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“Interesting... hoot-worthy”
Review of Historic Nauvoo

Historic Nauvoo
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Nauvoo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tribute to Mormon industry and vision. Glimpse of 1840's life in Illinois' 2nd largest city. Beautiful location on banks of the Mississippi. Restored homes and shops. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Pioneer craft demonstrations. Live entertainment. Free to the public. Open 365 days a year.
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We were here to learn more the history of the Mormon cult and we found Nauvoo to be kind of an "Alice through the looking glass" experience. The Mormons had been run out of New York, Ohio, Missouri and Nauvoo before landing in Utah. The stories they tell, the fictionalizing of history they put forth, their silly proceletizing was a hoot.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We took our family to visit Nauvoo in June 2013. We had a fantastic experience! There is so much to do and see. There are wagon and carriage tours (all free) and many different programs to enjoy. We were there when the BYU Folk Dancers were performing and they were awesome!! If you're LDS it is a must see. If you are not, it is still a beautiful place to visit, but I can understand it may not be as interesting. For the LDS people it is a sacred place where many had ancestors who helped build the place from a swamp to a thriving city. The people who give the tours are mostly LDS senior missionaries, and they are giving the history of the Mormon pioneers because they are the ones who first settled the area. It is "actual historical information," but it does not go over the history of Nauvoo once the pioneers were forced out of the city they made habitable and built.

3  Thank Becky T
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Everyone should experience Nauvoo at least once in their life even if you aren't Latter-day Saint (Mormon).

We went for a Memorial Day weekend getaway and really enjoyed ourselves. We decided to stay in Keokuk, IA which is just a short 20 min drive up the banks of the Mississippi to Nauvoo. It is a quaint and beautiful ride so the commute was a non-issue.

If you are LDS, obviously attending the temple is a must. It is a beautiful building inside and out. We did some of the historic sites (Brigham Young house, e.g.) and then took a carriage ride throughout the out parts of the city and heard some great stories of the lives of the Saints at that time.

It is definitely family friendly and the LDS sites are free--although some require tickets that you get at the Visitor's Center.

1  Thank meelays
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

If you are looking for actual historical information about the area, stick with the downtown area and go to the city's visitor center by Hotel Nauvoo. The area down by the river is all LDS and they have their own visitors center. Everything is staffed by LDS and all they know about is any history as it relates to Mormonism. Don't bother to ask questions about anything else because they won't know. They tend to only want to talk to children or other Mormons. There is actually a whole history of Germans there, as well as Catholics and Icarians, but you won't hear about those via the LDS folks. I don't think they are even aware of it. I have heard this place referred to as the "Williamsburg of the Midwest." Let me assure you - it is not.

6  Thank travelgal_0511
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Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

We brought our family to Nauvoo and had a wonderful time! The sights are all free, as are the tours, movies, animal experiences (wagon rides, carriage rides, oxen wagons!), and fun souvenirs!

Our children learned how bricks were made, and given a fun souvenir brick. The kids learned all about blacksmithing, and got to witness the making of a horse shoe, and given "Prairie Diamond" rings. School, boot maker, post office, and more all had free tours! The kids ate complimentary cookies at the bakery, made and took home a rope from the family center, and laughed hard at a play put on in the evenings. So much fun!!!!

My sole regret was that we did not plan for more time on the trip! Next time we will stay longer!

1  Thank Mellissa S
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