Guided tour

Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

From US$ 45 per person

Take a guided walking tour through the historic districts of Philadelphia. See buildings related to the lives of the Founding Fathers, including where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
2 hours
  • Religious Liberty Statue

  • Betsy Ross House (visit)

  • Elfreth's Alley (visit)

  • Christ Church Burial Ground (visit)

  • Franklin Court (visit)

  • Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA (visit)

  • The Dream Garden (visit)

  • Washington Square Park, Philadelphia (visit)

  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (visit)

  • Independence National Historical Park (visit)

  • Old City, Philadelphia

Meeting point
Main stop
End point
Highlights
  • Discover various historic landmarks of Philadelphia with a local guide
  • Learn about the Founding Fathers on a shared group or private tour
  • See the former homes of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington
  • Take a photo of where the Declaration of Independence was signed
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description

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. 

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • A surprise local treat
  • Tip/gratuity for your guide
  • Admission into Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell pavilion
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets. They will be wearing a red t-shirt with the activity provider's, Urban Adventures, written on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and check the weather report so you can dress accordingly
  • Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 years can join free of charge. Please indicate at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6 years
  • This tour does not go inside Christ Church on the 5:30 PM departure, you will view it from the outside
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 221 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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Marty Foley was our well informed guide. He shared so much history in such an easy to digest format. I felt like I was walking along the streets of early Philly listening to the stories from the mouths of the founding fathers. He was full of anecdotes and side stories of the events and characters. His voice was pleasant to listen to and he had a nice rhythm to his speech. All in all he was mesmerizing, friendly, and patient.

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October 12, 2022

We had David as our tour guide and he was fantastic. He was patient, well versed and provided excellent explanations of the area and the history around it. He seems like he is local to the area and gave great recommendations to grab coffee and good food as well. Overall, Highly recommended.

October 11, 2022

My husband and I greatly enjoyed the Founding Fathers walking tour! As first timers to Philly, this tour gave us a nice overview of the major historical landmarks, figures, and events that took place in the city which is exactly what we were looking for. Our you guide Carla was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions regarding the various sites we saw. Just an FYI for anyone interested in this tour, you do not get access to any museums as part of this tour so if you are looking for entry into some of the local museums, this might not be the tour for you. Overall, I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to get a nice overview and tour of the city and many important aspects of its history!

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September 11, 2022

Product ID: 55817