Frequently Asked Questions

Walking Tour FAQs | Pub Crawl FAQs

 

Walking Tour FAQs


Q: Is this tour suitable for children?
A: Yes! But mainly on the daytime and early evening tours where we tone down the language. We do however discuss "Working Girls" or "Ladies of the Evening" briefly (mainly through innuendo), and much of the tour is geared towards adults, but many people do bring their children and tell us that they enjoyed it thoroughly. We have hosted numerous Cub, Boy and Girl Scout troops...and they all have a blast!

Q: Do children need to be accompanied by an adult?
A: Yes, all participants, ages 5 - 13, must be chaperoned by someone age 17 or older. Proof of age may be required. Children under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Please notify us if you will be bringing non-paying children under the age of 5.

Q: Do we go inside buildings during the tour?
A: No, the Walking Tours' stories and legends are told outside each location.

Q: How long is your walking tour?
A: The walking ghost tour is a leisurely 9/10th mile route around historic Fells Point which lasts about 90-mins. We make multiple stops at various locations (including a cemetery plot) where we share with you the stories and legends. We do recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Q: Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
A: Yes, advance ticket purchase is required as tours do sell out. Any remaining tickets not sold one hour prior to each tour are available for walk-in purchase on a space-available basis only. Advance purchase is highly recommended to ensure your participation.

Q: Can we bring cameras or video equipment?
A: Absolutely! Some of the best ghost photos have been taken by unwitting photographers intending to shoot other subjects. Apparitions tend to show up in photos, even when you didn’t see anything while snapping the picture. The only thing we ask is that if you shoot a great ghost picture and sell it to the tabloids for a million dollars, you'll share some with us - just kidding. So good luck, and good hunting!

Q: Does the tour happen rain or shine?
A: Yes, the tour runs in all weather unless it's deemed dangerous. If we cancel the tour, participants may reschedule for a future event.

Q: Are dogs permitted on the walking tour?
A: Dogs are allowed on the walking tour so long as they are leashed, quiet, well-behaved, and you have adequate clean-up supplies with you, just in case

Q: Is there a minimum number of "tickets sold" required for the tour to depart?
A: Yes, we require a minimum number of paid guests before the tour will go out. If less than the minimum number of guests are signed up 4 hours prior to the tour date/time, we may contact you to reschedule.

Q: If I am running late for the tour, will you wait for me?
A: We always start the tour on time. If you are running late, please let us know (using the contact info on your e-ticket) and we will either place you in the next tour group, if space is available, or have one of our staff wait for you for a maximum of 15 minutes, and take you to the tour already in progress. Please give yourself plenty of time to find parking and get to the tour meeting point 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour to check-in! Also, if you're having dinner at one of our local restaurants, be sure to tell them what time you need to leave by so you, and they, can plan accordingly.

Q: Is tipping acceptable?
A: Tipping is always acceptable, but not required - it is totally at your discretion. Our guides are highly professional and well-trained to entertain you and all of our guests. Many of our guests appreciate good service and choose to reward it, and the guides are always grateful.

Q: Can I buy a gift certificate for the tour?
A: Yes, gift certificates are available and make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Buy Tickets" and gift certificates are an option there..

Q: Can I setup a private group tour?
Absolutely! Private group tours are available! We can schedule group tours any night of the week, and at any time. Prices vary depending upon event type, group size and other factors. If you are interested in more information on private tours, click on the "Private Groups" button at the top of the page. For more information not found there or to arrange your group event, please email us at groups@toursandcrawls.com.

Have another question? Send us your question here and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

 

Pub Crawl FAQs

Q: What is a pub crawl?
A: The term "pub crawl" originated in England where, much like historic Fells Point, small pubs and taverns are within walking distance of one another. Partygoers could go from one tavern to the next stopping for one drink at each establishment. You can imagine that by the end of the evening, some of the folks were "crawling" rather than walking! In this particular case, you will have the opportunity to sample a variety of locally produced craft-brewed beers along the way!

Q: What is the best way to get to Fells Point? Where can we grab a delicious local meal before a tour? Where should we stay in Baltimore?
A: For those answers and more, please visit our "Food, Lodging & Transportation" page!

Q: What if I don't want to "crawl"?
A: Rest assured; neither crawling nor drinking is required on this tour. Our goal is to provide you with a different evening of entertainment, which may include the liquid spirits of this world and/or of the historical spirits of our storied past! However, given this is a beer tasting tour, you might want to purchase a sip or two so you can appreciate what we're saying about each beer.

Q: Does my Pub Crawl ticket include beer or drinks?
A: Your ticket guarantees your spot on the tour, lets you hear all our great stories, and provides you with a cool glow bracelet to impress all your friends and identify you as a "crawler" for the duration of the evening. The ticket price does not include drinks. Please bring extra money to purchase drinks along the tour route! Although most of our stops will accept credit cards, cash is preferred as it moves much faster.

Q: Is tipping acceptable or required?
A: That is totally at your discretion. Tipping is acceptable, but not required. We expect our guides to be highly professional, well-trained, and to entertain you regardless of potential gratuities. Many of our guests appreciate good service and choose to reward it, and the guides are always grateful. The same applies to the bartenders and servers at the bars we visit.

Q: Can we bring our own booze or carry cocktails from bar to bar?
A: No! As much as we would love to let you, Maryland law is pretty specific on both of these points. And the bars enforce them rigidly! This means no flasks, no bar-noculars, no pocket beers for the road, and no hiding a bottle in your wife's cleavage and then pulling it out at the next bar (they were huge, and it was quite an impressive feat). No outside alcohol is permitted...period, no exceptions. No drinks may leave the bar...period, no exceptions.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Well, that depends...If you're an attractive woman with nice curves, then a skimpy low-cut dress and stripper heels....just kidding! Smile, it got your attention didn't it! Now then, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress appropriately for the weather (if it's raining we highly recommend raincoats and/or umbrellas). Please dress appropriately. Shoes and shirts are required in all cases. Tank tops and cut-offs for men are not permitted in some establishments. We are not responsible if your attire does not conform to an establishment's dress codes.

Q: May I smoke on the Pub Crawl?
A: That is totally at your discretion. However, please be advised that Maryland law prohibits smoking inside any public building, and that includes restaurants and bars. Smokers must indulge outside in approved areas. Sorry, not our call.

Q: Is food available on the crawl?
A: On our regular, open registration pub tours, we do not provide food and are generally not at each bar long enough for you to order food. But, if you are starving, Fells Point has great street vendors that sell food. If you are booking a custom private tour for a group, we can likely work with you and some of the bars that we visit to provide appetizers or other snacks if you'd like.

Q: Which bars do we visit?
A: Our route varies depending on the season, special events in Fells Point, bar availability, beer availability and the whim of our tour guides. Some of our preferred and most visited bars include The Tavern at Admiral Fell Inn, The Admiral's Cup, The Waterfront Hotel, Max's Taphouse, Rye, The Wharf Rat and Bertha's. We typically visit 3-4 bars per pub crawl, and our list of preferred bars is always growing! 

Q: How does it actually work?
A: At each bar you visit, your guide will give you tons of information about the region's tastiest brews and give you plenty of time to purchase a beer of your choosing, a cocktail, or a soft drink. Then, your guide will tell you about the brewery in question as well as the specific beer(s) at the establishment, a bit about that location and perhaps of those nearby. You will stay in each bar approximately 20 minutes. The guide will provide you with a two-minute warning to finish your beverage, use the bathroom, etc. Then on to the next stop...

Q: I don't want to be around a bunch of drunken "barely legals!" What ages come on your crawl?
A: Good question - obviously to come on the tour, you must be over 21; however, our groups are usually very mixed. We've hosted 21st birthday parties as well as 50th birthday parties and older (We've even taken out the Red Hats...apparently tea isn't the only thing these ladies drink!). If you have a large enough group, you can always book a private tour. In the past, guests of all ages have mingled on the crawl and had a great time.

Q: How long does the tour actually last?
A: The tours generally last between 2 hours depending upon the size of the group (as you can imagine, it takes a while to get 30 drinks!). However, if you have a curfew or if you turn into a pumpkin at midnight, please let the guide know and she will make sure to get you home in time!

Q: How long (distance) is your Pub Crawl?
A: It depends on which route we take but in most cases the entire tour is less than half a mile, as you usually only walk short distances between bars. While it is far from strenuous, we do recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Q: Can we bring cameras or video equipment?
A: Sure!!! How else are you going to show all your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter friends how cool Baltimore City is, and how much fun our Pub Crawls are! So have fun, and good shooting!

Q: Does the crawl run rain or shine?
A: Yes, the tour runs in all weather unless it's dangerous. If we cancel the event, participants may reschedule for a future tour.

Is there any reason a crawl won't go out?
A: If our minimum guest count is not met or in unsafe conditions we may postpone or cancel a tour. We would of course reschedule your tour, or refund your ticket purchase.

Q: Is the crawl route wheelchair accessible?
A: Due to the nature of Fells Point and the fact that many taverns were built and established prior to the Americans for Disabilities Act, it may be difficult for someone in a wheelchair to attend the tour. However, that really depends on the skill of the individual. We've had Paralympians and wheel chair athletes on tour who had no trouble at all traversing the streets and even stairs! On a private tour we can arrange a route that is wheelchair accessible. To inquire further, please contact us via the "Contact Us" link.

Q: I am running late for the crawl, will you wait for me?
A: We must start the tour on time because our other guests do not want to wait. If you are running late, please let us know (you will be provided contact information upon purchasing your tickets). Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the tour and find parking!

Q: Is there parking near the crawl?
A: We recommend parking in one of the several parking garages in Fells Point, as many meters and neighborhood street spaces only allow a maximum of 2 hours. However, meters are only in effect until 8pm, after that they are free. Parking information will be provided to you upon purchasing your tickets.

Q: Do we go inside buildings during the crawl?
A: But of course! How else would we get drinks?!

Q: Do I need to bring ID?
A: ABSOLUTELY! We are not responsible if you are unable to gain entry into one of the taverns for failing to do so!

Q: Are gift certificates available?
A: Sure! Please click on the "Buy Tickets" button which will take you to or ticket vendor. You can easily purchase gift certificates once there!

Q: Can I setup a private group crawl?
Absolutely! Private group crawls are available! We can schedule group crawls any night of the week, and at any time. Prices vary depending upon event type, group size and other factors. If you are interested in more information on private tours, click on the "Private Groups" button at the top of the page. For more information not found there or to arrange your group event, please email us at groups@toursandcrawls.com.

Have another question? Send us your question here and we will get back with you as soon as possible.