We have taken trolley tours in several other cities and have found them to be a great way to see the city and learn about it. We took the trolley in Salem and were dissapointed. Sadly, I have many complaints about this.
-We received very little information about the city. The guide often had periods of dead time when he was quiet.
-The route itself is a a little depressing. You get taken past power plants and turn around in a marina and campground. (As a camper too, this campground looked horrible, and there is no way I would stay there).
-The company seemed disorganized. When we first went to the trolley stop by the visitors center, we were directed towards a trolley, we got on it and were told that it was their taxi service. We had to go back to the visitors center and wait for another trolley.
-They need to coordinate their timing with the major attractions on the route. We took a tour of the House of The Seven Gables, (which was excellent), it ended at 4:25, however the last trolley stoped there at 4:15. We wound up walking back to the visitors center.
Salem is a very walkable city and my recommendation would be to save your money and put it towards a guidebook, or research the city online. One you have done that, walk around the city.The major sites in Salem are connected via a red stripe that is painted on the sidewalk, so its easy to navigate. You will get more out of a tour that way then taking this trolley.
We have been to Salem several times and have always bought tickets. During October they run shuttles to and from points without the tours as well as the tours. Always been a great way to get around Salem! We went in August of 2011 and are headed back this month
The trolley was an amazing expeirence for myself and my family, we had a german exchange student with us and he learned a lot. We had soo much fun that we went again and will go every time we come to salem.
Salem was a great place to visit wonderful tours available at Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour the guides were so knowledgable and nice.Some of the other ghost tours were pretty cheesy we walked past some the first evening.
We took the trolley and got a great overview of all the history Salem has to offer. The guides kept us entertained and offered local tips for things to do and places to eat. A Gem we would have missed is the Phillips Mansion the trolley guide told us about it and the trolley stops there ( its a little off the beaten path ) AND its free !
The one thing I wouldnt do is go to Salem in October its very busy and everything has a line. salem has been a 3x winner for us!
I contracted a trolley for my daughters wedding, and they were a NO SHOW. The ONLY thing that spoiled the entire wedding. It was a cold day in January and I thought providing transportation between the hotel and the church would be a nice touch. I made an extra effort in telling all of my guests about it. They were a NO CALL, NO SHOW.
Instead of walking my daughter down the aisle, I was playing taxi driver for all my guests.
We went in september and never got on the trolley. We arrived for the 10am tour. Supposedly the first tour and at the first stop/starting point. We couldn't get on because it was already full. Then the rest of the time we were there they where all full. We asked for a refund because we never got on but they refused.
This is a great way to see the city. You can pop on and off as you want to all day, and one time we did get stuck with a boring guide once. Luckily we got off at the next stop. The other 2 guides we had were great, each one had something new to say about the sites. Highly reccomend it!
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