Historical Sights in Philadelphia

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Once the capital of the United States, Philadelphia was at the center of America's early democracy. It all happened here, from the drafting of the Constitution to the sewing of the first American flag. See below for ways to see all the top sites.

What to See
  • Independence Hall — where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed
  • The Liberty Bell — a 2,080-pound (943-kilogram) bronze bell that was rung to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • Old City — which is packed with landmarks and considered the nation’s most historic square mile
  • Eastern State Penitentiary — a spooky prison that held inmates such as Al "Scarface" Capone in solitary confinement, driving many of them insane

How to Visit
  • String together the major sites in and around Old City on a walking, biking, or Segway tour.
  • Pair history with a little booze on a BYOB trolley tour or an educational pub crawl.
  • Book a combo tour that includes stops at both Revolution-era sites and the haunted Eastern State Penitentiary.
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Experience the history of the United States on this guided, 2-hour, small-group walking tour around Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom in America. See Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence (this tour does not enter Independence Hall). 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 beverage at a local establishment.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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USD33.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Discover the birthplace of America on this 90-minute guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, where the tour begins (and ends), plus Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Betsy Ross House and Declaration House, and many more. This seasonal tour operates rain or shine, but only during the warmer months of April to November.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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USD19.00
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining 1- or 2-hour guided, small-group Segway tour. Learn about Philadelphia’s important history and visit popular locations like Penn’s Landing, the Historic District, the Italian Market, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill on a 5- or 10-mile loop around Center City. Guided Segway training and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hrs
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USD55.00
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 hrs
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BYOB Tour of Old City in Philadelphia

Tote a beer or wine along on this 2-hour trolley tour of Philadelphia's historic landmarks. Step off to walk around the LOVE statue, City Hall, or run up the Art Museum steps, Rocky-style. Drinks are BYOB.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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USD34.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this 1.5-hour walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenter's Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD25.00
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Small-Group Historical Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historic sights in Philadelphia on this guided, 3-hour, small-group walking tour. See where the Liberty Bell originally stood at Independence Hall. Visit Powel House, a brick mansion named after the city’s first mayor and often visited by George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, among others. Stop at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church where the nation’s Founding Fathers worshipped.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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USD85.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

Drink your way through Philadelphia history on a 4.5-hour walking tour and pub crawl through the heart of Old City, City Hall, and Center City Philly. See some of Philly’s key landmarks, from Ben Franklin’s house to the U.S. Mint, ride the Philadelphia subway, then hit some local bars for happy hour. This 4.5-hour history and beer tour includes four beers, a snack, and entrance fees at sites along the way, and it’s limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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USD79.00
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps

Delve deep into Philadelphia history with this combination tour, which includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary, and an historic walking tour. Hop off the bus tour at any one of the 27 attractions to explore further on your own. See Al Capone's cell and learn about the history of American incarceration at Eastern State. Follow in statesman Benjamin Franklin's steps on an historic walking tour of Old City's highlights.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD63.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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