Welcome to Salem

This town's very name conjures up images of diabolical witchcraft and people being burned at the stake. The famous Salem witch trials of 1692 are ingrained in the national memory. Indeed, Salem goes all out at Halloween, when the whole town dresses up for parades and parties, and shops sell all manner of Wiccan accessories.These incidents obscure Salem's true claim to fame: its glory days as a center for... Read More

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$20 Cultural & Theme Tours

Two Hour Salem Morning Stroll Historical Tour

The Salem Morning Stroll is an eclectic and conversational two hour, guided history tour through Salem’s walkable downtown, a stop at the historic Hawthorn Hotel, the waterfront, Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the 1637 Burial Point. Consider this tour to be your personal invitation to become familiar with this storied New England seaport and “Witch City”.The walk is interpreted by local tour guide and story teller Kenneth Dyke-Glover. Let him entertain you with stories of Salem’s Citizens throughout the centuries, from the witchcraft trials to the snake oil salesmen, writers, wealthy merchants and Puritan culture. If the mood strikes him he may even share some of the goods and chronicle of the day he has gleaned from the local papers.The tour guide is a Quaker, whose Quaker predecessors in Salem were suspected by the Puritans of cavorting with the Devil, practicing heresy, and Witchcraft. He is also a spirit medium and author.

$16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem Voodoo Vampires and Ghosts 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.

$16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salem Haunt and History Night Walking 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.

$25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Two Hour Sinister Stories of Salem Walking Tour

Join medium, storyteller and licensed embalmer Kenneth Dyke-Glover, Myrna the Death Puppet and Suri the Skull on this two hour hauntingly magical walk that ends each night with a séance gallery where you are invited to honor the dead. Walk past historic graveyards, through eerie alleyways and down cobblestone paved streets that echo with the whispers of this ancient New England city.This is not a historical tour. Through Kenneth’s stories, this tour is an opportunity to be part of Salem's magic, its people, and the Spirits of Salem. He will recount a dark history of Salem, personal stories and disturbing accounts of the otherworldly you won’t soon forget. The tour guide is a local Quaker, whose Quaker predecessors in Salem were long suspected by the Puritans of cavorting with the Devil and practicing heresy and Witchcraft. He has long time connections with the local Witch community, has an interest in occult folkways and has had and continues to have encounters with spirit and shadow both loving and terrifying.  Take a step through the veil of the spirit world and walk with the shadows of Salem's past and present. Each night of the tour, Kenneth sings and carries fresh flowers to draw the Spirits forward. This unique and original walking tour concludes with a séance gallery that takes place between the living and the dead.

$14 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Salem Combo: Wax Museum and Witch Village

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.

$15 Walking & Biking Tours

Haunted History of Salem Walking Tour

Check in anytime on the day of your tour before the departure time at 8pm. Arrive 15-20 minutes early with your tickets from the Salem Historical Tours office, located at 8 Central Street. Here, meet your professional and entertaining guide, who will light the way for your hauntingly historic walking tour of Salem. Follow them into the night to begin your 1.5-hour walking tour. With the light from the lantern, make your way through Salem's streets. Through your guide's storytelling, dark humor, and captivating tales, learn about the paranormal activity in this infamous town. Visit sites with documented hauntings, go through spine-tingling cemeteries, and see sites of the Witch Trials. See the dark side of Salem and learn the authentic history of the dearly departed on this walking tour.