In-Person Tours & Activities

When you visit Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail in person, you can 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. 

Find out more  by clicking on the images below. You may also want to download our app to help you navigate the historic sites. 

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, and 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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
William & Caroline Weeks Home
Tour Notes:
This tour cannot be joined after it begins. Please wait for the next tour.

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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Orson & Miranda Hyde Home
tour Notes:
You may join this tour at any stop and complete it on a loop. Capacity limits will apply.

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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Lucy Mack Smith home
Tour NOtes:
This tour includes only this home.

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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Seventies Hall
Tour Notes:
You may join this tour at any one of the stops and complete it on a loop.

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
8:30 am - 6:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Visitors' Center
Tour NOTes:
Browse the exhibits;
Kids can do a scavenger hunt;
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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Scovil Bakery
Tour Notes:
You may join this tour at any stop and complete it on the loop.

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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 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 as well

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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Pendleton Home & School
Tour NoTes:
This is the only stop on this tour.

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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 (Sunday)
Location:
Riser Boot & Shoe Shop
Tour NOtes:
This is the only stop on this tour.

The John Taylor Home & Print Shop Tour

In this tour, you will visit the local Printing Office and John Taylor home. 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
Tour Begins Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
Print Shop
Tour Notes:
This tour only begins in the Print Shop. It moves into the Taylor Home. The tour does not go to the Post Office.

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
Tour Begins Every 30 Minutes:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Mon-Sat)
12:00 - 5:00 pm (Sunday)
Location:
SARAH GRANGER KIMBALL HOME
Tour Notes:
This is the only stop on this tour.

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.

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
Departs Every 20 minutes:
9:00 am - 3:00 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 Depart Every 30 minutes:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tour Notes:
Seating is limited to 8 passengers

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:
Daily
Hours:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location:
Family Living Center
Tour Notes:
Guests may choose which demonstration stations to visit.
Some activities offer hands-on experiences.
Capacity limits may apply.

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 10, 2021 only
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