Philadelphia Urban Adventures
Day tours, with a local
Philadelphia is not called the "City of Brotherly Love" for nothing! This is a city dedicated to providing those travelling to Philadelphia with a friendly welcome and a memorable stay. Philadelphia is a city with a marvelous variety. Of course, we have our history. This is where America was founded and the Historic District is an awesome reminder of the period of Colonialism and the War of Independence.
World famous Philadelphia sights such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Carpenter’s Hall and the City Tavern are within close walking distance of each other and are must-sees when doing a sightseeing tour of Philadelphia.
Our public art is awe-inspiring. The City boasts more than 3,000 murals, countless sculptures, colorful mosaic installations and a superb range of architecture, spanning more than 300 years of our history.
Our neighborhoods are numerous and contain open air and indoor markets, such as the Italian Market in South Philly and Reading Terminal Market in Center City. Every neighborhood provides a striking contrast to the next and there is a huge variety of parks, restaurants, cafes and residential architecture as well as great shopping!
To the west of the City lies the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Museum District, filled with grand institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute and uniquely different museums such as the Műtter and Rodin Museums.
And then there are the rivers, the strength and history of the Delaware River to the east and the speed and majesty of the Schuylkill River to the west with its famous boathouses and Waterworks.
Enjoy your visit and make the most of everything Philadelphia city has to offer by joining one of our fascinating Philadelphia tours and take home some unique tales and memories. Urban Adventures also has tours in other US cities like New York, Charlotte and San Francisco.
We'll share our local knowledge with you before you even arrive to Philadelphia. We keep our site updated with cool Philadelphia events and happenings. We've been collecting bits of Philadelphia history, trivia, and stories to tell. We can give you the low down on what to do if you only have 24 hours in Philadelphia, as well as the top things to do in Philadelphia. We can even even tell you the Philadelphia weather forecast (at least for the next 7 days). Enjoy browsing around the website and reading our detailed Philadelphia day trip itineraries.
You may think, "I know people in Philadelphia. They can show me around. Why do I need a Philadelphia city tour?" Good question. It's true -- if you have friends and family who live here, they probably know their way around. But unless they are in the Philadelphia sightseeing business themselves, they probably have not spent enough time being a tourist in their own home town. Bring them along! On our Philadelphia walking tours, they are sure to visit spots they have never been and learn things about Philadelphia that they never knew before. Our Philadelphia facts are just a glimpse of our vast local knowledge of the city. We have our fingers on the pulse of Philadelphia. We keep tabs on local events and all the latest happenings. We will be sure to surprise visitors to Philadelphia and Philly natives with something new.
from 25 reviews
From USD 25.00
Hit the oldest and largest everyday open-air market for some authentic, Philly foodie action. Fill your calorie quota with cheese, chocolate, deli items, and baked goods, then have the chance to purchase a Philly Cheesesteak chaser at one of two iconic spots that compete for the best Cheesesteak in town. We'll leave it up to you to choose which you prefer!more...
Philly On Tap
from 7 reviews
From USD 39.00
Tap into Philly's legendary beer scene on this adventure through Philly's bars, pubs, and microbreweries. Make a toast in Philadelphia's oldest pub, sample craft brews, and learn about why Philly is one of America's best beer cities. Beer lovers, include this one in your Philadelphia travel plans!more...
History in HD
from 26 reviews
From USD 25.00
Forget watching History Channel documentaries, why not see the landmarks that shaped America in real life on this Philadelphia tour? From the building where the US Constitution was signed to George Washington's house, and a church where America's founding fathers once sat, this tour even includes a craft beer to help you digest all the history.more...
Street Food for Thought From USD 39.00
Combine street food and brain food on this Philadelphia tour that takes in the hallowed halls of academia, the glory of the grand terminal, the worship of college spots, and the fun of food trucking!more...
The Soul of Center City
from 2 reviews
From USD 35.00
You haven't lived until you've heard the world's largest pipe organ in full swing! Hear the pipe organ, track down a cupcake truck in Love Park, scoff a Philly pretzel, visit an iconic cheese shop, and admire some of the city's finest public art and grand homes, all on this Philadelphia tour.more...
Essence of South Philly
from 3 reviews
From USD 39.00
The spirit of Rocky lives on in South Philly! Join this Philidelphia tour to see just how diverse this gritty city is. From Jewish delis to Italian markets, churches, cemeterys, and public art, South Philly is a slice of the real Philly.more...
Custom Philadelphia: Philadelphia Private Tour From USD 35.00
Love the look of our Philly tours, but feel like customising them to make exactly the tour you're looking for? Well, you're in the right place.
Put our team of local experts to work to build the perfect itinerary just for you. You can include some of the components of our regular tours, or none at all. This is your tour - so make it your own! If you're not sure, we've got plenty of ideas for what you might want to include. If you let our team of expert locals know your interests, they will come up with all kinds of things!more...
Center City Holiday Tour
from 16 reviews
From USD 35.00
Experience the American festive season on this limited edition Philadelphia tour that celebrates all things Christmas. From outdoor yuletide villages, to holiday-themed light and sound shows, and the greatest window displays in town, it's enough to make the Grinch run and hide.more...
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe
Place: Philadelphia - [ 02/09/2014 - 17/09/2014 ]
Theatre, dance, music and street performing throughout the City.Philadelphia Marathon Weekend
Place: Philadelphia - [ 18/11/2014 - 20/11/2014 ]
An annual tradition that includes a kids run, half marathon and full marathon.
Philadelphia Mummers Parade
Place: South Broad Street to City Hall - [ 01/01/2015 ]
Unique costumes, music, and pageantry along with great crowds along Broad Street.
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06 Jul 2014 great tour with Josh
18 Jun 2014 I had a wonderful time and our guide (Chuck) was very informative. The length of his information was just enough that you didn't get bored and his choice of businesses to visit were different from eachother so you got an idea of all the different cultures in the market. FABULOUS !
16 Jun 2014 Josh Silver was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and very outgoing. The tour far exceeded our expectations.
04 Jun 2014 Chuck, our guide, was excellent. He had the right pace without rushing us. I give many tours myself and I am also a teacher so I am well aware of what it takes to keep people interested.
04 Jun 2014 Awesome tour. Got to try some amazing food and Chuck, the guide, was more than willing to share from his personal knowledge and experience. He really made the trip. Highly recommend it!
14 May 2014 Chuck was an awesome tour guide! This was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. I really enjoyed all of the personal stories that were incorporated throughout the day by our guide, as well as various store owners.
14 May 2014 We had a great time. Enjoyed seeing a different sight of Philadelphia.
09 May 2014 Being the only two on the walking tour, it was great to have the exclusive use of the guide. He made sure we got into Christ Church before it closed. Listened to our expectations and what we were interested in and patterned the tour to that. Glad we did some of the historic things BEFORE the afternoon tour as they were not available after the tour. Suggested some great places for dinner.
28 Apr 2014 My five friends and I took the Italian Market tour with Josh as our guide. The tour consisted of only our group so it was nice that we could tailor it to how long we wanted to stay at different stops. Josh was a great guide and very personable. I would tell you to either bring a backpack or bags with handles so that you can carry your purchases easily. We actually backtracked after the tour to buy some items that we didn't want to carry. The only negative I have is that not every retailer that we went into offered us samples,(I felt the first bakery didn't even really want us there) which you would think they would since Urban Adventures is bringing them business! Not a negative towards the tour company, more towards the stores, but maybe Urban Adventures should look into other retailers that would appreciate the business a little more. Anyway thanks Josh for a great tour.
26 Apr 2014 Our tour guide Nina was fabulous! This 2 hour tour of the Italian market in South Philly was very informative, enlightening and entertaining. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, personable, interesting and funny. I loved her rapport with all the owners/employees of the businesses that we visited. She allowed us to wander a bit, which was really nice. We got to sample some of the foods from most of the shops that we visited which was delightful. We are a bunch of Jersey Girls that thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and will definitely return to shop. We cannot wait for our next Urban Adventure. Thank you so much Nina for a great day! And thank you Urban Adventures for providing these wonderful tours. Very highly recommended.
The Philadelphia Urban Adventures team is a knowledgeable and energetic group, dedicated to making sure that our urban travelers get the most out of their Philly experience. We come from a variety of backgrounds and parts of the world, with shared passions for travel, local culture, history, food, music, art and architecture. And above all we want you to leave Philadelphia with a love for the City that you will share with others when you get home!
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