Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Tours
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Explore an urban art landscape at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG). Multicolor glass bottles, unique ‘found’ objects and hand-forged tiles envelop visitors in a truly unique and creative art environment. Mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar’s largest public artwork, PMG spans half a block on South Street. The gardens are a nod to historical figures and influential artists, as well as the local community. Some of the art installations have been in creation for more than 14 years! A popular destination for culture seekers and nontraditional art lovers, PMG hosts workshops, concerts, and hands-on experiences. Tours are available so visitors can experience all aspects of the outdoor exhibition and indoor gallery.
Pennsylvania’s PMG is located on South Street. Metered and two-hour parking is available nearby — further streets offer free unlimited parking. The space is open 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday, be sure to check the schedule for holiday schedules, delays and special events. During peak hours (weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) visitors may have to wait in line. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for students, seniors and members, $5 for children and free for children younger than 5.
Address: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA, USA 19147, USA
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day)
Admission: $10 adults, $8 students, seniors & members, $5 children
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Take in the cultural diversity of South Philadelphia on this guided tour through its historic neighborhoods. See the art of Isaiah Zagar, a local mosaic mural artist, whose work is on display throughout the city, including Magic Gardens (admission included). Visit the 9th Street Italian Market, America’s oldest outdoor market, and sample some food. Throughout your tour, you'll pop on and off of South Street, with its eclectic blend of shops, bars, and eateries. There’s something for everyone in South Philly.
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.
Journey around Philadelphia, see some of the city’s most popular sights and drink four local beers on this full-day walking tour. Your guide takes you to the city’s must-see areas, as well as bars and pubs loved by locals. Along the way, pass the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Queen Village, and Ben Franklin House. Plus, at each of the four bars you stop at, enjoy a beer and a snack.
Join for a 4 mile run sprinkled with Rocky and Philly stories most locals don’t even know! You’ll become a local champ weaving through the streets of Philly. We cap it off with a run up the famous Art Museum Steps. In addition to being the home of the Rocky films, did you know Philly invented the Cowboy Hat and Fast Food? We explore those little known facts and hundreds more. We tie together the unique Philly story as we run through Colonial Old City, South Philly, and the Commercial Center. We tap into themes like freedom, the underdog story, and American Firsts. Philly's beautiful & flat streets are full of sites - perfect for running tours! Whether you're here on vacation, business or even a local, there's no better way to learn about Philly! You'll walk away refreshed! This tour is more fulfilling than running on a hotel treadmill and better than getting lost in the city alone. You'll receive a detailed map overview (PDF) of 50 sites from our run to help you explore further!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens hours of operation?
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens hours of operation: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day). 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.
What's the best way to experience Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens?
The best ways to experience Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are:
- Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
- Philadelphia Segway Tour
- Eat Drink and Experience Philly Walking Tour
- Philadelphia Rocky Run
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