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  • Location:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Best Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Experience the best of US history with a modern twist on this small-group tour of Philadelphia. See where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, take a photo of the Liberty Bell, visit where past presidents like George Washington lived, and learn about William Penn, Pennsylvania's founder. You’ll discover the lively neighborhood culture of Old City as you pass art galleries and cafes, and top off your outing with a refreshing brew at a local pub. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized experience with an informative guide.


  • 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

Best Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

The Signer Statue in Independence National Historic Park

Start your 2-hour tour at the Philly Tour Hub, where you can view local art and photography inside the historic building. Outside, get a glimpse of the Betsy Ross House and hear stories from your guide about the birth of the American flag.

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.

When you reach Christ Church, where the Founding Fathers once worshipped, head inside to learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America. Then stop at a local coffee shop, where you can 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.

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. 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.

See the Liberty Bell, with the possibility of going inside, crowds permitting, and continue to the Curtis Center, where you’ll enter (weekdays only) for a view of Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden, a beautiful mosaic mural.

Then, it’s off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn, the state’s founder, and a possible visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stroll through Independence National Park and the must-see 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.

Making your way back to the Old City neighborhood, end the tour at a local brewpub. Enjoy a craft beer or refreshing non-alcoholic beverage before saying farewell to your guide.

Customer Reviews

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 America

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great walking tour. Kendra our guide was fantastic. Not only did we learn about the history of Philadelphia we learned about present day Philadelphia from the perspective of a local. It was wonderful. To top it off we finished our tour at a bar and shared a drink and great conversation with Kendra and the other members of the tour. I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Rob was brilliant. He extended the tour past the time allocated to ensure we saw everything. He was enthusiatic and very knowledgeable. He took us all for a drink after the tour and we got no indication he was rushing us to finish the tour. Couldn't rate the tour enough. We saw so much of the city and more

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nina was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She brought her love of Philadelphia to everything we saw. Excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide Chris provided rich historical and fun context about the city. We spent two hours visiting all of the most important historical sites in the city. This tour will make your visit to Philly memorable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great 1st day experience! The tour gave us a understanding of the area and what attractions we wanted to return to. Our docent was great! We learned alot and had fun. Planning a return trip and we will do the tour again with new traveling partners.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide couldn't have been nicer. He was extremely polite, knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed every minute of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

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