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Philly is steeped in history. Get a sense of where it all began with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

From New York City: Washington and Philadelphia 1-Day Tour

Learn about American history on a tour of Washington DC and Philadelphia, both of which played important roles in the development of democracy in the USA. Visit the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, Independence Hall, and more on a guided day trip with roundtrip transfers from NYC. Your day will begin with an early morning departure from Times Square in Manhattan, where you’ll be greeted by your bilingual tour guide for the day. After 4-5 hours, your first destination will be the nation's current capital, Washington, DC. Once there, visit the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. During the tour, stop for a classic outside view of the White House, home and office of the U.S. President, and the Capitol Building, home of the U.S. Congress. Your visit to Washington concludes with free time for lunch on your own. Your next destination, after a 3-hour journey, will be the first-ever U.S. capital, Philadelphia, PA. Visit its historic Old City neighborhood and the Independence National Historical Park where your guide will lead you on a brief walking tour. Then, ascend to the top of the Rocky Steps before returning to Times Square in Manhattan.

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia: Museum of Illusions Timed Entrance Ticket

Philadelphia: Museum of Illusions Timed Entrance Ticket

Experience the impossible with an entry ticket to the Museum of Illusions Philadelphia. Immerse yourself in a world where your eyes will be in a constant battle with your brain. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, this brain-boggling museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for optical illusions.  Challenge yourself in more than 60 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms designed to tease the senses and trick the mind. Defy gravity, grow and shrink, walk on the ceiling, experience infinite space, and much more. Spend some time in the Smart Playroom with games that will stimulate and challenge your mind. Enjoy some friendly competition with friends and family while simultaneously improving your cognition, problem-solving skills, and memory.  Have fun while learning the mechanics behind each and every illusion you experience. And don't forget your camera or smartphone when you visit as there are eye-fooling photo-ops around every corner.

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission

Discover the historic building of the Eastern State Penitentiary which stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Learn about how when Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world of prisons and was copied throughout the world. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Discover how the building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House. Marvel at the vaulted, sky-lit cells which once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. As you explore the building, listen to 'The Voices of Eastern State' audio tour which is included in your admission price. Narrated by actor Steve Buscemi (known for Boardwalk Empire, Fargo, Armageddon, and Ghost World), this rich, stereo soundscape mixes dozens of voices. Hear the stories of 3 former wardens and 25 guards and inmates which create an atmospheric tour as you stroll through Eastern State's cellblocks and yards. When you arrive, receive an MP3 player and headset that will guide you through the penitentiary complex and explain the prison's history. This audio guide contains a main audio route, plus additional stops for subjects like escapes, riots, sports, sexuality, and more. You are free to tour at your own pace and to listen to (or skip) stops based on your interests. Also discover interactive experiences, history exhibits, and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Zoo Entry Ticket

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Zoo Entry Ticket

Meet the exotic animals at Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, for a family-friendly day out. See big cats and primates, exotic birds, reptiles, and insects. The first-ever zoo in America is home to almost 1,900 animals, many of which are rare and endangered. The Philadelphia Zoo has a revolutionary animal travel and exploration system, which allows primates and big cats to move above and across the main visitor pathway. Other exhibits at the Philadelphia Zoo include Big Cat Falls, the McNeil Avian Center, the PECO Primate Reserve, and KidZooU, an interactive wildlife academy featuring dynamic displays, rare breeds, and indoor-outdoor learning. The zoo is famous for its historic architecture, including the country home of William Penn's grandson. It also features a botanical collection with over 500 plant species. Philadelphia Zoo is situated in a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery, and animal sculptures. Make your Philadelphia Zoo visit a memorable family day. From scavenger hunts and rope courses to carousel rides and animal experiences, the zoo offers a number of attractions for visitors of all ages.

Philadelphia: Revolution and The Founders History Tour

Philadelphia: Revolution and The Founders History Tour

Walk around Philadelphia with a historian and learn about the American Revolution. Visit important sites like the home of George Washington, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. Meet your guide at 6th and Market Street visitor center to begin the tour. Stroll the historic streets of Philadelphia and learn about the events of the American Revolution. Continue on to other sites connected revolutionary figures like George Washington, Paul Revere, and James Madison. Learn about America's founders from your guide. See the Liberty Bell and the homes of Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. Feel free to ask your guide any questions you have about this fascinating historical period. Visit the site of the Continental Congress and learn about other major figures such as Thomas Paine, James Madison, and Patrick Henry.

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

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: Grim, Dark, and Twisted History Tour

Philadelphia: Grim, Dark, and Twisted History Tour

Experience the grim history of Philadelphia on this urban adventure beginning at the sites where the seeds of political change were sown. Descend into the sites of former brothels, mass burial grounds, and polluted prisons, stepping on salvaged streets where pirates roamed freely with the founding fathers. Historian and professor Joe Wojie or one of his expert guides will lead you on a tour that explores the grim realities of colonial America and the legends and traditions they inspired. From the home of Dolly Madison to the sights of Helltown - murder, mayhem, and madness are in the roots of this city. This tour was researched and designed by university professor Joe Wojie to stand apart from every other day or night tour offered in Philadelphia with its originality and dark flavor. The 8 PM tour is geared more towards an adult audience, while families and children can enjoy a fun way to learn about Philly's secret past during the earlier tour departures.

Philadelphia: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

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: Flavors of Philly Guided Foodie Tour

Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Guided Foodie Tour

Savor the top dishes of Philadelphia on a guided foodie walking tour. Eat your way through 5 stops along the way sampling popular local foods like cheesesteaks and tomato pie, in addition to learning about the city’s history and culture from your expert guide. Meet your guide at Liberty Place and set off on your culinary adventure through the city. Visit low-key, no-frills, independently-owned gems that share the uniquely unpretentious vibe of the city. Try classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks, cheese whiz fries, tomato pie, and soft pretzels. Get the scoop on Philly’s food history with quirky stories about how some of these iconic foods came to be and enjoy some insider tips about the best places to eat like a true Philadelphian. Stop into an authentic mom-and-pop pizzeria, a soft pretzel bakery, and much more. As you make your way between each foodie stop, admire the beautiful architecture that includes an up-close look at City Hall. As the tour ends with some sweet treats in the Reading Terminal Market, walk away with a thorough understanding of the city, and some more tips on how to eat like a true Philadelphian.

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You experience so much in just one day. Our guide Jay was great and extremely accommodating. He contacted us in advance via WhatsApp and asked if we needed help with the meeting point. Even on the way, when we had time to ourselves, he always sent us WhatsApp messages telling us when the bus was leaving again and also sent us Google directions. In the end, everything went smoothly and was very well organized. Very friendly guide Jay and the weather was sunny all day despite the forecast for rain. So it was a great day.

We set off on the trip with tour guide Jay. Everything was very well organized, on time and despite the tight schedule there was enough time at each of the sightseeing spots. So it was an all-round successful and informative day. The only negative was the air conditioning in the bus, which was too cold.

Communication via WhatsApp, keeping update, everything on the schedule :) Best regards for the guide Jay!

lots of sights in a short time. guide Jacinto is well informed, prompt, orderly and good communication

The trip was very well planned and arranged. our tour guide Jay was very knowledgeable and helpful.