Yay! I am super excited to be writing this first post in my new review series. There are so many things going on in Salem (which is amazing) and I am happy to be bringing you my opinions on some of them. I regularly get Facebook messages and emails asking my thoughts on what some of the best are and this is my way of responding.
First up we have The Salem Trolley.
Here are some logistics according to The Salem Trolley website:
“Our one-hour narrated historical Trolley tour runs daily from April through October – Call for our off season schedule. Tickets are good all day and include a Free shuttle service to our 14 sites and attractions.
Tour Hours are April 1st – November 1st daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Adults $18.00, Seniors (60+) $17.00, Children (6-14) $8.00, Children 5 and under are Free (when accompanied by an Adult).
Tour starts and ends at the National Park Service Visitors Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA.
Due to visitor volume shuttle service may be limited on weekends in October.”
Stops are as follows:
1. The Visitors Center, Witch History Museum & The Trolley Depot
2. Old Burial Point & Witch Trial Memorial
3. South Harbor Garage & New England Pirate Museum
4. Pickering Wharf & Sea Level Restaurant
5. Salem Maritime Site (flag stop)
6. The House of The Seven Gables
7. The Salem Ferry (flag stop)
8. Winter Island (flag stop)
9. Salem Willows (flag stop)
10. Salem Witch Museum
11. Peabody Essex Museum, Visitors Center & Trolley Depot
12. Witch Dungeon Museum
13. Salem Witch House & Salem Inn
14. Phillips House, Hamilton Hall & Chestnut Street (flag stop)
** Flag stop – Trolley stops when signaled by passenger
To view a map of this route, click here for a PDF.
The Trolley also does special tours (ie: Tales & Tombstones in the fall, etc). Click here to view that info.”
Now that we have some basics out of the way, we can get to my two cents.
I rode the trolley last on August 19, 2017. I paid $18.00 for my ticket and did a full trip around the entire tour (not getting off at any stops). I have been on the trolley before and this time was just as great as the others. The tour guide on this car was funny, insightful and offered good information about each of the stops we passed. I learned things I didn’t know, even as someone who focuses entirely on Salem with this website.
Would I recommend this attraction to someone? Absolutely. I think it’s a great way to spend an hour and you can hop on and off at any point for the duration of the day you purchased a ticket.
Is it a good way to sight see without walking forever? Yes. If you’re visiting the witch city and want to get some landmarks in, this is for sure worth it. Wandering the crowds to see some of the historic spots can be a lot of work and a ton of walking, so this is a good way to rest your feet. Even if you’re a seasoned Salem pro, it’s still a good time and informative.
Was the ticket price worth it? Completely. I feel the value of going around on the trolley is worth the price of the ticket.
If you are planning to take the trolley in October I do recommend being sure you have appropriate warm clothing. The sides of the trolley car are a plastic material that are rolled up/open so you can see out which is pretty much the equivalent of driving around in the fall with the windows of your car open. Salem can be quite chilly, so you may want to bundle a little extra for this part.
Would I go on the trolley again? I can guarantee it. I would without hesitation hop on. 🙂
I hope this little review helped, please feel free to reach out to me if there are any particular attractions you’d like me to cover next! <3
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