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Philadelphia: Segway Adventure Tour

1. Philadelphia: Segway Adventure Tour

Take a Segway tour of Philadelphia to see the main city sights and get an informative commentary on the history of the city at the forefront of the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence. Your guide will give you a 30-minute training session before you set off on the self-balancing vehicles. Then, traveling in groups of up to 6 people, head down to Penn's Landing for views across to New Jersey and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Glide through the Historic District, passing Elfreth's Alley and the Betsy Ross House. Admire Independence Hall en route to Society Hill, where you can marvel at the stately homes while catching the aroma of fresh coffee at quaint cafés. Pass over Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square, before winding through the Fitler Square neighborhood to Schuylkill River. The scenery changes here, as you work your way along the paths of the Schuylkill Banks, joined by runners and bikers en route to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admire the statue of Rocky Balboa at the bottom of the famous steps he ran up in the 1976 blockbuster movie, before moving on to Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see Rodin’s “Thinker” statue in the outdoor sculpture garden.  Take back streets that will lead you to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, from where you can loop through Chinatown and the end of your tour.

Decadent Gourmet Food Tour

2. 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.

Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

3. Philadelphia Private Driving Tour - Half or Full-Day

Explore the city of Philadelphia on a private driving tour, customized to suit your preferences, and available as either a half-day or full-day option. The former capital of the Pennsylvania Colony, Philadelphia is intimately connected to the history of Amercia. You will see all the highlights, including Elfreth’s Alley and the Liberty Bell. Go to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was first debated. Pass Christ Church to see the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, and Penn's Landing, where William Penn docked in 1682. Drive down the Avenue of the Arts and see Love Park (JFK Plaza), dominated by Robert Indiana's “Love” sculpture. Continue the arts theme at the Rodin Museum or Philadelphia Museum of Art, complete with Rocky’s statue and the steps used in the blockbuster movie. See where Al Capone was incarcerated at the Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the boat houses on the Schuylkill River, and visit Memorial Hall in Centennial Park. You’ll almost certainly get out to Belmont Plateau for a great view before coming back through Rittenhouse Square. There will be time to get out and take pictures or enjoy a short walk, perhaps down Elfreth’s Alley, or to the gazebo next to the boat houses on the Schuylkill. It’s your tour and your choice, but your guide will give some great suggestions. Take detours into Society Hill and out to the 9th Street Italian Market, home of the great Philly Cheese Steak. The full-day tour can be customized to include nearby neighborhoods or the beautifully situated Laurel Hill Cemetery and Historic Rittenhouse Town. Suggestions will also be given for lunch, whether you fancy a snack or full-blown meal.

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What people are saying about Rittenhouse Square

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 89 reviews

Adam was amazing his knowledge of the history of the area really made our trip enjoyable. Our 17 year old son is a history buff and he and Adam had this great conversation. So much better than just having to read and listen too the standard recording. History really came alive!

Loved our tour guide! She brought great historical perspectives and made the entire tour fun and engaging. It’s a great way to see a part of what Philadelphia has to offer.

D, took care of us through the city on our Segways. Cool guy, very friendly funny, and took great pics! Will be back for a Segway food tour next time!

Segways are just plain fun! We enjoyed our guide CiCi who was friendly and informative as well as constantly keeping us safe.

My brother and my 14 year old nephew came over for a visit and this was a super cool way to show them Philidelphia.