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Historic Overview of Salem Walking Tour
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Historic Overview of Salem Walking Tour

By Salem Historical Tours & Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
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Ages 0-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • 90 minute Historic Salem Walking Tour
  • Local and Professional Guide
  • Guide uses an amplifier so everyone can hear the Salem History
  • We visit locations that have compelling history unknown to many locals
  • Hear tales of Maritime and Revolutionary significance.
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • No food and drink offered, but snacks available for purchase
  • Entry/Admission - Salem


Start:
  • 8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
    We are part of the pedestrian walkway downtown at the corner of Essex and Central Streets. We are next to Emporium 32 and across from the New England Dog Biscuit Company. Look for our purple sign.
End:
  • Salem, MA, USA
    Return Location: Returns to downtown Salem area. Tour Guide can help direct you to where you want to go.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 40866P23

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Parking available in garages on New Liberty, Bridge, and Congress Streets
  • Parking available in lots at Church Street, Front Street, and Klopp Alley. Metered parking near us. Use Passport Smart Phone App for meters. Bus parking available on New Derby Street and Hawthorne Boulevard.
  • Tour departs at 12 pm. Check in 15-20 minutes before your tour time at Salem Historical Tours office, located at 8 Central Street
  • Traffic and parking in October can be very difficult. Give yourself extra time to get here and park no matter what your GPS is telling you. Check Salem.org for details on where to park.
  • Our public walking tours can pose challenges for participants with mobility and accessibility concerns. Tours are 90 minutes long and about one mile in length. Each participant must be able to complete the one-mile tour within 90 minutes, providing for frequent stops to view sites and for information from the tour guide. As Salem is a historical city, there are narrow and uneven sidewalks, bricks, cobblestones, and stairs. During events and festivals (and particularly October), with crowds and street vendors, the streets can become difficult to navigate.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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  • 8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
    We are part of the pedestrian walkway downtown at the corner of Essex and Central Streets. We are next to Emporium 32 and across from the New England Dog Biscuit Company. Look for our purple sign.
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  • Salem, MA, USA
    Return Location: Returns to downtown Salem area. Tour Guide can help direct you to where you want to go.
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  • Salem Historical Tours & Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
    616
    Salem, Massachusetts
    Joined in July 2009
  • 597octaviot
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Salem witch Tour
    The tour was informative and well manage. It gives you a quick understanding of the era and the people involved in this dark nine month in Salem history. Our tour guy was well versed in the subject.
    Written May 28, 2024
  • theresab247
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So knowledgeable and passionate about the history
    Recently, I found out I have an ancestor who was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. This tour group was the only one who offered information on my ancestor. They are really passionate about the history and helped me find additional information regarding one of my ancestors. They went above and beyond to help me understand what my family went through. Truly an unforgettable experience!
    Written May 28, 2024
  • jorahs2024
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1692 Ghost Walk
    Our guide was awesome! We really learned a lot and had so much fun! I definitely recommend the 1692 Ghost Walk Tours. I'd definitely do it again!
    Written May 7, 2024
  • vbenchl
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to visit.
    Learning about the history of the area was good but really it has a park setting next to a cemetery so it's sad thinking about what the girls and families went through.
    Written May 6, 2024
  • sheanam308
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour
    This was a really interesting tour our guide was very knowledgeable. We were lucky that our group was small and the weather was great. We learned a lot of history and also about the architecture
    Written May 1, 2024
  • U9897MGchristiem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christine Rocks
    Christina was knowledgable and fun. As luck would have it, I was the only person in the group. I learned so much and have a much better appreciation of the politics and cultural and religious issues surrounding this period. It was a great walk through time. Thanks Christine, you are one of my favorites.
    Written April 25, 2024
  • BackPacker423476
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A glimpse in the past
    It was an amazing history lesson! It was a great experience! I took so many photos. The people around the area were so nice the shops were amazing! Such an interesting day!
    Written April 21, 2024
  • M391DUannd
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would highly recommend!
    We went on the historic walking tour today on our last day in Salem and it was wonderful! Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared stories along the way. She made sure that we had time to take photos and to ask any questions that we might have. We learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves! We didn’t even notice the rain! Thank you again!
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Travel498026
    0 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boring, lacking in detail, not engaging
    Really disappointing tour. Only had 1 night in Salem and booked this tour - what a waste. The guide’s storytelling skills were extremely lacking unfortunately. The info provided was very brief and factual, no ‘theatrics’ - it felt like a very short, informational lecture. We stopped at the sites for very short periods of time. At one stop, there was another group out front, so the guide had us stop 30 feet away, where he told the story. When done, we just continued on past the site - we didn’t even get to see it or pause for photos. The guide pushed on pretty quickly as well and the group fell behind more than once, and he never stopped to check if everyone was still with him. I have been on other ghost tours in Salem that stopped at a few of the same places, and heard really great spooky stories that I was excited to get a refresher on, assuming the info would be shared during the stops on this tour - but didn’t hear any of them again tonight. The stories were often vague as well, things like ‘spirits have been spotted here,’ when I was was already familiar with some f the places, and knew there were some good stories to tell that just weren’t shared on this tour. At one point we passed by a different tour, where the guide was in costume and telling scary ghost stories with a ton of energy and suspense, and interacting with his group - and multiple people in our group mumbled ‘I wish we were on THAT tour instead…’ - a sentiment I share. I felt the guide was knowledgeable and prepared, but to be a ghost tour guide there is a whole other very important part of the job - hosting and performing, interacting with the guests and delivering the stories in an interesting and engaging way - this did not happen tonight. I hate to say it, but I was bored.
    Written November 12, 2023
  • shelbyg319
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally worth the money
    Such a great experience and got to learn new things about the Witches' Trials that some historians got wrong.
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Q1117UCelizabetha
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful walking tour
    Bob was wonderful and the quality of his tour was parallel with that of the walking tours I experienced in Europe and around the world. He was hilarious and charming.
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Sightseer52185603816
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Salem tour.
    The tour was really informative. Really did not give any in time experiences. But for the memory and pictures I would say it was cool for the most part.
    Written November 1, 2023
  • thomasdK5455OY
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour 👍👍
    Absolutely brilliant, and tour guide was a pleasure to listen to. We didn’t get her name but she did the 1pm tour on Monday 30th Oct. ♥️
    Written October 31, 2023
  • kimberlyp761
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not good
    So this particular tour guide was not nice. Examples , do not video me whoever is watching isn’t leaving me a tip, we have 45 people on this tour you’ll have to come back for pictures we have too many people. Not a great attitude and at stop 3 we couldn’t hear her and felt like this was pointless so we bolted. We did the self guided tour after that and yes , we took pictures. Very disappointed. Our other tours were so much better. Suggestion to not be condescending to paying customers.
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Brandie N
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jaded opinion
    The tour guide placed their own opinion into the stories of Salem, making the stories seem bias or jaded. Otherwise, knowledgeable about the history.
    Written October 31, 2023
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dkeith
St.John's308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Took this tour as it was one of the few not focused on witches and the witch trials. Entertaining with good pacing that covered a nice bit of ground in Salem and was never boring. The topic did shift to the trials on occasion but not unduly so. Would have liked a bit more information on the seaport aspect of Salem and its very early history. So reasonable tour overall but could have been better.
Written October 10, 2023
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Andrea C
Lisbon, Portugal50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a beautiful day for a guided walk. Covered about 5 block square. Didn’t end where it started ( but Salem is not difficult to navigate and it was not far. Tour guide was theatrical and entertaining. Most of the points of interested and been knocked down and rebuilt so there wasn’t much to “see” ( witch tour). Great afternoon of family time.
Written September 20, 2021
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cjwdoglover
Laguna Niguel, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
My husband and I took our grandchildren on a trip to Boston and it’s environs in June . Salem was on our list to see. We are so happy we chose this walking tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about Salem’s history and while discussing the witch trials informed our group about all of Salem’s history and importance to Massachusetts. I highly recommend this tour.
Written August 2, 2019
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Thank you so much. We are glad you had a wonderful time. We love revealing our history to guests.
Written August 23, 2019
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davidsco27
Boston, MA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I've been to Salem many times, but really didn't know much about the history, so I finally decided to take one of these tours to hopefully learn more about the city and its rich history. Well, I have to say, this one was well worth it. Our tour guide, not only pointed out the typical historical sites, but gave us a lot of back story on them, and some of the ones more off the beaten track. Things I never would've learned just Googling or asking just anyone on the street. Bonus, he's also a standup comedian and made the entire tour a blast by inserting some very funny anecdotes. All in all this tour was thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the time and money
Written November 24, 2019
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Thank you so much. Salem has a rich history and there are so many interesting stories. Glad you enjoyed it as much as us.
Written July 26, 2020
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hal11888
Reading, MA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Our tour guide Giovanni was a delight to have as our guide, great sense of humor down to earth and a pleasure , very well knowledgeable in his history and was very informative in many ways that made our tour a great experience and was a great afternoon for a walk and to learn about the history of Salem, and as a bonus we did get a lesson about the Salem witch trials and those involved as well as a bonus tour of the Olde Cemetary Thanx!!! , all in all a great Sunday afternoon for a walk and guided tour, highly recommend Salem Historical Tours !
Written September 2, 2022
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Hello and Thank You for the wonderful review! Giovanni is one of the best in town! We're so pleased to hear you had a great time with us! Please be sure to come back and visit again soon!
Written September 3, 2022
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Ann Cripe
Altus, OK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
We took the walking tour and Stash was brilliant. He was very energetic, informative, and entertaining :)
Written June 15, 2022
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Thank you so much for the fantastic review! Stash is one of the best. Please be sure to come back and visit Salem again soon!
Written June 17, 2022
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Mindy H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
A wonderful tour for those of us interested in all periods of Salem’s history. The tour was a wonderful overview of the city.
Written April 23, 2022
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Thank you for the wonderful review. We're glad to hear you had a great time with us! Come back again soon!
Written April 28, 2022
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Cristina S
Linden, NJ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Our tour guide was GREAT! She was very informative. You can tell she really enjoyed what she was doing.
Written November 17, 2020
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We're so glad you enjoyed the tour. Thank You
Written April 2, 2021
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bmogilski
Roslyn, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
History of Salem and various persons involved in the settlement. The guide was very knowledgeable of all past and current goings on in Salem
Written September 6, 2020
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Richard D
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
I would rate it 3 1/2 stars if I had that option. Good, but not great. Even though description of tour stated that witch trials would not be discussed, many reviews I read contradicted that and specifically stated that the information was included. I think there was enough time and opportunity to include some witch trials info because there was not an overwhelming amount of Salem history that was covered. The bottom line is,
I was glad I took the tour.
Written September 17, 2019
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We're glad you enjoyed the tour. There is so much more fascinating history than the Witchcraft trials. While that is a compelling part of our history, we don't discuss the witch craft trials on this tour. It would have to be a three hour tour to discuss maritime, revolutionary and witchcraft. Many of the guides who do the 1130 Non-Witchcraft history tour don't do the Witchcraft History tour so they wouldn't talk about that subject anyway. We may go to places that have a connection to the trials but we talk about different history. Perhaps the reviews you mention that say we did are just a mix of several reviews of the myriad of tour companies in Salem.
Written October 15, 2019
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