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Historical Sights in Philadelphia

Historical Sights in Philadelphia

Once the capital of the United States, Philadelphia was at the center of America's early democracy. It all happened here, from the drafting of the Constitution to the sewing of the first American flag. See below for ways to see all the top sites.

What to See

*Independence Hall— where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed

*The Liberty Bell— a 2,080-pound (943-kilogram) bronze bell that was rung to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence

*Old City— which is packed with landmarks and considered the nation’s most historic square mile

*Eastern State Penitentiary— a spooky prison that held inmates such as Al "Scarface" Capone in solitary confinement, driving many of them insane

How to Visit

  • String together the major sites in and around Old City on awalking, biking, or Segway tour.

  • Pair history with a little booze on aBYOB trolley touror aneducational pub crawl.

  • Book acombo tourthat includes stops at both Revolution-era sites and the haunted Eastern State Penitentiary.

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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.00
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$19.00
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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.67
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour

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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$102.30
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Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps

Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps

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Delve deep into Philadelphia history with this combination tour, which includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary, and an historic walking tour. Hop off the bus tour at any one of the 27 attractions to explore further on your own. See Al Capone's cell and learn about the history of American incarceration at Eastern State. Follow in statesman Benjamin Franklin's steps on an historic walking tour of Old City's highlights.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.40
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$71.40