Walking Tour -- On Saturday during summer you can stroll around 8 blocks of the Historic District and learn about the area's history and architecture with the informative Hallowed Ground Tours (tel. 540/809-3918; www.hallowedgroundtours.com). Held in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, the 1-hour tours leave the visitor center at 10am and cost $3 for adults and $1 for children. The company will tailor other tours to your desires; call or check the website for details.

An evening option is to stroll around the historic haunts with Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours, 623 Caroline St. (tel. 540/654-5414; www.ghostsoffredericksburg.com). The 90-minute walks depart the visitor center parking lot at 8pm Thursday to Monday in July, Friday through Sunday in August, and Friday and Saturday September through December. They cost $10 per person (children under 7 go free). Reservations are required.

Trolley or Horse-Drawn Carriage -- You can sit and explore the Historic District via motorized trolley or horse-drawn carriage, both of which leave from the visitor center. Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg (tel. 540/898-0737; www.fredericksburgtrolley.com) pass 35 historic sights. The 1 1/4-hour narrated tours usually leave at 10:30am, noon, 1:30, and 3:30pm from June through October. They depart at 10:30am and 1:30pm the rest of the year. Fares are $17 for adults, $6 for children 17 and younger.

An alternative is to clip-clop your way around with the Old Towne Carriage Company (tel. 540/371-0094), whose 45-minute narrated rides cost $17 for adults, $10 for children younger than 10. They operate from April through December daily from 10:30am to 3:30pm.

The visitor center sells tickets for all tours.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.