Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Nauvoo?
Nauvoo is a small community with no public transportation. Visitors need to drive at least a few miles to reach Nauvoo from an airport, bus depot, or train station. Nauvoo is generally easy to find with most GPS devices, but you are advised to review any mapped route before following it.
How far from Nauvoo is Carthage Jail? How can I get there?
Carthage is about 23 miles from Nauvoo, a 30-minute drive. There is no public transportation between the two cities, so visitors need personal vehicles to get there. There are a few suggested routes; study the map in advance as cellular service on some stretches may be unreliable.
How much does it cost to visit Nauvoo Historic Sites?
Nauvoo Historic Sites does not charge any entry fees. All tours, shows, and activities are offered free of charge.
The Joseph Smith Historic Site, owned and operated by the Community of Christ, asks visitors who take their guided tour to pay a site preservation fee to help them maintain their historic buildings.
What are the food and lodging options in Nauvoo?
Nauvoo Historic Sites does not operate any restaurants or hotels.
You will find information about where to eat or stay on Nauvoo’s city website.
Lodging is available in Nauvoo and also in nearby cities like Keokuk and Fort Madison, Iowa. Please consult available online tourism sites for more information.
How do I get tickets to shows?
Tickets to summer shows are free but must be obtained at the Visitors’ Center. Ask any missionary in the lobby for assistance. Large groups wishing to reserve tickets in advance must register online. See Group Info.
What movies are available in the Nauvoo Visitors’ Center theaters?
Numerous movies covering topics about the history or people of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are available. Short films introducing Nauvoo run several times a day, but there are opportunities to request a showing of other films, as well. Large youth groups can reserve times and films in advance. See Group Info.
Are Nauvoo Historic Sites accessible for disabled visitors?
Some buildings are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are accessible. However, to maintain the historical accuracy of the restored sites, we are unable to provide physical access to every venue. This website offers 360° virtual tours for the most popular buildings. You can also schedule a live video tour over Zoom for these sites.
Where do buses and large RVs park in Nauvoo?
Bus and RV parking is available at the Nauvoo Historic Sites Visitors’ Center.
If you are arriving by bus or RV, please note that Nauvoo has some very narrow streets. To keep everyone safe, the city restricts where buses and RVs can drive. Please learn the routes and obey all traffic rules.
For more information, consult the bus route map on the city website.
Where can my family have a picnic?
Picnic tables are located throughout Nauvoo Historic Sites for use by visitors. Please clean up after yourselves for the benefit of the next group to use the table.
Where can a group gather for an outdoor activity?
Within Nauvoo Historic Sites, groups may gather in the picnic areas and open spaces around the Pioneer Pastimes activity pavilion. Groups may request a reservation for the Parley Fire Pit or West Grove here.
The Nauvoo City park is open to the public. Several picnic areas are found along the Great River Road between Nauvoo and Keokuk, and various parks and shelters are available for a fee by reservations through third-party sites.
Where can I worship on Sunday?
A variety of Christian churches other than The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have an active presence in Nauvoo. For an updated list, consult the city website.
Where can Latter-day Saints attend Church?
Sacrament meetings are held in the Stake Center (380 N. Durphy St.) each Sunday. Times are being adjusted due to COVID-19 precautions. Ask a missionary in the Visitors’ Center for current details or visit churchofjesuschrist.org.