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Address: 164 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 781-248-2031
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Description: Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning...
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.
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Excellent historical tour!

Our high school group recently went on a historical walking tour with Hocus Pocus tours and it was wonderful, It was very entertaining and informative. Susan was so enthusiastic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
Phyllis T
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Four Oaks, North Carolina
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Four Oaks, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Our high school group recently went on a historical walking tour with Hocus Pocus tours and it was wonderful, It was very entertaining and informative. Susan was so enthusiastic and really made the students enjoy learning the history of Salem. I highly recommend this tour!

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Dearborn, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I went to Salem hoping to learn and this was the perfect tour to go on. There were only a handful of us (because we did not go in October) so it was very personal and Susan is so passionate and educated on Salem. As we walked around we had other tours passing us dressed in costumes and telling tall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Susan is such a kind lady who is also very knowledgable of Salem and its history. She will only tell facts that she was able to back up with three sources. Her tour is straightforward history, which was very refreshing after two days of nothing but witches and the witch trials. If you are looking for a tour that is... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I had a blast on the Hocus Pocus tour with Susan and Rich. Very knowledgeable individuals and an informative tour. I took the tour on a rainy and cold evening, and they brought hand and foot warmers for everyone. I like that is a family operated tour and you can really tell that both Susan and Rich are passionate about... More 

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Marshall, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I took my wife and three of my children on this tour. We were all mesmerized by Susan. She commanded a thorough knowledge of the history of Salem and had an amazing talent to mold the history into stories. Very worthwhile tour.

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Sarnia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The tour guide was friendly knowledgable and entertained and informed the group very well! Susan showed everything I wanted to see and more, giving us the history and told us things only locals know. I learned a lot and got a new perspective!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This tour was one of the most fun and interesting things we did in Salem. We were looking for a tour that covered an array of topics - from the town's history to the Salem Witch trials, to other notable residents, events, and fun stories, and this tour covered it all! Susan and Rich were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining -... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This was a fabulous tour. Susan is great at explaining the historical context of Salem, the witch trials and other elements of the town's history. Very engaging, professional, entertaining and informative. An authentic experience that caters for tourists without being touristy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

awesome!! Susan was amazing and informative. we had a blast but I recommend a warmer time. if not though, they provide you with hand and toe warmers. highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This tour is a must when in Salem! Its light hearted, fun and a perfect way to see the town. Susan and Rich are excellent tour guides. Their passion for Salem is passed onto the group as they tell stories of past and present Salem. They even gave us hand and toe warmers to keep us cozy on route!A lovely... More 

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