Freewheeling around historic hallmarks and architecture, Boston By Segway, formerly Boston Gliders, has led more than 100,000 sightseers through Bean Town atop intuitive, easy-to-maneuver segways. Tours, which kick off every half-hour, range from one to two hours; the shorter version trundles down Boston's Harborwalk, and the longer sojourn ventures past historic hotspots including Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill. To get acquainted with the segway, all upright rollers speed through a half-hour how-not-to-crash course, getting acquainted with the natural, fluid steering and learning how to propel the vehicle forward using a carrot tied to a stick. Armed with digital cameras, the urban sherpas snap shots throughout the tour for purchase afterward, and customers may take their own pictures as long as they briefly hop off the segway.
While navigating segways around the Alamo during a spring vacation, Brad Biscornet and his brother-in-law, Jeff Langone, realized that their hometown of Salem, with its rich history and picturesque views, was ripe for just this sort of experience. And thus, Witch City Segway was born—allowing visitors and locals alike to explore the historic town on a thoroughly modern mode of transportation.
After briefly training up to six helmeted guests in segway piloting at the company's 2,000-square-foot indoor facility, two guides—one up front, one bringing up the rear—lead their flock onto the streets for one-hour jaunts. As the guides casually relay notable anecdotes about jail sites and cemeteries without the aid of megaphones or earpieces, guests obtain a deeper understanding of the 17th-century witch trials and the lesser-known black-cat mistrials.
Unless they?re drinking copious amounts of his namesake beer, tour goers along the Freedom Trail won?t likely catch a glimpse of famous revolutionary Sam Adams. But they will hear tales about his struggle for freedom from the British?the kind of struggle that made Boston a hotbed of revolutionary activity in the 1800s. Led by costume-clad tour guides, The Path to Independence tour takes visitors along the red brick path toward famed landmarks such as Boston Common, Old Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, and Old North Church. At each spot, they?ll learn about the site?s role in colonial Boston, from its founding years in the 1630s to the fight for American independence and the key players in the fight, including Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.
Salem Historical Tours provides curious citizens and brave ghost busters with the area’s original ghostly stroll. The Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour combs the streets and corners of Salem for specters, ghouls, and the slimy signs of a visit from the ghosts in the Ecto-Cooler. This specific tour focuses on Salem’s undead denizens, backtracking paranormal lore to around the 17th century. The tour combines valuable historical trivia, mesmerizing storytelling, and the chance to take in Salem landmarks that once hosted supernatural foul play or Victorian dinner parties leading to murder, as all Victorian dinner parties traditionally did.
Salem Pedicab's well-versed guides provide emissions-free, human-powered tours that traverse historic downtown Salem in open-air bicycle taxis. Ride past Burying Point—the oldest cemetery in Salem—and soak up its inherent beauty and tranquility. A rolling jaunt down Chestnut Street showcases the glam of a national historic landmark, replete with architecturally stunning houses built by 19th-century sea captains and merchants hiding from their secret wives at world's end. The House of the Seven Gables—the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel—conceals mad matrons, conniving uncles, and a secret stairwell in its many-cornered walls, and the Counting House and Colonial Revival Gardens giggle as they count up their quaint charms. Other street-side attractions include the Salem Witch Museum, Pickering Wharf, and Salem Common, with additional stops available upon request.
Kim and Corey were working for a ghost-story tour company in Salem when they noticed something. Well, it wasn't really something, so much as the absence of something that caught their attention. Tourists walked away from their ghost-story tours disappointed, seeking a more intimate encounter with the famous bumps in the Salem night. So the duo decided to start their own tour company, putting their private practice to good use. They founded Paranormal Salem and armed their guests with ghost-detecting equipment before taking them to some of Salem's most notoriously haunted sites.
Their ghost tour's hands-on style has earned them accolades such as Best New England Attraction of 2012 from About.com, and a featured spot on the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story. Their late night tour begins at the Witch Trials Memorial before embarking on a two-hour exploration of indoor and outdoor sites that are rife with stories of ethereal sightings, strange noises, and eerie stomach growls.