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Planning Your October Visit to The Gables

We’re entering the season of crisp air, carved pumpkins, and the smells of spices! 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 and the world 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. While face masks are not mandatory indoors in Salem, we require them while touring the mansion. The Satanic Temple requires them as well. 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! Please note delays or route closures before planning your trip. Traffic is notoriously problematic and can be even worse with transportation uncertainty.
  • Pack your patience. Every business is grateful to see you but October is always busy and there will be lines and long wait times. Reserve tables at restaurants in advance if possible.
  • 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.

Due to the nature of the crowds, weather, and the continued pandemic, don’t be surprised if things change quickly. For the most up-to-date information on activities and transportation visit

Date: September 17, 2022

Author: sperling

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