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Philadelphia: Grim, Dark, and Twisted History Tour

1. Philadelphia: Grim, Dark, and Twisted History Tour

Experience the grim history of Philadelphia on this urban adventure beginning at the sites where the seeds of political change were sown. Descend into the sites of former brothels, mass burial grounds, and polluted prisons, stepping on salvaged streets where pirates roamed freely with the founding fathers. Historian and professor Joe Wojie or one of his expert guides will lead you on a tour that explores the grim realities of colonial America and the legends and traditions they inspired. From the home of Dolly Madison to the sights of Helltown - murder, mayhem, and madness are in the roots of this city. This tour was researched and designed by university professor Joe Wojie to stand apart from every other day or night tour offered in Philadelphia with its originality and dark flavor. The 8 PM tour is geared more towards an adult audience, while families and children can enjoy a fun way to learn about Philly's secret past during the earlier tour departures.

Philadelphia: History, Highlights & Revolution Walking Tour

2. Philadelphia: History, Highlights & Revolution Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and varied past of Philadelphia, one of the US' most historically significant cities, on this walking tour. Learn more about America's former capital and how it helped to shape the United States of America. Take a guided stroll through Independence National Park, along the cobblestone streets of Old City, past buildings, statues, and monuments, and through the history you think you know. Be amazed by Philadelphia’s remarkable past as your local guide separates the fact from the fiction. Get the chance to give back with a donation to a local non-profit included in the cost of your tour. You will also visit the Museum of the American Revolution and enjoy a live demonstration about George Washington’s war tent and the important role it played during the Revolution.

Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

3. Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

Explore the most popular food spots and dishes in Philadelphia on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Eat your way through the city with 5 stops along the way, all the while picking up insight into the city’s history and culture from your expert guide. Make sure to come hungry — this is not only a tasting adventure, but a meal that includes classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks and cheese whiz fries, tomato pie, soft pretzels, and 2 sweet treats from the world-famous Reading Terminal Market. Get the scoop on Philly’s food history with quirky stories about how some of these iconic foods came to be, and walk away with some insider tips about the best places to eat like a Philadelphian. This one-of-a-kind tasting experience brings you to where the locals really eat — low-key, no-frills, independently-owned gems that share the uniquely unpretentious vibe of the city.  In addition to some first-class sightseeing, visit an authentic mom-and-pop pizzeria, a soft pretzel bakery, the historic Reading Terminal Market, and much more. This tour is served up with a generous side of humor, Philadelphia history, and a helping of beautiful architecture that includes an up-close look at City Hall, the second-largest municipal building in the country. As the tour ends in Reading Terminal Market, walk away with a thorough understanding of the city, and some more tips on how to eat like a true Philadelphian.

Philadelphia: Boos and Booze Haunted Guided Pub Crawl

4. 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: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

5. Philadelphia: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

Start your journey through the Philadelphia Old City district at the Betsy Ross house, where the United States flag is said to have been first created. Learn more about America's Founding Fathers on a comprehensive tour led by an enthusiastic local guide. Make your way to all of the top attractions in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Consitution of the United States were debated and adopted. Visit the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. Explore other notable locations which hold significance in America´s history including Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, the B. Free Franklin Post Office, and Carpenter's Hall.

Philadelphia History, Highlights and Revolution Walking Tour

6. Philadelphia History, Highlights and Revolution 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, 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

7. 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.

Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia Tour

8. Philly Ghosts: Phantoms of Philadelphia 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: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

9. Philadelphia: 9th Street Italian Market Walking Food Tour

Walk and taste your way through Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of this lively street as you taste a variety of local food samples, such as cannoli, tomato pie, and tacos. Along a stretch of 9th Street in the heart of South Philadelphia lies the Italian Market, one of America’s oldest and largest outdoor markets. This collection of butchers, bakers, specialty shops, and restaurants has been the backbone of this neighborhood since its creation in the late 1800s. The market has survived throughout the passing decades by welcoming vendors from around the world. Today, it remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Come along for a stroll through this historic market to immerse yourself in the vibrant fruit stalls, fragrant bakeries, and various shops and unique stores. Get inspired by the area’s hidden alleys covered in local street art. You’ll also have the chance to sample several dishes, such as Philly’s famous tomato pie, hand-made cannoli, fresh tacos, an Italian Market specialty, and immigrant-inspired food. Get introduced to Italian Market staples so you (and your tastebuds) get the most out of this flavorful tour. If you are a vegetarian or have other special dietary needs, don’t worry: discounts are available and your guide can assist you with recommendations on where to purchase alternative diet-friendly food during the tour. Wherever your guide leads you, your senses will be popping as you discover one of the most unique, thriving, and diverse areas of the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia: History Tour Pub Crawl

10. Philadelphia: History Tour Pub Crawl

This isn’t your 8th-grade field trip! Enjoy drinks at iconic Philadelphia bars with an expert local guide and uncover the history your teacher left out of social studies class while laughing with fellow travelers from around the globe. On this 2 hour history tour pub crawl, you’ll learn the unknown tales of Philadelphia. Discover the hidden history of the City of Brotherly Love - from a Founding Mother to a devious Ben Franklin, and even the spies who helped us win the American Revolution. Choose from two different ticket options: Pick the Happy Hour to enjoy four draft beers of your choice, one at each pub. Or go with the Dry Run tour if you want to buy your drinks as you go. So pull up a stool, grab a pint, and experience the Best Pub Crawl in Philly! Cheers!

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based on 306 reviews

Nina did a superb job introducing the history of Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers. It was miserable weather, but her happy and very kind attitude kept me warm. Mixing in some modern information about Philly was very interesting as well, since I could learn what this historically city has developed into. I’d recommend during the tour together with a half-day visit at the Museum of the American Revolution (which I did) to complete your deep insights of this historically so important era.

We did the walk on Dec 11th with Kate and she was excellent. We highly recommend this as it was very well done. Kate was very knowledgable. We learned things we never knew and it was fascinating

James was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of Philadelphia. We really enjoyed the tour and highly recommend James as a tour guide!!

Met awesome travelers and enjoyed good beer. Guide was really entertaining! Highly recommend this tour!

So great! Educational fun spooky. Good exercise. Awesome knowledgeable guide