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Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour

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Overview

Discover some of Boston’s deepest, darkest secrets on a “frightseeing” tour aboard the Trolley of the Doomed, which roams around the haunted streets and burial grounds of Boston. Your costumed host provides illuminating insights into the history of the city's spookiest sights such as Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
  • Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
  • Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger
  • Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston
  • Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground, the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials
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Ghost themed trolley tour
Narration by professional tour conductor
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks
Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on the tour

Departure Point

200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA

Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Tour boards at the end of the Long Wharf Marriott at 200 Atlantic Avenue. Guests are required to check in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Boston’s original “frightseeing” tour is an evening of fear and fun. Climb aboard the Trolley of the Doomed for an experience unlike any other. Uncover Boston’s darkest secrets and hear the stories of those lost souls who many locals believe still wander the streets and alleys of this historic town.

Learn about some of the city’s most sinister characters, from Albert DeSalvo, better known as the Boston Strangler, to Jane Toppan, aka Jolly Jane, one of the most prolific serial killers in American history.

Walk through two of the oldest burial grounds in Boston, including Old Granary, the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots like Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine, plus Paul Revere and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. Also, visit the site of the biggest grave-robbing scandal in New England’s history.

Come with an open mind and see if any ghosts appear. It’s a ride on the dark side.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ghosts & Gravestones
Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation. This wretched creature is doomed to travel the streets of Boston and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls he encountered and the macabre events he had been witness to during his purgatory. Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein. Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. Remember that half of the tour is walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended (so you don't become "dead" on your feet)!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston
Step aboard the trolley of the doomed and join your host, a 17th-century grave digger, cursed with a sentence of eternal damnation. This wretched creature is doomed to travel the streets of Boston and relay the stories of the unfortunate souls he encountered and the macabre events he had been witness to during his purgatory. Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein. Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams. Remember that half of the tour is walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended (so you don't become "dead" on your feet)!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Pass Boston Tea Party Ships
Stop At:  
Granary Burying Ground
Walk through Granary Burying Ground
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Copp's Hill Burying Ground
Visit Copp's Hill Burying Ground in the North End, nestled atop the tallest point in one of Boston's oldest historic districts. Here you will visit the final resting place of Cotton Mather, a man famous for his "intimate" involvement with the Salem Witch Trials. Then to the Granary Burying Ground where you will visit the final resting places of many of the famous heroes of the American Revolution including John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
North End
Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Historic Tours of America - Boston
Hear about Boston's most sinister characters - from the Angel of Death to the king of all killers - the Boston Strangler. Learn about all the haunts that call the "Hub" their home. But that's not all! Step inside two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston for a walking tour you will never forget. Learn the significance of much of the imagery found in these 17th century burial grounds and the famous and not so famous (but even more interesting) occupants therein.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Instant Confirmation
  • When booking, and for contact purposes only, please enter a local Boston hotel phone number or a cell phone number you can be reached on
  • Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Historic Tours Of America
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Where is the departure point for the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:The tour departs from 200 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, USA
Feb 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:You must check in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour. Of course, you are welcome to check in even earlier than that.
Feb 2021
Q:
Does the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour run in the rain?
A:YES! The tour runs on dark and stormy nights. The only time tours will be canceled due to weather is if conditions prove to be too dangerous to proceed. In this event, all reserved parties will be notified.
Feb 2021
Q:
Is the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour handicap accessible?
A:The tour is not recommended for guests who are unable to safely navigate stairs, cobblestones, and rough terrain, however, reasonable accommodations will be made. Please call us at the number on your ticket 24 hours in advance so that we can assist.
Feb 2021
Q:
How scary is the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:This tour is rated PG-13 and is not intended for young children. Due to the loud noises, children under the age of 6 are not permitted. We use haunted house-style moments, historical facts, and creative storytelling throughout the tour.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are food and drink allowed on the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:Food and drinks are welcome. However alcoholic beverages are not allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.
Feb 2021
Q:
Are pets allowed on the Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:Service animals are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys. Animal species other than dogs, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals, and service animals in training are not permitted.
Feb 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-Time Trolley Tour.

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  • "Note that the guide can speak fast so be prepared for that if English is a second language." See review
  • "If you're interested in the history of Boston, given with a twist of "scary", don't miss this." See review
  • "Taking the trip at dawn added to the ambiance of the tour." See review

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star-4
Fun, different way to see Boston
Rachael_N
, Jan 2022
Our guide, Nivy, was fantastic. Very engaging and knowledgeable. She had lots of stories to tell. Saw some cool old cemeteries and places of interest. Would have loved to have made more stops.
star-3
I liked the quirky...
JessicaRyan
, Jan 2022
I liked the quirky stories but the girl who did some of the talking wasn't really "kid" friendly do because of that I'd only be able to recommend friends without kids
star-5
Must do!
AngelaP
, Dec 2021
Awesome time great host and wonderful stories. Would definitely recommend this to everyone! The crew loved their job and it showed
star-5
Great fun.
MarleneMerical
, Dec 2021
Loved the trolley tour. Our tour guides were excellent. I would definitely recommend this tour. It is a great way to see a different side of Boston. Loved the song that our tour guide did.
star-2
Don’t waste your time
Craig_P
, Dec 2021
The tour was not good. The tour guide was trying too hard to be funny which she wasn’t and try to play off a crowd which was not very entertaining. The guide who was training was actually a little better but tried to hard. When people didn’t laugh she said “I guess you don’t get it” I feel as much info could have been shared it was trying to to a funny tour and not a ghostly tour. I have done this tour previously and it was good. Definitely not a recommendation now.
star-3
skip this tour
Leng_T
, Dec 2021
Mercy, our guide, really tried her best to keep us engaged and entertained. Sadly, the tour fell short of it being ghostly at all. While boarding, Mercy, tried to scare us with random dolls and it just didn't really connect. Just random scare attacks with no story or history to tie it all in. Didn't make any sense. We then visited two graveyards and were given historical facts about a couple of people that were buried at each location. I would like to have had the opportunity to roam and check out the grounds of the graveyards. The glow of the city coupled with the cold and fog would've been ideal for ghost hunting. Unfortunately, once our guide completed her spiel, we had to leave immediately. The second leg of the tour with Grieves was the worse. They may have been new or something; I was not engaged at all. Was definitely ready for the tour to be over at this point. Beside the fact that Mercy had provided some historical context, I would not recommend this tour as a "ghost" tour. I'm really not sure how this tour has so many great reviews as that is not the same experience I had.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are sorry you were disappointed in our tour. We offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Waste of time
Jami_E
, Dec 2021
This tour was over the top cheesy with no redeeming qualities. I've done haunted tours in many cities, foreign and domestic. There's usually quite a lot of interesting history shared along the way, and it's not generally gimmicky. This was beyond ridiculous. We left as soon as the bus stopped again after the first site. I wish we would not have gotten back on at all, but we were hoping for something redeeming along the way. It never materialized. Don't waste your time.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We were sorry to read our tour did not meet your expectations. We offer a satisfaction guarantee located on the customer service page of our website.
star-5
The tour was amazing led...
Iana_Z
, Dec 2021
The tour was amazing led by very talented actors. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the young guy who presented the history of Granary Burying ground but the way he presented it… my child and I are still quoting him. Extremely talented! 😍
star-5
The characters made it...
Kent_C
, Nov 2021
The characters made it fun . The stories in between the stops were interesting . It was cold and was happy to see the trolley was heated.
star-4
Good entertainment
Ariana_M
, Nov 2021
The stories were very good. We had a good time. The comedy was hilarious! Definitely would recommend if kids are apart of vacation.

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