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  • 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.

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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 October 2015

This tour was so much more than I expected. Our bus driver/guide Bob made this a fantastic tour. He gave us info on the areas we went through--not just on Salem.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had the best tour guide - his name is Bob. He made stops and always made sure we had sufficient time at the stops. We never felt rushed. A very knowledgeable man. An excellent all day tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved it, we climbed castle rock and drove through Marble Head, salem was fantastic so much to,do and we were given enough time to enjoy!

House of Seven Gables was breathtaking learned so much ....Bob is so personable and fun to be with

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I put in a review on this earlier but it did not go through?? Anyway I'll sum it up. The Salem tour was wayyyy too fun!! I loved it. It lasted much longer than anticipated. Well worth the money. You got time on your own to explore. But best of all was . . . like everyone else indicated . . . the tour bus driver BOB!!! THUMBS WAYYY UP!!! He was welcoming, making everyone feel as if he or she was his close friend but without singling any one person out the dreaded embarrassment factor!!, very polite, accommodating, and extremely funny. I know I am reiterating the general sentiments of previous reviewers, but it's all true. If only all people could treat people this way the world will be a better place. Well done!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Congratulations! Bob is the best Guide I've never had. Thanks to Bob

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great tour. We had an awesome tour guide I believe his name was Bob? The only downfall to the day was it rained the entire day but we were able to dodge the raindrops. We learned a lot about the Salem history. Much more than we learned in school which made this even more awesome. What we learned in school wasn't the history of the town and the witch trials. Great tour and I would recommend it to anyone. Our tour guide was very informative and gave us extras in stops and info. Great tour. Thanks for putting this all together for us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing! Well worth the price. Bob the tour guide was excellent. He gave us the full package plus much more and was very passionate about his job. Brilliant day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

All-day tour with more than 2/3 of it spent in the small village of Salem.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent trip with great tour- guide, Bob, who is a very good story teller. Bob even went out of his way to arrange for lunch for my daughter who did not have time to eat. Don't miss out on this trip if you have time since this is more than a tour to see witches in Salem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent trip as Bob was our driver. He gave us so much info on Boston as this is where he grew up so it came natural to him to talk about the changes over the years. Bob also had great knowledge in relation to Salem and the witch trials. Bob went beyond his tour duty by giving everyone time to enjoy the attractions in Salem as he stated that he was in no rush. Bob also made sure that everyone got back to their hotel safely by dropping us all off at each hotel or as near as possible. I would advise anyone to go on a trip that Bob is driving on as you will get a warm welcome, great info and some good laughs along the way.

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