Best Salem Tours from Boston

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Visiting Boston and looking to take a side trip to Salem? Check out these Salem tours from Boston.

Due to Salem’s close proximity to Boston, taking a quick day trip to the Witch City is easy. Salem is such a small town that you can see all of the major sites and visit many of the attractions all in one day.

Navigating the maze of old colonial-era streets in Massachusetts can be difficult though but you can easily solve this problem with a guided tour from Boston.

These tours will take you directly to Salem, as well as surrounding towns like Gloucester and Rockport, and show you all of Salem’s historic sites:

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1 Day Witch City Tour – Salem and Marblehead Tour from Boston
Salem Tours:

Take Tours offers a one day tour of Salem and Marblehead from Boston. This 7-hour tour begins in Boston with a morning pick up at your hotel or pre-arranged location.

You’ll then take a short drive to Marblehead to visit Abbot Hall, which houses “The Spirit of 76,” a famous painting of the American Revolution by Archibald MacNeal Ward.

The tour then continues on to Salem where you’ll be able to explore Salem on your own or take one of the many Salem history tours available in the city.

The Witch House, Salem, Mass, circa November 2015. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brooks

The Witch House, Salem, Mass, circa November 2015. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brooks

You’ll also receive a Gray Line Discount card which will give you a special discount admission rate at the Custom House, the House of Seven Gables and the Salem Witch Museum. The tour concludes with a short drive back to Boston in the late afternoon.

The tour is available Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from June 11 – October 22.

1 Day Salem and Gloucester Tour from Boston:

Take Tours offers a one day Salem and Gloucester tour from Boston via a motorcoach or minibus.

The tour starts with a morning pickup in the Boston area. On the way to Salem, you’ll stop for lunch at Woodman’s Restaurant in Essex.

After lunch, you’ll continue your journey to Salem where you will visit the Salem Witch Museum and watch a live show about the Salem Witch Trials presented via wax figures and an audio presentation.

Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Mass, November 2015. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brooks

Salem Witch Museum, Salem, Mass, November 2015. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brooks

Then you’ll take a short drive to Gloucester to visit Hammond Castle. The castle was built by inventor John Hays Hammond Jr and was pieced together with remnants of historic castles and buildings in Europe.

In the evening, you’ll be able to explore Salem to see all the attractions and historic sites in the city. At about 8pm, you’ll reboard the bus and head back to Boston.

This tour is available May through October. Take Tours also offers a one day Halloween Witch Town Haunted Tour from Boston in late October each year.

Private Day Trip from Boston to Salem:

Viator offers a private day trip from Boston to Salem. This 7-hour private tour is available for small groups.

The tour starts in Boston with a morning pickup at your hotel in an upscale private vehicle, such as a VIP sedan, SUV or van.

Then you’ll take a short drive to Salem where you’ll make a stop at Charter Street to see the old Charter Street cemetery, where the infamous Salem Witch Judge John Hathorne is buried, and then head to the nearby Howard Street cemetery to see the site of Giles Corey’s death during the Salem Witch Trials.

The Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Mass, circa 2012. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brooks

The Howard Street Cemetery, Salem, Mass, circa 2012. Photo Credit: Rebecca Brooks

You’ll also visit the Gallows Hill theater to check out a live theater show about the Salem Witch Trials.

You also have the option of visiting any of the other sites and attractions in the city such as the Salem Witch Museum, Salem Witch Trials memorial, Salem Witch House, the Bewitched Statue, Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem’s Wax Museum, Witch History Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Pioneer Village, Pirate Museum or the House of Seven Gables.

At the end of the tour, you’ll take the short drive back to Boston where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Viator also offers this same private day trip to Salem in a luxury Rolls Royce Ghost.

Sources:
“Salem: Witch Trials Self-Guided Tour.” Salem Witch Museum, n.d., www.salemwitchmuseum.com/SitesTour/salem
“Salem Daytrip from Boston.” Salem.org, 25 June. 2015, salem.org/do/salem-daytrip-boston/

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