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National Park Service Visitor Center

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Address: 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA
Phone Number: 978-740-1650
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Description: Located on New Liberty Street across from the municipal parking garage and...
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.
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National Park Service Visitor Center

Operating by the US Park Service. Staff were very accommodating noting the major sites to see in Salem.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2014
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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Operating by the US Park Service. Staff were very accommodating noting the major sites to see in Salem.

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Garland, Texas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
30 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were a bit overwhelmed by Salem and the crowds but this place offered us a place to gather our thoughts, receive information/directions from the staff, use the restroom facilities and even purchase a mug and glass

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Magnolia, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The park rangers here were very knowlegdeable about the history and the area, where to go and not go depending on whether you had young children or older children in your party. They provided lots of information and maps. Definitely go here first.

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Bellevue, Washington
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100 reviews 100 reviews
28 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Expect a good education. This is one of the most informative visitor centers we've been to. We got to see details about the industry in region -fishing, textiles, and more. We alsowalled a film on witch trials what was great to see the factual evidence about the trials and the real history of the events. This is a very worthwhile... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Dawn provide lots of tips and info about Salem and surrounding areas. They are passionate about parks and clearly want others to have a memorable experience. Go here first for maps, info, and to see their movies. They will direct you to the maritime district on the water as well.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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107 reviews 107 reviews
45 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great place to go. Informative yet does not take a lot of time. I even ask the woman at the desk where she would recommend the best place for inexpensive dinner. She was right! Hint Dinners, Drive Ins and Dives was there.

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Melbourne
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This NPS visitor center is compact, but has a small museum quality display that helps establish your trip throughout Salem. Across the street from the Peabody Essex Museum, its the perfect place to start your morning adventures. Plus, the restrooms are clean and well maintained.

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Henderson
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Across from the Peabody Essex Museum, this mini-museum employees friendly park rangers ready to answer all your Salem questions!

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Stuttgart, Arkansas, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Informative staff can answer your questions about Salem and point out on the maps where the attractions are located. Nice gift shop. Restrooms were nice and clean.

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Plattsburgh, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

the staff was very pleasant, very knowledgeable and very helpful ....facility was conveniently located with much welcomed restrooms

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