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Take a guided, small-group walking tour of one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant areas — University City, located in the easternmost part of West Philadelphia. University City includes the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The 2.5-hour journey features Penn and Drexel University campus tours, with stops at their most beautiful and historic buildings. Also experience the area’s Victorian and early 20th-century residential housing, historic sports venues, and more. Tour includes a trolley token plus a snack from each of three popular food truck areas.


  • Philadelphia University City walking tour with a local guide
  • Soak up the dynamic campus life of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Drexel University and their eclectic food trucks
  • Explore picturesque avenues, historical buildings and sports venues
  • Try some of Philly's tasty bites from street food vendors in University City neighborhood
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Philadelphia's University City Food and Walking Tour Including Penn and Drexel

Quadrangle Dormitories at the University of Pennsylvania

After meeting at 30th Street Station in the morning, you'll leave on foot down Market Street; stopping for a taste of the Caribbean at the first group of food truck stops. Down the road is Drexel University, a private research institution founded in 1891. Walk down one of the green quads and into the Main Building, the campus’ oldest building. Marvel at the classical Renaissance architecture and its splendid interior, the multi-story arcaded walls of the Grand Court, all virtually unchanged since the university's founding.

Walk down the hill past World Cafe Live, a live music venue, and enter Penn Park, a new green space with spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline.

Pass some of the most iconic college sports venues in the country, such as Franklin Field and the Palestra, and then enter the heart of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) campus, which opened its doors in 1751 and credits Benjamin Franklin as its founder.

At Franklin Field you will reach the second group of food trucks during the heart of lunch hour as you make your way to Penn's campus.

Your guide will lead you past Fisher Library, an architectural masterpiece created by Frank Furness, and past College Hall, with its characteristic green hue. Enter Houston Hall, home of the country’s first Student Union, and then continue up Locust Walk, a picturesque campus promenade.

From there you will end up on Spruce Street with the third group of food trucks lining the streets and you'll be treated to something sweet at the final location.

Lastly you'll walk through hidden preserves and a pond on the campus making your way to the trolley stop where your guide will provide a token for each person, valid for a ride on the trolley. From this point, you'll have the choice to ride back to 30th Street or continue to Center City.

Customer Reviews

Russell A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We are so glad we did this your. The guide was a really nice guy and knew his stuff. As my son and I were the only two booked we got a private tour as well!! Highly recommend this tour

Bill G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Josh Silver is the finest tour guide I've ever had and I've had a lot of them. Ask for him specially.

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