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Planning Your Visit to The Gables this Fall

The crisp air, the carved pumpkins, the smells of spices – these are just a few ways to think about the wonderful season that is autumn in New England. In Salem, October is the peak season of our year and we look forward to being able to welcome members and visitors from around the country to our historic site.

Visitors have two ways they can explore the National Historic Landmark. The Guided Tour Package includes a 45-minute tour of the famed mansion and everything in the Gardens and Grounds Experience. The Gardens and Grounds Experience includes an audio tour of the historic grounds, access to self-guided historic buildings, and a unique site map. Gables members will be notified via email for early and exclusive ticket availability. For full details about each experience and pricing for nonmembers, visit

Here is a list of tips to make planning your fall visit easy:

  • Plan ahead and get advance tickets whenever possible. Many museums and attractions sell out days in advance.
  • Bring face masks. From Aug. 23-Nov 13, face masks are mandatory indoors in Salem. Don’t be afraid to have fun with your masks – you can let your spooky spirit shine on your face!
  • Pack snacks and water. Waits at restaurants will be long and snacks will keep everyone happy.
  • Park and walk. Get to Salem early in the day and park in a garage or centrally located lot and plan to walk everywhere. Even better, try public transportation!
  • Pack your patience. Every business is grateful to see you but October is always busy and there will be lines and long wait times.
  • Take an audio tour. There are some amazing audio tours of Salem that will allow you to explore at your leisure and avoid the crowds.
  • New England weather – what can we say, it changes at the drop of a witch’s hat! Be sure to pack and dress for the elements to get the most out your time in Salem.
  • Be kind to all workers, staff, and volunteers in Salem. Don’t forget, they are doing their best to help you and others have a fun, safe experience as quickly as they can.

Because of the uncertain nature of 2021, don’t be surprised if things change quickly. For the most up-to-date information on activities and transportation visit

Date: September 23, 2021

Author: Holly Watson

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