4.5 star rating: Recommended 134 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Best Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials on this sightseeing day trip from Boston. Visit Marblehead -- the birthplace of the American Navy -- to visit Abbott Hall, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. As you then explore Salem by coach, your guide will tell you about the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692, as well as the general history of Salem, which was one of the most significant seaports in early America. See Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of Seven Gables, and then enjoy free time to browse kitschy Halloween shops and Wiccan boutiques, tour witch-themed attractions, and visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense).


  • Salem day trip from Boston
  • Hear intriguing stories about witches and the infamous witchcraft trials in Salem in the 1600s
  • Visit Abbott Hall, a historic museum in the coastal town of Marblehead
  • See Nathaniel Hawthorne's Custom House and the House of the Seven Gables as you explore Salem by coach
  • Stop in the neighborhood of Pickering Wharf for lunch and to explore this unique, entertaining city on your own
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off available

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you are a Halloween enthusiast or are just intrigued by Salem's haunting history, this experience is perfect for you. We recommend visiting in the month of October, as there are several themed events throughout the city that you can enjoy before or after your tour.

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

Best Salem Witch City Day Trip From Boston

Salem - The Witch City

You’ll be picked up from your Boston hotel in the morning for a 40-minute drive north to Salem by luxury, air-conditioned coach. Along the way, your expert guide will give you a historical overview of this infamous port city that was the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials.

Start your sightseeing adventure with a stop in the coastal town of Marblehead, the birthplace of the American Navy and Marine Corps Aviation and a yachting capital of the US. Visit Abott Hall, a town hall and historical museum listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, where you’ll see Archibald M Willard's The Spirit of 76. Your guide will explain this famous painting's interesting significance.

Continue your drive to Salem, one of early America's most significant seaports. It’s best known as being the site of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and consequently the subject of Arthur Miller's celebrated book, The Crucible. As you explore the city by coach, you’ll learn about the history of these infamous witchcraft trials, which were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.

Travel down Derby Street to see the House of Seven Gables and the Custom House, the former workplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous novelist who was born in Salem. When you reach the neighborhood of Pickering Wharf, enjoy free time to walk around and have lunch on your own. You’ll discover that this city is a mix of important historic sites and kitschy Halloween stores, witch-themed attractions, Wiccan boutiques and a vibrant downtown with more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. If you like, you can visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense) for a more in-depth look at the witchcraft trials.

After your time in Salem, relax on the drive back to your Boston hotel.

Please note: This tour is seasonal and only operates from June to October.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent day trip with Bob at the helm - funny, knowledgeable and kind. Got very worried when people did not return to the bus on time and even took every passenger back to their individual hotels in Boston if they wanted to. Bus left on time and well organised departure.

We were on the last trip of the season 24/10 and Bob changed the itinerary so that we could get to Salem before the huge crowds which he anticipated and visit museums etc. in a more relaxed manner.
Well worth the money especially, as I guess, it would have mad on the train / ferry due to the number of visitors in Salem that day.

Cheers Bob - may see you again one day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing! The tour guide, Bob, was so knowledgeable with the history of Salem and the surrounding communities on the way to/from Salem. Given how busy it was in the city with the October festivities, Bob made sure we had plenty of time to tour the city and see the museums. Bob made the journey very enjoyable, and I highly recommend him as a tour guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was expecting Salem to be a bit...more. Nevertheless, it was a bit of a learning experience and Bob was an amazing driver/tour guide! He was funny and responsible for his people, and knew so much about the area! There was a little mix up dropping me off at my hotel he thought he heard The Renaissance when I said Residence Inn but he took me directly to my hotel's front doors at the end of the day. You're the best Bob!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a very comfortable bus ride with beautiful views of the countryside and a great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide/driver Bob was the best! He was very informative. We highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The guide Jerry was great, very informative. Leaving the driving to him was the best idea ever! I traveled alone and it was fine so don't shy away if you are a solo! I could have used more time in Salem since it was so crowded something to consider for future October tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Salem was great! So many tours to do and plenty of time to explore. My favourite was the actual drive to Salem, we got a great look at the amazing new england coast, we stopped at gorgeous Marblehead to look at the ocean and the amazing houses. Thank you so much!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our driver Bob did a great job and helped us pick the best places to see and eat when on our own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Driver was very good and had very good knowledge of Boston and its history

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The driver was excellent so informative and interesting, he made the trip.The journey to Salem was the best bit for me. Salem itself was nice and busy due to Halloween coming up soon. it would be best to stay the night to do a evening ghost tour to get the whole atmosphere.

From USD $ 45.94

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 3978TOUR5


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message