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New York Times Journeys: Classic & Creative Philly


With exclusive access and hands-on experiences curated by Urban Adventures and The New York Times, join us and explore several distinct Philly neighborhoods and see the city through the eyes of a local guide. We'll try some of the city's best foods (hello cheesesteak!), visit the waterfront and enjoy a few drinks together too.

New York Times Journeys: Classic & Creative Philly Tour Highlights

  • Discover Philadelphia’s creative uses for old spaces, including a public park on a formerly abandoned pier, a fringe arts center in a former water pumping station and a seasonal park made from shipping containers
  • Walk through several neighborhoods, from old to modern to revitalized, and discover their history, architecture and vibrant communities
  • Explore a seasonal park on the Delaware River waterfront, either on a floating barge beer garden in the summer or cozied up next to a fire pit in the winter

New York Times Exclusives:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Access: Visit DiBruno Brothers House of Cheese, a south Philly institution and learn about the history of the shop while you indulge yourself with a private cheese-tasting alongside one of their expert cheesemongers
  • Hands-on Element: Learn the art of making a Philly cheesesteak in the kitchen (and refrigerator!) with the owner of one of the most popular cheesesteak shops in the city, then get behind the grill and cook up your own to eat
  • Local Interactions: Take a tour of the FringeArts production space (with a cocktail in hand) and chat with an actor or member of the team

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, subway ticket, cheese tasting, cheesesteak tasting, one cocktail or alternative beverage of your choice.

Exclusions: Items of personal nature, additional food or drink, tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting point: Corner of 9th and South Streets – outside Rittenhouse Square (next to the gazebo in the center of the square). 210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Starting time: 3.00 PM