History in HD
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, your guide will expertly navigate you through the nation’s history and most iconic sites.
American Icons of Philly Sightseeing Tour Highlights
- Explore a history-drenched neighborhood and view some of the iconic sights of Philadelphia with a local guide.
- Get a whistle-stop tour of all the major Philadelphia sights, as well as a couple of hidden gems, too!
- Absorb the rich historical significance of landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley, Betsy Ross House, and more.
- Visit local businesses and discover the neighborhood’s best local coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, historic site admission fee (when applicable), National Park guided tour fee, surprise local treat.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 2 Hours
- Meeting point: Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market Streets (101 South Independence Mall East).
- Starting time: 11.30 AM, 2.30 PM, 5.30 PM
- Ending point: Convenient location in the heart of Old 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 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 firsts in institutions and ideologies.
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 and a possible excursion into Washington Square for stories of Philadelphia founder William Penn.
We 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 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 Old City with its unique art galleries, trendy cafés, and fascinating industrial architecture and 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.
As this Philadelphia tour winds down, your guide will help you make the rest of your visit just as memorable, recommending restaurants, pubs, and more fun things to do!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, admission to various historic buildings, and a beer or beverage at the final stop.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, and tips and gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!
Your Trip: This tour is offered on a “join-in” basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday. The Fisher Library hosts students final exams twice a year. We have restricted access (late April to early May and late November to early December) during finals.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Ms. erin p. from Canada traveled on 02 Jul 2018:
Nina was fantastic!
Mrs. Heather H. from USA traveled on 18 Jul 2017:
Ariel was awesome. My husband is not typically a fan of tours of this nature but Ariel was fantastic. We were super pleased with our experience.
Ms. Lauren S. from USA traveled on 13 Jul 2017:
Ben was the best! I’d done a tour of Philly several years ago, but this one was a lot more memorable. I loved all the places throughout the route that we popped into.
Mr. Mayuri J. from USA traveled on 26 Jun 2017:
The anecdotes shared by our tour guide Kenny were very interesting.. Despite the pouring rain during the tour, his energy was high and he kept it interesting. Recommendations to see sites afterwards turned out awesome..!
Mrs. Susan G. from USA traveled on 22 Mar 2017:
Phil was a wonderful guide!!
Mr. Anna S. from Australia traveled on 17 Mar 2017:
I had spoken to Ariel by phone regarding our tour…she couldn’t have been nicer, or more helpful. Our tour guide, Josh, was knowledgeable and very friendly. I am very happy with whole experience.
Ms. Susana B. from USA traveled on 10 Mar 2017:
Ben was knowledgeable, friendly, and just great!
Mr. Rodney M. from Canada traveled on 09 Dec 2016:
Great tour. Thanks
Ms. Wendy M. from USA traveled on 24 Oct 2016:
Our tour guide Nina was born and raised in Philadelphia and her knowledge and enthusiasm was unsurpassed! We had a great time and enjoyed every minute!
Mr. Don Z. from USA traveled on 23 Oct 2016:
Was just amazing our guide was awesome….highly recommend!!
Mr. Richard Y. from United Kingdom traveled on 29 Aug 2016:
Maryanne was a very engaging and knowledgeable guide,very good tour
Mr. Michael H. from USA traveled on 21 Jun 2016:
Wonderful tour, wish it was a little longer. I recommend you go early in your trip to identify places you want to explore in depth.
Mr. Kathryn N. from USA traveled on 19 May 2016:
We had a great time with Rob during our Philly History Tour. He pointed out so many interesting things and was patient with us when we were a few minutes getting there (oops!). It was so awesome to wrap up the tour at the brewery and talking with Rob more. We’d recommend it to anyone! Had a blast!
Mrs. Denise D. from USA traveled on 10 May 2016:
The History in HD walking tour was fantastic. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable. His enthusiasm and passion for history and Old City Philadelphia were an added bonus, making the tour that much more interesting and fun. I enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommend it.
Ms. tara r. from USA traveled on 03 May 2016:
Our guide was great!
Mr. Jan Michael B. from USA traveled on 21 Mar 2016:
Josh was wonderful , full of knowledge and understanding what we wanted to see and experience and what we will be enjoying for the next two days in Philly. Highly recc his services and ability to offer a great experience of history and architecture and direction.
Ms. Lynn K. from USA traveled on 12 Mar 2016:
WE LOVED ROB! He was amazing. Answered all our questions. He was the sweetest.
Ms. Jeana B. from USA traveled on 02 Sep 2015:
Mrs. Diane H. from USA traveled on 19 Jun 2015:
We were very pleased with Josh and his enthusiasm for Philadelphia! It was a nice small group, and we received a great overview of the city. I would highly recommend this tour!
Mr. Dave S. from USA traveled on 27 Apr 2015:
We did the Historic District tour with Josh S. He was fun and knowledgeable. It was a great experience and we’d do it again. We will definitely look for Urban Adventures opportunities in the future. .
Ms. Aimee A. from USA traveled on 02 Apr 2015:
I apologize but I forgot our tour guide’s name! I was on the Sunday, 3/29 history tour at 2:30pm – our guide (the woman who lived in Russia for awhile) was great!
Ms. Marie F. from traveled on 01 Apr 2015:
Josh Silver was a wonderful guide to the historic district. His knowledge of the city’s history was matched by his enthusiasm and apparent enjoyment in sharing what he knew with us. Although the day was cold and windy, we had a great time, thanks to his skill.
Mr. David F. from USA traveled on 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.
Mrs. Margery W. from USA traveled on 06 Mar 2014:
We took the tour on Sunday, March 2nd; our guide was Nina and she was excellent, very enthusiastic, interesting, knowledgeable and fun!!
Mrs. Anna F. from USA traveled on 16 Nov 2013:
Chris was a great tour guide. This was our second tour, we brought our parents to enjoy the same tour we had a few months ago and enjoyed so much! It is a fabulous way to see Philly on foot and really get an indepth look and appreciation of the history in this amazing city.
Mrs. Pat L. from United Kingdom traveled on 28 Oct 2013:
Friends over from England visiting Philadelphia area, took them on the history tour of Philly.
Tour guide Josh was very imformative and very friendly.
Great day and happy to recommend. Pat & Pete.
Mrs. Pamela K. from USA traveled on 14 Oct 2013:
Marianne was an awesome guide. It was a rainy windy day and the government was shut down, yet she was still able to give us a great tour of old city and all the historical sites. Very enjoyable. She is energetic and fun and I would definitely do another tour with her.
Mr. Robert K. from USA traveled on 08 Aug 2013:
My girlfriend and I had a great time on the History in HD tour of Philly. Our tour guide Nina was very knowledgeable about the city and was very enthusiastic and upbeat throughout the tour. It would have been nice to go into a few more places rather than stopping in front of them but other than that I have no complaints. I’ve lived in Philly all of my life but I learned some things that even I didn’t know. Overall I would certainly recommend taking a tour with urban adventures and I plan to do so again in the future. Rob
Ms. Cindy B. from USA traveled on 31 Jul 2013:
Our tour guide, NINA, was awesome!! She was very knowledgeable and shared a wealth of information with the group! I’ve been telling everyone how great the tour was and all my friends can’t wait to go!! Nina made our tour exceptional!!
Ms. Alyssa G. from USA traveled on 11 Jul 2013:
Our tour guide was OUTSTANDING. He was so friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about Philadelphia. It was the perfect tour for out-of-towners as well as for people who live in Philly but haven’t had the historical experience yet! The ending at Triumph was such a great bonus! Absolutely amazing.
Ms. Jackie L. from USA traveled on 03 Jul 2013:
Our guide, Andy, was very personable and informative. The tour included a great mix of historic sites and was neither too rushed nor too slow. Ending at the Triumph Brewery for a pint made it pretty much a perfect summer outing. I will definitely return to try the other tours!!
Ms. Erin M. from USA traveled on 02 Jul 2013:
Our guide was truly superb. He went out of his way to tailor the tour to us and our interests. He also was exceptionally knowable about Philadelphia and it’s history, as well as other subjects. We both enjoyed the tour and the guide. Such a fabulous way to see Philadelphia!
Mrs. Amanda V. from USA traveled on 16 Jun 2013:
Everyone had a blast!
Ms. Catie B. from traveled on 01 May 2013:
Jeremy was an awesome guide. We had such an amazing time! We would recommend your tours to anyone!
Mr. Bill P. from USA traveled on 25 Apr 2013:
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. from USA traveled on 12 Mar 2013:
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. from USA traveled on 31 Dec 2012:
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. from USA traveled on 28 Nov 2012:
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. from traveled on 21 Nov 2012:
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. from United Kingdom traveled on 14 Aug 2012:
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. from USA traveled on 19 Jul 2012:
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. from USA traveled on 06 Jul 2012:
Nina was a great guide in a city she obviously loves!
Ms. Cathy D. from USA traveled on 15 Jun 2012:
Nina was great. We saw things we would’ve never seen without her direction and knowledge.
Ms. Sally N. from USA traveled on 14 Jun 2012:
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