In-Person Tours, rides & 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, ride on a wagon, or see demonstrations. 

Find out more  by clicking on the links below.
 

PLEASE NOTE that individual tours might be limited during winter hours. Check in at the Visitors’ Center for daily schedules. 

Temple City Tour

In this 60-minute 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. (1 hr)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
William & Caroline Weeks Home
Reservations:
Not currently required

Homes of the Apostles Tour

In this 90-minute 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 steep stairways in each of the homes. 

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Orson & Miranda Hyde Home
Reservations:
Not currently required

Lucy Mack Smith Home Tour

Many people in Nauvoo referred to Lucy as “Mother Smith.” In this 30-minute tour, you will see the home where Lucy lived for a brief time in 1846. Come learn about her conviction to the restored gospel and her support of her son the Prophet Joseph. (30 min)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Lucy Mack Smith home
Reservations:
Not currently required

Pioneer Trail Tour

Evacuating Nauvoo in 1846 involved coordination and planning. In this 90-minute 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. (1 hr 30 min)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Brigham & Maryann Young
Reservations:
Not currently required

Cornerstone of Zion

Coming soon!

Days:
TBA
Tour Times:
TBA
Location:
Visitors' Center
Reservations:
Not currently required

Riser Boot/Shoe Shop & The print Shop Tour

In this 45-minute tour, you will visit the Riser Boot & Shoe Shop and local Printing Office. Come learn about the role these trades played in the expanding frontier city of Nauvoo and listen to stories about the people who owned and worked in this shops. Participants will need to walk a block between the two buildings. (45 min)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Riser Boot & Shoe Shop
Reservations:
Not currently required

Main Street Trades Tour

In this 60-minute 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. (1 hr)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Brigham & Maryann Young
Reservations:
Not currently required

Lyon Drug & Variety Store Tour

Take a 20-minute tour through the historic drug and variety store. Windsor Lyon ran the largest variety store in Nauvoo which provided the saints with everything they needed from dry goods to medicines. Come find out more about the Lyon family and their role in the Nauvoo community!  (20 min)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Lyon Drug & variety Store
Reservations:
Not currently required

Pendleton Log Home & School

In this 20-minute 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 see how school children in historic Nauvoo learned many of the same things taught today. (20 min)

Days:
Daily
Tour Times:
Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00 am (Mon-Sat) or noon (Sunday) until 4:00 pm.
Location:
Pendleton Home & School
Reservations:
Not currently required

Wagon Rides

Take a 45-minute, horse-drawn wagon ride around Historic Nauvoo to get an overview of the history of the city from 1839-1846. Wagon rides begin near the Family Living Center. Seating may be limited at peak times. Weather conditions could impact availability.  

Days:
Monday - Saturday
ride Times:
every 30 minutes between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm
Location:
Wagon Depot
Reservations:
Limited Seating per wagon; groups inquire at Visitors' Center

Carriage Rides

Take a 45-minute, horse-drawn carriage ride 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 on the north end of Nauvoo between 1839-1846. Carriage rides begin north of the Visitors’ Center. 

Days:
Monday - Saturday
ride Times:
every 30 minutes between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Location:
Visitors' center
Reservations:
Not currently required, but seating is limited

Oxen Rides

Take a 15-minute ride in an oxen-drawn cart. These wonderful animals were a significant source of transportation power for the early Latter-day Saints. Come see the oxen in action! Ox cart rides take place across the street to the northwest from the Visitors’ Center. Availability varies by day.  Please note that the safety of our oxen is very important to us, and we will not offer rides in inclement weather. 

Days:
Monday - Saturday
ride Times:
every 30 minutes between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm
Location:
Visitors' center
Reservations:
Not currently required, but seating is limited

Family Living Center Activity

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, and wooden barrels, and how to pack a wagon. You can observe displays of pottery making, wool carding and spinning, and weaving. 

Days:
Monday - Saturday
Hours:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:
Family Living Center
Reservations:
No reservations required

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