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Philadelphia History Tour

Tour Snapshot
Explore the most historic neighborhood in Philadelphia! You'll view the most iconic historical sights of Independence National Park, admire the beautiful architecture of America's first governmental buildings, and absorb the rich historical significance of landmarks like the Betsy Ross House. You'll hear fantastic history, stories, and the neighborhood's hidden gems from your guide!
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History in HD
 Tour Information
Availability
Daily
Duration
2 hours
Start Time
2:30pm
Start Location
Philly Tour Hub - 229 Arch Street
End Location
2nd & Chestnut Street
Price Adults $33, Children $25
Tour Group Size 12 people max
Inclusions A beer or soft drink at the end of your tour.
Exclusions Personal shopping, additional food and drink, gratuity.
 General Itinerary

Visit those unmissable Philly sights on this historical Philadelphia tour that ditches the guidebooks and gives you a dose of history from a local perspective. After all, this is the history that shaped the people of this city, so why not learn about it from them?

Start your Philadelphia history tour at the Philly Tour Hub, where you'll meet your guide and see some great local art and photography inside this historic space. Outside, we’ll see the Betsy Ross House and hear stories of the birth of the American flag.  From there, we weave through the charming back alleys of Old City, and wind up walking down the street famous for being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.

Next, you’ll be treated to a visit inside Christ Church, where you'll hear stories of our founding fathers, sit where they sat, and learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America. 

The next stop on the tour comes at a little local coffee shop, where you can grab a quick snack or a drink and relax with your guide — the perfect opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have about Philadelphia history. As you walk through Old City, you’ll get a taste of this vibrant neighborhood and pass some of the trendiest pubs, clubs, cafés, and shopping in Philly. You'll also get a chance to see some great art galleries and fantastic historic, industrial architecture along the way. 

You'll get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin's home as the tour continues through Philly’s Historic District. Past Franklin Court, you’ll be greeted with views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. Walk across the Mall and into the President's House Site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly's tenure as our nation's capital.

From there we pass the Liberty Bell, where we might get a chance to go inside for pictures. We then continue this Philadelphia city tour to a spot where (on weekdays only) we can grab a view of Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden mosaic mural.  Then off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn and possibly visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, sight of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Your guide will also share knowledge of Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the 2nd Bank of the US, and Carpenter's Hall as you make your way through the park. With all these local stories from your guide, you'll get a truly unique perspective on the much-visited spots in Philadelphia.

As this Philadelphia tour winds down, we exit the park and head back into the vibrant Old City neighborhood.  We end the tour at a local brewpub. You'll get a craft beer brewed in-house (or soft drink if you wish) included in the price of the tour, and we'll say a cheers to the beautiful city of Philadelphia!

Frequently Asked Questions
 Why should I choose the Philly Tour Hub and Philadelphia Urban Adventures?

The Philly Tour Hub is a unique, boutique tour company based in Old City, Philadelphia. Offering public tours, private tours, driving tours, walking tours, Segway tours, group scavenger hunts, the Philly Tour Hub is has the widest variety of Philadelphia tours.

Philadelphia Urban Adventures is our public walking tour brand, taking groups on tours that give travelers incredible local experiences throughout Philadelphia - showing you things that only locals know. Philadelphia Urban Adventures is part of the global Urban Adventures brand, connecting travelers and guides in over 130 cities around the world. Our goal with our Urban Adventures tours is to give you the Best. Day. Ever! And we are proud to say that our tours are consistently ranked at the top of the list on TripAdvisor.

 How is a Philadelphia Urban Adventures unique?
A tour with Philadelphia Urban Adventures is like no other tour you've ever taken. Our tours are created by Philly-locals and Philly-lovers to show visitors the awesome side of Philadelphia. We create tours that we'd like to take - tours that are Fun, Responsible, Educational, and full of Value! Even travelers who have lived in the Philadelphia area for their entire lives will learn something new and incredible on an Urban Adventures tour!
 What will my guide be like?
All of our guides are excellent, local Philly-lovers - we couldn't be a top tour company on TripAdvisor without them! None of our guides are scripted and all of our guides are travel-lovers who are excited to show you around their city! Whoever your guide is, you're sure to have a fantastic time, hear incredible stories and history, feel taken care of, and make a new friend.