Our little guide to Salem
Salem is a fun, diverse, and wonderful place to visit. However, it can be a bit confusing, hard to navigate, and sometimes even overwhelming.
Below we have compiled a small list of information that we think will help you on your visit to our beautiful city. We look forward to seeing you!
October is our busiest season, think the mall on black Friday. On any given Saturday or Sunday we have over 100,000 visitors to our little seaside city. Restaurants will be full, hotels will be booked, parking will be nonexistent. It's busy, but it's FUN. The vibe is amazing and the people are wonderful. Just PLEASE, plan weeks or months ahead of time, and remember driving and parking will be difficult at best. Check out salem.org for the most up to date information, we can't wait to see you.
Parking can be tough in a city this small. If you decide to drive in please give yourself enough time to find parking.
- We have metered parking throughout the majority of downtown; there is a four hour limit and can be paid for using the PASSPORT phone app.
- We have several parking lots.
Klopp Ally (this is the closest to our tour office)
Church Street Parking
Seawall Street Parking
- We have three (3) parking garages.
Museum Place Garage
MBTA Commuter Garage
Salem is a suburb of Boston, we are on the Boston commuter rail line. We are located on the Newburyport/Rockport line and you can click here to find all the time tables. The trains leave from and go to North Station. Also, they do run additional trains in October so be sure to double check the schedule.
Coaches and Buses
If you are coming into Salem as part of a large tour group with a school or tour company, check out https://www.salem.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Motor_Coach_Map_2018.pdf to find our drop off locations: short (1 and 2 hour), and long term (all day) parking locations.
Our tours run rain or shine, and sometimes in the snow as well. This is New England, we are not known for tropical weather. We have had blizzards in October and April, and 70 degree days in February. Please double check the weather before you visit, you may need a rain jacket, snow gloves, and sunscreen.
Salem has two memorials dedicated to the 20 innocent victims of the Witchcraft Trials.
A bench style memorial is located downtown next to the Old Burying Point Cemetery. This memorial was built in 1992 on the 300th anniversary of the Trials and the location is appropriate as none of those executed were allowed to be buried.
An engraved landing wall is located at Proctors Ledge. In 2015 The Gallows Hill research project determined that this was the most likely site of the hangings. The memorial was dedicated in 2017 and contains the names of the 19 innocent people who were executed by hanging.