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Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

1. Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

Explore the oldest districts in Philadelphia on a guided historical walking tour focusing on the Founding Fathers of the United States. Stop outside historic sites such as the Betsy Ross House, the former home of Benjamin Franklin, and Independence Hall. Start your tour with your local guide with a stop outside the Betsy Ross House. Learn more about how the first American flag was sewn at this location. Stroll to the Old District of Philadelphia and see some of the homes of the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the USA. Learn more about the famous historical figures who once lived in the area, including where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. Then, visit Christ Church where many of the Founding Fathers worshipped. Then, see the previous home of Benjamin Franklin in the Historic District. Next, explore Independence Mall, a three-block section of the Independence National Historic Park. Follow your guide across the mall and visit the President’s House, once home to George Washington and John Adams when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital city.  Discover more about William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania during your visit to Washington Square. Take a moment outside the monument Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution dedicated to those who perished during the fight for independence, but remains have never been identified. Don’t forget to snap a picture of Independence Hall, where the deceleration of Independence and the US Constitution was signed. The tour will end in the Old City, where you’ll get to rest your legs and enjoy a refreshing cold beverage in a local brewpub. 

Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

2. Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

Join an entertaining evening tour of Philadelphia on a ghostly walking tour by candlelight. You will see Philadelphia's historic districts, including Independence National Park, Old City, and Society Hill in a completely new light! A costumed tour guide will lead you off the beaten path and spin tales of the rich and famous, and of heroes and villains from America's colonial era. You will hear tales of the well-known, like William Penn, Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Mad Anthony Wayne, and tales of the unknown, such as the spectral Quakeress of Washington Square and the ghost of Old Pine Street Cemetery. The tour departs from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Streets, lasts approximately 90 minutes, is appropriate for all ages, and is ideal for anyone with the inclination to hear Philadelphia's dead brought back to life! The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has offered tours since 1995 and continues to be one of the city's most popular night-time attractions. It was recently named one of the top 15 "must see" attractions in the country by Budget Travel Magazine.

Philadelphia: Philly Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

3. 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.

Amazing Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt Adventure

4. Amazing Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Philadelphia into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Philadelphia.  Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.   The adventure begins in the heart of the historic center of town and will take you on a journey among amazing iconic sights, famous houses, cool murals and other secret spots of the city. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for lunch and grab a Philly Cheese Steak or grab a refreshing drink and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest Washington Square Independence Hall Liberty Bell President’s House US Mint Betsy Ross House Efreth’s Alley Christ Church

Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour

5. Philadelphia: Black History Walking Tour

Enjoy an exciting and fact-filled 90-minute adventure in the city of Philly. With a focus on the city's early history, this Black history walking tour explores the role of Black Americans in America's foundation. Start the tour with a journey to Congo Square and visit the unmarked graves of free and enslaved victims of the yellow fever epidemic. Learn about the Quaker school where both Black and White students were educated together. See where the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1793. Hear about Martha Washington’s enslaved handmaiden who emancipated herself and others who traveled along the historic "Underground railroad". Learn about the Old London Coffee Shop where humans were inspected and sold into slavery. Walk in the footsteps of enslaved people, abolitionists, slaveholders and founding fathers as you hear about prominent early African-Americans. Also visit: Independence Hall, The President’s House, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the First U.S. Supreme Court Building, the American Philosophical Society Museum, Library Hall, Thomas Jefferson Garden, the First and Second Bank of the U.S., Carpenter's Hall, New Hall Military Museum, Independence Square, Washington Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, Bicentennial Moon Tree, John Todd House, Bishop White House, Kidd House, Dock Creek, the 18th Century Gardens, the Merchant's Exchange, and the U.S. Customs House. The guided tour will also identify the former locations for a number of historical locations of importance including Philadelphia Prison Site, Benjamin Rush House Site, Quaker Meeting House Site, Quaker School Site, Abolitionist’s House and more.

Philadelphia: Historic Self-Guided Tour with GPS & Audio

6. Philadelphia: Historic Self-Guided Tour with GPS & Audio

Journey back in time to historic Philadelphia to the days of George Washington. Follow this self-guided tour that has been developed by local guides and narrated by professional voice artists. Make stops along the tour to hike, visit historic homes, and marvel at waterfall views. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.Begin at the City Hall and make your way to the historic district while exploring the catalysts of the war. At the famous Independence Hall, dive into the Declaration of Independence’s drafting, debating, and signing. From there, explore George Washington’s legacy as a politician, general, and president. This leads to the iconic Liberty Bell and the history behind its famous crack and its status as an abolitionist symbol.  Then explore the lives, museums, and homes of revolutionary figures like Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold, Thomas Jefferson, and Crispus Attacus. Continue your journey past the famous African American Museum, Franklin Square, National Constitution Center, and the Mint.  At the historic Betsy Ross House, see the birthplace of the American flag, and in picturesque Elfreth’s Alley, step back into a quaint, cobblestoned era. Finally, pass George Washington’s church and finish at the Museum of American Revolution.

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What people are saying about Washington Square Park, Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 284 reviews

We are from Philadelphia and went on the tour to learn more about the sites we pass frequently. Our tour guide Adam was personable and knowledgeable about the history of Philadelphia. He answered the questions we asked not the question he thought we asked (as many tour guides do). He recounted the history of some places that were not on our tour. I recommend this tour to anyone wanting to learn more about Philadelphia’s history.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. My husband described him as a “walking encyclopedia”. Not only due he share the rich history of the area, but out into the context of the times as well. He was very cordial and there wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer. I highly recommend.

Very interesting guided tour. This mixes history, geography, architecture... The common thread is the route. This makes exploring Philadelphia dynamic and enjoyable. Friendly because the guide was very nice. Passionate. Funny.

The guide was on time. I took my 10 year old son to learn more about Philadelphia and the founding fathers and we had a blast and the guide knew what he was doing!

Kate was our guide. She was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the tour.