History in the Making

Adult (12+)
Child (6-11)

Get off the beaten path with this tour of Baltimore’s vibrant Mount Vernon neighborhood. Learn about Baltimore’s place in early American history, check out filming locations for several popular television shows, marvel at the beauty of America’s first Roman Catholic Church, and grab a snack from a vendor at one of the city’s most bustling markets. By the end of this tour, we’ll have you feeling like a proper Baltimore local!

Highlights of our Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Tour

  • Discover the ever-evolving architecture of Baltimore as you stroll through the Mount Vernon neighborhood
  • Hear about the incredible creativity of Baltimore’s natives, from poetry to literature and music and food, to popular games, and movies and television shows
  • Check out the Baltimore Basilica – the country’s first Roman Catholic church and a real modern-day beauty
  • Enjoy a tasty snack inside one of the newest additions to the neighborhood, the Mount Vernon Marketplace

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one snack, one beverage, and entrance to Maryland Historical Society.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Meeting point: South side of the Washington Monument by the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette. South Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202. View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 11.00 AM
  • Ending point: N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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  • Our tour of the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore begins at the city’s Washington Monument: The first monument erected to honor George Washington and it just so happens to be the predecessor to the famous monument that stands on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Here, we talk about the history of the neighborhood, its diverse and changing architecture, and the modern-day interests that stem from the area.

    From here, we make our way down Charles Street, one of the main thoroughfares in Baltimore, toward the birthplace of an enduring and familiar staple of the paranormal world (and many a school sleepover!). Along the way, your guide points out several buildings of interest — such as filming locations for some of TV’s most popular shows. Fun fact: Lots of shows that are supposed to be set in Washington, DC are actually filmed in Baltimore because of the similarities in their neighborhoods’ architecture.

    Soon we arrive at the Baltimore Basilica, or to use its full name: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This stately Neoclassical building was the very first Roman Catholic Church built in the United States. Conditions permitting, your guide takes you inside the columned entrance to marvel at the domed ceilings, marble and granite construction, prayer chapels, and works of art.

    Our next destination is inside the Mount Vernon Marketplace, part of the regrowth of the neighborhood. Inside this former warehouse is one of the city’s most popular new stops for artisanal food and drinks of all kinds. Your guide shows you to his or her favorite spot and orders up a bite for the group to enjoy.

    Need a final history and architecture fix on this Baltimore history tour? Good, as we then head back out to see a few more sights before making our way to our final stop for a coffee or tea at a nearby coffeehouse with an international flare. Your guide happily suggests their favorite cookie to go along with your beverage of choice.

    Before you say goodbye, make sure to ask your guide for lunch recommendations in the neighborhood. There’s plenty to choose from!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one snack, one beverage, and entrance to Maryland Historical Society.

    Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.

    Dress standard: Please wear casual clothes appropriate for the weather, and comfortable walking shoes.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of six and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of six are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of six. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Dietary Notes

    This tour features visits to establishments that are not always able to cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements. Discounts are available and your guide can assist you with recommendations on where to purchase alternative diet-friendly food during the tour. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +1 (410) 246 5226
    Email address: [email protected]