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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
200 Atlantic Ave , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
Nice night activity with kids
Kristen_M
, Aug 2022
It’s hard to find things to do in a city at night that are kid-friendly. This was a nice way to see some parts of the city with the buildings all beautifully lit. . It is not scary at all and our guide (Betty) did a great job telling the stories of the sights we saw. She threw in a lot of fun humor and was very entertaining.
star-5
This was second time I...
Rebecca_K
, Aug 2022
This was second time I took tour in the past several years. This time as with our first tour it was engaging, humorous and a history lesson presented in an entertaining way.
star-5
Very nice staff!
Pamela_S
, Aug 2022
Tour guides were great! Very funny and knowledgeable. Also staff was very courteous as two in our group were slightly handicapped.we had a small wheelchair and a roll at or walker and they were great assisting and had patience.
star-5
One of the best experiences while in Boston!
Elizabeth_D
, Aug 2022
Extremely entertaining! I would highly recommend this tour and I would do it again! It did not disappoint.
star-5
A lot of dead bodies in Boston
Brad_P
, Aug 2022
The story telling was phomonol and it is the best after dark was a bit skeptical about the tour at first but had lots of fun
star-5
Great fun!
Samantha_H
, Aug 2022
Very informative and fun! The tour guides provided great tidbits about local lore and histories. They were also phenomenal actors and gave great spooks!
star-5
Worth the time and money.
Chris_B
, Aug 2022
The grave digger made the night. He's creepy, funny and knows all about Boston's darkest history. Book it after dark for the best experience.
star-5
Scares and Giggles
Louise_D
, Aug 2022
We had a fun time with lots of scares and giggles! The actors on the bus were brilliant and engaging but the guy in the graveyard was incredible, energetic, knowledgeable and ‘realistic’ - highly recommended
star-5
Do it
Ryan_B
, Aug 2022
Would recommend. Our guides were upbeat and interesting. The only thing that would have made it better was adding in some jump scares.
star-5
Ghosts & Gravestones
Cristiano_D
, Aug 2022
Excellent experience. Tour guide was outstanding. Historical detail was interesting. Have to add more words or this review won't go through.
star-4
Fun time out with family
Mark_M
, Aug 2022
Guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. Fun for the whole family. It was rainy but we still managed to have fun
star-5
Good
Trish_T
, Aug 2022
Great family tour. Informative and interactive. Moved along well. Mix of walking and riding on trolley.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Historical & spooky
Timothy_D
, Aug 2022
This was a fun & spooky way to experience history & the paranormal of Boston. Our guide & driver were fun & entertaining. Definitely recommend as a fun thing to do.
star-5
Fun night learning and...
Paul_H
, Aug 2022
Fun night learning and laughing. Tour guide (girl/pirate) was energizing. Grave site tours added to the experience where other tours can't access.
star-5
Great way to spend a couple hours!
Christina_S
, Aug 2022
Nice way to see things you would normally not know about! The guides were knowledgeable and quick with the bad jokes, and were happy to answer any questions. Some walking but totally manageable. We had a great time.
star-1
Worst Guide
Jill_S
, Aug 2022
Guide was rude, especially when asked about a location mentioned in tour description highlights. “I don’t do that on MY tour.”
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
An absolute must!
Madalyn_B
, Aug 2022
This was such an awesome tour! It had great laughs, great history, and a great way to explore the cemeteries at night 😍
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Tour was fun. It was a...
crystal_l
, Aug 2022
Tour was fun. It was a good tour and we enjoyed seeing Boston at night on the trolley. It wasn’t scary but it was fun. The size of the group was pretty large. Maybe 35-40 people.
star-4
Corny fun
Amy_K
, Aug 2022
It's got corny jokes galore. We had fun. Some walking is required to get to graveyards. Recommend doing it when it's dark out. If you don't like cheesy jokes- this is not for you.
star-5
Stella was such a great...
Sarah_L
, Aug 2022
Stella was such a great tour guide! She was funny and entertaining. Her timing was impeccable. We had the best time.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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