Historic Overview of Salem Walking Tour


Free cancellation

A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

Duration2 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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Delve into Salem’s past beyond the notorious witch trials on a walking tour that ties four centuries of history into the context of this modern Massachusetts town. Stop at important landmarks in the historic center and learn about Salem's seaport origins, early colonial culture, and illustrious former residents from a guide who knows all the details.


Get oriented to Boston's most famous suburb on a Salem history tour
Learn about the city's early settlement and role in the American Revolution
Hear how the tragic 1692 witch trials shook the city's conscience
Great introduction for history buffs and first-time Salem visitors


Discover why Salem is the true birthplace of the United States of America with the best history tour in the city. Explore over four centuries of Salem’s remarkable history from its illustrious founding in 1626, to its place as a thriving 21st Century city. The witch trials made Salem infamous, but there’s so much more. Explore Salem’s critical role in the American Revolution, how it led the great Age of Sail, and all about the many important and famous people who’ve called Salem home. The United States just wouldn’t be the same without Salem.
Listen as your guide weaves together the town's fascinating past, beginning with its illustrious founding in 1626. Walk past buildings, monuments, and other sites like the US Custom House while you learn about the early colonial struggles of the citizens. Hear harrowing tales of the Salem Witch Trials and the fear that the accusations and executions — mostly by hanging — brought to the Puritan village. Continue your tour as your guide narrates the revolutionary industrial growth of the town and modern-day expansions up to recent changes.


Guide uses an amplifier so everyone can hear the Salem History
90 minute Historic Salem Walking Tour
Local and Professional Guide
Hear tales of Maritime and Revolutionary significance.
We visit locations that have compelling history unknown to many locals


Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
No food and drink offered, but snacks available for purchase

Additional Information

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Parking available in garages on New Liberty, Bridge, and Congress Streets
  • Parking available in lots at Church Street, Front Street, and Klopp Alley. Metered parking near us. Use Passport Smart Phone App for meters. Bus parking available on New Derby Street and Hawthorne Boulevard.
  • Tour departs at 11:30am. Check in 15-20 minutes before your tour time at Salem Historical Tours office, located at 8 Central Street
  • The City of Salem has rescinded its face mask and proof of vaccination order. You no longer have to show proof of vaccination or wear a face mask to enter our office and gift shop. It is subject to change in the future.
  • Traffic and parking in October can be very difficult. Give yourself extra time to get here and park no matter what your GPS is telling you. Check Salem.org for details on where to park.
  • Our public walking tours can pose challenges for participants with mobility and accessibility concerns. Tours are 90 minutes long and about one mile in length. Each participant must be able to complete the one-mile tour within 90 minutes, providing for frequent stops to view sites and for information from the tour guide. As Salem is a historical city, there are narrow and uneven sidewalks, bricks, cobblestones, and stairs. During events and festivals (and particularly October), with crowds and street vendors, the streets can become difficult to navigate.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.