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“Best historic site ever!”
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 July 23, 2013

I have been to Nauvoo several times, and love it every time. Most of it is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has taken great pains to restore it to as close to its original state as possible. Visitors pay NADA for any tour or favor; senior missionary couples dressed in pioneer costume share fascinating facts about the businesses or the people who owned the homes. There is wonderful entertainment, especially during July when the Nauvoo Pageant is at the forefront. We saw "High Hopes and Riverboats", "Sunset on the Mississippi", "Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo" and, of course, the pageant. All were uniformly well and enthusiastically performed, with no scrimping on talent, music, scenery, costumes, etc. Everyone who is a part of these productions, to my knowledge, is called to serve there as missionaries, and/or volunteer their time in many capacities. The spirit there is effusively warm and delightful. Before the pageant, there is a country fair with all kinds of activities; my granddaughter participated in many, receiving a "bead" for each, then a special bead when she completed ten activities, one of which was a braided headband, and another of which was a sock puppet. For a wonderful, uplifting, joy-filled and thought-provoking time, Historic Nauvoo is a sure bet.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I love how peaceful and well kept Nauvoo is. The temple is beautiful. The fudge shop is delightful. The Nauvoo pageant was very nice

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We just got back from a trip to Nauvoo and we loved every minute of it. We lucked out and had pleasant weather in the 80's all week, which really helped. They do a great job of keeping the kids entertained in the tours of the homes and shops. We were there for 1 week and we saw/did almost everything. We missed a few of the vignettes and a couple shops. The kids (ages 5, 7 and 9) really liked the plays - especially High Hops & Riverboats and Just Plain Anna-Amanda. Don't miss the carriage ride for a more memorable, spiritual side of the city. The wagon ride is a good way to get acquainted with the city when you first arrive. And I highly recommend going in the months during the pageant....they have a great festival before the pageant every night where everybody can play old fashioned games including stickball, dancing, crafts, sack races and much, much more. And the pageant is not to be missed. It was SO good! We were impressed with the amount of activities there were in such a small place, and everyone was very friendly. Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

If you are coming to Nauvoo, you most likely are LDS and want to learn about church history. It's mostly free (church of Christ charges to go in their sites). My group was not all LDS and those who were not raised with the historical context did not appreciate it. The missionaries who serve as the tour guides were mostly really nice, just one was rude. Different sites are better than others. We liked the pharmacy the best.

1  Thank msa23_2000
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

What an amazing experience. We loved being able to see the restored sites, and feel the spirit there. Just being there brought a new appreciation to our early pioneer ancestors. Take the time to see everything while you are here. It's worth it! The missionaries are wonderful. Would love to return someday-

Thank Ruth B
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