Guidelines for Groups Coming to Salem:
We make every effort to provide useful information for teachers, tour planners, tour operators and motor coach drivers. Each of Salem’s sites and attractions has its own regulations for groups, which you can find in the free Salem Guide.
October is Salem's peak season. Please book your group tours as early as possible. Many attractions take reservations as early as a year in advance.
To accommodate all of the groups and individuals who visit Salem at this time, some one-hour spaces may be changed to drop zones and additional temporary bus parking may be created elsewhere in the city. Please note: Some group tour policies change in October. Please contact the specific site or attraction for more information.
Click here for the 2018 Salem Motor Coach Guidelines and Parking Map.
To request print copies of the new Motor Coach & Bus Guidelines and Parking Map, please email Brittany DiCologero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking and drop zone locations are as follows:
15-MINUTE DROP ZONES
Washington Square West (2)
New Liberty Street at the Visitor Center (1)
Derby Street at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site (2)
Washington Square South (3) NEW! An additional spot was added here.
Congress Street southbound (4) NEW! An additional spot was added here.
Lynde Street (1)
Essex Street at the Ropes Mansion (1)
LONG TERM PARKING
Please note! Bus parking is no longer available on the Hawthorne Triangle at Derby Street or on Derby Street (3 spaces) near Liberty Street (2 spaces).
OCTOBER STREET CLOSINGS
First Thursday of October, 5:00 pm-9:00 pm - Congress, Derby, Central, Washington, and Essex Streets and Hawthorne Boulevard are closed for the Grand Parade.
Saturdays and Sundays in October, 9:00 am-8:00 pm - Essex Street from Hawthorne Boulevard to New Liberty Street and Essex Street from North Street to Washington Street.
Sunday, October 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm - Derby Street, parts of Lafayette Street, for the MDA Witch Ride. Note: There is no access to Pickering Wharf via New Derby Street during this time.
Halloween Night - Hawthorne Boulevard, Derby Street, Washington Street, Essex Street, and Central Street, will be closed at approximately 5:00 pm based on public safety needs.
Please note: During October weekends pedestrian traffic may require the Salem police to close streets for public safety. Last minute street closings are posted on this page, Twitter, and Facebook. Please check back here for updated parking information, alternate route access, and street closure information.
For more information about visiting Salem with a group, visit Salem.org.