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Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

1. Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

Explore the oldest districts in Philadelphia on a guided historical walking tour focusing on the Founding Fathers of the United States. Stop outside historic sites such as the Betsy Ross House, the former home of Benjamin Franklin, and Independence Hall. Start your tour with your local guide with a stop outside the Betsy Ross House. Learn more about how the first American flag was sewn at this location. Stroll to the Old District of Philadelphia and see some of the homes of the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the USA. Learn more about the famous historical figures who once lived in the area, including where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. Then, visit Christ Church where many of the Founding Fathers worshipped. Then, see the previous home of Benjamin Franklin in the Historic District. Next, explore Independence Mall, a three-block section of the Independence National Historic Park. Follow your guide across the mall and visit the President’s House, once home to George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital city.  Discover more about William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania during your visit to Washington Square. Take a moment outside the monument Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution dedicated to those who perished during the fight for independence, but remains have never been identified. Don’t forget to snap a picture of Independence Hall, where the deceleration of Independence and the US Constitution was signed. The tour will end in the Old City, where you’ll get to rest your legs and enjoy a refreshing cold beverage in a local brewpub. 

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

2. From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

Enjoy a unique day in historic Philadelphia and Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. You’ll travel from New York through New Jersey on your way to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. On your guided tour of Philadelphia you’ll see Elfert Alley, which is the oldest inhabited street in America. You’ll visit the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall, and have the opportunity to run up the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Following your sightseeing in Philadelphia, the tour heads to Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania’s Amish community. Explore the Amish market and enjoy some country cooking at lunch. After lunch at the Amish market you’ll go on an authentic Amish buggy ride through farm country and learn how the Amish live without the benefit of modern technology. Imagine no electricity, no running water, no telephones, and no appliances!

Philadelphia: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

3. Philadelphia: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

Start your journey through the Philadelphia Old City district at the Betsy Ross house, where the United States flag is said to have been first created. Learn more about America's Founding Fathers on a comprehensive tour led by an enthusiastic local guide. Make your way to all of the top attractions in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Consitution of the United States were debated and adopted. Visit the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. Explore other notable locations which hold significance in America´s history including Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, the B. Free Franklin Post Office, and Carpenter's Hall.

Philadelphia: Old Town Exploration Game

4. Philadelphia: Old Town Exploration Game

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you on a self-guided tour of Philadelphia. Stop at the most iconic spots of the city and learn their history while using clues, solving problems, and unlocking stories. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken entirely on an app. The game begins with you following the trail of a missing son. Start your pursuit at Spruce Street Harbor Park. From there, simply follow the route and instructions on the app. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See Penn's Landing, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's Grave, and more. Discover Philadelphia’s cobblestoned streets, photo-worthy Independence Mall, and old town. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

Philadelphia: 2-Hour Private Historic District Walking Tour

5. Philadelphia: 2-Hour Private Historic District Walking Tour

Visit the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution on this historical tour through Philadelphia. Admire the testimonies of American history in one of the most historic places in the United States. See the famous Liberty Bell and learn all about its role in the various liberation movements such as anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement. Stop outside the Independence Hall, the birthplace of the nation. Here began discussions on political and personal freedom, and here the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution was written. See the Betsy Ross House,  woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. During the tour you will learn a lot about the history of the United States and the city of Philadelphia as well as the colony of Pennsylvania and some of the most important historical figures of the 18th century – William Penn and Benjamin Franklin.

Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

6. Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

Discover buildings from the era of the founding fathers that still survive to this day. With your expert tour guide, see historic buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682. Admire a variety of architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, and, Revival whilst learning about American history along the way. Beginning on Elfreth's Alley, learn about the origins of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Then continue to Christ Church and its churchyard where Andrew Hamilton, Pierce Butler, and Robert Morris are buried. Next, you will see Ben Franklin's house and hear about his fascinating life story. From there, Carpenter's Hall is close by where the 1st Continental Congress met. See the First Bank of the United States, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1791. This building is the first U.S. government building with a Greco-Roman facade. Pass by where Hamilton and his mistress lived, as well as the Dolly Todd House, before arriving at the Second Bank of the United States, the first all-marble facade in America. Finally discover Independence Hall, home of the 2nd Continental Congress. This important landmark is where both the Declaration of the United States and the Constitution were created and signed 11 years apart.

Philadelphia: Private 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour in German

7. Philadelphia: Private 2-Hour Historic Walking Tour in German

Visit the birthplace of American democracy and the home of the American Revolution on this historical tour through Philadelphia. Admire the testimonies of American history in one of the most historic places in the United States. See the famous Liberty Bell and learn all about its role in the various liberation movements such as anti-slavery movement, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movement. Learn about Independence Hall, the birthplace of the nation. Here began discussions on political and personal freedom, and here the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the constitution was written. Admire the impressive original document yourself in the West Wing. Stroll through the garden of the Betsy Ross House, which was built in 1740 and is named after the woman who is said to have sewn the first American flag. During the tour you learn a lot about the history of the United States and the city of Philadelphia as well as the colony of Pennsylvania and some of the most important historical figures of the 18th century – William Penn and Benjamin Franklin.

Philadelphia: Hidden Histories Walking Tour

8. Philadelphia: Hidden Histories Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of Philadelphia that takes you beyond the standard history. Explore the city's cobblestone streets and go by its important attractions while uncovering the incredible stories of women, indigenous people, people of color, and LGBTQ folks who have made America what it is today. Meet your guide in Washington Square and follow them through the historic old city and Independence Park. Stop at Independence Hall and explore the foundational myths of Philadelphia. Hear pioneering stories of forgotten founders as you go between different statues and monuments. Listen to your guide as they tell you about the controversy of the President's House and hear about Ona Judge's escape from George Washington. At Welcome Park be told about William Penn and his relationship with the Lenni-Lenape nation through the Legend of the Penn Treaty Elm. Find out who Chief Tamanend was and why he was referred to as The Affable. During your walking tour hit the main sites such as the Betsey Ross House, the President's House Site, and the Liberty Bell. Understand their history through the perspective of those often left out of the mainstream.

Philadelphia: 3-Hour Private City Walking Tour with Lunch

9. Philadelphia: 3-Hour Private City Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a private tour through the history of Philadelphia. Visit city highlights as well as lesser-known gems and discover the history behind each turn with insightful commentary from your local guide. Start your walking adventure at Philadelphia's Welcome Park and meet your guide. Hear about the layout and origins of one of America's oldest cities. Stroll along the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall and see the US Mint, the Liberty Bell, and a Quaker meeting house. Continue to Philadelphia's Chinatown, turn a corner and see the famous "Friendship Gate." As you explore the colorful streets, learn about the city's history of diversity and immigration. Finish your tour at the Reading Terminal Market, filled with fresh food, locals, and travelers alike, and enjoy a delicious Philly Cheesesteak.

Philadelphia: Private Colonial Waterfront Walking Tour

10. Philadelphia: Private Colonial Waterfront Walking Tour

This 2-hour walking tour will walk in the path of the original settlers of Philadelphia. Early Philadelphia looked very different from today's metropolis. The river was twice as wide and populated with many small islands. This tour will feature many rare images of the 18th Century waterfront. Learn about the history of the waterfront and start your tour at Penn’s Welcome Park where you will learn the details of how the original Philadelphia was laid out and the role that the waterfront played in its development. Tour highlights include the Thomas Bond House, City Tavern, Dock Street, Man Full O' Trouble Tavern, Site of Tun Tavern, Scottish/Irish Memorials, Elfreth's Alley, William Penn Steps, Willow Creek site and more.

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What people are saying about Elfreth's Alley

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 102 reviews

Seamus was a wonderful guide, bringing history alive with his entertaining narration. Highly recommended . Not a dull moment during the entire tour.

Casey was the best guide! So knowledgeable and fun, he made the tour the best part of our trip to Philadelphia!

Rick is a kind, patient, knowledgeable guide and great to talk to. Highly recommend this tour.

It was a great tour with a very passionate tour guide! We enjoyed it very much!

It was very informative and educational. Our tour guy Rick did an awesome job!