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Hocus Pocus Tours

164 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
+1 781-248-2031
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Ranked #2 of 31 Activities in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning, daily, 90-minute walking tour. Hear stories of intriguing people, discover... more » Owner description: Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning, daily, 90-minute walking tour. Hear stories of intriguing people, discover the truth about Salem's infamous Witch Trial Hysteria, experience the authentic story of Salem's most notorious murder, and find out what locations were used in the movie Hocus Pocus. More than fifteen stops dot the tour route, including Salem's old jail -- a one-time residence for the Boston Strangler, the site of the Old Witch Gaol (prison), the Witch Trial Memorial, the field where Giles Corey was pressed to death, and the cemetery where a Witch Trial magistrate is buried. « less
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Phx
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This was a great way to hear some fun stories about the history of Salem and the dreaded 1692 Witch Trials! Suzanne was very informative and upbeat, we really enjoyed listening to her. We only wish we had more time to spend in Salem. October is a great time of year for Salem.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Sometimes I don't always like being on tour with a bunch of people so I did this by phone where I had a map and I used my cell to call in. I was able to easily choose which stop I wanted to listen , listen a second time and skip stops. This is excellent for someone traveling on their... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

All I can say is AMAZING!! If youre in Salem, this tour is a must! This fabulous husband and wife team could not complement eachother anymore. Susan is so knowlegable about Salem's history and makes it fun while sharing all of the creepy facts! Susans husband even came and met us at our parking spot, after showing up late to... More

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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62 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This tour was very good. We enjoyed the dramatic presentation of the history and stories, although we did wonder if some of the "additives" were made up. The cons of this tour was the amount of people and the check-in process. We had pre-purchased our tickets online and for some reason they asked us to state our last name and... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Maybe I was spoiled by the awesome tour I had the night before in Boston, but I didn't like this tour at all. I am a major history buff and was looking forward to checking out the sights in Salem. The problem with this tour is that is was with a large group. With people's chatters, you couldn't hear the... More

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Warren, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

My family and I were thrilled with this walking tour. It was just the right amount of time, it blended information about the town, architecture, and of course bewitching intrigue! Our tour guides, Susan and Rich were excellent, so knowledgeable and engaging. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed this tour, I had my doubts once we arrived in Salem (the city its self left much to be desired) but the guides were entertaining and brought the city's history to life with out being tacky or making light of their troubled past. You also get a nice lanyard, it identifies you as a participant of that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband, sister-in-law, and I had such a wonderful time on our Hocus Pocus Tour. While researching things to do in Salem in our trip, we choose the Hocus Pocus Tour based off of it's rating here on Tripadvisor.com. The rating did not disappoint! We pre-purchased our tickets and got registered at the booth when we arrived Friday evening. The... More

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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Great tour! Susan (the tour guide) is very enthusiastic about what she does & is very likable, I enjoyed listening to her, she really knows Salem very well! A perfect way to start our trip, after sitting in hours of traffic just to get here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Not only was this a walking tour of haunted places and Salem history, but the sites we saw were all linked to a story that the guide started at the beginning of the tour. I'm glad I did this tour at the beginning of my vacation in Salem, as it added to my list of places I wanted to see.

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