Haunted Boston Harbor

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Guide leads a two-hour boat cruise for adults through Boston Harbor’s secluded islands, narrating the stories of rumored apparitions

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The Deal

  • $20 for a two-hour narrated haunted ghost cruise ($40 value)

Choose from the following Thursdays:

  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30

Guests discover Boston Harbor’s spooky secrets during this Halloween-themed, narrated boat cruise. A guide recounts rumored apparitions, city history, and eerie anecdotes drawn from Sam Baltrusis’s book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub as groups cruise past some of the secluded islands scattered throughout the harbor. Cruises depart at 7 p.m.; guests should arrive by 6:30 p.m.

Wicked Salem Tour

Between editing various regional publications ​and teaching journalism classes at Malden Access TV, freelance journalist Sam Baltrusis wrote his book Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub. In its pages he reveals 300 years of city history and ghost stories. He details unexplained sounds and hovering objects seen inside the Hub’s dorm rooms, apparitions witnessed on the Boston Common, and a colonial British solider glimpsed on the tracks at the Boylston station. His second book, Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond hit shelves in September 2013, and his third book, Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City was published just a year later; in addition, his deft pen has led him to become a regional stringer for The New York Times.

Not content with relegating his words to the page, Sam also brings them to life through seasonal walking tours. Guides lit by handheld lanterns lead guests through the shadowy streets of downtown Boston. The founder's literary background shows through on the tours, too, which are peppered with the lore of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. When he's not guiding in-person guests, Sam doubles as a paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's, "Haunted Encounters" and on Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio.

Customer Reviews

Be prepared for a great evening of fun! Make sure to dress warm as it is quite a bit colder out on the water. The cash bar is pretty expensive (the drink I had cost about $7.00), so make sure to bring plenty of money for that if you plan to drink. The first hour of the cruise is devoted to some haunting narration of the harbor's many ghost stories by Sam Baltrusis, a local author of several books about hauntings in the Boston and Salem areas. He will point out the locations of several of the islands in the harbor that are reported to be haunted, and he will keep you spellbound with his eerie delivery of these tales. I would highly suggest sitting on the top deck for this hour as you will get the best view of the islands and the surrounding harbor. On the way back to the dock, there is dancing as well as a musical performance (our cruise featured the fabulous Ms. Rainbow Fright!) and a Steampunk fashion show. You can also get pictures taken with Sam and the rest of the spooky crew! I had so much fun and would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for an evening filled with spooky tales and crazy Halloween fun!
Jennifer R. · November 5, 2014
Hank was great! Very informative and told some great stories. Although it was raining the entire time, he made the experience worth it.
Megan · July 9, 2017
A very basic tour with a nice storyteller. No bells or whistles but I learned some cool things about the town.
Samantha L. · June 3, 2017

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