Explore Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Walking Tour

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A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

Duration3 hours
Guide LanguageEnglish
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About

You will meet your guide at the Signers Garden in the middle of the Independence National Historical Park and begin exploring the landmarks that shaped America.
From here, we’ll take you back to the time of our nation’s founding, you will walk through this charming neighborhood. Guide will share knowledge of the most significant sites of the park, such as Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and Old City Hall. You will see the Liberty Bell, and hear about why this iconic symbol has become so famous all around the world.
Just next door, you’ll enter the President’s House site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly’s tenure as our nation’s capital. Pay your respects to one of our country's most influential citizens at the gravesite of Benjamin Franklin. Continue to be immersed in history as you venture past the Betsy Ross House and then down Elfreth’s Alley, America's oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Experience its art and design, with more than 55 galleries and home décor showrooms; plus over 80 restaurants and shops. Experience its art and design, with more than 55 galleries and home décor showrooms; plus over 80 restaurants and shops.
As this Philadelphia tour winds down, your guide will help you make the rest of your visit just as memorable, recommending restaurants, pubs, and more fun things to do!

Highlights

Discover the country’s Founding Fathers on a stroll through Philly’s Historic District and Old City District
Explore a history-drenched neighborhood and view some of the iconic sights (and a few hidden gems) of Old City Philadelphia with a local guide
Enjoy a special presentation on George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution
Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more personalized experience
Gain entry into the Washington Tent Presentation at the Museum of the American Revolution
View Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Ben Franklin’s grave, the Betsy Ross House and more
This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company

Itinerary

Meet your guide at the Signers Garden in the middle of the Independence National Historical Park and begin your amazing journey of the past. Visit several unmissable sites on this historical Old City Philadelphia tour. This experience ditches the guidebooks and gives you a dose of history from a local perspective.
Stroll Independence Mall - the three block section of Independence National Park and the must-see Independence Hall (tour does not enter Independence Hall), where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. As you walk, learn about Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the Second Bank of the US and Carpenter's Hall.
Follow your guide across the Mall and visit the President's House, once the home of George Washington and John Adams during Philadelphia’s tenure as the nation's capital.
We will pass by Independence Hall where in 1776, the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.
Your guide will share knowledge of the most significant sites such Congress Hall.
Originally intended as Philadelphia's City Hall, it housed the U.S. Supreme Court from the completion of its construction in 1791 until 1800, when the national capital was moved to Washington, D.C.
Hear the story of the founding of the State House bell (now known as the Liberty Bell) to its use by abolitionists and civil rights advocates.
Pass by Carpenters' Hall and learn about the official birthplace of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a key meeting place in the early history of the United States.
Enjoy a special presentation on George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution
Outside, get a glimpse of the Betsy Ross House and hear stories from your guide about the birth of the American flag.
Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia is an important early-American cemetery. It is the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah.
Learn about the this house that served as the "White House" from 1790 to 1800 while Philadelphia was the capital of the United States.
From here, weave through the charming back alleys of Old City and walk down Elfreth's Alley, one of the country’s oldest continuously occupied residential streets. In this vibrant neighborhood, you’ll pass trendy cafes, shops, art galleries and buildings featuring industrial architecture.

Inclusions

Join friendly Local, English-speaking guide
A donation to a local community organization
Presentation on George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution (Entrance Fee Included)
National Park Service Fee for guided groups
Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
Explore the iconic sights of Philadelphia with a local guide

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Entrance into buildings/sites are on a time and queue permitting basis
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
  • This tour does not go inside Christ Church on the 5:30 pm departure. We will view it from the outside
  • Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.