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Welcome to Philadelphia

Get an up-close look at American history in the City of Brotherly Love, an early capital of the United States. History lovers, foodies, and adventurers will find plenty of things to do in this bustling city: Book a private or group tour to experience Philly’s sights, sounds, and tastes. Start with a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour on a double-decker bus. You’ll get your bearings and stop wherever you like—and hop back on when you’re ready. Tour major historic sites such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Congress Hall, plus the Betsy Ross House, Constitution Center, and the immense City Hall topped with a statue of William Penn. Or get some exercise with a walking or bike tour around the city center. Culinary tours focus on Philly’s vibrant local brewery scene and regional specialties, such as soft pretzels, Philly cheesesteaks, and cuisines from around the world. (Try an Uzbekistan restaurant.) Peruse the outdoor Italian Market, one of the country’s oldest, for cannoli and fresh pasta. Then turn your focus to culture: Take a tour of public art, including sculptures and murals, and discuss what the artists intended with your guide. Head to the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, and the 42-acre Philadelphia Zoo. And cap off your day with an evening bus tour through the city’s lights, a dinner cruise, or a pub crawl, for a great night’s sleep, before starting again in the morning.

Top 10 attractions in Philadelphia

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Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center

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The Liberty Bell, a 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) piece of American history, was forged in London's Whitechapel Foundry and represents freedom in the city where the Declaration of Independence was crafted. Now set in the Liberty Bell Center, the bell was commissioned in 1752 and has been in Philadelphia since British Colonial rule.More
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest public art galleries in the United States. Along with its main Greco-Roman style building—home to works by Rubens, Monet, and van Gogh—this cultural treasure boasts four smaller museums and is fronted by the “Rocky Steps,” immortalized in the hit 1976 film Rocky.More
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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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The Philadelphia Zoo is perfect for families with kids looking for a break from the historical sites, though it has some historical significance as well—it was the nation’s first zoo. It’s home to over 1,300 different animals, many of them rare and endangered, and renowned for successfully breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity.More
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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

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George Washington supposedly asked Betsy Ross to stitch the first-ever American flag. The seamstress is said to have created the Stars and Stripes in 1776. Today, visitors can explore the 18th-century house where Betsy Ross purportedly lived, examine artifacts from her life, and even meet a costumed Betsy Ross impersonator.More
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Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

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Philadelphia City Hall, in the middle of Center City at the intersection of Broad and Market streets, is visible from all over town. For nearly 100 years, it remained the tallest structure in the city. Though it no longer bears the accolade, City Hall remains one of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings.More
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Christ Church

Christ Church

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Known as “America’s Church,” this 1744 city landmark was the first Protestant Episcopal congregation, the post-Revolution version of a Royalist, Anglican church founded in 1695. Early parishioners included George Washington and Betsy Ross, and its cemetery hosts the remains of several signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin.One of the most-visited sites in Philadelphia, the church is chock full of historic objects, including communion silver commissioned by England’s Queen Anne and mahogany cabinetry by some of the city’s most renowned woodworkers. Topped by a 200-foot-tall steeple, it was once the tallest building in America.More
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Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum

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Families visiting Philadelphia with kids won’t want to skip the Please Touch Museum, which has been the children’s museum of Philadelphia since 1976. The guiding principle of the museum is teaching through play, and it offers a multitude of engaging hands-on activities for young people. The 157,000-square-foot site has six unique zones over two floors, like Wonderland, where kids can have a tea party with the Mad Hatter, and Flight Fantasy, where kids learn about historic and futuristic flying machines. They can even play George Washington, sailing a boat on a mini Delaware River. There are also four areas designated specially for children under 3 years old, making the Please Touch Museum a spot for kids of any age.More
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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

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Billed as the oldest residential street in the United States, Elfreth’s Alley dates back to 1702. A National Historic Landmark and a living museum, the narrow, cobbled alley features 32 buildings in Georgian and Federal styles. It’s also home to Elfreth's Alley Museum House.More
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Philadelphia Old City

Philadelphia Old City

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Old City is a neighborhood in Central City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for its antiquated charm and many historic sites important to the birth of the United States. Wander down its narrow cobblestone streets and you'll feel like you're stepping through a time warp into 18th-century colonial America.More
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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing

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Sandwiched between Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River on the east side of Philadelphia, Penn's Landing is skinny in shape but important in stature. The waterfront area served as the 1682 landing spot for William Penn, founder of the Pennsylvania colony, making it a must-see spot for any American history buff.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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Fun history tour
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
You get to see many of the top historic sites of Philadelphia with some of the back story to the places.
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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
Easy to see the must see sites of Philadelphia.
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Wonderful way to see Philly
Debbie_B, Oct 2020
Philadelphia Segway Tour
We loved every moment of it and it was a fun way to see the city.
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Great way to see the highlights of Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Eastern State Penitentiary
BeaumontHR, Sep 2019
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Eastern State Penitentiary Admission
The hop on hop off tour was a really good way to see Philadelphia.
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Awesome Philly Experience!!!
Sebastian P, Mar 2019
City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
I got to see the beautiful city of Philadelphia in the 2-day sightseeing bus for a very cheap price and enjoyed every bit of it.
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Great value for money and tour guides...
steve.deeley, Nov 2017
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Great way to see Philadelphia if you have a short stay.
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What fun! This was a great way to...
Pam L, Jul 2017
Philadelphia Segway Tour
This was a great way to see Philadelphia in a short amount of time!
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This was amazing I had worked in the...
John W, Jul 2016
Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals
This was amazing I had worked in the Philadelphia area a few years ago but never really had a chance to see it.
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We had such a fun time using this...
Lisa B, Dec 2016
City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
A great way to see the city of Philadelphia and they took us to places we never would have found on our own.
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What a fun way to see the city! Our...
Rosy M, Oct 2015
Dark Philly Adult Night Tour
What a fun way to see the city!
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This was very informative also and...
Lee L, Jun 2007
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
This was very informative also and helped us decide what we wanted to see when we returned to Philadelphia a few days later.
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Good overview walking tour
Nancy C, Oct 2019
Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
The weather was good and it was fun to visit locations with fewer tourists around.
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We had a wonderful time. It was a great...
Mary H, Jul 2016
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
It was a great way to introduce my family to all the great attractions in Philadelphia.
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Great way to see a piece of...
Ralph D, Oct 2015
Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour by Segway
Great way to see a piece of Philadelphia and eat amazing cheesesteak sandwiches!!!
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Great way to see major historical...
David D, Sep 2010
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Great way to see major historical sights in Philadelphia.
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We loved our walking tour - very...
Susan B, Aug 2016
Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia
The reason we came to Philadelphia was to give our son a visual tour of everything he is about to learn in honors history this fall term - he talked about the facts and stories he had learned the entire way home in the car - mission accomplished - th
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Trevor was awesome!! Very...
Shannon W, Jun 2015
Philadelphia: Craft Beer, Bars and Brewing History (Small Group)
He even marked some other nearby sights on our map for us to see while we were in the area and a place for dinner.
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Great way to see the sites of...
June B, Jun 2017
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Great way to see the sites of Philadelphia and then go back for a more in depth visit to those that interest you.
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The 2-h Segway Tour was great. It is...
Kirsten F, May 2016
Philadelphia Segway Tour
It is enough time to see the whole city.

All about Philadelphia

When to visit

Following its long winter, Philadelphia is more than ready to shine when the weather warms up. Spring highlights include Mexican Week, the South Street Spring Festival, Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Broad Street Run, and the long-running Easter Promenade. Alternatively, fall brings crisp temperatures and the chance to see the city bathed in autumnal hues.

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