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Experience Philadelphia through the eyes of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, on this 3-hour, guided walking tour. Learn the details of Franklin’s life and his role in the Continental Congress and Revolutionary War. Visit sites like Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street, where he once lived; Franklin Court, part of Independence National Historical Park, where he lived for 27 years and eventually died; Christ Church, where he worshipped and is buried; and the American Philosophical Society, a scholarly organization founded by Franklin in 1743. This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3-hour historical walking tour of Philadelphia
  • See Philadelphia through the lens of Benjamin Franklin, a notable 18th-century scientist, businessman and politician
  • Hear about Franklin's famous kite-flying incident, where he discovered that lightning is electricity
  • Learn about his important role in the Revolutionary War and Continental Congress
  • Visit Franklin Court, Christ Church, the American Philosophical Society and the post office, where he served as postmaster general
  • A great tour for history buffs!

What You Can Expect

Benjamin Franklin Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Elfreth's Alley

This 3-hour walking tour looks at the City of Brotherly Love through the eyes of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin wore many hats during his 84 years — author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat. This guided journey provides a better understanding of the impact he had on the city and society, visiting sites that were important in his life.

Beginning in Elfreth’s Alley, where Franklin once lived, a historian will provide an in-depth look at his life and his impact on American history, as well as the many social and political changes that took place in Philadelphia during the 18th century.

There’s the post office where Franklin served as Postmaster General; the American Philosophical Society that he founded; Franklin Court, where he lived and eventually died; Christ Church, where he worshipped and is buried; and many more historic locations. Learn also about his role in Continental Congress and the Revolutionary War. What about that famous kite-and-key event, when Franklin uncovered then-unknown facts about the nature of lightning and electricity? It’s on the tour.

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