In-Person Tours & Activities

Tour historic buildings, learn more about the Latter-day Saints who built the city, get an overview of the historic district on a wagon tour, see demonstrations, and explore the guiding principles that motivated people in Nauvoo to build, serve, and share. 

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Between October and April, most tours are available by request; some will not be available. In the busiest travel months, tours begin every few minutes; click an image below for information. 

Temple City Tour

In this walking tour, you will hear about the Latter-day Saints who donated hours of work to build the house of the Lord in Nauvoo. You will walk through the homes of William & Caroline Weeks, Edward & Ann Hunter, and William & Esther Gheen. Come hear the stories of an architect, a bishop, and a farmer relating to the Nauvoo Temple. Tour participants will need to walk about 2 city blocks, and part of the route is on a gravel path. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
William & Caroline Weeks Home
Tour Notes:
This tour lasts about 45 minutes.

Homes of the Apostles Tour

In this walking tour, you will see the homes of three members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Orson Hyde (Miranda), Heber C. Kimball (Vilate), and Wilford Woodruff (Phebe). Come learn about how these men and women responded to the Lord’s command to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the earth. The tour requires participants to walk about four city blocks from beginning to end. There are narrow stairways in each home that may be difficult for some guests to climb. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Orson & Miranda Hyde Home
tour Notes:
The Hyde Home has restrooms and a water fountain. The full tour takes about 45 minutes.

Lucy Mack Smith Home Tour

Many people in Nauvoo referred to Lucy as “Mother Smith.” In this tour, you will see the home where Lucy lived for a brief time in 1846. Come learn about her devotion to the restored gospel and her support for her son, the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Lucy Mack Smith home
Tour NOtes:
This tour includes only this home and lasts 15 minutes.

Pioneer Trail Tour

Evacuating Nauvoo in 1846 involved coordination and planning. In this walking tour you’ll see the Brigham Young home, the Webb brothers’ blacksmith and wainwright shop, and the Seventies Hall. Come learn how the Latter-day Saints prepared for the journey west and experience the place where thousands of people chose to follow prophetic leaders in search of peace. Tour participants will walk about 2 city blocks.

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Seventies Hall
Tour Notes:
This tour may last 45 minutes; you can drop out early as needed.

Cornerstone of Zion

In this self-guided walk-around tour,  learn more about why and how the Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo designed, built, and worshipped in the Nauvoo Temple in the 1840s. Understand why Nauvoo is called a “Cornerstone of Zion” and how Joseph Smith taught Church members about eternal principles related to the temple. 

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Self-guided
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Visitors' Center
Tour NOTes:
Browse the exhibits;
Missionaries are on hand to answer questions

Main Street Trades Tour

In this walking tour, you will visit the Scovil Bakery, Stoddard Tin Shop, and Browning Gunsmith. Come learn about the role these trades played in the community during the 1840s and hear the stories about the individuals who worked and lived in these buildings. Participants will need to walk along a sidewalk for about two blocks between the bakery and the tin shop. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Scovil Bakery
Tour Notes:
This tour lasts about 45 minutes; you may drop out early if needed.

Lyon Drug & Variety Store Tour

Windsor Lyon ran the largest variety store in Nauvoo, which offered residents both dry goods and herbal medicines. Come find out more about the Lyon family and their role in the Nauvoo community! And maybe learn a bit about 19th century medical practices. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Lyon Drug & variety Store
Tour NOtes:
This is the only stop on this tour, but you are welcome to explore the adjacent gardens, too. Duration is about 15 minutes.

Pendleton Log Home & School

In this tour, you will visit a reconstructed log cabin that represents how the Pendleton family and many others in Nauvoo lived. Calvin Pendleton — teacher, doctor, and gunsmith — taught mainly penmanship and writing to school children. Come learn how families in historic Nauvoo valued education. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Pendleton Home & School
Tour NoTes:
This tour lasts about 15 minutes.

Riser Boot/Shoe Shop Tour

In this short tour of the Riser Boot & Shoe Shop, you will learn about the role this trade played in the expanding frontier city of Nauvoo. Hear about the generous Riser family and their enduring faith. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 (Sunday)
Location:
Riser Boot & Shoe Shop
Tour NOtes:
This tour lasts about 15 minutes.

The John Taylor Home & Print Shop Tour

In this tour, you will visit the local Printing Office and John Taylor home, as well as the adjacent Post Office. How important was printing to the people of Nauvoo?  Important enough for an apostle of the Church to be assigned to manage it. But there are more families involved in the story. Take this tour to find out more. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Print Shop
Tour Notes:
This tour lasts about 30 minutes.

Sarah Granger Kimball Home Tour

In this tour, you will learn more about the foundation of the Nauvoo Female Relief Society, about the role women played in building Nauvoo, and about Sarah Granger Kimball’s remarkable life. 

Days:
Daily
Tours Available By Request
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 4:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
SARAH GRANGER KIMBALL HOME
Tour Notes:
This tour lasts about 20 minutes.

Wagon Tour

Take a 35-minute, horse-drawn wagon tour around Historic Nauvoo to get an overview of the history of the city from 1839-1846.

Days:
Monday to Saturday

No Sunday Tours
Tours Available
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:
Wagon Depot

Carriage Tour

Take a 35-minute tour through the countryside to see what the area looked like when Latter-day Saints began settling Historic Nauvoo. Teamsters will share stories related to people who lived in Nauvoo between 1839-1846. 

Days:
Monday to Saturday

No Sunday Tours
Tours Available
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:
Carriage Depot, north side of Visitors' Center

Oxen Experience

Oxen were a significant source of transportation power for the early Latter-day Saints. Come see the oxen in action! Ox wagon tours last 10-15 minutes and take place across the street to the northwest from the Visitors’ Center. Availability varies by day.  

Days:
Monday to Saturday
Oxen Experience Available
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location:
Ox Yard
Tour Notes:
Seating is limited to 8 passengers

Will be closed in bad weather

Family Living Center

The Family Living Center has several activity stations where you can learn about domestic work done in frontier communities like Historic Nauvoo. Come observe demonstrations of making candles, rope, bricks, and wooden barrels. Observe displays of pottery making, wool carding and spinning, and weaving. 

Days:
Monday-Saturday

Sunday
Hours:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Noon - 4:00 pm
Location:
Family Living Center
Tour Notes:
Guests may choose which demonstration stations to visit, but not all will be available at all times.

Christmas Walk

Help us celebrate the Christmas season with caroling, wagon rides, stories, music, refreshments, a live indoor Nativity, and more.  See the activities page for more information. 

Days:
December 9, 2022
Hours:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
VIsitors' Center, Family Living Center, Cultural Hall
Reservations:
No reservations required.
Park at Visitors' Center or Family Living Center