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Philadelphia Old City Tours

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Philadelphia Old City
Old City is a neighborhood in Central City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for its antiquated charm and many historic sites important to the birth of the United States. Wander down its narrow cobblestone streets and you'll feel like you're stepping through a time warp into 18th-century colonial America.

The Basics
The neighborhood is a must-see for travelers who want to walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers. Highlights include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center,  the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Carpenters' Hall. Elfreth's Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the country, lined with centuries-old homes. 

Bus tours, many via open-top, double-decker buses, skirt the boundaries of Old City, but some of the landmarks are on narrow streets or in courtyards best accessible on a walking tour. Tour guides fill visitors in on the life and times of Philly's most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin, while stopping at city landmarks. Horse-drawn carriage tours are another popular option, allowing visitors to travel like their historic compatriots. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Old City is a don’t-miss for colonial history buffs and first-time Philly visitors.
  • Visitors can skip the (often long) line for the Liberty Bell and view the famous national symbol through the Independence Visitor Center side window.
  • The historic cobblestone streets can make the area difficult to access for strollers and wheelchairs.

How to Get There
Old City occupies the blocks between Front and Sixth streets, bounded by Florist Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. It is easily accessible via SEPTA (bus and rail), but street parking in the area is notoriously difficult.

When to Get There
By day, the area is thick with travelers on sightseeing tours, so visit early to avoid the crowds. Expect long lines at the top attractions (especially the Liberty Bell). Nighttime ghost tours are available for those in search of a creepy thrill, and neighborhood nightlife features top-notch restaurants, bars, and clubs. 

Arts and Fashion
Today’s Old City is also a hub for Philadelphia's fashion, arts, and design scene. The neighborhood has more than 30 art galleries and home furnishing outlets, and boutiques showcase collections by local fashion designers. 
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Philadelphia Old City

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Founding Fathers Tour of PhiladelphiaBeer & Brewery Tours

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking TourHalf-day Tours

From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

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This half-day Philadelphia tour ditches the guidebooks and provides a dose of history from a local perspective. Follow a guide through Old City and visit unmissable Philly landmarks. Then ride the subway to Center City for a happy hour pub crawl that includes beers. This small-group walking tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage TourHorseback Riding

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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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Philadelphia Highlights Private Driving TourBus Tours

Philadelphia Highlights Private Driving Tour

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Enjoy a personal and private introduction to the City of Brotherly Love on this 2-hour sightseeing tour around Philadelphia. Climb aboard a comfortable minivan and explore the highlights of the city. See Philadelphia’s Historic District — from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine Street to Lombard Street — plus landmark locations like the waterfront region of Penn's Landing along the Delaware River, the South 9th Street Italian Market, Philadelphia City Hall, Love Park, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Rocky steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Segway Tour of Philadelphia's MuralsHistorical Tours

Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals

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Experience Philadelphia’s most artistic neighborhoods like never before on this guided, 2.5-hour, small-group Segway tour. See the best of Philly’s many murals — from Old City to Northern Liberties, Spring Garden and Chinatown — and learn more about the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Guided Segway training, headsets and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Spirits of Our Founding Fathers Walking TourWine Tastings

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 nearby to visit Taps Fill Station which has a selection of beers as well as cider, wine, cocktails and mead, all on draft.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City TourBus Tours

Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

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Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit Philadelphia’s top attractions—like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall—on a full loop. Select from a 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass. Board at any of the stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live commentary. A route map and courtesy shuttle from Center City hotels are included.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour ComboMulti-day Tours

Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

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Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1- or 2-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary. After dinner (own expense), enjoy the city as it’s illuminated for the evening on a ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Pickup and drop-off from select hotels included.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation

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