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Philadelphia: Philly Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

1. Philadelphia: Philly Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Journey through the haunted streets of Philadelphia's Old City on this tour led by professional and courteous tour guides. Benefit from intensely researched stories and documented accounts of historic hauntings. “Old City” refers to the area of Philadelphia that was first established as a colony, an area that saw much strife, war, and hardship as the newly formed America fought for its independence. Hear the story of Benjamin Franklin's ghost that haunts Independence Hall, a place where one of the Founding Fathers undoubtedly spent many days. Learn of the story of the wife who became jealous from beyond the grave. This tour also takes you by some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, home to victims of yellow fever, naval captains, First Wives, and more.

Philadelphia: Founding Fathers City Exploration Game

2. Philadelphia: Founding Fathers City Exploration Game

The city game starts at The President’s House Site. It will take you around 1 hour to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the National Constitution Centre. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone. You will visit the following locations: • The President’s House Site • President’s House Site Archeological Excavation • Liberty Bell Centre • The Library of the American Philosophical Society • Thomas Jefferson Garden • The Signer’s Garden • Portrait Gallery • Congregation Mikveh Israel • Final Resting Place of Benjamin Franklin • The Meeting House • National Constitution Centre

Philadelphia: Ghosts of Philadelphia Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Ghosts of Philadelphia Walking Tour

Feel the thrill of hearing Philadelphia's spookiest ghost tales on this macabre walking tour. Step back into the past as your guide regals you with creepy stories at sites like Alexander Hamilton's former home and the Christ Church burial ground. Meet your guide in the back garden of the old City Tavern. Stroll to sites like Alexander Hamilton's home and try to see if you can sense the presence of the spirit of this founding father. Make your way to the Christ Church burial ground where Benjamin Franklin is buried. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for the whole family. Combine a history lesson with exciting tales of local hauntings. 

Philadelphia: Patriots and Founders Walking Tour

4. Philadelphia: Patriots and Founders Walking Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the brave, dramatic, and sometimes messy founding of the United States on this history-packed walking tour of historic Philadelphia. You’ll meet your professional guide at The President’s House — a humble building that served as the first White House. From there, you’ll wind through seven other iconic sites, delving into a new, captivating story at each one. Plant your feet where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time. Get a glimpse into the scandalous private lives of icons like Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin. Stand between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as they argue over a national bank and the placement of the capital. Peer behind the curtain and pick up a few stories your history teacher left out. Book a tour today.

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What people are saying about American Philosophical Society

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Tour guide was knowledgeable about the buildings and events of the day also very interesting to find out on the amount of buried people in that area makes that seem kind of creepy in itself

We enjoyed our old city ghosts tour. Our guided provided great historical information surrounding each of our stops.