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Historical Baltimore Self-Driving Sightseeing Audio Tour

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Baltimore, US
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Experience the rich history and vibrant culture of Baltimore with the Historical Baltimore Self-Driving Sightseeing Audio Tour. This immersive tour takes you on a journey through one of America's most historic cities, where you'll learn about famous figures like Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, and Babe Ruth. Hear the dramatic story of Douglass's escape from slavery and his rise as an abolitionist. Explore Poe's life and the unsolved mystery of his death. Discover the hidden gems of Baltimore, from the National Aquarium to the iconic Washington Monument. The tour comes with lifetime validity, so you can explore at your own pace. Simply download the Tour Guide App, follow the audio instructions, and embark on a historical adventure like no other. Book now and uncover the captivating stories that have shaped Baltimore's history.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 2 hours - 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-4 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Explore the culture and history of Baltimore
  • Get up close and personal with historic ships
  • Visit the renowned National Aquarium
  • Learn about Frederick Douglass and his impact on civil rights
  • Discover the mysterious rituals at Edgar Allan Poe's grave
  • Easy-to-use app: download action’s tour guide app onto your phone
  • Great value: purchase per car, not per person. more affordable than bus or guided tours!
  • Engaging storytelling: uncover unique tales and thrilling history for a memorable journey!
  • Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. proven with tons of rave reviews!
  • Offline maps: no signal, no problem! works perfectly without cellular or wifi.
  • Comprehensive route and stops: see it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned!
  • Go at your own pace: start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely!
  • Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. easy to use!
  • Attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations

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Introduction

Welcome to the Historical Baltimore Self-Driving Sightseeing Audio Tour! Immerse yourself in the rich history of one of America's most iconic cities as you explore its fascinating landmarks and discover the stories of famous figures who once called Baltimore home. This self-guided tour takes you on a journey that brings to life the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, and Babe Ruth, among others. Get ready to unravel the mysteries surrounding Poe's death, delve into Douglass's remarkable escape from slavery, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

What to expect?

Prepare for an unforgettable adventure, filled with captivating stories and breathtaking sights. The tour lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours, covering all the must-visit attractions in Baltimore, including the USS Constellation, the National Aquarium, and the fascinating Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. Along the way, you'll learn about the city's maritime history, explore Fells Point – one of the oldest neighborhoods in Baltimore – and discover the influential role played by figures like Frederick Douglas and Edgar Allan Poe in shaping American history. The tour is self-driving, allowing you to explore at your own pace while following easy-to-follow audio instructions.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for anyone seeking to dive into history and experience the rich cultural tapestry of Baltimore. Whether you're a history buff, a lover of literature, or simply someone looking for a unique and educational experience, this tour is designed to suit all interests. Families, couples, and individuals of all ages can join in and enjoy the immersive storytelling that brings the city's past to life. This experience is a must-do for anyone visiting Baltimore for the first time or even those who call it home.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the vivid history of Baltimore with this self-driving sightseeing audio tour. Be captivated by the dramatic stories of famous figures as you explore the city at your own pace. With the flexibility of a self-guided tour, you can customize your itinerary, spending more time at the attractions that intrigue you the most. The tour offers the convenience of downloading an easy-to-use app, providing a seamless audio guide and route directions. With lifetime validity, there's no rush to complete the tour, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in Baltimore's history and soak in the beauty of its landmarks.

Good to know

Before embarking on the tour, ensure you have a good internet connection for a smooth app download and access to the audio guide. Remember, this tour is not an entrance ticket, so be sure to check the opening hours of attraction sites before planning your visit. The tour covers approximately 10 miles and lasts 2 to 3 hours, so plan your day accordingly. Don't forget to bring your own vehicle for a self-driving adventure that offers a unique and personalized way to discover Baltimore's historical treasures.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced the Historical Baltimore Self-Driving Sightseeing Audio Tour have been captivated by the immersive storytelling and the opportunity to explore at their own pace. They commend the detailed and easy-to-follow audio guide, which brings the city's history to life, making their journey through Baltimore's landmarks even more meaningful. Visitors appreciate the flexibility to pause and fully absorb the stories behind each attraction, giving them a deeper appreciation for the cultural significance of the city. Overall, travelers have expressed high satisfaction with the tour, considering it a must-do experience in Baltimore. Get ready to be inspired, amazed, and educated as you embark on this unforgettable self-driving adventure in one of America's most historic cities.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Your Itinerary

Baltimore Visitor Center

Your tour of the historic, bustling city of Baltimore begins at the Baltimore Visitor Center. Get ready to experience all the culture and history of a city that has been home to all sorts of important figures like Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, and lots more!

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Inner Harbor

The first part of the city you'll see is the Inner Harbor, the hottest tourist destination in the city.

USS Constellation

At the Baltimore Harbor, you'll get up close and personal with some of the oldest ships in the country!

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National Aquarium

The harbor's main attraction is the USS Constellation. This three-mast ship predates the Civil War, and was actually used to chase down and apprehend vessels illegally carrying enslaved prisoners!

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Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Next is the National Aquarium, home to over 20,000 sea and land creatures. If you're looking for the perfect family-friendly activity, you'll find it here!

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National Katyn Memorial

Beyond the lighthouse, you'll find one of Baltimore's strangest attractions: Mr. Trash Wheel. This innovative device helps keep the harbor clean and looks good while doing it!

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Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park

This park is dedicated to honoring African-American maritime history. It gets its name from renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass and pioneering unionist Isaac Myers. Both men worked at the shipyard that once operated here at different times.

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The Horse You Came In On Saloon

Old-school watering hole in a Colonial-era building, offering drinks, pub fare & live music nightly.

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Fells Point Corner Theatre

Originally founded as an independent town in 1763, Fells Point still retains much of its historic appearance. Back in the days of Frederick Douglass, this was home to a large number of free and enslaved African Americans. Many of them worked at the ship port like Douglass, and the cheap houses here were all they could afford.

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Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park

You might already be familiar with Frederick Douglass’s abolitionist work, but did you know he was also a staunch advocate for women’s rights? Douglass believed “Right is of no sex, truth is of no color.” In 1848, Douglass attended the First Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Here, he met Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and committed himself to their cause. While touring the country advocating for abolition, Douglass also began arguing for women’s rights. He called for all Americans, no matter their race or sex, to be granted the right to vote.

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Your route takes you next past the National Katyn Memorial, a striking and somber monument with some fascinating history.

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Baltimore City Hall

It’s hard to miss Baltimore City Hall, that regal structure just ahead. Shortly after its completion, this was the site of a violent altercation between two Baltimore politicians. In 1883, James Busey and William Harig, both democrats, got into a heated political argument just outside the city hall. Harig, punched Busey. The two brawled, then sprang away and simultaneously drew pistols. Both men began firing wildly, but Harig’s aim was much better than Busey’s. Four bullets hit Busey in the chest, killing him. Constables arrived and arrested Harig for murder.

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Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place

This pillar ahead is Baltimore’s Washington Monument. It might remind you of another Washington Monument… a slightly more famous one in a little town called D.C. Believe it or not, though, this isn’t actually a copycat! In fact, this was the very first major monument to honor George Washington. The architect, Robert Mills, just liked the design so much he decided to use it again in D.C.--only much bigger, of course.

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Edgar Allan Poe's Grave

In the 1930s, this gravestone started seeing a mysterious visitor. On January 19th, Poe’s birthday, a man appeared at the marker wearing all black, a wide-brimmed hat, and a white scarf to hide his face. He poured himself a glass of cognac and toasted Poe’s grave. Then he left three roses and the unfinished bottle and disappeared. The man returned the following year, and the year after that. The so-called “Poe Toaster” arrived at odd hours, usually under cover of darkness, and fled before anyone could discover his identity.

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H. L. Mencken House

You'll arrive next at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, dedicated to the two historical heavyweights in its name. Here, you'll learn all about these important figures and how they forever changed the fight for civil rights in America.

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Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

After that is the oldest saloon in the US, the Horse You Came In On Saloon. In addition to having some serious character of its own, this was also a beloved drinking spot of Edgar Allan Poe... and his ghost supposedly still frequents the joint!

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Federal Hill Park

The route heads into Fells Point next, probably the hippest neighborhood in all of Baltimore, and also one of the oldest.

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

This fort, built to defend Baltimore’s precious harbor, took the brunt of the naval assault in 1814. As 19 British warships approached, Major George Armistead told his 1,000 defenders to prepare for the fight of their lives. No sooner had the men taken their positions than the bombardment began. Cannons roared and sent cannonballs crashing into the fort. Luckily, the fort had recently been reinforced, and the cannonfire did little to damage it.

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Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Francis Scott Key was so moved by the sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry that he scribbled a poem on the back of a letter he had kept in his pocket. This poem would later become the national anthem. Here is the original text of that poem, just as Key wrote it on that fateful morning:

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Port Discovery Children's Museum

Then you'll pass Douglass Place, home to several homes built by Frederick Douglass. Here, you'll hear the rest of Douglass's riveting story, including how he went from an enslaved shipwright to one of the most important figures in American politics.

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Site of Edgar Allan Poe's Death

Let’s return to Edgar Allan Poe. See that big brick hospital off to your right? That’s Church Home and Hospital, the site where Poe drew his last breath. Poe’s death remains mysterious to this day, but here’s what we know about it: In September of 1849, Poe boarded a train in Richmond bound for Philadelphia. He was supposed to meet a poet in Philadelphia to do some editing work, but he never showed up. For some reason, he never made it to Philadelphia at all, and nobody knew his whereabouts for the next week.

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Mother Seton House

Off to the right here, a little way down North Paca Street is the Mother Seton House. It’s most famous for being the temporary residence of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born person to ever be canonized as a saint. Seton was born in New York City in 1774 to an Episcopalian family and lived there for most of her youth. When her husband fell gravely ill with tuberculosis, however, she moved with him to Italy’s warmer climate for his health. It proved to be a fateful decision because it was in Italy that Seton discovered Catholicism. Her husband died shortly after the move, and she dedicated herself to her newfound religion.

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The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore City Hall is next, and it's pretty hard to miss! You'll definitely want to snap a few photos of this regal, Napoleonic structure.

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Mount Clare Museum House

Beyond that is Baltimore's Washington Monument. This pillar might look familiar, because it was designed by the very same architect behind DC's iconic Washington Monument.

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B&O Railroad Museum

After that is Edgar Allan Poe's grave, which has for decades been the site of a strange ritual conducted by a mysterious individual whose identity has never been determined. Learn all about the enigmatic Poe Toaster here!

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Even if you're not in town for a game, you'll certainly want to stop by Oriole Park, where countless baseball greats have made their names.

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Maryland Science Center

More educational activities can be found at the Maryland Science Center, one of the oldest scientific institutions in the country.

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Reviews

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3.2 (20)

Kevin_N

While I rated this to a five stars, I wish there was an option to graded 4 1/2. The only issue I found with the tour was if you drove or walked into the next checkpoint it would cut out the story that you already listen to which Were all very very interesting. I’ve seen that other people had complained about this as well but assumed they were just going too fast. When I was driving, I was barely moving and still got through checkpoints. I had to go back around the following day and actually pull over to the side of the road or stop walking so that the narration wouldn’t get interrupted. side from that, it was a really great tour, very easy to use and well and truly worth the small fee asked for to set it up

NorthStar19284437409

App did not provide proper directions. Skipped areas or landmarks. Hard to follow. Include shot tower. Bromo seltzer clock

AmyH_A

Great information but we had trouble at times getting it to work. I think it was the connection in the car in the downtown area.

ghrisoulad

Even after finding a strong wifi connection it took too long to download the tour. Once it finally was ready it wouldn’t sync with my location so I couldn’t use it at all. Waste of time and money

vagabrauns

The app would jump to the narration page, losing the map and by the time I got the map back up to figure out where we were, we had missed a turn. This occurred over and over again. One leg of the trail took us to a dead end. Disappointed.

Christa_G

I enjoyed the stories. Hiwever the driving directions weren't adequate for a 1 person driver in a city like Baltimore. Wasn't easy to follow. Ended up quitting and just listening to the stories.

Linda_K

It was very nice to see parts of Baltimore that we have never seen or were aware of. I would use this service again for other cities we visit when we are driving around places.

692richarda

In Baltimore for a short business trip. This tour was very good for our limited time situation. It includes some walking and some driving. It covers notable highlights of historical Baltimore.

Ruth_L

My friends came in from FL and never been here. It also happened to be raining off and on yesterday so this was perfect. The information was awesome. I would have preferred if this was totally a “driving” tour as one of my guess couldn’t do the walking portion. There was another point where we got sidetracked because the road in Fells Point was closed. It through everything off. All in all, it was very informative.

Stephanie_D

The guided tour is very informative and an interesting way to learn about a big city. Excellent driving tour!
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2024-07-19 21:06