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Salem, United States
Dark History: Hauntings & Witchcraft Hysteria
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

History enthusiasts will enjoy learning about Salem’s dark and spooky past on this 90-minute walking tour. Visit the popular Witch House, Chestnut Street, and Burying Point Cemetery, as well as a few lesser-known spots. Your guide will regale you with tales from Salem’s past, from its founding in 1692 until the present.
  • Join an economical group tour
  • Cover Salem’s highlights on one easy tour
  • Learn about history while having fun
  • This is a walking tour so wear comfy shoes
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Coon's Card & Gift Shop , 226 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970, USA

Meet your guide outside of Coon's Card and Gift Shop

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dogs Welcome!
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Secrets of Salem Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
Awesome experience
Maureen_H
, Apr 2022
Maria was awesome and made the tour really interesting and fun. She was very knowledgeable. We loved hearing the back stories about Salem and the different buildings.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review! It was great to meet you and your husband. Hope you loved your honeymoon in Salem!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Maria was brilliant
Imelda_t
, Apr 2022
Maria was an excellent guide and a fabulous narrator who made the history of Salem come alive. The walking tour was fascinating, the local recommendations were spot in. It was a highlight of our visit
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Imelda, your group of gals was so lovely! I really enjoyed my time with you as well! I hope you all loved Salem and that you come back soon!
star-5
History tour of Salem and its lead up to the Witch Trial's
Julia_B
, Apr 2022
We had a really nice tour. Our tour guide was excellent. She was a great story teller, engaging, thoughtful and with good inside information. She knows her history, all names involved in the Salem witch trials and the dates and locations of each event. The tour lasted about 60 mins. We were taken through the town of Salem stopping at relevant locations and buildings . I highly recommend taking this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for the kind words! So glad you enjoyed the tour--it was my pleasure to show you around Salem!
star-5
A Bewitching Time...
msmikio
, Jan 2022
Great tour! Marie was awesome! Very knowledgeable & engaging! I definitely would recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review- so thrilled you enjoyed the tour and your time in Salem! Come back to visit soon!
star-5
Great tour, knowledgeable guide, better than museum
Valerie_C
, Nov 2021
This was a very nice walking tour. We went to a good number of places and our guide explained many things about the town as well as the witch trials. She actually explained things a lot better and more detailed than the Salem Witch Museum did so that was great, and she was able to answer the additional questions asked by the group. Would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for the kind review! So glad you enjoyed your time with us!
star-5
Great experience
Patty_G
, Nov 2021
Hearing the ghost story about one of the houses that was on our tour. Also the history of that same house
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review! We hope you enjoyed your trip to Salem!
star-5
Highly recommend this tour!
Sonja_K
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide was great! She had lots of history and you can tell she knew her stuff! She gave us great recommendations from places to see, books to learn more to great local places to eat and see.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So glad you enjoyed the tour and the tips and tricks we share at the end to get the best out of your time in Salem! Come back and visit again soon!
star-5
Highly recommend!
Dawn_H
, Nov 2021
We really enjoyed this tour! Full of history and fun facts. I appreciated that we received new information that was different than the other tours offered in Salem. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are thrilled to hear you loved our tour and found it original! We've worked hard to differentiate our tours and try go to different places and talk about unusual facets of Salem!
star-5
arrived in salem at noon....
Madelaine_M
, Oct 2021
arrived in salem at noon. quite overwhelming due to parking. which was horrible. eventually we were able to enjoy a trolley ride through salem. and a fun guided tour (guide was friendly and informative) worth waiting for. our tour was 6pm. long day but FUN
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So glad you enjoyed your tour, and your time in Salem. Thanks for writing such a nice review!
star-5
History made fun.
Ryan_H
, Oct 2021
Our guide Kendra was great. Very personable and knowledgeable. Entertaining and informative tour that shows you the best of Salem.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So glad you enjoyed your tour-thanks for taking the time to leave a review. Hope you had fun in Salem!
star-5
We liked that she brought...
Tammy_Z
, Oct 2021
We liked that she brought real historical happenings with modern history to the tour. Friendly and personable.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for the lovely review! Hope you enjoyed your time in Salem.
star-5
Great historical tour
Lauren_M
, Oct 2021
The tour was great, a lot of facts, not a dramatic show. Perfect amount of walking and seeing different spots.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. So glad you found the tour to be the perfect balance!
star-5
Amazing tour! Did not disappoint!!
I_P
, Oct 2021
I really liked learning about the Hocus Pocus house. Has no idea about the fire. We plan on spending more time in the garden behind the house. So interesting about the black pepper sales…oh and the tunnels! Wow! Just so much more than the witch trials! Loved the tour!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for such a kind review! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and found the information fascinating! Hope you return to Salem soon!
star-3
Guide Needed Microphone
Jeana_S
, Oct 2021
Although the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and had a good sense of humor, This tour would have been so much better had the guide had a microphone. We passed so many other tours where the guides had a mic but it seemed like this was the only tour guide without one. If it weren’t for the small group we were in, there would be no way we would have heard the guide speaking. Additionally all that the guide focused on was mostly the story of how Salem became what it is today, as well as the history of the witch trials. I had hoped for more historical info
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Glad you were able to hear your guide- that is why the group was so small. We believe in less noise pollution in Salem, and smaller, more interactive tour groups for that very reason. We cover everything from Salem’s founding in 1626 to modern day Salem. Hope you and your family enjoyed your trip!
star-5
Excellent Experience
Henry_B
, Oct 2021
The best part of the tour was the guide Maria, who was both knowledgeable and engaging. My daughter and I enjoyed the tour because of the guide.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much! Great to meet you and your daughter!
star-5
10/10 recommend
Kamryn_L
, Oct 2021
So much information that we were not expecting to even learn about m!! We all went into it thinking it would probably be very generic and basic information but our guide dove right it and we all absolutely loved it
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review--it's appreciated! Glad you enjoyed your time with us and had fun in Salem!
star-5
Our guide was very...
Denise_T
, Oct 2021
Our guide was very entertaining and informative. We were very pleased with the tour having done a few other walking tours in the past
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for writing such a thoughtful review! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the tour, especially since you have been on other tours in the past. Come back and visit Salem soon!
star-5
A must do tour
Kimberly_S
, Oct 2021
Honestly, all of it. Maria was FANTASTIC! A wealth of knowledge and funny. We would recommend to all!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you! I'm so glad you had a good time on the tour and enjoyed my delivery. I love Salem and am glad that you could feel my enthusiasm!
star-5
The way to see Salem
Nicole_S
, Oct 2021
Maria and Kendra were absolutely amazing tour guides! They kept our group engaged the entire time, had great stories, and are so knowledgeable! They were especially accommodating with my son, letting him carry their lantern when it got a little darker. Highly recommended tour!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a lovely recommendation! So glad your family enjoyed the tour, and that our 'lantern bearer' had fun as well!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour!
Mavis_B
, Oct 2021
The tour guides were absolutely amazing! It was very informational and an easy walk and we got to sit down on some steps at two different stops.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
So glad you enjoyed the tour! I designed it so that we could maneuver around easily and still see allllllll the cool things! Come back again soon!

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