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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-744-8815
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Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible16%
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Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-744-8815
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

I wanted to check this place out because I had read this was the place used as Binx's village in Hocus Pocus. Sadly, it was closed and a lot of water was in it, but it was still pretty cool to see it from the...More

3  Thank Shopaholic_x0
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We had the pleasure of visiting village during the Annual Spice Festival. There were extra events going on and very bad weather, but we still had a great time. I still have some of the pumpkin spice salt water taffy. make sure to wear the...More

3  Thank Greenarrrow
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I've been here before and enjoyed it very much. I tried to go again when I was in town but they are only open on weekends and not open in October. You can wander around the outskirts a bit and there is a nice park...More

1  Thank Steve O
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I bought tickets to the special event Dark of the Night and was very disappointed all around. They had no information up on their website or Facebook page. I wasn't even sure what the event actually was. I booked it because I have done a...More

2  Thank Andrianna I
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were not able to get in the Village as we were there on a weekday. They are only open on the weekend (and by all accounts, even that is spotty), and only operates June through September. The Village sits behind a baseball field, and...More

4  Thank Katie A
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The village is interesting and a good visual representation of history. Our guide was great, though the tour was shorter than we'd anticipated. It's a fun way to learn about 17th century life (and was a filming location for "Hocus Pocus")

1  Thank pumpkinwhiss
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Gave alot of information about life at that time. Tour guides were pleasant and informative- worth the stop

Thank dmc42467
Reviewed 18 August 2016

I'm a historian and history teacher. I've been to MANY historical sites all over the world. This place is tiny, sketchy, falling apart, and not worth your time. It's surrounded by a chain link fence and even looks like a tourist trap. If you want...More

3  Thank tm77rr
Reviewed 6 August 2016

This is one of the few sites in Salem that has NOT been created into a historically inaccurate tourist trap! This is a great little living history center that you go through on a guided tour (offered twice a day during the summer) by a...More

Thank Robby M
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The pioneer village is a bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the trip, maybe five or so minutes drive from the centre of town or a 25-30 minute walk. Situated quite literally at the end of the road, the village provides some very...More

2  Thank ColmEFabio
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Linda H
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You could also buy tickets and find info at the Witch house...