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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: Pirate Museum with Authentic Treasures Entry Ticket

2. 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.

Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Boston History and Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Wander along Boston's Freedom Trail with this audio guide. Walk from Copp’s Hill Burying Ground to the George Washington Statue in the Boston Public Garden and unlock the story behind the nation’s beginnings as you listen to the voice of Gregg Squeglia, a local history fanatic. Start your walk in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End, and learn about the Colonial and Revolutionary history of the area. Travel as far back as 1692 with a visit to the grave of Cotton Mather, the minister at the heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Next, journey to the Old North Church and the pre-Revolution years, when Paul Revere organized the midnight riders so they could alert the Minutemen that the British were coming. Waft past the aromas of Little Italy’s restaurants and bakeries to get to the Paul Revere House, before enjoying a stroll along the Rose Kennedy Greenway while you learn about Boston’s ”Big Dig.” Afterward, take a moment to shop around Quincy Market or catch some of the area’s regular street performers as you learn about Faneuil Hall and one of America’s fiercest proponents of liberty, Samuel Adams. Stop by the Old State House to hear how president John Adams magnanimously defended perpetrators of the Boston Massacre. Learn about the two choices that Irish families faced in the 1800s as you pass by the Boston Irish Famine Memorial en route to visit Adams’ grave in the Granary Burying Ground. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide on any date of your choice  or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

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What people are saying about Salem

Beverly was awesome! She took great care of us in busy Salem, shared enthusiastic historical accounts in addition to spooky haunted happenings. I highly recommend the extended tour, as it leads you even further along the path of the witch trial events. We attended right at sundown and seeing the town in active darkness during the tour added an enjoyable energy.

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!

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

Had a great time seeing some of the haunted places in Salem. Definitely do the extended tour.

Very professional and knowledgeable guide recommend it for everyone