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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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West Winfield, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

What we liked about the Visitors center was the staff there was very informative as to what attractions to see that suited our interests and the ones to stay away from since they were to touristy.

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St. Augustine, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Guide showed us locations of all the cemeteries to explore plus the history that we would've heard on the Ghost Tours (but didn't want to go on).

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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

First place we visited and we received a great deal of helpful information :) Also stopped in to use the bathrooms more than once because of its convenient location !

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Stuart, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
48 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I enjoyed the free film on the background of Essex County and benefitted from the expert advice of the park rangers. The center is impressively clean and airy, with multiple displays and eclectic gift shop offerings. Its proximity to a large parking garage makes it easily accessible upon arrival in Salem.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

As with the other reviews the staff were helpful and interested. This is an excellent example of why we have our national park service and I appreciate their dedication. Stop here first and park in the nearby inexpensive garage.

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California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
65 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went into the visitor center after we had taken the Salem Trolley and had been to the House of the Seven Gables. I began to ask questions of one of the rangers who quickly referred me to another ranger, and wow did she know her history! I probably learned more about the Salem Witch Trials from the 30 minute... More

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South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Nice location, building & layout of materials, very helpful & friendly people. The Rangers & others will sit with you if you need assistance getting lodging, directions, suggestions, etc. Very pleasant place to get oriented to Salem & its surrounds.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If for nothing else, I would recommend stopping at the visitor center to view these two well done films. Some people have said that they didn't see the film about the witch trials because there was an extra charge. Well, it was well worth the $5 ($3 for seniors)! It is meticulously researched, scholarly, informative and easily understood. From the... More

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Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We got here at 4:30, right before it closed. The rangers/guides were well-informed and helpful. We missed the free movies unfortunately. I really wished we found this place first before wasting our $$ on other cheesy places

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Buffalo, New York
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Pretty routine here, clean, open, few volunteers around to tell you about Salem. Maps, clean bathrooms, parking nearby, trolley stop outside.

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