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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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Quick trip to Salem!

Susan was great. We enjoyed her tour very much! Love the history! She was very informative on Salem history. She went into detail on more than just the witch trials, but did give... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Susan was great. We enjoyed her tour very much! Love the history! She was very informative on Salem history. She went into detail on more than just the witch trials, but did give amazing info on them! We are from Texas, and would recommend Salem and the hocus pocus tours to anyone!

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Discovery Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide, Susan, was clearly passionate about Salem, the Witch trails and other history tidbits. She was clearly knowledgable about the facts but threw in some humor as well. Even when the tour ended, our guides stayed around to answer additional questions and to also give more details which was really nice! The tour was exactly what we were... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Susan is very attentive and intuitive. She caters to and cares about her tour patrons. The tour with her and Rich was awesome (Rich was GREAT, per my teen daughter). We learned so much about the wonderful but tragic history of Salem through the eyes of someone who is truly passionate and dedicated to sharing her respect and homage of... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Hocus Pocus tour was fun and educational. We learned a lot of great history from Susan and she is a very engaging storyteller! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Salem.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The tour guide was enthusiastic and had a good delivery, but she discussed random people of no interest, jumping between time periods and uninteresting crimes. There is almost no discussion of Hocus Pocus or witches. I could overhear other tour guides and learned more about the witch trials and the movie in those few seconds. A real disappointment.

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HocusPocusTours, Owner at Hocus Pocus Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your opinion and your kind words about the tour’s enthusiasm and delivery. It is unfortunate that you did not find the historical figures that the tour features of interest. Thousands of visitors, many of whom have contributed 5 star reviews to this site, have found the stories of Alexander Graham Bell, Bridget Bishop, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Montgomery,... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

On a hot day in June 2015, a group of high school students (9th-11th grade) and their teacher strolled to, through, and by many Salem historic homes and sites. Susan, our tour guide, provided so much interesting information about colonial times, witchhunt era, and a story about a local murder mystery. The students totally enjoyed this experience and began to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I wanted a tour of Salem that was informative, covered all of the history (not just the witch trials), wasn't gimmicky or tried to capitalize on ghost stories. The Hocus Pocus tour well exceeded my expectations. The tour guides were passionate and tried to make a connection with each member of the group. They painted pictures of each site and... More 

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Bordentown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Susan was a very pleasant and informative tour guide. It was the kind of tour that my daughter and I were looking for. While I would not go back toSalem just the whole "vibe" of the city was creepy and not for me Hocus Pocus tours does not focus on finding the ghosts or vampires but gives you a very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Very informative and entertaining tour. Susan knows her Salem history (there's so much more than the witch trials) and delivers the city's colorful stories with enthusiasm and humor and style:) Definitely the tour to choose!

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

My husband, adult son, and I went on this tour. The tour guide was very friendly and engaging. She spoke about a variety of topics related to the history of Salem. We especially enjoyed the stories about some of the more notorious events that happened here, and not just about the witch trials. We had spent the day in town... More 

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Address: 164 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 781-248-2031
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem

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