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Tours of Baltimore, on foot or four wheels, run from traditional surveys of historic buildings and sites to quirkier explorations such as the Fells Point Ghost Tour. Baltimore Sightseeing Tours offers a 90-minute narrated trolley tour of the city; tours are $24.95 for adults ($15.95 for children 6-12; 5 and under free) and depart at 10:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 1 pm on weekdays, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm on weekends, from the visitor center at the Inner Harbor.
For an overview of downtown's many historic sights, the Baltimore Heritage Walk is a 90-minute on-foot trail of 20 downtown sites including City Hall and the Phoenix Shot Tower, which, when completed in 1828, was the tallest structure in the United States. Free guided tours begin at the visitor center at the Inner Harbor.
For a general overview of Baltimore, energetic, irrepressible Zippy Larson offers many different walking tours with historic, cultural, and architectural themes. Zippy's witty, well-researched tours take you outside the tourist bubble.
A particularly fascinating experience is local historian Wayne Schaumburg's guided tour to Greenmount Cemetery. Baltimore's largest and most prestigious burial ground is the final resting place of John Wilkes Booth, Johns Hopkins, and other native sons and daughters. Tours take place Saturday mornings in May and October and are $15 per person.
Baltimore Ghost Tours interweave narratives about city neighborhoods' colorful pasts with tales of its spectral inhabitants. Tours, which are suitable for children, run Friday and Saturday evenings (depending on the neighborhood) at 7 pm from March to November; the cost is $15 per adult; reservations are recommended. The Fells Point Visitors Center also offers a Fells Point Ghost Walk as well as tours focusing on such topics as maritime history and immigration.
A far less pedestrian way to see downtown is atop a Segway, the motorized upright two-wheel scooters. Segs in the City offers one- and two-hour historic city safaris for $45 and $70, respectively.
Most cruise and tour boats depart from docks in the Inner Harbor. Spirit Cruises, Ltd. and Pintail Yachts present lunch, dinner, and evening cruises around the harbor.
Baltimore Ghost Tours 410/522-7400. www.fellspointghost.com.
Baltimore Sightseeing Tours 410/254-8687. www.baltimoresightseeingtours.com.
Baltimore Heritage Walk. 443/514-5900. www.heritagewalk.org.
Greenmount Cemetery Tours. 410/256-2180. home.earthlink.net/~wschaumburg.
Spirit Cruises, Ltd. 866/312-2469. www.spiritcruises.com/metro/Baltimore-metro.
Mount Vernon Cultural District. 217 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, Baltimore, MD, 21201. 410/605-0462. www.mvcd.org.
Pintail Yachts. Pier 5, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, 21202. 410/539-3485.
Segs in the City. 410/276-7347. www.segsinthecity.com.
Zippy Larson's Shoe Leather Safaris. 410/522-7334. zippytours.com.
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