This is a seasonal tour operating mid-May through October.
Boston to Salem Ferry Roundtrip
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- The wind in your hair: Whisk along the coast at nearly 40 mph. Enjoy a comfortable indoor lounge, big viewing windows, two spacious decks, a snack and cocktail bar, and more.
- Salem Witch Museum: Life-sized figures and interactive exhibits bring the hysteria of the infamous 1692 trials to life. An option to visit, if you wish
- Peabody Essex Museum: This vast Asian art collection is just two blocks away from the Salem Witch Museum. Worth the price of admission
- House of the Seven Gables Museum: Explore the colonial mansion that inspired the classic book by Nathaniel Hawthorne (his birthplace is right next door). This is a great side trip if you have time.
About this Boston, Massachusetts tour
It's been over 330 years since the infamous Salem witch trials led to the execution of 14 women, five men, and two unlucky dogs. But it'll feel like yesterday when you visit this legendary Massachusetts Bay Colony town. And the feeling's still creepy.
The good news: Cotton Mather's no longer with us. But, to be fair, he may simply have been a victim of circumstances and runaway beliefs like so many of his day. A ranking Puritan minister in 1692 Salem, Mather helped lead the deadly witch hunts in this young village surrounded by acres of wilderness most believed were Satan's own dark forest.
Or maybe it was ergot - a trippy fungus that can grow on rye and wheat - that led to the outbreak of delusions, vomiting, and muscle spasms taken to be signs of Salem's young women having been bewitched by someone.
Over-amped imaginations soon led to a rash of confessions citing everything from spectral visits, to big black dogs taking on Satan's form, to signings of the Devil's compact. And things got quickly out of hand.
Speaking of visitations and quickness, the fast ferry ride from Boston will leave you with plenty of time to visit the Salem Witch Museum for more on this story. And there will be time left over to consider hitting the House of the Seven Gables for a mid-1800s gothic twist on the whole witchcraft thing. Or maybe you'll want to change up the mood at the Peabody Essex Museum. There you will find a vast collection of Asian art that has nothing whatsoever to do with witchery, or so it seems.
But you can never be too sure, can you?
Hell hath no fury like Cotton Mather
The puritanical minister wrote hundreds of books about Satan, many during his involvement in the Salem witch trials. According to public record, nothing could stop Mather from imposing the ultimate punishment - not even a man on the gallows who brought the crowd to tears in his perfect recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Unimpressed, Mather told the soon-to-be dead man: "They which lie, must go to their father, the devil, into everlasting burning." Ouch! Stern stuff.
Please make your way to One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 to begin your adventure.
Temperatures can be 10 degrees cooler on the water. Dress accordingly.
Visits to the Salem Witch Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, and the House of the Seven Gables Museum are suggestions. Admission fees are payable at the entrance and are not included in this Travel Experience. Admission to venues in Salem are not included in tour price and must be purchased separately.
Only a minimal amount of walking is required. The ferry is wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Transport Only, Boat Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 2 years of age and under participate free of charge.You must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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