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Elfreth's Alley Tours

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Elfreth's Alley
Dating to 1702, Elfreth's Alley is a cobblestone lane in Old City, between North 2nd Street & North Front Street and Arch & Race Streets, and is billed as “our nation’s oldest street.” Named for an 18th-century blacksmith who lived and worked here, this block-long wander features Federal and Georgian-style brick buildings that once served as shops and houses for a variety of Philadelphia tradesmen: glassblowers, pewter smiths, furniture makers, shipwrights and more.

By the early 20th century, the character of the surrounding neighborhood had turned into a seedy waterfront, a decidedly undesirable spot for tourists. By the mid-1930s, the Alley was threatened with demolition, but was saved by a neighborhood association; now a National Historic Landmark, it remains one of the city’s most rare examples of 18th-century architecture. 

While the street itself is essentially a living museum, houses No. 124-126 actually comprise a small museum that details daily life in the Alley’s heyday. Residents of modern-day Elfreth’s Alley open their doors to the public twice a year for holiday celebrations: mid-December’s Christmas-themed “Deck the Alley” and the Alley’s own “Fete Day” in early June.
Address: 126 Elfreths Alley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA
Hours: April-Dec: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. Jan-March: Thurs-Sun 11am-5pm
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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Experience the history of the United States on this guided 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). 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.
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Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Old City Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Journey back in time on a guided, 1-hour carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of historic Philadelphia. Visit Philly’s Independence National Historical Park, Society Hill and Old City. This leisurely ride features famous locations like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth Alley, and much more.
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining 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.
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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia to now Walking Tour

Discovering Colonial Philadelphia to now Walking Tour

Benefit from a walking tour led by a private guide for an in-depth look at Philadelphia’s colonial heritage and architecture. View a number of architectural styles and buildings that date to the city’s founding, and hear about America’s history and Founding Fathers as well. Stroll through Elfreth's Alley and the Old City, and stop to view landmarks such as Christ Church and the Ghost House at Franklin Court.
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Spirits of Our Founding Fathers Walking Tour

Spirits of Our Founding Fathers Walking Tour

Beginning on Elfreth's Alley, we wind our way through Old City Philadelphia, visiting important buildings, learning about the people and events that occurred at each one. We stop at Pinot Boutique, a wine lover's playground and sample a flight of wine the colonists would have enjoyed. After some more history, our next stop is City Tavern, a business which John Adams called the "most genteel tavern in America", and a favorite meeting place of some of the Founding Fathers and members of the First Continental Congress. Here we try beers that Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton enjoyed as well as some Madeira wine. We end at the Pennsylvania State House, aka Independence Hall. We will learn all about the building and events that have made this one of the most visited buildings in the world. For those interested, we will head into the Bourse Building which has a selection of beers as well as cider, wine, and cocktails.
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Philadelphia: walking tour with a local expert

Philadelphia: walking tour with a local expert

Our professional tour guide will lead you to unravel this beautiful city and its most important monuments, you will be astonished by the beauty and At the end of this 2 hours walking tour you will be surprised how many outstanding places there are to admire in Philadelphia. Our small group tour includes at most 12 participants in order to allow our customers to maximize the experience, a small group guarantees personalization and respect of each participants’ need.
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Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront: Explore the historic city on an audio tour

Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront: Explore the historic city on an audio tour

This self-guided audio tour explores the north-central Philadelphia waterfront, focusing on what remains of this historic locale after the installation of Interstate I-95 in the 1970s, and relating (among other things) how early Quaker settlers lived in caves along the waterfront. Keep in mind that this area was where wheeling and dealing went on to encourage local, regional and national enterprise. It was where early American capitalists made their fortunes. It was where the individual American colonies were crafted into a nation. And it was also where terrible urban contagions began. Your guide is historian, writer and tour guide Harry Kyriakodis. He has what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: about 2700 titles, new and old. He's also a founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and has lived at Pier 3 Condominium at Penn’s Landing since 1997.
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Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Tour

Beyond the [Liberty] Bell History Tour

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Availability: Groups of 4 or fewer must book 5 spots to secure your tour. Description: Hit all the main sites in historic Old City and Independence Park, but hear it all from the perspectives often left out of mainstream tourism. If you have any questions or would like to request a private tour - feel free to reach out! We accommodate time requests, content requests and private parties with special pricing.
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Private tour of historic Philadelphia: Where the USA began

Private tour of historic Philadelphia: Where the USA began

The United States of America started here. But you knew that. That’s why you’re coming to Philadelphia, right? We will visit the sites and sights that made America’s independence real. We will see the Liberty Bell, a gift from France; Carpenter’s Hall, the oldest trade guild in the country; the President’s House Memorial Site, which served as the “White House” from 1790 to 1800 while Philadelphia was the U. S. capital. We'll enter the church where most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence worshiped, a beautiful sanctuary still in constant use.
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See My Philadelphia

See My Philadelphia

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I have been giving private tours for nine years and will customize the tour to fit your time and the attractions that you want to see. OR I can figure it all out! Stay in Philadelphia or explore the surrounding counties. Your friend in Philly. Seniors our specialty!! 80 five star reviews on Trip Advisor says you are making the right choice! As of July 1, 2020, I have an audio system that allows us to maintain "social distancing", and yet you hear me loudly and clearly!!
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Historic Philly Self-Guided Audio Tour

Historic Philly Self-Guided Audio Tour

Walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes, discover the iconic Liberty Bell, and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided audio tour! Journey back in time to historic Philadelphia in the days of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and their revolutionary collaborators. Here's how it works: Within 30 mins, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app onto your phone and enter the password. Then download the tour inside. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Once there, launch the app and simply follow the instructions from there! Stick to our recommended route for the best experience. Password is valid for 30 days from Travel Date. This tour does not include entrance to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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Philadelphia Self-Guided Audio Tour

Philadelphia Self-Guided Audio Tour

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This fascinating tour of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, features such famous sights as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House, alleged to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross purportedly lived when she sewed the first American Flag. You will also see the Franklin Institute, the Masonic Temple, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia History Museum, Declaration House, the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the original Declaration of Independence, the National Constitution Centre,and Elfreth's Alley. This tour is full of fascinating sights to savour. Your tour. Your way.
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Cemetery and Serial Killers Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Cemetery and Serial Killers Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Uncover Philadelphia’s dark past, and visit some of its most famous landmarks besides, on this macabre, small-group walking tour of Center City. Meet your guide (a college professor or trained historian), and set off to sights ranging from Betsy Ross House and Elfreth’s Alley to Christ Church and beyond. As you go, listen to ghost stories, legends about famous serial killers, and other spooky tales. The tour concludes with a beverage or moonshine sample.
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What are Elfreth's Alley hours of operation?
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Elfreth's Alley hours of operation: April-Dec: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm. Jan-March: Thurs-Sun 11am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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