Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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Stop At: Philadelphia Urban Adventures, 229 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1974

Start your 2-hour tour at the Philly Tour Hub, where you can view local art and photography inside the historic building.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1999

Outside, get a glimpse of the Betsy Ross House and hear stories from your guide about the birth of the American flag.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Elfreth's Alley, 126 Elfreths Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2006

From here, weave through the charming back alleys of Old City and walk down Elfreth's Alley, one of the country’s oldest continuously occupied residential streets. In this vibrant neighborhood, you’ll pass trendy cafes, shops, art galleries and buildings featuring industrial architecture.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Christ Church, 20 N American St On 2nd, Above Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-4592

When you reach Christ Church, where the Founding Fathers once worshiped, head inside (if it is open and available) to learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America. Then stop at a local coffee shop, where you may grab a quick snack or beverage (own expense) and relax with your guide — it’s the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you have about Philadelphia history.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Franklin Court, 314 Market St # 322, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2704

As your small-group tour continues through the Historic District, pass Franklin Court — the site of Ben Franklin's home — and view Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center and the US Mint.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA

Follow your guide across the Mall and visit the President's House, once the home of George Washington and John Adams during Philadelphia’s tenure as the nation's capital.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dream Garden Glass Mosaic, 601 Walnut St # 45 in the Curtis Building, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3323

Continue to the Curtis Center, where you’ll enter (weekdays only) for a view of Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden, a beautiful mosaic mural.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Washington Square Park, Walnut Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Then, it’s off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn, the state’s founder.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106

And a possible visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Independence National Historical Park, 143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2818

Stroll Independence Mall - the three block section of Independence National Park and the must-see Independence Hall (tour does not enter Independence Hall), where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. As you walk, learn about Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the Second Bank of the US and Carpenter's Hall.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old City Arts District, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Making your way back to the Old City neighborhood, end the tour at a local establishment. Enjoy a craft beer or refreshing non-alcoholic beverage before saying farewell to your guide or upgrade your tour and join us for a historical beer tour to learn about how beer and various pubs played a role in shaping our nation's history.

Duration: 15 minutes

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  • Local English-speaking guide
  • A beer or beverage at the final stop
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Betsy Ross House
  • Entry/Admission - Independence National Historical Park
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Entrance into buildings/sites are on a time and queue permitting basis
  • Guests must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Photo ID is required
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
5 | 2019-09-17

Our tour guide Adam was on time, knowledgeable, personable, and willing to answer any questions. He was more of a friend than lecturer, which made the experience that much more enjoyable. I would recommend he services to anyone who wants a relaxed and informed tour.

Peter N
5 | 2019-09-09

Very informative and interesting aspects of early American History by a very good tour guide in Mike. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

David T
5 | 2019-09-02

Adam was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable and very outgoing. Very personable. This is a tour worth taking. Another excellent one was a running tour of Philadelphia.

Joseph K
5 | 2019-07-29

My family of 4 (13 and 10 year old daughters) and another family joined a private guide for a 2-hour walking tour highlighting the historical buildings and figures who used to occupy them. This tour is designed to give a brief description of 10-12 historical sites. It’s a great way to start a vacation with a knowledgeable guide and then decide afterwards which sites you’d like to see in more detail. We had a great time and learned a lot from our guide!

Ashwin K
5 | 2019-07-03

Amazing experience with Urban Adventures. Howard was amazingly knowledgeable and a great tour guide. Highly recommend this tour!

Nathan B
5 | 2019-07-03

We booked the two hour walking tour with our fantastic guide Adam. Although the tour doesn't include admission to any of the historical sights you can always go back after the tour. The time is spent much more productively learning from the guide and walking around the city. The walking area is quite small so pretty much anyone can do this tour. And at the end you get a beer or beverage at a local cheesesteak shop! The tour is the right amount of time and the perfect way to combine many of the things on your Philly to-do-list. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone!

Brooke D
5 | 2019-04-19

Enjoyed our walking tour with guide, Dick. He was very knowledgeable about the city and its history. It was a nice pace for 1.5 hour tour.

Peter G
5 | 2019-03-28

Our family really enjoyed this tour! Dick, our guide, was so knowledgeable and could answer any and every question we had. We learned so much. I would highly recommend this tour!

David P
5 | 2018-11-26

Adam did an excellent job with our group. He was friendly, engaging and informative. The walk was enjoyable and just the right length.

Deborah w
5 | 2018-10-30

This tour was well done and very informative. Sam did a wonderful job! I would definitely recommend this one! Not too much walking and we went the pace of the group. Thank you soo much. Great time!

Donald H
5 | 2018-10-29

We walked several places in Philadelphia from the Liberty Bell to Historic alleyways, oodles of pcs of history and little known facts on this beautiful city.

Peggy G
3 | 2018-09-21

Minimum of information and seemed rushed, guide was knowledgeable but not much new that we saw from just walking around ourselves.

Benjamin G
5 | 2018-09-09

This tour is an excellent orientation to Old City. My favorite part of this tour is visiting Christ Church.

Jeffrey L
5 | 2018-09-07

Loved our tour with Josh. He provided really interesting info and tailored the tour for our group. I would highly recommend this tour!

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