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.

Top experiences in Eastern Massachusetts

Eastern Massachusetts activities

$20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem History 2-Hour Walking Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Coven's Cottage, Salem, MassachusettsLearn about the Native American Settlement of Naumkeag.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Salem Old Town Hall, Salem, MassachusettsThe story of the beginning of Salem as an English settlement and important port.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem, MassachusettsUsing the colonial burial ground and grave sites as a guide to Salem’s history. “Do not touch or lean upon the gravestones please.”Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem, MassachusettsA discussion about the beginnings of a witchcraft delusion.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Hamilton Hall, Salem, MassachusettsThe story of the Marquis de Lafayette, a grand banquet and a caterers abolitionist children. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Pickering House, Salem, MassachusettsAn examination of the Broad Street Cemetery, the Salem Witch Trials and the Elizabethan belief in counter magic against witchcrafts. At Salem’s oldest home on its original footing, the Pickering house is a discussion an American patriot and politician. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ropes Mansion, Salem, MassachusettsA beautiful home and garden of an important Salem Family.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Witch House, Salem, MassachusettsA story of the home of a judge who presided at the Salem Witch Trials and conclusion of the tour. Duration: 10 minutes

$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 Cultural & Theme 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.

$34 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem Tours: History Tour, Salem Witch Trial Tour, Ghost Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem, MassachusettsWe go by the cemetery but do not go in after dark.Duration: 10 minutes

$13 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Salem Witch Museum Admission

Visit: Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MassachusettsThe Salem Witch Museum brings you back to 1692. Visitors are given a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and a narration - an overview of the Witch Trials of 1692. 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. 

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