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Experience the best of US History with a modern twist! We take you through the Historic District where you'll see some of the most iconic, historic sights in the country. You'll also take in the dynamic Old City neighborhood, passing by art galleries and visiting a local coffee shop. You'll end your experience with a beer or beverage of your choice (included in the tour price!) at a local brewery.
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- Explore this history-drenched neighborhood and view some of the iconic sights of Independence National Park, including Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell (even going inside if queues allow).
- Admire Carpenter's Hall and the Arch Street Meeting House, and head inside Christ Church and the Curtis Center (weekdays only).
- Absorb the rich historical significance of landmarks like the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Court, Old City Hall, and the Second Bank of the US.
- Visit local businesses and watering holes like Old City Coffee Shop and a local brewpub, where we treat you to a locally-brewed ale or another beverage of your choice.
Tour style:History, Walking & Orientation, Food, & Heritage
English speaking guide, admission to various historic buildings and snacks.
Items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration: 2 Hours
- Pickup location:
Independence Visitor Center at 6th & Market Sts., inside at the very back of the building.
- Pickup Time: 2.30 PM
- Drop off location:
2nd & Chestnut Sts.
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
- Confirmation of booking:
Please contact our office at 215-280-3746 to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.
- Additional information:
A beer or soft drink is provided at the end of the tour. All other purchases are paid by the traveler.
- Dress standard:
A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!
- Child policy:
Children are 6 to 12 years of age inclusively.
- Language: English
Start at the Independence Visitor Center and walk out of the door with instant views of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint. Walk down the Mall and across the street 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 walk past the Liberty Bell, perhaps with a chance to go inside for pictures. We then continue to the Curtis Center and walk inside (weekdays only) for a view of Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden mosaic mural. Then off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn and a visit to 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.
You'll get some great views of the site of Ben Franklin's home as the tour continues into the Old City neighborhood. The energy level is high as you pass some of the trendiest pubs, clubs, cafes, and shopping in Philly. You'll also get a chance to see some great art galleries and fantastic historic, industrial architecture along the way. The next stop on the tour comes at Old City Coffee shop where you can grab a quick snack or beverage.
From the Coffee Shop, the tour heads to Arch Street Meeting House, the largest Quaker Meeting House in the world with a possibility of visiting inside. You'll pass 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 Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.
As the tour winds down, you'll be treated to a visit inside Christ Church. Inside the church, you'll hear stories of our founding fathers, sit where they sat, and learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America.
We end the tour at a local brewpub. You'll get a craft beer brewed in-house included in the price of the tour! The kids are welcome to a beverage of their choice as well.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.91
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.91
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.55
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.82
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.91
Ms. Catie B.
~ 01 May 2013[back to top]
Jeremy was an awesome guide. We had such an amazing time! We would recommend your tours to anyone!
Mr. Bill P.
USA ~ 25 Apr 2013[back to top]
Josh was extremely personable & made every effort to get to us the group members by name. He was also open to our questions & encouraged our asking them.
Mrs. Beverly Q.
USA ~ 12 Mar 2013[back to top]
Such a great tour. Kenny was a fantastic guide. Please let him know the Mechanics restaurant he dropped us off at was perfect---could not have asked for a better recommendation. Thanks, we'll definitely take another tour next time! Bev and Tony
Mr. David P.
USA ~ 31 Dec 2012[back to top]
I grew up in Philly, but have since moved to Colorado where I met my lady. She joined me for Christmas and I figured a guided tour would be more beneficial than me simply pointing out historical sites. Our guide, Bob, was great. He took us around to the usual places and to some off the path places that I didn't even know of. He often gave us the choice of going inside or not as some places charged. He was also very knowledgeable and seemed to really enjoy Philadelphia's history. A few times, Bob asked landmark guides/representatives questions, which made us learn even more. I don't know if Bob already knew the answers or if he was just as interested as us. Either way, it was an enjoyable walk and Bob made us feel like he was simply showing his friends around and sharing his knowledge.
Mrs. Marian P.
USA ~ 28 Nov 2012[back to top]
We had an incredible afternoon on the historic tour! Chris was fabulous...intelligent, witty, informative and relevant. We will request him as we plan other tours with Urban Adventures!
Mr. robert K.
~ 21 Nov 2012[back to top]
Chris not only knows his history, but he presents in a most engaging way, with enthusiasm and joy in his voice. We will be back!
Mrs. CATHERINE M.
United Kingdom ~ 14 Aug 2012[back to top]
Our guide for our tour of Historic Philadelphia, Chris, was excellent. Very detailed knowledge but presented in a really easy going way, so it wasn't like being at a lecture. Chris had a great enthusiasm for his city and it was a real pleasure for us to tour his city with him.
Mr. Joseph L.
USA ~ 19 Jul 2012[back to top]
Jason, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and personable. Our tour group was small and it was nice to be able to get to know my fellow travelers. Our pace was relaxed and we took plenty of breaks in the shade and in air conditioned buildings. I really appreciated this because it was such a hot July day! Some highlights were the giant "Dream Garden" mosaic in the Curtis Building and the Triumph Brewery, where our tour concluded. There, Urban Adventures treated us all to the first round! Overall, I was very satisfied with the tour - it was affordable, I learned a lot, and my friends and I enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. In fact, I am already making reservations for my next tour with Urban Adventures.
Ms. Laurel K.
USA ~ 06 Jul 2012[back to top]
Nina was a great guide in a city she obviously loves!
Ms. Cathy D.
USA ~ 15 Jun 2012[back to top]
Nina was great. We saw things we would've never seen without her direction and knowledge.
Ms. Sally N.
USA ~ 14 Jun 2012[back to top]
The tour was great, Jeremy did a superb job of creating a truly unique experience and a very enjoyable afternoon. I think that Urban Adventures does a top notch job, would not hesitate to book another tour and to recommend to others
This tour is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
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