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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
978-744-8815
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Ranked #29 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Type: Historic Sites, Tours
Description: Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
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Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I would recommend the night time tours on the Weekend where actors read stories written during the time of the Witch Trials-although you can't take pictures, I would recommend going back during the day to take pictures of the place.

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is a fabulous place to get a real sense of what the first colonists faced; I doubt any of us would make it now. The earth mounds they lived in before they could build, and their stories sent back home-they said the cod were so abundant that they felt they could walk across the ocean home, as the sea... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Would rather visit during the day.. But went to the after dark tour. Poor lighting and coordination but they actors were great.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This place is great! The houses, the street and the costumes take you right back to the early 1600s. But most of all, the character actors are superb! Their language, their manner and their knowledge are impressive. My only recommendation is that in view of the profile of the average visitor, a few more places to sit down might work... More

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
31 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great site to visit for good amount of history. Well worth the trip & u can get a combo pass to witch house which is a great deal. Come & visit.

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Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

They could have done so much more with this. Essentially, you walk through Pioneer Village at night...and a few people occasionally jump out (from places that can be identified minutes ahead of time with obvious flashlights) with cheap costumes and poor performances. Very disappointing, indeed...

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Gill, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I bought our tickets online thinking we would save time standing in line. NO. We still had to wait in a long line to sign a waiver to go in. Most attractions in Salem have the courtesy of separate lines for those who purchase ahead of time. Our ticket time was 7:00PM, however because of the long lines we didn't... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Me and my husband went here on Halloween night and were picked for 2 free tickets for our 1 year wedding anniversary. I was eyeing this place for a few weeks and we were making plans of where to go on our anniversary and was super excited we got the opportunity to win tickets. This was our last stop of... More

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Marlboro, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

It is so cool to be in a dark, historic vllage with an individualized terror guide. This is the most unique attraction we've been to for Halloween.We know there was a wait but it was well worth the trip from New Jersey. Our family absolutely loved it, talked about it all the way home and looking forward to doing it... More

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East Carondelet, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Most horrible waste of money I've ever encountered. Imagine paying $15 to walk down a dark trail with two guys with flashlights blinding you for five minutes and the bushes rustle once, someone moans once, someone walks at the group once but you see them coming, they have you go a different way when a supposed ghost that is obviously... More

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