School Group Tours
Historic London Town and Gardens school group tours provide hands-on experiences supporting the National Social Studies Standards, Maryland's Voluntary State Curriculum, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards.
School Tour Themes
Early Maryland explores colonial life and daily activities in the colonial port town of London Town. With activities taking place in and around the c. 1760 William Brown House colonial tavern and our historically accurate reconstructions of the Lord Mayor's Tenement and Carpenter Shop, this program transports students to an earlier age.
Best for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, but adaptable for Kindergarten through 12th grade students, homeschoolers, Scouts, and other children’s organizations.
Nature Programs in the Gardens
Students discover a love for the natural world by exploring London Town's woodland gardens along the South River through hands-on activities, inquiry, and a take home craft.
60–90-minute field trips for pre-K through 3rd graders
Planning Your Visit
Dates and Times
Education programs are available Tuesdays through Sundays.
Most tours begin at 10:00 am, but other start times may be accommodated. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your program begins. This will ensure enough time for you to check in and for your students to get settled in before the tour.
Tour length depends on the program chosen.
Early Maryland: full-day program lasts 3.5 hours; half-day program lasts 2 hours
Nature Programs in the Gardens: 1 - 1.5 hours
All programs are hands-on with every child participating at almost every tour station. To ensure that all students are able to participate, classes are broken up into small groups.
Early Maryland: groups of 15–17 students; up to 100 students per day
Nature Programs in the Gardens: groups of 12–15 students; up to 60 students per day
Students may bring bag lunches to eat on the grounds in designated areas. In the event of inclement weather, a covered area is available for lunch.
Early Maryland: Full-day programs allow 45 minutes for lunch, but groups with half-day programs may request a lunch spot in advance.
Nature Programs in the Gardens: Groups may request a lunch spot in advance.
What to Wear
As Historic London Town is a living history site and garden, please ensure that your students dress appropriately for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for standing and walking most of the day.
Field trips are held rain or shine. Teachers should encourage students to dress in sturdy shoes and bring rain gear if needed. For safety, strong winds and/or possible thunderstorms may require a substitution of alternative indoor activities. In the case of a weather emergency in which schools are closed, your field trip will be cancelled. If an alternate date is available, we reschedule the trip.
$9.00 per student for full day programs
$7.00 per student for half day programs.
Title I schools receive a 25% discount.
$7.00 per student
Title I schools receive a 25% discount.
Groups with less than 10 students will be charged the per student fee or a total of $70 (for the whole group), whichever is greater.
A nonrefundable deposit of 25% of the total fee (or $70, whichever is greater) plus any add-on fees is due within two weeks of receiving the confirmation and invoice to hold your reservation.
The final headcount and balance are due two weeks before your tour.
Non-payment may result in the cancellation of your program.
Rescheduling and Cancellations
We will make every effort possible to reschedule programs within the same school year. All payments may be transferred to the rescheduled date, but nonrefundable deposits will not be refunded for any cancelled programs.
We ask that you bring at least two adults (teachers and/or chaperones) for every 15 students.
One adult (teacher or chaperone) is admitted free of charge for every 10 students. Additional chaperones are charged the same amount as the students. Aides are free but must be included in your count of chaperones and noted on request form.
Students with Special Needs
Please inform us if you are bringing any children with special needs (physical or developmental) as well as aides so that we can make accommodations to ensure all students have a quality experience.
Extend your program with our add-ons!
Self-Guided Garden Activity
Explore our 10 acres of wooded and ornamental gardens and one mile of walking trails, seeking examples of ways plants and animals interact in our ecosystem. 30 minutes (includes introduction and wrap-up led by our staff); $30 for 10 to 51 students, $60 for more than 51 students.
Black Powder Demonstration
End your program on a bang! Our staff discuss the use of firearms in colonial Maryland then load and fire one of our reproduction flint-lock firearms. 15-30 minutes; $90
Please note: Black powder firearms will not fire on misty or rainy days. If your school tour happens to fall on a misty or rainy day, we will conduct the program without loading or firing and issue you a $60 refund.
Goodie Bags / Gift Shop Time
Order souvenir goodie bags for your students to take home. We'll have them bagged up and ready for you to pick up. You can also schedule fifteen minutes for your students to visit the gift shop during the Trade station of our school tours, or some extra time at the end of the program to step into the shop.
Small goodie bag: finger top and pencil ($2 per student)
Medium goodie bag: colonial currency, finger top, and pencil ($4 per student)
Large goodie bag: mob cap or tricorn, colonial currency, and finger top ($10 per student)
Dig into London Town's history with these online resources:
"Children's Lives at Colonial London Town" interactive storybook
History and Research section of our website
People of London Town biographies
AACPL's Joan Cass Beck Collections highlighting Anne Arundel County heritage, archaeology, history and preservation
Digital Maryland gives you primary resources from our archives right on your screen.
HHomeschool groups may schedule school tours, but individual homeschool families may prefer to join us for our special homeschool programs, held most months during the school year. Learn more.
Contact the Visitor Services Coordinator at 410-222-1919 x200 or by email.
Request a Program
Fill out our online form below to request a school tour.