Washington Square Park, Philadelphia

Washington Square Park, Philadelphia: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 Ghost Tour by Candlelight

2. Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

Join an entertaining evening tour of Philadelphia on a ghostly walking tour by candlelight. You will see Philadelphia's historic districts, including Independence National Park, Old City, and Society Hill in a completely new light! A costumed tour guide will lead you off the beaten path and spin tales of the rich and famous, and of heroes and villains from America's colonial era. You will hear tales of the well-known, like William Penn, Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Mad Anthony Wayne, and tales of the unknown, such as the spectral Quakeress of Washington Square and the ghost of Old Pine Street Cemetery. The tour departs from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Streets, lasts approximately 90 minutes, is appropriate for all ages, and is ideal for anyone with the inclination to hear Philadelphia's dead brought back to life! The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has offered tours since 1995 and continues to be one of the city's most popular night-time attractions. It was recently named one of the top 15 "must see" attractions in the country by Budget Travel Magazine.

Philadelphia: Philly Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Philly Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Journey through the haunted streets of Philadelphia's Old City on this tour led by professional and courteous tour guides. Benefit from intensely researched stories and documented accounts of historic hauntings. “Old City” refers to the area of Philadelphia that was first established as a colony, an area that saw much strife, war, and hardship as the newly formed America fought for its independence. Hear the story of Benjamin Franklin's ghost that haunts Independence Hall, a place where one of the Founding Fathers undoubtedly spent many days. Learn of the story of the wife who became jealous from beyond the grave. This tour also takes you by some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, home to victims of yellow fever, naval captains, First Wives, and more.

Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour

4. Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour

Enjoy an exciting and fact-filled 90-minute adventure in the city of Philly. With a focus on the city's early history, this Black history walking tour explores the role of Black Americans in America's foundation. Start the tour with a journey to Congo Square and visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic. Learn about the Quaker school where both Black and White students were educated together. See where the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1793. Hear about Martha Washington’s enslaved handmaiden who emancipated herself and others who traveled along the historic "Underground railroad". Learn about the Old London Coffee Shop where humans were inspected and sold into slavery. Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people, abolitionists, slaveholders and founding fathers as you hear about prominent early African-Americans. Also visit: Independence Hall, The President’s House, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the First U.S. Supreme Court Building, the American Philosophical Society Museum, Library Hall, Thomas Jefferson Garden, the First and Second Bank of the U.S., Carpenter's Hall, New Hall Military Museum, Independence Square, Washington Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Bicentennial Moon Tree, John Todd House, Bishop White House, Kidd House, Dock Creek, the 18th Century Gardens, the Merchant's Exchange, and the U.S. Customs House. The guided tour will also identify the former locations for a number of historical locations of importance including Philadelphia Prison Site, Benjamin Rush House Site, Quaker Meeting House Site, Quaker School Site, Abolitionist’s House and more.

Philadelphia: Historic Self-Guided Tour with GPS & Audio

5. Philadelphia: Historic Self-Guided Tour with GPS & Audio

Journey back in time to historic Philadelphia to the days of George Washington. Follow this self-guided tour that has been developed by local guides and narrated by professional voice artists. Make stops along the tour to hike, visit historic homes, and marvel at waterfall views. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.Begin at the City Hall and make your way to the historic district while exploring the catalysts of the war. At the famous Independence Hall, dive into the Declaration of Independence’s drafting, debating, and signing. From there, explore George Washington’s legacy as a politician, general, and president. This leads to the iconic Liberty Bell and the history behind its famous crack and its status as an abolitionist symbol.  Then explore the lives, museums, and homes of revolutionary figures like Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson, and Crispus Attacus. Continue your journey past the famous African American Museum, Franklin Square, National Constitution Center, and the Mint.  At the historic Betsy Ross House, see the birthplace of the American flag, and in picturesque Elfreth’s Alley, step back into a quaint, cobblestoned era. Finally, pass George Washington’s church and finish at the Museum of American Revolution.

Amazing Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt Adventure

6. Amazing Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Philadelphia into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Philadelphia.  Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.   The adventure begins in the heart of the historic center of town and will take you on a journey among amazing iconic sights, famous houses, cool murals and other secret spots of the city. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for lunch and grab a Philly Cheese Steak or grab a refreshing drink and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest Washington Square Independence Hall Liberty Bell President’s House US Mint Betsy Ross House Efreth’s Alley Christ Church

Philadelphia: In-App Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

7. Philadelphia: In-App Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Embark on an exciting and informative walking tour of Philadelphia's most important historic sites using an app. Get a feel for the history of this important city while looking for clues and answering questions on the game. Your scavenger hunt-led audio tour will begin just east of Philly’s beautiful City Hall. As you walk, the app will prompt you with plenty of fun trivia questions to see how much you really know about America’s revolutionary history. From City Hall, head east and hear about the lead-up to the American Revolution, why it happened, and what led to key moments of escalation like the Boston Tea Party. Arrive at the historic Washington Square Park, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After that, continue to Independence Hall, where the very first Continental Congress gathered back in 1774. Then it’s on to an impressive statue of George Washington, where you’ll learn about the man behind all the legends. Up next is one of the most important attractions along your route: the Liberty Bell. You’ll have a chance to see this iconic artifact up close and find out what exactly makes it so special. Then head to the open-air Benjamin Franklin Museum and the very first White House. Next is the historic Graff House, where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. Past that is the African American Museum, revealing a different side of the revolutionary story. Next, you’ll see Franklin Park and the famous Bolt of Lightning sculpture, both of which offer a perfect opportunity to discover more about perhaps the wildest of the Founding Fathers: Benjamin Franklin. After passing the National Constitution Center and the United States Mint, you’ll also have an opportunity to visit Franklin’s grave. Continuing on, pass the Betsy Ross House, home to the woman who created America’s official flag. Then you’ll get to visit Elfreth’s Alley, which has been perfectly preserved as it appeared in the 1700s. Finally, you’ll reach the Museum of the American Revolution, offering the chance to dig even deeper into this fascinating period of American history. Your adventure will conclude here.

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What people are saying about Washington Square Park, Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 305 reviews

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.

Marty, the tour guide was very knowledgeable. He has a good personality. The tour covered the players’ roles in the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War.

Marty was knowledgeable, interesting with great delivery. Could have spent another 2 hours easily. If we did another tour we would request him without hesitation.

Our guide was excellent and informative enjoyed the walk

Our tour guide was personable and very knowledgeable!