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Salem: Haunt and History Guided Night Tour

1. Salem: Haunt and History Guided Night Tour

Take a 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 experience. 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.

Salem: Witch City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

2. Salem: Witch City Ghosts Haunted 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: 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. 

Salem: Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

4. 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.

Salem: Ghosts of Salem Walking Tour

5. Salem: Ghosts of Salem Walking Tour

Join this family-friendly walking tour and explore Salem’s haunted houses, cemeteries, and victims of the Witch Trials. Visit locations where spirits are tied to famous author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Enjoy a stop at one of Salem's haunted cemeteries, Old Burying Point Cemetery, which is considered by many as the most haunted place in Salem. Throughout your tour, visit many other haunted locations, including a few featured on TV Shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. Learn more about the city's history and famous residents from your local guide.

Salem: Mid-Afternoon Ghost Tour

6. Salem: Mid-Afternoon Ghost Tour

Visit downtown locations in Salem on this 1-hour walking tour. See sites where there have been cases of murder and accidental death. Step inside the cemetery that is only available during the day and hear the incredible stories of hauntings, a mysterious tree, and a grave robbing. After this, go to the Sea Captain's home and learn about how he was murdered and why. Next, hear the story of the Lady In Blue who haunts the old church location. Finally, end up at the home of the high sheriff who committed dubious acts in the basement of his home after which he met his own untimely fate.

Salem: Requiem for Salem Walking Ghost Tour

7. 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.

Salem: Self-Guided Ghost Tour

8. 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: Witch Trials Self-Guided Walking Tour and Quiz

9. Salem: Witch Trials Self-Guided Walking Tour and Quiz

Learn about the sobering history of Salem at your own pace on a self-guided walking tour. Hear the history of the Salem Witch Trials, visit the Old Burying Point, and find Salem's haunted buildings. Before beginning your tour, download the Action Tour Guide app on your phone to allow easy offline access. Head to the Salem Armory to get started. From there, walk to the 1692 Memorial, which honors the victims of the witch panic. Next, head to the Old Burying Point, the final resting place not only for many of the trials’ victims but also for their persecutors. Walk among the graves and hear the tragic, heroic tale of Giles Corey and others who paid the ultimate price when they refused to go along with the madness. Continue your tour with some of Salem’s spookiest architecture, the Joshua Ward House and the Old Town Hall. Learn about the Old Town Hall's secret tunnels, which still exist today. Head to the old jailhouse, where some say the spirits of the confined and tortured innocents remain. Continue through town and spot landmarks featured in Hollywood hits like Hocus Pocus and Bewitched. Next, pass the Witch Museum and learn how the witch trials ended. Finish your tour at the Salem Common and discover the aftermath of the trials and how the town of Salem recovered. As you follow the tour, there are plenty of optional detours available, from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house to a tavern infamous for 18th-century kidnappings.

Salem History Tour: Winter Edition

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Salem

Sebastian was a spectacular tour guide. He was fun, informative, and entertaining. Definitely kept everyone interested. This tour is a fun way to learn the history of the Salem Witch Trials and about the spirits that are still within the buildings of the city.

With only a brief afternoon visit to Salem, I knew I wanted to do a tour so we could get the most out of the town. We learned so much on this walk and our guide Christine was incredible! Super knowledgeable and funny.

Elizabeth was very knowledgeable on the happening in the city and takes pride in her tours.

Excellent way to experience Salem and all the history of the town.

Davey was the best guide! A blend of history and ghost stories!