First Bank of the United States

First Bank of the United States: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Boos and Booze Haunted Guided Pub Crawl

2. Philadelphia: Boos and Booze Haunted Guided Pub Crawl

Delve into the dark and sinister history of colonial America on this walking tour of Philadelphia’s most haunted pubs and historic locations. Hear tales of bloody duels, curses, and ghostly scares dating as far back as the 18th century. Beer-in-hand, discover the spooky past of Independence Hall, where the ghosts of Benjamin Franklin and Benedict Arnold still roam the grounds. Get a behind-the-scenes look at a bank robbery, a daring escape from Eastern State Penitentiary, and a last-ditch effort to break a 20-year-old curse over the 'City of Brotherly Love'. Grab a whiskey at the 250-year-old City Tavern, where members of the Constitutional Convention dreamed up a new nation. After the tour, head home with a new insight into the spooky side of Philadelphia's history.

Philadelphia: Small-Group Hamilton Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Small-Group Hamilton Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of Alexander Hamilton on this tour designed especially for Hamilton lovers. Discover the places where he had a direct impact on the shape and functions of the newly-formed United States of America and visit the real-life locations featured in the hit Broadway Musical. Enjoy short excerpts of music throughout the tour. Start your walking tour at the President's House where George Washington and John Adams spent most of their presidencies. From here, head to Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution was written. Next, head to the 2nd Bank of the United States, created by President James Madison, followed by a visit to Carpenter's Hall, home of the 1st Continental Congress. Visit the home of Alexander Hamilton's mistress Maria Reynolds and the 1st Bank of the U.S. building. Finally, arrive at Robert Morris' grave, your last stop. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby. 

Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

4. Philadelphia: Colonial Philadelphia Walking Tour

Discover buildings from the era of the founding fathers that still survive to this day. With your expert tour guide, see historic buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682. Admire a variety of architectural styles such as Georgian, Federal, and, Revival whilst learning about American history along the way. Beginning on Elfreth's Alley, learn about the origins of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. Then continue to Christ Church and its churchyard where Andrew Hamilton, Pierce Butler, and Robert Morris are buried. Next, you will see Ben Franklin's house and hear about his fascinating life story. From there, Carpenter's Hall is close by where the 1st Continental Congress met. See the First Bank of the United States, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1791. This building is the first U.S. government building with a Greco-Roman facade. Pass by where Hamilton and his mistress lived, as well as the Dolly Todd House, before arriving at the Second Bank of the United States, the first all-marble facade in America. Finally discover Independence Hall, home of the 2nd Continental Congress. This important landmark is where both the Declaration of the United States and the Constitution were created and signed 11 years apart.

Philadelphia: Phantoms of the Founding Fathers Walking Tour

5. Philadelphia: Phantoms of the Founding Fathers Walking Tour

Step back in time as your guide tells you carefully crafted stories about Philadelphia's dark past. Learn about the founding fathers and delve into the less pleasant aspects of the city's medical history. Meet your guide at Washington Square Park Fountain in the heart of the city. Follow your guide to locations where eerie events once took place. Enjoy hearing lesser-known stories that are for an adult audience . Hear about scandalous affairs perpetrated by Philadelphia’s founding fathers. Listen as your guide reveals fascinating discoveries and fatal errors in the development of America’s healthcare system.

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What people are saying about First Bank of the United States

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Reid gave us a wealth of information, interspersed with songs from the musical. It was good that he sang along, so we were able to follow the information communicated in the songs, as the words went by very quickly. We appreciated how he found shady places for us sit while he talked at length, since it was quite a warm day. It was not a lot of walking, as walking tours go, but we learned a lot about Alexander Hamilton!

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

Very knowledgeable and personable guide, with lots of facts and stories to highlight the tour.

Enjoyable tour with an informative and friendly guide

We had the best time with Steve!! Highly recommend!