Philadelphia: 3-Hour Colonial American History Tour
- Wander through Old City and Society Hill, some of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods
- Visit the iconic Christ Church and Saint Peter's Church
- Stroll along the Independence Mall and discover the history behind Independence Hall
The tour begins as the city did, along the wharves and with a discussion of the critical figure of William Penn, founding father of the colony of Pennsylvania and architect of the city of Philadelphia. As you make your way through the well-preserved historic core of the city, past buildings that still stand after more than 200 years. You and your guide will look at some of the key themes that defined Philadelphia in those early years including Quakerism, religious tolerance, and unfettered trade.
The walk takes you into several historic houses and museums along streets dating to the 18th-century, and into some of the churches that played a role in the founding of the United States. As you walk, move forward through history to discuss how the city evolved socially, architecturally, and politically through the colonial period until the dawn of the revolution.
Find yourself at Independence Mall where your guide will put into context the groundbreaking developments of the 1770s and 1780s that took place here. Although Independence Hall, which is only accessible on a National Park Service tour, is not included, you will spend time dealing with this structure from the outside. Look at some of the recent archaeological discoveries on the mall and elements of various structures, including the West Wing and the so-called "president's house."
- Guided tour led a by a local, expert guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included and cannot be accommodated
- Gratuity is not included and left to the guest's discretion
Prepare for the activity
• Children under 12 years of age can only be accommodated on the private tour. Please book the private tour option if children are joining the tour