Special Amenity Tours

Behind the Scenes
10 a.m.
This tour takes participants into areas of the Garfield home not seen on the public tour as well as numerous other buildings on the Garfield property. It involves walking, climbing steps, and bending over in small spaces. This tour is held at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month year round.

This tour is the first Saturday of every month.
For reservations please call at (440) 255-8722 OR email the site here.
 
Junior Behind the Scenes Tour
10 a.m.

This is a special adapted version of our regular Behind the Scenes tour that is just for kids (ages 9-15). Children will tour the visitor center, barn, and windmill on the property, as well as visit the Garfield home’s screened-in porch and third floor. They will also participate in several Park Ranger-led activities while on the tour. This tour is FREE for kids ages 9-15. Parents may pick up children after the tour or wait in the visitor center. This tour begins at 10 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month (May to October).

This tour is the fourth Saturday of every month (May-October).
For reservations please call (440) 255-8722 OR email the site
here.
 
Behind the Ropes
10 a.m.
Not to be confused with the Behind the Scenes tour, this tour goes behind the public barriers in several rooms inside the Garfield home to give participants a closer look at and additional information about many of the home’s unique artifacts. This tour takes place at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month year round.

This tour is the second Saturday of every month.
For reservations please call (440) 255-8722 OR email the site here.
 
Garfield's Neighborhood Walking Tour
10 a.m.
Learn more about the Garfields’ life in Mentor with a walking tour of several blocks immediately east and west of James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Features a “then and now” look at the Garfield family’s neighborhood using historic photos and modern views. This tour involves about 1.5 miles of walking and is held at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month (May to October).


This tour is the third Sunday of every month (May-October).
For reservations please call (440) 255-8722 OR email the site here.
 
Architecture and Restoration Tour
10 a.m.

If you want to know more about the architecture and design of the buildings on the Garfield property, this is the tour for you. This specialty tour takes you around the site to examine design features of the Garfield home and other buildings and discusses the design choices made for the site during the mid-1990s restoration of the home and property. Please note that this tour is held at 10 a.m. on the fifth Saturday of the month, which means it is offered only twice during the season (June 29 and August 31).

This tour is the fifth Saturday in June and August.
For reservations please call (440) 255-8722 OR email the site here.
 
SPECIAL AMENITY TOURS AT JAMES A. GARFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE ARE A GREAT WAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SITE.

REGULAR GUIDED TOURS OF THE HOME ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE SPECIAL AMENITY TOURS, AND ARE RECOMMENDED TO BE TAKEN AT SOME POINT PRIOR TO A SPECIAL AMENITY TOUR. REGULAR GUIDED TOURS CAN BE TAKEN DURING OUR NORMAL OPERATING HOURS.

ALL SPECIAL AMENITY TOURS MAY INCLUDE TIME SPENT OUTSIDE, STAIR CLIMBING, AND STANDING FOR THE DURATION OF THE TOUR AND ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY STANDING, CLIMBING STAIRS OR WALKING FOR LONG DISTANCES.

SPECIAL AMENITY TOURS ARE $15 PER PERSON (EXCEPTION JUNIOR BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR). DISCOUNTS APPLY TO THE SENIOR OR ACCESS PASS ONLY; MUST HAVE PASS TO RECEIVE DISCOUNT. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 16 YEARS OF AGE. (JUNIOR BEHIND THE SCENES 9-15 YEARS OF AGE).

Last updated: March 22, 2019

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Mentor, OH 44060

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