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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. 

Philadelphia: Half-Day Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

2. Philadelphia: Half-Day Private Rocky Movie Locations Tour

Join this exciting 4-hour “Rocky” movie locations tour of Philadelphia for a fresh look at the “City of Brotherly Love.” The private tour can start and end at any location in the city center, and includes transfers by chauffeur driven vehicle. See sites from 4 of the 6 “Rocky” movies, including the first, and the last, “Rocky Balboa.” Go to the pet store where Adrian Pennino worked, and the gym where Rocky worked out. Visit Rocky’s apartment building, and take a quick jog in the Italian Market where Rocky’s morning runs were filmed. Pick up a Philly Cheese Steak before you leave. A highlight will be the famous “Rocky” steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you will also find the giant bronze statue of Rocky himself! There are many street scenes that you will immediately recognize, and you can spar with your guide about movie quotes and characters along the way.

From New York City: Philadelphia and Amish Country Day Trip

3. 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: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

4. Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

Explore the most popular food spots and dishes in Philadelphia on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Eat your way through the city with 5 stops along the way, all the while picking up insight into the city’s history and culture from your expert guide. Make sure to come hungry — this is not only a tasting adventure, but a meal that includes classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks and cheese whiz fries, tomato pie, soft pretzels, and 2 sweet treats from the world-famous Reading Terminal Market. Get the scoop on Philly’s food history with quirky stories about how some of these iconic foods came to be, and walk away with some insider tips about the best places to eat like a Philadelphian. This one-of-a-kind tasting experience brings you to where the locals really eat — low-key, no-frills, independently-owned gems that share the uniquely unpretentious vibe of the city.  In addition to some first-class sightseeing, visit an authentic mom-and-pop pizzeria, a soft pretzel bakery, the historic Reading Terminal Market, and much more. This tour is served up with a generous side of humor, Philadelphia history, and a helping of beautiful architecture that includes an up-close look at City Hall, the second-largest municipal building in the country. As the tour ends in Reading Terminal Market, walk away with a thorough understanding of the city, and some more tips on how to eat like a true Philadelphian.

Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

5. Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

Explore the city of Philadelphia on a private driving tour, customized to suit your preferences, and available as either a half-day or full-day option. The former capital of the Pennsylvania Colony, Philadelphia is intimately connected to the history of Amercia. You will see all the highlights, including Elfreth’s Alley and the Liberty Bell. Go to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was first debated. Pass Christ Church to see the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, and Penn's Landing, where William Penn docked in 1682. Drive down the Avenue of the Arts and see Love Park (JFK Plaza), dominated by Robert Indiana's “Love” sculpture. Continue the arts theme at the Rodin Museum or Philadelphia Museum of Art, complete with Rocky’s statue and the steps used in the blockbuster movie. See where Al Capone was incarcerated at the Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the boat houses on the Schuylkill River, and visit Memorial Hall in Centennial Park. You’ll almost certainly get out to Belmont Plateau for a great view before coming back through Rittenhouse Square. There will be time to get out and take pictures or enjoy a short walk, perhaps down Elfreth’s Alley, or to the gazebo next to the boat houses on the Schuylkill. It’s your tour and your choice, but your guide will give some great suggestions. Take detours into Society Hill and out to the 9th Street Italian Market, home of the great Philly Cheese Steak. The full-day tour can be customized to include nearby neighborhoods or the beautifully situated Laurel Hill Cemetery and Historic Rittenhouse Town. Suggestions will also be given for lunch, whether you fancy a snack or full-blown meal.

Philadelphia: Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour

6. Philadelphia: Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style! Begin your Philadelphia neighborhood tour on the ever-colorful South Street. Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighborhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. You’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as you wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. Take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself! You'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot. Your tour concludes at the Magic Gardens. From here, your guide can give you recommendations on where to go to eat, drink, and shop along Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street. Now that you're a bona fide local, you may even want to make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

Philadelphia: Underground Donut Tour

7. Philadelphia: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of Philadelphia's city center, and discover the best Philly has to offer. Taste curated samples of the best donuts at each location. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include true donut institutions, such as Federal Donuts, Dottie's Donuts, and Beiler's Doughnuts. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers for a special food tour through Philadelphia. Savor classic donut styles like glazed, cream-filled, and more. Join us and meet other like-minded donut enthusiasts while enjoying a walk through different neighborhoods of the city. This tour is suitable for smaller as well as larger groups and the perfect way to celebrate bachelor parties, bridal showers, birthdays, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

8. South Philly: People, Places & Flavors of the Italian Market

The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. We all know Philadelphia for its famous landmarks and historical background, but did you also know that it's home to this wicked food market? Join this Italian Market tour in Philadelphia for a dose of yummy Philly food at its very best.  Starting at the always-colorful South Street, head off with your local guide through the neighborhood of Bella Vista in South Philly. You’ll explore the tiny streets in this section and have a chance to view some of the iconic mosaic art from a local artist. As you continue to tour Philadelphia, swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and stroll along Christian Street before arriving at the sounds, aromas, and sights of the famous Italian market or, more accurately, the South 9th Street Curb Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in the USA, and it’s easy to understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. With your local guide leading the way on this Philly tour, explore the huge variety of stores located here, many of which are Italian in heritage. Tempt tastebuds as you wander past cheeses, chocolates, spices, and olive oils. Discover bakeries, butchers, and a myriad of other produce stalls plus a wonderful kitchen store. And don’t worry, if the temptation to purchase becomes too great, you’re likely to get a bargain as many of these stores discount for our travelers! Along the way, you'll get the chance to talk to some of the owners and employees of these shops and stalls, and hear fascinating local stories of the development of this area over the years. As you continue through the market, cross over the main intersection and head towards a variety of Mexican stores. If this area looks familiar it’s probably because it was here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs. Nearby you’ll also see a selection of Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese stores, brimming with aromas and sights that are sure to delight the senses. This Philadelphia market tour concludes at the intersection made famous by local restaurant competitors Pat's and Geno's, where you'll be able to buy a famous Philly Cheesesteak after the tour. If you don’t want the adventure to end here, continue with your guide on the Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour.

Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

9. Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

Eat your way through Philadelphia's greatest dishes on this filling guided walking tour and learn some fascinating local tidbits on the way to all the foodie hotspots. Go inside the iconic Reading Terminal Market, where Philly classics like fresh soft pretzels and scrapple can be paired with international tastes like Italian cannoli. Savor the one and only Philly cheesesteak, a local favorite that has inspired imitators around the world. Then, you'll head to trendy Sansom Street and discover Philly food innovations like creamy vegan shakes, locally-sourced mushroom pizza, and lick-the-bowl-clean New World hummus made from Old World recipes. You'll also get a chance to sip on fair trade coffee at a fast-growing local start-up, one of many examples of Philly's social consciousness and move towards environmental sustainability. Hit many highlights of Philly's foodie scene before the tours end.

Philadelphia: Sip of Philly Brew Tour

10. Philadelphia: Sip of Philly Brew Tour

This all-inclusive tour offers guests an inside look at Philly and Southern New Jersey’s local craft beer scene. Get an introduction to the rich history of beer through interactive tastings and a lunch that pairs beer with the best food.  Itineraries may vary among brewery affiliates, but may include such luminaries as: Yards Brewing Co, Evil Genius Beer, and Flying Fish Brewing Co. Yards Brewing Company has grown into one of the area’s most prolific breweries, churning out some of the most popular and widely distributed beers in Philly.   Evil Genius Beer Company opened their doors in March 2017, but their beer was well-known long before then. Their beers on tap rotate on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, and their menu delves deeper than beer with an assortment of Pennsylvania’s own gin and some original quick bites. Flying Fish Brewing Co is an award-winning company and the largest producer in South Jersey.

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 171 reviews

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. My husband described him as a “walking encyclopedia”. Not only due he share the rich history of the area, but out into the context of the times as well. He was very cordial and there wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer. I highly recommend.

Our guide Adam was just great! The four-hour sightseeing tour of Philadelphia was very entertaining and very interesting. Because of his master's degree in American history, he wasn't at a loss for an answer. We really enjoyed the tour.

Very interesting guided tour. This mixes history, geography, architecture... The common thread is the route. This makes exploring Philadelphia dynamic and enjoyable. Friendly because the guide was very nice. Passionate. Funny.

Kate was our guide. She was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the tour.

Great tour, and Adam was a fantastic guide. Highly recommended.