Things to Do

A young man in Nauvoo

At Historic Nauvoo, we invite visitors to choose from many offerings to best meet their needs and expectations. Some visitors may prefer more structure such as taking guided tours of historic homes, while others may prefer more self-guided experiences such as checking out the exhibit in the visitors’ center and exploring beyond the historic site. The following information, including suggested itineraries, can help visitors customize and optimize their experiences at Historic Nauvoo.


Four youth in chapel

Nauvoo has over 20 historic homes and buildings you can visit. Through guided tours, explore carefully preserved spaces and learn about the community of individuals and families who sought to create a “cornerstone of Zion.”

Explore the tours offered by clicking here.

Rides and Animal Encounters

Petting the horses in Nauvoo

Animals such as horses and oxen played an important role for Saints as they lived in Nauvoo and traveled west. During your visit, you can meet these hardworking animals and take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon or carriage.

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Seasonal Events

Historic Nauvoo

There is always something happening at Historic Nauvoo! While most of our offerings are available daily, there are some events and activities that are only offered at certain times of the year.

Find out more about seasonal events by clicking here.

What’s Nearby

Nauvoo, Illinois

While Historic Nauvoo has much to offer, there are other sites that are worth a visit as well! From visiting Community of Christ’s Joseph Smith Historic Site to exploring a historic cemetery to uncovering information about your Nauvoo ancestors, there is something for everyone.

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Sample Itineraries

Historic Nauvoo

Feeling overwhelmed by everything there is to do in Nauvoo? We’ve created some sample itineraries to help you plan your visit, whether you have a day or a whole week to explore.

View the sample itineraries by clicking here.