Why should I choose this tour?Rebecca started Dynamic History Salem LLC in 2021 to provide the type of tours that she most loves to take: small, conversational, accurate, and eye-opening. To encourage this, Dynamic History Salem purposefully has smaller tour groups than many other tour companies in Salem, encourages questions and conversation, and explores the connections between Salem’s past and our present. We also strive to be mobility-conscious where possible, acknowledging that people of all mobilities enjoy walking tours.
How many people will be on the tour?There is a maximum of 10 guests per tour, plus the guide.
How long/far is the tour?All walking tours (except ReadSalem) are approximately 75 minutes long, give or take 10-15 minutes based on questions. ReadSalem tours are 60 minutes long, followed by a 90-minute book group meeting at the Salem Athenaeum. All walking tours cover less than a mile.
What does “mobility-conscious” mean?As an educator, Rebecca noticed that people had more fun and found it easier to learn when they felt physically comfortable. Being “mobility-conscious” means that while we cannot guarantee access to all guests with mobility or other needs, we can strive to make the tour as welcoming and comfortable for everyone as possible.
Being an old New England city, Salem does have narrow downtown streets, brick and cobblestone walkways, and changeable weather (and in October, LOTS of people!). We acknowledge that walking tours may not be comfortable for everyone. If you have mobility needs and or other questions please feel free to contact us prior to signing up for a tour to discuss options with you.
Are the tours appropriate for children?Yes, but you know your child best. MeetSalem and PopSalem will both have stops where the witch hysteria of 1692 will be discussed, which can include mention of Satan, executions, and other violence. The point is not to dwell on the violence, but to talk about why it happened and why it still matters. ReadSalem tours are recommended for adults and children over 12 years of age.
What happens if it rains/snows, etc. at the time of the tour?Tours will proceed in inclement weather as long as there is not a significant safety risk, such as lightning or ice. If plans for the tour change due to weather, you will be contacted via email or text at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled tour time. You will be offered a chance to reschedule or to receive a refund.
Please do consult the weather forecast prior to your tour, and prepare to wear/bring raincoats, warm/dry clothing and shoes, or carry an umbrella as needed.
Will there be bathrooms nearby?Whenever possible. The routes of MeetSalem and PopSalem both pass mobility accessible restrooms. ReadSalem guests will have access to the Athenaeum‘s non-mobility accessible restroom during the book group.
I am hard of hearing: will I be able to hear the guide?Your guide will wear a voice amplifier to help guests to hear when loud traffic or other noises accompany the tour. If you have concerns before you book please feel free to contact us with any questions.
I need to cancel: can I have a full refund?Yes, if you cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the tour, your payment will be refunded in full. Cancellation policies are included for reference in your confirmation email after booking.
What about witches and ghosts?The witch hysteria of 1692 will definitely be discussed on your tour, and a few ghosts might as well. Why these stories are told and why they matter to us now is part of the tour, but will not be the focus of every stop on the tour.
If a spooky nighttime ghost tour is what you’re hoping for, Salem has got you covered! There are many excellent ones to choose from in town, such as Salem Night Tour and Spellbound Tours.
If you’re looking for a tour exclusively about the witch hysteria in detail, consider supporting another great new business and book with Better Than Fiction tours.
What’s October like in Salem?Controlled chaos. LOTS of people come to Salem in October. We advise planning plenty of time to find parking and still arrive at your tour 15 minutes early for check-in. You can find more information about parking on our Safety and Access page and more information about Salem in October on the Haunted Happenings site.
Can I bring my dog?Yes! Salem loves dogs. If your dog is leashed and well-behaved, they are welcome on the tour.
What precautions are being taken for COVID?Great question! Please see the Safety and Access page.