We visited Lily Dale because my daughter wanted a reading, and I have always been intrigued by its unique spiritual history and small cottage community.
Lily Dale is a lake-side hamlet of Victorian homes and cottages. It is both quirky and peaceful; a spiritual community like nowhere else on Earth. Its year-round population is estimated to be 275, with 160 private residences. Each year brings approximately 22,000 visitors, so if you do plan on meeting with a Medium, make reservations in advance.
Lily Dale has 2 seasons
We went off-season, actually the week before opening weekend around June 25. It was quiet but for maybe 50 others we saw strolling around the town, plus several Mediums who were open for business. We were able to appreciate the serenity of Inspiration Stump, Forest Temple, the Fairy Trail and other sites that make up the Lily Dale community. There were gift shops open, plus a lovely cafe!
Off-season, it is free to roam, though most facilities are closed and many summer-only residents have left for their winter homes. The cost of a reading varies by medium, and are available year-round (make an appointment well in advance!).
Lily Dale’s in-season is June 30-September 3 (roughly, Independence Day to Labor Day)