Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 848 reviews

Elaina was incredible!!! She knew all the history of Salem and told it in an enthralling storyteller ease! This tour was the highlight of our time in Salem!!!

Great tour guide, great stories. We had an awesome time doing this as one of the activities for our honeymoon!

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour although had been looking for a scary tour.

It was an amazing tour with a great guide, we thoroughly enjoyed!

Shannon was a great guide! Knowledgeable and enthusiastic!