Visiting Salem with a Group

Cover of 2013 Salem Motor Coach Map and Guidelines Whether you are planning your first trip or a repeat visit to Salem, you will delight in the opportunities for groups touring Salem. We make every effort to provide useful information for teachers, tour planners, tour operators, and motor coach drivers. Each of Salem's attractions and cultural sites and attractions has its own regulations for groups and you do need to contact the establishments directly for their policies. Links to Salem's attractions can be found in the free Salem City Guide.

Salem's peak season is June through October, with October being the busiest month of the year. Please book your groups early for peak times. Many of Salem's attractions will take reservations for October more than a year in advance.

The 2013 Salem Motor Coach Map & Guidelines is available for download here, or you can request a copy be mailed to you. This fold-out map of downtown Salem features access routes, parking instructions, drop off zone location, and other useful information for the drivers and tour operators who bring visitors to Salem via motor coach.  Request a copy.

Click here to view and print the 2014 Group Tour Profile Sheet for Salem, Massachusetts.

Below is a list of Salem attractions, activities, restaurants, accommodations, tours and transportation that welcome groups.

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Clipper Ship Inn

  • Families/groups welcome! Near attractions, beaches, restaurants and recreational areas.
  • 40 Bridge Street, Salem
  • clippershipinn.com | 978.745.8022
  • Group Capacity: 30 Rooms.
  • Group Rates: Call for seasonal rates.
  • Terms: 50% deposit required. Terms and conditions for balance established between group and property. 
  • Motor Coach Parking: Yes
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  • Hawthorne Hotel

  • The historic Hawthorne Hotel is an elegant full-service hotel in the heart of Salem.
  • 18 Washington Square West, Salem
  • hawthornehotel.com | 978.744.4080
  • Group Capacity: Up to 40 rooms per night.
  • Group Rates: Seasonal ranging from $119.00-$169.00
  • Comp. Policy: One complimentary room for every 30 rooms.
  • Terms: $1,000.00 in advance with the remainder being paid three weeks before the group arrives. Credit card authorization required in order to guarantee group.
  • Motor Coach Parking: Complimentary parking is available.
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  • Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina

  • Full service Hotel located in the Waterfront District of Salem.
  • 225 Derby Street Salem MA 01970
  • salemwaterfronthotel.com | 978-740-8788 | (888) 33-SALEM
  • Group Capacity: 80 people based on double occupancy.
  • Group Rates:  Contact Hotel directly for seasonal group rates.
  • Comp. Policy: Varies depending on group and needs
  • Terms: 6 week cutoff date with 80% attrition
  • Motor Coach Parking: Complimentary parking is available
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RECEPTIVE OPERATORS

  • Hawthorne Tours

  • Receptive tour operator providing custom tours, step-on guides, receptive services.
  • 27 Congress Street, Suite 109, Salem
  • hawthornetours.com | (978) 744-5463
  • Group Rates: Depend on services provided
  • Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 25 tickets
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  • Wolfe Adventures & Tours

  • Customized day and overnight tours for small to large groups. Receptive Tour Operator, multi-lingual step-on guides.
  • WolfeTours.com | 978.255-1645 | taunya@wolfetours.com or susan@wolfetours.com
  • Group Tour Rates: Customized tours are priced to meet your needs and budget. Call for Details.
  • Step-on Guide Rates: English-speaking, $220 for half-day; $310 for full day (up to 8 hours); Italian, French, German-speaking, $290 for half-day, $365 for full day (up to 8 hours).
  • Comp. Policy: Varies depending on group and needs
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A group on a docent-led tour at the Peabody Essex Museum.

 

MUSEUMS, ATTRACTIONS & WALKING TOURS

  • 3-D Haunted Museum, 3-D Haunted House & Ghost Tours at Salem’s 13 Ghosts

  • Immerse yourself in a state-of-the-art 3-D world presented to you as either a fascinating educational look at Salem history or a frightfully fun haunted house! Then join us on a historically accurate walking tour of America’s most haunted city.
  • 131 Essex Street, Salem
  • Salems13Ghosts.com | groups@salems13ghosts.com
  • Capacity: Unlimited
  • Comp. Policy: Driver and escort are complimentary
  • Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces across across the street and within short walking distance
  • Rates & Terms: Email groups@salems13ghosts.com for rates and terms.
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  • Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

  • This attraction is like a life-size cinematic wax museum of monsters from 1920’s to now! Works by over 25 Hollywood Effects Artists!
  • 285 Derby Street, Salem
  • NightmareGallery.com | 978.740.0500
  • Group Capacity: No limit.
  • Group Rates: Call for prices.
  • Terms: Agreed deposit 7 days in advance of your and balance paid upon arrival. Mastercard & Visa accepted.
  • Motor Coach Parking: Yes.
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  • Cry Innocent

  • Bridget Bishop is accused of witchcraft and you are the jury! Performed at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square. Teacher guide available.
  • CryInnocentSalem.com
  • Group Capacity: 200
  • Group Rates: In season: Group Rates: $9/pp for groups of 20+, Off season: $550 up to 50 people, $9/pp additional
  • Comp. Policy: 1 comp adult for every 10 paid students.
  • Terms: $100 deposit, balance paid day of show.
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  • Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre

  • This unique attraction brings fact, legend and myth together for a truly unique, dramatic experience that reveals Salem’s witchcraft and ghosts. Group packages available.
  • 7 Lynde Street, Salem | 978.317.1169
  • GallowsHillSalem.com
  • Group Rates: $4.50-$5.50 pp, depending upon length of show selected;
  • Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 10 tickets plus 2 free escorts.
  • Terms: Payment is due upon arrival. Credit cards accepted.
  • Coach Parking: Drop-off/Pick-up space for one coach at a time.
  • April - September Profile Sheet
  • October - November Profile Sheet
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  • Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

  • Salem's original ghost walk discusses documented hauntings, Victorian murder and Colonial witchcraft. Hosting school groups and corporate clients since 1997!
  • 8 Central Street, Salem
  • SalemHistoricalTours.com | 978-745-0666
  • Group Rates: For groups of 20-99 on the 90-minute ghost tour: $10/adult, $7/senior, $7/student. For groups of 100+, deduct $2 off rate).
  • Comp. Policy: 1 per 25 attendees.
  • Terms: $100 deposit required to book; final count and remaining balance due 48 hours prior to tour date
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  • The House of the Seven Gables

  • Admission includes the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (the House of the 7 Gables), Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace, and the seaside gardens.
  • 115 Derby Street, Salem
  • 7Gables.org | 978-744-0991
  • Group Rates: $6.00/students (K-12), $8.75/adults
  • Comp. Policy: Driver and escort comped for all groups of 10 or more; with student groups one chaperone for every 10 students is complimentary.
  • Terms: Payment in advance required unless direct billing is pre-approved.
  • Profile Sheet
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  • Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Private Events

  • Offering custom harbor cruises and private events May - October.  Featuring narrated Lighthouse & Landmarks and Classroom-by-the-sea tours.
  • Salem Willows Park (May - September), Pickering Wharf Marina (October)
  • Pickering Wharf Marina, 24 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • mahicruises.com | 978-825-0001 | Profile Sheet
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  • New England Pirate Museum

  • A guided interior tour through a recreated dockside village and pirate ship.
  • 274 Derby Street, Salem | 978.741.2800 | Profile Sheet
  • PirateMuseum.com
  • Group Rates: $5/students, $6/seniors, $7/adults
  • Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 20 tickets
  • Terms: Credit Card, cash or business check upon arrival
  • Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces on Derby Street.
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  • Peabody Essex Museum

  • From New England to a world of art and culture, the PEM tells the rich stories of early America and makes connections around the world through its exhibits.
  • East India Square, Salem | 978-745-9500 ext. 3070
  • pem.org | john_marden@pem.org
  • Group Contact: John Marden
  • Group Rates: $12.00/adult, $6.50/student;
  • For guided gallery, historic house and/or garden tours, add:  $3.00/adult and $1.50/student per tour; For guided tours of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House please add: $4.00/adult, $2.00/student. 
  • Special exhibitions may require an additional fee.
  • Comp. Policy: One complimentary adult admission for every 10 students. Tours operators: driver and escort receive complimentary admission.
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  • The Phillips House, Historic New England

  • Visit Historic New England's Phillips House on historic Chestnut Street and learn about life in Salem in the early 1900s. Historic house museum with antique cars and carriages.
  • 34 Chestnut Street, Salem | 978-744-0440 | Profile Sheet
  • HistoricNewEngland.org
  • Rates: $5.00 for adults; eligible group rates are available for groups of ten or more
  • Comp Policy: Group leaders and tour planners are welcome to join their group free of charge with advance reservations.
  • Terms: A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum expected number is due two weeks prior to your group tour date. Failure to submit a deposit means that your group may not be accommodated; You must call 1 week in advance with the guaranteed number for your group. It is expected that a balance for that number will be paid prior to the beginning of the tour.
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  • Salem Historical Tours

  • Salem's premiere tour company conducts historically accurate cemetery and 1692 Witch Trials walks.
  • 8 Central Street, Salem | 978-745-0666
  • SalemHistoricalTours.com 
  • Group Contact: Giovanni Alabiso
  • Group Rates: For groups of 15-99 taking the 60-minute Cemetery and Witchcraft Stroll: $8/adult, $6/senior, $5/student. For groups of 100+, deduct $1 off rate)
  • Comp. Policy: one per 15 attendees
  • Terms: $100 deposit required at time of booking, final count and remaining balance due 48 hours prior to tour date.
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  • Salem Wax Museum

  • Come face to face with the horrors of the Salem Witch Trials and the daring exploits of Salem seafarers through life-like wax models.
  • 282 Derby Street, Salem
  • SalemWaxMuseum.com
  • Rates: Vary depending on season. 
  • Comp Policy: One comp per 10 tickets purchased. 
  • Terms: Payment is due before arrival.  Step-on guides available.
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  • Salem Witch Museum

  • Salem’s most visited museum, featuring the exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions.
  • 19 ½ Washington Square North, Salem
  • SalemWitchMuseum.com
  • Can accommodate 115 people every half hour.
  • Rates: Please contact the museum for group rates.
  • Comp Policy: Driver and escort are always complimentary.
  • Terms: Payment is due upon arrival. Credit application available to companies booking 20 groups or more.
  • Motor Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces are available within walking distance of the museum.\
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  • Salem Witch Village

  • Discover the myths and the facts surrounding witches and their craft! For the answers and truth behind the legends.
  • 288 Derby Street, Salem
  • SalemWitchVillage.biz
  • Rates: Vary depending on season.
  • Comp Policy: One comp per 10 tickets purchased.
  • Terms: Payment is due before arrival.  Step-on guides available.

 

  • Schooner Fame: Sailing Tours of Salem Sound

  • Our replica of the 1812 privateer Fame offers customized tours for your group from 90 minutes to full days.
  • Pickering Wharf Marina | 978.729.7600 | schoonerfame@gmail.comschoonerfame@gmail.com
  • SchoonerFame.com
  • Group Contact: Capt. Mike 
  • Group rates: Range from $400-$550 on 90-minute trips
  • Comp Policy: Comps welcome but total count cannot exceed 49
  • Coach parking: Derby and Congress Streets, 100 yards from dock
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  • Witch Dungeon Museum

  • An award-wining live reenactment of a witch trial – from the original transcript of 1692, and a guided tour through the dungeon.
  • 16 Lynde Street, Salem | 978.741.3570 | Profile Sheet
  • WitchDungeon.com
  • Group Rates: $5/students, $6/seniors, $7/adults
  • Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 20 tickets
  • Terms: Credit Card, cash or business check upon arrival
  • Coach Parking: Drop-off/Pick-up space for one coach at a time.
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  • Witch History Museum

  • Learn the untold stories of 1692 during a live presentation and guided tour featuring life size scenes in animation.
  • 197-201 Essex Street, Salem | (978) 741-7770 | Profile Sheet
  • WitchHistoryMuseum.com
  • Group Rates: $5/students, $6/seniors, $7/adults
  • Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 20 tickets
  • Terms: Credit Card, cash or business check upon arrival
  • Coach Parking: Drop-off/Pick-up spaces for coaches are available on Essex Street at New Liberty Street.
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TROLLEY TOURS & TRANSPORTATION

  • The Salem Ferry

  • Experience coastal New England on a scenic 55-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran.  Round-trip service between Salem and downtown Boston. Each ferry ticket entitles Guest to discounts at over 40 restaurants, shops and attractions in Salem and Boston.
  • 10 Blaney Street, Salem
  • 978.741.0220 | SalemFerry.com  
  • Group Rates: $8.50 one way,  $17.00 Roundtrip.
  • Comp. Policy: One comp per 10 tickets.
  • Terms: 50% due at booking, balance due day of trip.
  • Coach Parking: There is ample free coach parking at the Ferry landing.
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  • Salem Trolley

  • The Best Way to See Salem! Ride the Red Trolley!  One hour narrated tour of Historical Salem, Private Tours available and Step-on Guides available, Special tours include: Tales & Tombstone Tour and The Trolley Christmas Carol.
  • 8 Central Street, Salem
  • 978-744-5469 | SalemTrolley.com
  • Capacity: 32-38 passengers depending on Trolley
  • Group Rates: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Seniors for groups of 20 or more (please note Trolley runs on a first come first serve basis)
  • Private Tours: Call for prices depending on size of group
  • Terms: Payment in advance required unless direct billing is pre-approved.
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RESTAURANTS

  • Brother’s Deli & Restaurant

  • Specializing in serving busloads in 20 minutes!
  • 283 Derby Street, Salem
  • 978.741.4648 | BrothersDeliSalem.com
  • Capacity: 144 people
  • Comp Policy: Drivers and guides are free
  • Coach Parking: One-hour Coach parking on Derby Street
  • Terms: Visa & Mastercard acccepted
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  • Essex’s NY Deli & Pizza

  • 1 Museum Place Mall
  • 978.741.1383 | Fax 978.741.2229
  • EssexsNYDeliPizza@gmail.com
  • Group Contact: Nekky Tsalagkas
  • Capacity: 100 people
  • Menus: Choice of four group menus plus veggie option. $8.25-$12:00/person, including taxes, soda and desert;
  • Comp. Policy: One comp meal for every 20 paid meals; Driver is always free.
  • Terms: 50% deposit one week before the reserved date and 50% on the day of the event. We accept business checks, MasterCard and Visa.
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  • Finz Seafood and Grill

  • 76 Wharf Street, Salem | 978.744.8485
  • FinzSeafood.com
  • Capacity: 110 people
  • Menus: $24.00-$27.00/person inclusive.
  • Terms: We accept credit cards, company checks, bank checks, or cash. Personal checks are not accepted.
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  • Victoria Station

  • Waterfront dining.  Function rooms available.
  • 86 Wharf Street, Salem | 978.745.3400
  • VictoriaStationInc.comvictoriastation@comcast.net
  • Group Contact:  Elizabeth Collette
  • Capacity:  400
  • Menu:  Group lunch and dinner menus $20.00 to $40.00 all-inclusive including, taxes, gratuity, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. Customized menus are always and option.  Rates subject to change.
  • Comp:  One meal for every 40 people. Driver is always free.
  • Terms: $50.00 deposit to reserve date. Deposit applied to final balance.  No room fees.  Accept business checks and all major credit cards.
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A group from France at the Salem Witch Museum.

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