Baltimore by BusOur private group tours are a perfect way to explore Baltimore, discover hidden landmarks and enjoy unique stories from over 200 years of local history. Let us know if we can host a tour for your professional meeting, academic conference, family reunion, or any other occasion. And don’t forget – visitors are always welcome on any of our public heritage tours!


Bus Tours

Please get in touch with our Tour Coordinator Molly Ricks at ricks@baltimoreheritage.org or 240-305-3984 for availability of bus tours. Pricing: $250 for 2 hours or $500 for full day (8 hours) 

Central Baltimore By Bus: Explore the highlights of what makes Baltimore “Baltimore” with this two hour bus tour through downtown Baltimore and central historic neighborhoods.  Includes a stop to stretch legs at Historic Union Square.

Full Day Baltimore By Bus: If you’re visiting Baltimore for the first or thirty-first time, this tour is a great way to get to know Baltimore (maybe better than most Baltimoreans).  It includes learning about rowhouses, alley houses, formstone, grand mansions, blue crabs, the War of 1812 and much more. We can tailor the trip to suit your timing needs.


Walking Tours

Please get in touch with our Tour Coordinator Molly Ricks at ricks@baltimoreheritage.org or 240-305-3984 for more information about scheduling a walking tour for your private group. 

We can tailor any tour from 1-2 hours in length. One-hour tours are $125 and two-hour tours are $200. 

Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage: Learn about the racial tensions and changes that have shaped Baltimore’s predominately African American historic neighborhoods bordering Pennsylvania Avenue while walking past sites that include Justice Thurgood Marshall’s school, Congressman Parren Mitchell’s home, and singer Billy Holliday’s hangouts.

Federal Hill: Join us on a tour of Federal Hill and the surrounding neighborhood to learn about this waterfront community’s rich history, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in Federal Hill, and of course, the hill we fortified to defend the city from the British in the War of 1812.

Gargoyles Downtown: Baltimore’s downtown has a thousand eyes peering down on unsuspecting pedestrians, from lions, grotesques, and fairies as well as gargoyles.  You’ll be surprised to see what’s just above our heads.

Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower: Anchored by the Phoenix Shot Tower, Historic Jonestown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and includes often overlooked landmarks. In addition to going inside the Shot Tower, on this tour you’ll learn about the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Meeting House) and the third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street Synagogue), and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll.

Industry and Artistry at Station North: Our tour will take in 100 years of industry and innovation: the historic theaters, schools, markets, and factories that make the Station North Arts and Entertainment District a current hot spot of arts and culture. In the first few decades of the 20th century, the inventor of the modern bottle cap built his factory on Guilford Avenue and entrepreneurs on Charles Street pushed the theater business in new directions.

Landmarks on the Inner Harbor: In 1980 when the National Aquarium opened its doors, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor ushered in a new era for the city. Come hear the stories behind some of Baltimore’s most visited sites, including the world’s tallest five-sided building, the National Aquarium, and the Hard Rock Cafe powerplant.

Lexington Market and Market Center: Walk through the historic core of Baltimore’s Downtown that is using its grand buildings and unique heritage to revitalize today.

LGBTQ Heritage in Charles Village: Although Charles Village is better known for its colorful “painted ladies,” the neighborhood was home to many activists and institutions at the heart of the city’s LGBT community in the 1970s and 1980s. We will walk past local landmarks including the original home of the Gay Community Center of Baltimore and the St. Paul Street church that supported the growth of the Metropolitan Community Church, Baltimore’s oldest LGBTQ religious organization.

LGBTQ Heritage in Mount Vernon: In our walk through Mount Vernon, we’ll learn about pioneering lesbian women who helped shape Baltimore’s educational institutions, medical professionals who were on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic, and residents who founded Baltimore’s first black LGBTQ church.

Modern Architecture Downtown: When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s building opened in Charles Center in 1962, Baltimore ushered in the era of Modern (with a capital “M”) architecture. Join us to learn how our city implemented this iconic architectural movement.

Mount Vernon Place and the Cradle of American Philanthropy: Explore Baltimore’s grandest historic neighborhood, Mt. Vernon, including stops inside two of the most spectacular interior spaces in the city: the Garrett Jacobs Mansion and the Peabody Library.

Otterbein and the Dollar House Program: From its roots as an early African-American waterfront community in the 1840s to its center-stage role in Baltimore’s Dollar House Program in the 1970s, Otterbein’s wonderfully rich history in many ways is a microcosm of Baltimore’s as a whole.

Ridgley’s Delight: For a diminutive neighborhood squeezed between the University of Maryland and Camden
Yards, Ridgely’s Delight contains a supremely oversized history. Babe Ruth was born here, and George Washington slept here.

Slavery and Emancipation in Mount Vernon Place: Around Mount Vernon Place, memorials in bronze and marble honor slave-holders – George Washington, John Eager Howard, and until recently, Roger B. Taney. No statue recognizes the labor of the enslaved people who worked and lived in the neighborhood’s handsome antebellum houses. Walk around Mount Vernon Place to explore stories of slavery and emancipation in the neighborhood. 

1904 Fire and How it Shaped Downtown Baltimore: Baltimore’s downtown was devastated by a tremendous fire in 1904.  Come learn how this shaped the city we know today, touch the only remnant of the fire still remaining, and learn about Baltimore’s history and architecture on this walking tour.