Ben Franklin is back and he is going to completely alter your perspective on history!
Duration: 4.5 hours
Start Time: 2:30 p.m.
Start Location: Philly Tour Hub, 229 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106
End Location: The final pub of the tour, in Center City
Tour Group Size: 12 people maximum per guide
Inclusions: Transportation between Old City and Center City neighborhoods, a drink at each bar visited and a snack to share as a group on the Beer Tour.
Exclusions: Personal shopping, additional food, drink, and gratuity.
From History to Happy Hour Tour
Explore some of Philadelphia’s most iconic historical sights on a two-hour walk through the Old City neighborhood before spending happy hour sipping on local beers at a variety of pubs and bars in Center City. Throughout both parts of this fabulous tour, you hear unique stories and learn about the hidden gems in Philly that only locals know.
You start your Philadelphia history tour at the Philly Tour Hub, where you meet your guide and see some great local art and photography inside this historic space. Outside, we 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 walk down the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.
As you walk through Old City, you get a taste of this vibrant neighborhood and pass some of the trendiest pubs, clubs, cafés, and shopping in Philly. You also get a chance to see some great art galleries and fantastic historic, industrial architecture along the way.
You also 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’re 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 a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
We continue through Independence National Park and the must-see front yard of Independence Hall, site 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 Second Bank of the US, and Carpenter’s Hall.
Then, after all that history, it’s time for happy hour! We travel by subway to the very heart of modern Philadelphia, City Hall, and step out onto the streets of Center City Philly, where we discover some of the sights and sounds of Philadelphia as people are finishing up their workday. At this time of day, many a Philly local will be bee-lining for the closest happy hour, and we do the same! We have the option to visit the oldest continuously operating bar in Philadelphia, a classic dive bar, an Irish pub with local flair, a modern beer café, and many other neighborhood bars and pubs. At each location, we talk about the history of these bars and why they are so popular.
One drink at each bar is included with the Philly happy hour tour, as well as a pub or street snack. And the bars we visit all have one thing in common: a taste for Philadelphia’s local craft beers and breweries! You quickly find out why Philadelphia is one of America’s best beer cities, and learn the names and tastes of brewers such as Philadelphia Brewing Co., Victory, Yards, Troegs, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Dogfish Head, Nodding Head, and Dock Street Brewing Co.
From our final pub, you’re able to continue on your own Philly beer journey or grab some dinner at one of Philadelphia’s many great restaurants nearby.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PHILADELPHIA WALKING TOURS
- 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 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!