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National Park Service Visitor Center

2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA
978-740-1650
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Ranked #3 of 41 Attractions in Salem
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center... more » Owner description: Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the National Park Service Visitor Center is an ideal place to begin your visit to Salem and the Essex National Heritage Area. National Park Service Rangers and Volunteers will welcome you to the city and to the Heritage Area, and help you plan your visit. « less
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Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

This Visitor Center has a nice model ship and lots of information about Salem. There are movies too, which we didn't get to see.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

There are two visitor centers. One in the heart of town (across from the PEM) and the other on Pickering wharf by the Friendship Harbor. Always well staffed and clean restrooms to offer the wary visitor and resident. Information and exhibitions are always available from local school art exhibits and Salem history movies shown in a small movie theater on... More

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Plainview, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

the visitor's center has very knowledgable rangers who were very helpful. There were also two films available. One was free, and the other one was $5 for adults, and $3 for students and seniors. Reasonable parking is across the street for $.75 per hour.

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New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Great place to start your tour of Salem. Center to all the main points of interest. Can't be sure but this may be the one place for bathroom breaks unless you stop in a restaurant.

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marco island fl
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111 reviews 111 reviews
27 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

A must stop to gather information and plan your time. Nice bathrooms. There is a good movie. Everyone helpful.

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Hayward, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Very informative center. They have two videos. One is free and is about the shipping and industrial history of the area. The second film was $5/person and told about the Salem Witch Trials. We found the rest of Salem very fake and into sensationalism more than the true history of the area. Parking garage nearby is only 75 cents/hour.

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Austin, TX
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The information booth attendant seem knowledgeable about the area. Bathrooms are clean. It's a good place to start your visit so you can gather your information and make a game plan

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Derby, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

It was a great, if limited dispay, I enjoyed it despite the fugue like jet lag I was suffering from. Don't go expecting wonders, but it is a great jumping off point

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Verona, Nj
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This visitor center has everything you need to plan your visit to Salem. An introductory film, brochures from the various "attractions" in the area, and most important a knowledgeable staff that can suggest activities suited to the age and interest of the visitors.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I hope it was just an "off" day when we visited the end of Aug. 2014, but the information desk was the most negative we have encountered. First, we arrived mid-afternoon, they had two movies, which they told us were excellent, but according to their schedule they were not showing them again that day This was the first NPS building... More

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