Welcome to Eastern Massachusetts

The towns surrounding Boston represent every aspect of New England history: Colonial, revolutionary, maritime, literary and industrial. Inspired by intriguing events of the past and spectacular seascapes in the present, writers, artists and filmmakers continue to enrich the region's cultural life. Miles of pristine coastline draw beachcombers and sunbathers. Hikers and cyclists, canoeists and kayakers, bird-watchers and whale-watchers have myriad opportunities to engage with the local active lifestyle.

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Eastern Massachusetts activities

$20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem History 2-Hour Walking Tour

This two hour Salem history tour is an eclectic, conversational and unscripted walk through Salem with Kenneth. He begins the tour with a description of the founding of Salem as Naumkeag in 1626 and winds a narrative of an important New England seaport that is often only remembered for the Salem Witch Trials but the trials are only a portion of Salem's Story Kenneth has to tell.     There have been a few unexpected surprises on the tour.  Kenneth has been studying and learning to sing the songs as they were meant to be sung from The Bay Psalms Book.  This is the first book printed in America in 1640 for the Congregationalists in The Massachusetts Bay Colony.     Kenneth is a plain dressing member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) whose unorthodox predecessors once comprised ten percent of the population of Salem in the 1690's and was born and lives across the harbor from Salem in Beverly, Massachusetts.

$16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem 'Voodoo, Vampires and Ghosts' History Walking Tour

The Voodoo, Vampires, and Ghosts Tour is a trip through the dark side of Salem’s sinister past, including visits to actual locations from the infamous witch trials. Visit documented haunted sites, including what is considered, by many experts, to be the most haunted home in the country. See the frightening and beautiful Old Burying Point cemetery, the final resting place of the cruel Salem Witch Trials hanging judge, Judge Hathorne. At the location of the original Witch Dungeon past guests have claimed to encounter the tortured specters of the innocent victims. You will be trained in the latest scientific methods of ghost detection and learn to recognize the tell tale signs of a true haunting! You will hear shocking true tales of vampirism- from the past and present! Find out what what makes an otherwise normal person lust for blood and hear authentic New England vampire folklore. Learn about the historic Dracula as well as modern day maniacs! Are there real, blood drinking vampires in Salem today? The answer may disturb you! Discover the mysterious secrets of Voodoo, the startling root of the Salem Witch Hysteria! Salem has an occult legacy that has remained hidden for years: Voodoo. Was Tituba, the innocent slave woman at the center of the Salem Witch Hysteria, really a Voodoo practitioner? You will learn startling new theories as to exactly what bewitched the people of Salem! Many historians now believe that the otherworldly Voodoo religion played a role in the horrific events of 1692! All our tour guides are fully licensed by the city of Salem and are experienced paranormal investigators. The history you will learn on your tour is true as are the ghost stories. You will receive the best haunted experience available in Salem. We are not costumed actors; we are real historians and investigators.  These tours were founded and created by a professional parapsychologist and investigator; we were “ghost hunting” for years before it became a popular pastime! Our guides take a scientific approach to detecting and documenting the unusual and unearthly. We will teach you how the professionals search for life after death. We live to find the truth and debunk the myths! we show you how to photograph anomalous energy, orbs, ectoplasm, and apparitions with your own camera. At the conclusion of each tour we show you true photographs of actual paranormal energy, real ghosts. We encourage you to take your photographs on the tour and will be happy to examine them for evidence for you.

$38 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching Tour in Gloucester

For over 35 years, this whale watching tour has been dazzling whale watching enthusiasts with sightseeing tours aboard the largest, fastest and most elegant whale watching vessel in Massachusetts, north of Boston, Massachusetts aptly named "The Hurricane II" due to its immense size and speed as it descends upon its destination. You will have the opportunity to spend a lot more time with the whales than with other whale watching tour in Gloucester, MA since "The Hurricane II" gets to the whales' feeding grounds with much more expediency as well as traveling home faster, therefore more time is actually spent observing whales including but not limited to Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Northern Right Whales, Pilot Whales, Northern Right Whales, Sperm Whales, Sei Whales, Blue Whales (The Largest Whales in the Seven Seas yet seldom seen around Gloucester, MA), Fin Whales, Atlantic White Sided Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises and whole host of other fascinating marine creatures."The Hurricane II" boasts 115 ft length with over 400 ft of whale watching room from the railings of the upper and lower observation decks for optimum whale watching conditions. There is a heated, furnished indoor cabin with a full service galley serving hot meals, snacks and cold beverages as well as a fully stocked bar with local brews, popular beer, wine and mixed drinks (at your own expense).You'll be taken to where the whales go. The vessels communicate with each other as to the location of whales so the boat will go anywhere to see them on the North Shore or South Shore of Massachusetts including off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts: Salem MA, Newburyport, Cape Cod, Hampton NH, Rowley, Rockport MA, Danvers, Peabody, Swampscott, Revere, Winthrop or wherever else the whales may roam.

$16 Walking & Biking Tours

Salem Haunted History Tour

Take a spooky stroll through downtown Salem, Massachusetts on this haunt and history, night walking tour. Join the adventure Friday and Saturday at 8pm or Sunday through Thursday at 6pm. Starting April 1st, we will be running every night at 8pm!Licensed guides lead the way through legends, history, and the infamous hysteria of 1692 — the Salem Witch Trials. This is a walking tour of historic downtown Salem that lasts about 90 minutes. Hear amazing stories of Salem's past and discover why Salem is one of the most beloved, historic, and haunted towns in America.The route goes at a comfortable pace, rain or shine. This Salem night tour is typically well attended, so reservations are highly recommended.

$12 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Salem Witch Museum Admission

Learn about the word witch in, Witches - Evolving Perceptions, a provocative tour which examines the pagan midwife, stereotypical witch, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts. Do you believe in witches? Don't answer until you see Salem's most visited museum! The Salem Witch Museum is open year round with presentations starting every thirty minutes between 10:00am and 4:30pm. Extended hours in July and August from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Visitors must exchange Viator voucher for a timed admission ticket. Please arrive no later than 12:00 pm to exchange your voucher for the first available presentation time. Ticket price includes both the main presentation, an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692 and our second exhibit "Witches: Evolving Perceptions". Our Museum Store carries a large array of gifts and locally made items as well as many books regarding the history of the witch trials. 

$14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem Wax Museum and Witch Village Guided Tour Combo Package

Salem Wax Museum From its founding in 1626 through the terrifying Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, Salem’s vivid history comes alive at the Salem Wax Museum, a compelling museum composed of eerily life-like wax figures. Come face to face with many notable Salem figures such as National Hawthorne, the famed author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. Meet the pirates of New England, the merciless Witch Trials judge Colonel John Hawthorne, and Tituba, the accused 'witch' who helped fuel the hysteria -- just to name a few! From the galleries, head to the interactive area to learn about nautical knot tying, do grave stone rubbing on a recreated headstone, and experience what detention during the Hysteria felt like by being locked in a life-size, recreated jail cell!Afterwards, be sure to visit the impressive museum gift shop, where you can browse a variety of New England maritime souvenirs. Salem Witch Village Across the street from the Salem Wax Museum is the Salem Witch Village. On your 15-minute guided tour of this historical attraction, immerse yourself in the history of witchcraft in Salem as you learn the difference between myths and realities of witchcraft in both the ancient and modern world. Your tour guide, who is a practicing witch, will take you through an indoor maze and demonstrate scenes that mark important landmarks in witchcraft history. Hear about the origin of stereotypes such as devil worship, flying on brooms and black cats, and learn about the different persecution periods such as the Salem Witch Trials and the Burning Times of Europe. Your guide will also clarify what it really means to be a witch today. You may be surprised what you learn!After your tour, browse the gift shop for authentic Pagan and Wiccan items and souvenirs. Don’t miss nearby Old Burying Point, reputed to be the second-oldest burial ground in the country. Also near here is the Witch Trials Memorial, erected in memory of the victims of the Witch Hysteria of 1692.