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Philadelphia Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, July 2016

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While Philadelphia covers a huge area, here’s a manageable selection of the Pennsylvanian capital’s central attractions.

Day 1: Historic highlights

Your visit begins where the United States began, in the historic core of Philadelphia’s Old City. Head for the Independence Visitor Center to get the most out of the area’s sights. The words of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution come alive in Independence Hall and National Constitution Center, while Betsy Ross House commemorates the woman who sewed the first American flag. And then of course there’s the Liberty Bell. A large crack may have silenced it over 150 years ago, but it remains both a symbol of the city and its most-visited sight. In the evening, spend some time – if you dare – with Philly’s ghosts.

Day 2: Indoor and outdoor art

See some of Philadelphia’s best artworks for free on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive; the collection of outdoor sculpture includes Robert Indiana’s world-famous LOVE sculpture. Meanwhile the Barnes Foundation Gallery has some of the country’s finest examples of 19th and 20th century French art as well as a charming arboretum. Nearby Fairmount Park is the home of the Please Touch Museum, where little fingers can get busy with all sorts of interactive exhibits. On the other hand, touching is generally discouraged at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which nonetheless boasts a vast collection ranging from ancient to modern in a neo-classical building (and if it looks familiar, think Rocky). U Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art brings the city’s art scene right up to date.

Day 3: Community and cuisine

Starting at Washington Square, with its centerpiece Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary Soldier, head north to the recently revamped African American Museum. Nearby Chinatown announces itself with an ornate “Friendship Arch”: treat yourself to egg tarts and pork buns, or otherwise head to historic Reading Terminal Market where Amish traders come to town to sell artisanal foods. The “Gayborhood” near City Hall welcomes gay and straight alike. In the evening, take in a concert at the Kimmel Center or the nearby Academy of Music.

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Lancaster County Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Explore the heart of Amish country in a Lancaster County Hot Air Balloon ride! Board your hot air balloon in Bird in Hand, and spend an hour taking in the ...  Read more

Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.00
Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Balloon Rides
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia takes you on a walking journey through America's Most Historic Area - the birthplace of America's nation. Step ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.00
Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $29.00
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Philadelphia Duck Tour

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Hop into an amphibious vehicle for an 80-minute Philadelphia duck tour that takes you over both land and water. Your US Coast Guard-certified captain ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 80 minutes

From USD $31.00
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Philadelphia Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Grab your friends or that special someone and get ready for three hours of fun on the waters of Philadelphia! This dinner cruise includes live entertainment, ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.67
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Philadelphia CityPass

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CityPASS is the best deal in the City of Brotherly Love, giving you discounted admission to five premier attractions.

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00
Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Sightseeing & City ... 
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Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

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Gain insight into America’s colonial history on this small-group walking tour of Philadelphia, founded in the 17th century by William Penn as a haven for ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
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Philadelphia Happy Hour Pub Crawl

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Get a taste for Philadelphia’s local craft brewery culture on this small-group walking tour during happy hour! Soak up the lively atmosphere as you walk to ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.00
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Philadelphia Prohibition Pub Crawl

Spend a fun and fascinating evening socializing and learning about Philadelphia’s dark side on this pub crawl. Your guide will entertain you with stories ...  Read more

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.99
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Philadelphia Iconic Foods Tour

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Take a guided walking tour exploring the exciting culinary offerings of the historic Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk. Try eight iconic Philly foods, ...  Read more

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

From USD $29.00

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