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Hocus Pocus Tours

164 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
+1 781-248-2031
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Ranked #2 of 37 Activities in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning, daily, 90-minute walking...
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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.
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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

The tour was a great time. My girlfriend and I learned a bunch and had a lot of fun. Tour leader was very friendly and engaging. Would take this tour again in a heartbeat and recommend it for anyone looking for a tour in Salem..

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portland, oregon
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

this is a walking tour and it so wonderful. This is a husband and wife team that lead you thru the city and tell you different things that have happened. They are very passionate about the city and want you to walk away loving it as much as they do.

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011 via mobile

Our day in Salem would'nt have been complete without a tour with hocus pocus. Tour guide was extremely nice and it was really interessant. It was my second time in Salem and by far this time was a success because of this tour !

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Leonardtown, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

We've traveled all around the world and this tour was one of the better ones. For about 90 minutes it touched on murders, historical, architecture, haunts and of course the Salem witch stuff, Our guide Susan put 110% effort into the tour, extremely friendly and professional. She was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It kept our attention and we did not... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

We took our niece to Salem for the weekend and decided to do this tour. It was very interesting and informative, fun also. Our guide told us all about the history of Salem including, but not limited to the witch history, and pointed out many landmarks and historical sites. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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cape coral florida
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23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2011

My wife and I engaged Hocus Pocus for a private, daytime, tour of Salem. The presentation by Susan was tailored to our specific request: we wanted to know more about the city and its history than only the witch trials. Mission accomplished. Susan weaved the history, architecture, stories and anecdotes of the city along with the tragic times of the... More 

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Nacogdoches, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

I had a group of 18 folks (13 teens) and they wanted a good night tour in Salem. I read the reviews and thought this would be perfect. Susan was wonderful from the beginning even helping us decide which transportation to use to get there before our trip. She always was prompt with phone calls and e-mails. The tour was... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

My friend and I took this tour on a cold April night. Because it was so cold and raining (and we were the only two taking the tour this particular night) Susan bumped our tour time up. Susan was amazing, and obviously very passionate about this town and it's history. She took us on a tour around Salem explaining all... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

What can we say about this tour that already has not been posted. My wife and I traveled to Salem on March 30th 2011 and met up with Susan at 3:15 p.m. The Hocus Pocus Tour was an beyond excellent. Susan is a very comprehensive, kind, knowledgable and engaging tour guide. While journeying through the streets of Salem on a... More 

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Highland Park, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

The Hocus Pocus Tour was an excellent, comprehensive and engaging 90 minute walking tour. I truly felt like I had the opportunity to see Salem and learn about it's history. My boyfriend and I love visiting Salem but this time we both felt like we actually learned something other than what we already knew about this beautiful and amazing place.... More 

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