Group Tours

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Guidelines for Groups Coming to Salem:

If you are planning to bring a group to Salem during October 2021, we strongly encourage you to review the COVID precautions in place in Salem. We want to ensure your and your customers’ expectations are met, and that your drivers know where to go for drop-off/pick-up and parking.

Here is a quick list of things to note as of January 21, 2021:

  • The state's gathering size limits are currently 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and restaurant tables are restricted to groups of 6 or fewer at tables.
  • Masks are required in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors, regardless of distancing, in MA. Non-compliance in Salem is punishable by a fine between $50-$300. Learn more at salem.com/masks.
  • In 2020, more than 50 restaurants in Salem have expanded their seating and/or curbside service into parking spaces, and some of these may affect bus parking spaces. Please contact us if you have questions regarding parking availability.
  • In 2020, almost all Salem Haunted Happenings events were cancelled or made virtual. This included street fairs, food vendors, costume parties, parades, road races, film nights, etc. Please visit direct guests to this site or the Salem app for more information on upcoming events as you plan for 2021.
  • If you are coming into Salem, please download the new Salem app and enable push notifications for the day(s) you are in Salem. We will share event, location, parking, and traffic updates throughout the month.
  • Walking tours are currently capped at 10 participants and museums and attractions are restricted to 25% capacity. It is crucial that you or your customers purchase tickets or make reservations in advance wherever possible. Otherwise you run the risk of arriving in Salem with nothing to do or 1-2 hour lines to get into businesses.
  • Per the Massachusetts reopening guidelines, tour buses are restricted to 25% capacity. Please review sector specific guidelines at mass.gov.
  • Massachusetts has a travel order that restricts visitors from states that are deemed COVID high-risk. Please review the travel order at mass.gov/matraveler.

Changes to Overflow Parking on Fort Avenue, effective October 24, 2019

2020 Group Tour Profile Sheet

Motor Coach Guidelines & Parking

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 on Salem.org.

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 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 brittany@salem.org.

Find more information on group tours under Massachusetts' phased reopening guidelines here.

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)

2-HOUR PARKING
Washington Square South (3) NEW! An additional spot was added here.
Congress Street southbound (4) NEW! An additional spot was added here.

1-HOUR PARKING
Lynde Street (1)
Essex Street at the Ropes Mansion (1)

LONG TERM PARKING
Fort Avenue
Salem Willows

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

  • 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.