Parking in Salem
We know parking in Salem during Haunted Happenings can be frustrating. In addition to the lots and garages listed here, several private lots will be open (cash on entry, between $10 and $20). Please plan for traffic getting in, especially on Saturdays.
Salem implemented a new comprehensive parking plan in 2012. If you have visited before, you may find new parking meters and regulations in your favorite parking lots and spots. When you are seeking parking in Salem, please respect our residents and the streets marked Resident-only. Cars will be ticketed or towed that are illegally parked.
Some parking lots have multi-space meters and others have conventional meters. The multi-space meters accept coins, bills, and credit cards. The conventional meters only accept coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters).
Unlimited daily stay: You can stay in the Bridge Street and Church Street West lots for as long as you need. Just be sure to pay for your full stay at the multi-space meters before you walk off the lot.
Four-hour maximum stay: All of the other parking lots are intended for four hour stays or less. The Church Street East and Salem Green lots have multi-space meters. The other lots have conventional meters. If you need to stay for more than four hours, park in the Bridge Street or Church Street West lots, or one of the garages. You can save money, not have to worry about getting a ticket, and avoid having to move your car.
Enforcement of parking lots is 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Saturday. Parking tickets cost $25.00.
Different parking lots in Salem have different rates.
$4.00 per day: Bridge Street
$1.00 per hour: Church Street West, Church Street East, and Salem Green
$0.75 per hour: Sewall Street, Front Street, and Klop Alley
$0.50 per hour: Riley Plaza West and Riley Plaza East
Please note: the Church Street Lot will cost $20 cash on entry on October weekends and after 2:00 PM on Halloween.
Universal Steel Lot
The new lot at 297 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970 will be available on October 19, 20, 26, 27, and Halloween (October 31). Cost to park is $15 cash on entry on the weekends, and $20 on Halloween. All proceeds raised at this lot during October will go toward the Salem High School Music Boosters, who are raising $100,000 for new marching band uniforms.
Museum Place Garage
- 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970
- Open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.
- Weekdays the cost is $0.75 per hour.
- Weekends in October and after 2:00 PM on Halloween cost is $20 cash on entry.
South Harbor Garage
10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
Open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Wednesday and 7:00 AM - 2:00 AM Thursday through Saturday.
Weekdays the cost is $0.25 per hour.
Weekends in October and after 2:00 PM on Halloween, the cost is $20 cash on entry.
Note: There are meters on the first floor of the South Harbor Garage, which cost $.25 per hour, but have a 4-hour limit.
Motor Coach / Bus Parking
Salem, Massachusetts welcomes groups! October is peak season in Salem, and parking - especially on the weekends - can be challenging for both cars and buses. Destination Salem has a new Motor Coach Map & Guidelines to help group tour leaders and drivers, and complete information for groups visiting Salem is available at Salem.org.
For complete information on Parking in Salem, visit ParkinginSalem.com.