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Hocus Pocus Tours

#2 of 30 Tours in Salem
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Address: 176 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3701
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+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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An excellent tour of Salem

My husband and I had a wonderful 90 mins on this tour of Salem despite the rain. Susan was a wonderful historical storyteller and both her and Rich were excellent guides. The tour... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful 90 mins on this tour of Salem despite the rain. Susan was a wonderful historical storyteller and both her and Rich were excellent guides. The tour moves through the downtown area focusing on both 1600s witchcraft and more recent histories. We'd suggest seeing the House of Seven Gables before the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend Hocus Pocus tours! The tour itself was very informative, interesting and thorough. The tour guides, Susan and Richard, were fabulous from beginning to end-- they offered hand and foot warmers for everyone before beginning the walking tour, and at the end they went out of their way to recommend restaurants in the area, give us directions and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really don't know what I can add to the list of reviews that are already on here. Susan and Rich are by far the best tour guides I have had the pleasure of listening to in Massachusetts. We were 4 in our group...myself, my daughter and two of our friends. We decided to do the Hocus-Pocus tour it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this tour over St Paddy's weekend and it was great! 10/10, do recommend! Susan and Rich were not only very knowledgeable, but also super friendly guides. They take you through the town of Salem, giving you a brief history lesson on the witch hysteria, brutal crimes committed, local hauntings, local buildings, a few of the Hocus Pocus movie... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was really a great experience!Susan and Rich were very knowledgeable about the history of Salem and discussed more than just the witch trials. My friends and I are from Miami and are not at all used to the cold weather and Susan did her best to ensure that we were warm throughout the tour. Very informative experience and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group wanted to know more about the history of Salem and we definitely got it! Susan was very energetic and made the whole tour enjoyable. Despite the chilly weather it is a definite must-see event to do while your in Salem. Susan and Rich were so thoughtful and gave everyone hand and toe warmers! I highly recommend this tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Susan & Rich were tremendous tour guides, walking us through Salem's buildings and history. At times hilarious, other times incredibly sombre, the tour covered various points of Salem's cultural, criminal, and architectural history. I'm not one to leap at the chance to spend two hours talking to a total stranger, but Susan & Rich were so warm and friendly and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was great. Susan was very entertaining and we were pleasently surprisef when they offered foot and hand warmers to fight the cold weather. This is not a ghost tour its a town history tour, nevertheless it was very entertaining and enjoyable! Loved it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We hunted for a good, historical activity in Salem, and found Hocus Pocus through TripAdvisor. We started out by reading the bad reviews - of which there are few - and then the wonderful, intelligent responses from the owner. We were impressed by her and her well-deserved confidence in her company and so decided to book with them. This tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Susan and Richard were wonderful. Both shared their extensive knowledge of Salem and not just the witch hysteria of 1692...lots more. We had actually toured parts of the route we would take with Susan and Richard and to be honest, we were quite tired and had lost most of our energy by tour time. However, Susan's delivery of information that... More 

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