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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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Best Thing to Do in Salem!

I've been on this tour twice now. I recommend it to all my friends visiting the Boston area and to all my Airbnb guests. If you only do one thing in Salem, take this tour. It's... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved walking around town and finding out the history behind different buildings and spots. We had a 11 and 8 year old with us. I was hoping they would get into the story but they did not even though my 11-year old was the one who found this tour and really wanted to do it. So, even though the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been on this tour twice now. I recommend it to all my friends visiting the Boston area and to all my Airbnb guests. If you only do one thing in Salem, take this tour. It's the most interesting and informative activity you can do and the guides are excellent!

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Plainview, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we saw that most attractions in Salem were closed in December, we should have taken the hint and not gone. Instead we went on the only tour offered at the end of December and was disappointed. They only did the tours in the evening and it was very cold. My kids (in their 20's) were hoping they would be... More 

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Susan M, Owner at Hocus Pocus Tours, responded to this review

Dear Cheryl, I’m sorry that my tour did not live up to your expectations. If I remember correctly, you left the tour, so, unfortunately, you missed multiple stops that contained specific information on the Witchcraft victims. For example, you missed stops towards the end of my tour, The Burying Point Cemetery, and the Witch Trials Memorial, which allows me to... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour has lots of interesting history and is quite enjoyable. The downside to it is that the words are so rehearsed it is almost as if you are hearing someone read a book. I counted over 25 people on our tour, so don't expect an intimate group. All-in-all it is well done though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I are from Australia and didn't really know a great deal about Salems history, however we were blown away by the tour hosted by Susan and Rich. This place is full of rich history and story's that are simply amazing. Susan was a great story teller and very passionate about Salem which really comes alive on this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This tour was fantastic!!!! Me and my girlfriend could not recommend this any higher. Susan and Rich were fantastic in showing us around, being very knowledgable of the town of Salem. Susan's presentation style was extremely engaging!!!! Using real life stories to explain history of the time Even in the freezing weather we had a great time and would recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 4 December 2016

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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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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 27 November 2016 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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