If you want good, clean, free family fun then this is the place for you, especially in the summertime. There are missionaries and a visitor's center and plenty of things to do. You can walk or take a wagon or carriage ride. There are live performances that are wonderful and entertaining. Get your tickets at the LDS visitor's center, but be aware they go fast.
Highlights: County Fair at 7 pm each night, Nightly pageant at 8:30 pm, Pioneer pastimes, and of course the rebuild Temple. The list goes on and on. Everything owned by the LDS Church is free.
If you at all inclined to have a spiritual experience then this is the place for you as the Spirit is strong throughout Historic Nauvoo.
Another option is to drive about 20 minutes to see Cathage Jail where Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred.
Drawbacks: Very little to no viable shopping, eating, or other entertainment options in Nauvoo. It is all very small town. We do those types of things 20 minutes up the road in Burlington, IA. Also, the toll bridge from Fort Madison, IA to Nauvoo dings you $2 to cross.
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