Tour code: 5713HISTORY
=Experience the history of the United States on this guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour around Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom in America. Visit Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Snap a selfie with the iconic Liberty Bell. Learn about Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, and see where George Washington, the first President of the United States, lived. Then check out the galleries and eateries in Old City Philadelphia, America's most historic square mile, followed by a cold one at a local pub.

Highlights

  • 2-hour historical walking tour of Philadelphia, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Discover the country’s Founding Fathers on a stroll through Philly’s Historic District and Old City District
  • See Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed
  • View the Liberty Bell and see the home of past presidents like George Washington
  • Pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, Old City Hall, Franklin Court and more
  • Enjoy a refreshing craft beer or soft drink at a local brewpub
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

The Signer Statue in Independence National Historic Park

This historic tour begins at the Philly Tour Hub, a self-proclaimed launching pad for all the great Philadelphia travel experiences. Just outside, visit the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewn. 

Walk through the Old City district of Philadelphia, where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. It’s also home to Elfreth’s Alley, America's oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Experience its art and design, with more than 55 galleries and home décor showrooms; plus over 80 restaurants and shops. 

Visit Christ Church, where the Founding Fathers worshipped, then stop at a local café and purchase a quick bite or beverage.

Walk through the Historic District and Franklin Court (where Ben Franklin used to live) and then to Independence Mall, a three-block section of the Independence National Historical Park, as well as the National Constitution Center and the U.S. Mint. 

Visit the home of George Washington and John Adams back when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. See the Liberty Bell and the Curtis Center, one of Philadelphia's historical spaces for its famous Tiffany mosaic.

Learn more about William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, at Washington Square. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. Walk and learn — through Independence National Park and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. 

Finally, back in Old City, unwind with the group over a cold beer or beverage at one of the district’s best pubs — a perfect ending to a perfect tour.

Customer Reviews

Sarah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is now Philly in HD tour and is not super historic. Anyway we had a great tour with Kenny. He's very knowledgeable and entertaining. This tour definitely takes you off the beaten tracks of Philly. Combines some current and past elements and not overly heavy on 1776 Philadelphia. And ends nicely with a classic Philly beer. Recommended for those looking for something different. NOTE: No entry into Independence Hall and you can miss the Liberty Bell if you don't go early. I recommend hitting the Independence Park before the tour.

Jeriann J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very enjoyable and insightful tour. My husband and I aren't much for the 'tourist' things, but this was well worth the money and time. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun. It was also very interesting to essentially take a step back in time and travel along the same paths as our founding fathers.

Lorin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Pleasantly surprised! Wonderful balance of history, culture, and contemporary life. Tour guide Kenny was excellent ... knowledgeable with youthful exuberance.

eugene

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great!

Lettie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely brilliant tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour suit us and the other 2 people that came on it - almost a personalised tour. Finished with a beer and a long chat which was an added bonus.

Colleen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a very interesting walking tour. Our guide was very informative. I think it was a little pricey for a walking tour.

ANDREA F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Learned a lot and saw a lot. Good paced tour that ended in a pub, very nice tour guide.

Bethani B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful tour. Our tour guide was great. We would definitely use Viator again.

Kellen C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour! Our guide was knowledgable and fun. Got to see a lot of the city we wouldn't have known to look for during our short trip. Loved it

Steve M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide, Rob, did an incredible job and was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He knew his information backwards and forwards and included some very interesting facts and stories about these gentlemen.

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