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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

2. 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: Old Town Exploration Game

3. Philadelphia: Old Town Exploration Game

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you on a self-guided tour of Philadelphia. Stop at the most iconic spots of the city and learn their history while using clues, solving problems, and unlocking stories. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken entirely on an app. The game begins with you following the trail of a missing son. Start your pursuit at Spruce Street Harbor Park. From there, simply follow the route and instructions on the app. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See Penn's Landing, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's Grave, and more. Discover Philadelphia’s cobblestoned streets, photo-worthy Independence Mall, and old town. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

4. Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

Eat your way through Philadelphia's greatest dishes on this filling guided walking tour and learn some fascinating local tidbits on the way to all the foodie hotspots. Go inside the iconic Reading Terminal Market, where Philly classics like fresh soft pretzels and scrapple can be paired with international tastes like Italian cannoli. Savor the one and only Philly cheesesteak, a local favorite that has inspired imitators around the world. Then, you'll head to trendy Sansom Street and discover Philly food innovations like creamy vegan shakes, locally-sourced mushroom pizza, and lick-the-bowl-clean New World hummus made from Old World recipes. You'll also get a chance to sip on fair trade coffee at a fast-growing local start-up, one of many examples of Philly's social consciousness and move towards environmental sustainability. Hit many highlights of Philly's foodie scene before the tours end.

Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

5. Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

Your culinary adventure begins at the iconic Reading Terminal Market with a unique insider’s tour that introduces you to the market’s history, layout, and locals. With your expert guide, wander around the market like a seasoned regular and stop at 3 food havens for a selection of tasty treats. At the market enjoy 3 delicious tastings such as gourmet cheese curds, a sampling of Middle Eastern delights and a Philly favorite dessert, plus more. Head out onto the vibrant streets of Philadelphia next on an 8-block walk through one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods. Along the way, admire the stunning architecture of the buildings that surround you and listen to your guide’s narration about the history of the area and the people who live here. Your guide will also share a selection of tips and recommendations for nearby restaurants that you can visit during your trip. Arrive at Di Bruno Bros next, the city’s most famous gourmet superstore and a total heaven for any foodie! Head to DiBruno Brothers renowned cheese cave and lavish yourself with hearty portions of 4 fantastic farmstead and imported cheeses. Learn about how cheese is made as well as the best tips and tricks for selecting and serving cheese like a pro. The tour concludes with a sweet and salty finale from one of the most well-known bakeries in the city, a surprise treat that will certainly leave you licking your lips.

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What people are saying about Reading Terminal Market

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Born & raised in Philadelphia, I learned a some new things from our tour guide, William. We plan to return and take advantage of the hop on/hop off feature, rather than just the 1.5 hour loop. It was a spectacular day, made all that much better with William's wit and knowledge. Special thanks too, to Wanda, our bus driver who drove through the city smooth as silk (which is nearly impossible in a car, so it was especially amazing on the bus).

Walked around on day 1, day 2 got the hop on bus excellent commentary from the guide who was such a laugh also would have missed a few sites worth seeing on foot. Please be aware of the hustlers wanting to take your photo at some of the sites they take the photo for you then want paid.

Our guide Chuck was very knowledgeable about not only the good food in Philly but also the history of the city. I really appreciate it. His love and enthusiasm for Philly is contagious.

Very impressed with the busses, the tour guides and the amount of drop off/pick up spots. Well worth the money.

Our guide Adam was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating and made the tour very enjoyable.