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Hocus Pocus Tours

#2 of 30 Tours in Salem
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Address: 164 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3701
Phone Number: +1 781-248-2031
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Capture the historic spirit of Salem's yesteryear on this award winning,...

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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Amazing informative tour of Salem

First off we had Susan and Rich as our tour guides and they were both such a amazing tour guides! They were very informative, knowledgable and knew every answer to all our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First off we had Susan and Rich as our tour guides and they were both such a amazing tour guides! They were very informative, knowledgable and knew every answer to all our questions! They knew the area well and provided us wiht stories and tales of Salem and the development of the city. Susan was very animated and entertaining! They... More 

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South River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a Hocus Pocus tour online for our mother/daughter sweet 16 trip to Salem. Our tour guides, Susan and Rich, were knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a great deal about the history of Salem and some of it's haunted locations. We had just watched Hocus Pocus, one of our favorite Halloween movies, right before our trip and it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide was easy to understand and entertaining, as well as informative. Although I cannot say that it was a spooky tour, it was a great historical journey through the town and its popular places.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour guide was great. She was animated and very passionate. There were some gaps in history which I wish had been better explained. We also had zero interest in the Hollywood movie hoccus poccus which was mentioned too many times. That time would have been better filled with more history. Overal though a good tour.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Susan and her husband Rich are passionate about this tour and the history of Salem. We were so looking forward to it having read the great reviews and they lived up to form! Susan's delivery and interaction with the group was 'spell-binding' and she really knows her stuff. This town is fascinating and we already want to go back and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Susan was just a delight as well as her husband Rich! The night we went on the walking tour it was cold and windy, very windy. Susan was incredibly informative and you could see her love and passion for Salem's rich history right from the get-go. Everyone's questions were answered throughout the tour, seriously ask them anything about Salem! Susan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Where to start..this was a trip for my daughter, Erin's birthday. We booked the tour based on all the great reviews and we were not disappointed. The tour group the night we went only consisted of 3 of us. It really felt like a very personal tour of a city Susan and Rich love. They were passionate and great storytellers.... More 

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Susan and Rich are a fantastic team! Recently went on the Hocus Pocus Night Tour and couldn't have been more please! The tour was approx. 90 minutes, but Susan continued to answer questions and keep the group engaged even when our time was up! The history and knowledge of Salem that both guides shared with the group was interesting and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Susan & Rich's passion for the town's history were clearly evident throughout the tour. Susan was an excellent and engaging story-teller, keeping us guessing on some "ghost" stories as well as explaining the intricate histories and little-known facts of Salem's past. I visit Salem with my family every year, and I learned so much more about the Witch Trials as... More 

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Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our third tour with Susan. Some "ghost stories" but the history is fascinating and Susan knows her stuff. A must if you are in Salem.

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