From History to Happy Hour
What could possibly be better than combining USA’s most iconic historic sites with award-winning beer? Nothing! Tap into Philly's legendary history along with its epic beer scene on this adventure through Philly's major landmarks and into its famed bars, pubs, and microbreweries. Make a toast in Philadelphia's oldest pub, sample craft brews, and learn why Philly is one of America's best beer cities.
Independence & Independent Breweries of Philly Tour Highlights
- Explore a history-drenched neighborhood and view some of the iconic sights of Philadelphia
- Get a whistle-stop tour of all the major Philadelphia sights, as well as a couple of hidden gems, too!
- Sip on Philadelphia’s finest local beers with a bite of local food in the city’s friendliest watering holes
- Experience a diverse mix of bars while tasting the best of Philadelphia’s craft beers, regional breweries, and microbrews
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, historic site admission fee (when applicable), National Park guided tour fee, surprise local treat, public transportation ticket, 3 beers, 1 snack.
Exclusions: Personal shopping and souvenirs, additional food and drinks, and tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 4.5 hours
- Meeting point: Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market Streets (101 South Independence Mall East).
- Starting time: 2.30 PM
- Ending point: The final pub of the Tour, in Center City
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 tour behind the Religious Liberty Statue just outside the National Museum of American Jewish History, where you’ll meet your guide and begin your Best. Day. Ever.
From here, we’ll take you back to the time of our nation’s founding, weaving your way through Independence National Park. Your guide will share their knowledge of the most significant sites of the park, such as Independence Hall, Congress Hall and Old City Hall, among other sites that were instrumental in establishing many of the country’s first institutions and ideologies.
Continue your Philadelphia city tour to a spot where (on weekdays only) we can grab a view of Maxfield Parrish’s ‘Dream Garden’ mosaic mural and a possible excursion into Washington Square for stories of Philadelphia founder William Penn.
We will then pass the Liberty Bell, where you’ll hear about why this iconic symbol has become so famous all around the world. Just next door, you’ll enter the President’s House site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly’s tenure as our nation’s capital. You’ll stroll up through the grand stretch of Independence Mall, home to the Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitution Center, the Bourse and the U.S. Mint.
After passing by the gravesite of the city’s most renowned inventor, Ben Franklin, you’ll enter the charming back alleys of the Old City with its unique art galleries, trendy cafés and fascinating industrial architecture, where you’ll have the chance to grab a quick snack or a drink and relax with your guide — the perfect opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have about things to do in the neighborhood after the tour.
Continue to be immersed in history as you venture past the Betsy Ross House and then down Elfreth’s Alley, the street famous for being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.
Next, you may 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.
Then, after all that history, it’s time for happy hour! We’ll travel by subway to the very heart of modern Philadelphia, City Hall, and step out onto the streets of Center City Philly, where we’ll 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’ll do the same! We’ll 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’ll talk about the history of these bars and why they are so popular.
One drink at each bar is included with the 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’ll 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’ll be able to continue on your own Philly beer journey or grab some dinner at one of Philadelphia’s many great restaurants nearby.
Mr. Jeffrey V. from USA traveled on 06 Jun 2017:
The history walking tour was a great experience. We were able to learn much about the city of Philadelphia from knowledgeable staff. Owen was a great tour guide and knew his way around the city but wasn’t shy about learning a few new things along the way when we stopped in the Christ Church for an informative session about the origins of one of the oldest buildings in the country!
The second part of our tour was a blast. Chuck knew just as much as Owen did, and then some! Especially as it pertained to brewing and the history related to brewing and some of the historic individuals who frequented one of the oldest (if not the oldest established) known pubs in the country! It was truly a blast and my fiance and I were extremely pleased with the tour. The last stop at the pop-up beer garden was one of the more unique things I have ever seen. Thank you Chuck and Owen!