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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia provided by Philadelphia Urban Adventures

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 27/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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Updated 27/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States, and is home to many major historical monuments and landmarks. On this intimate walking tour, see most of Philadelphia’s essential sights, all while learning about the City of Brotherly Love’s history from your guide. In the company of a small group, see Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross, Franklin Court, and more, and wind down with a cold beverage in Old City.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    101 S Independence Mall E
    101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
    Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets
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  • 1
    Philadelphia Urban Adventures
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 2
    Betsy Ross House
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    Elfreth's Alley
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 4
    Christ Church
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 5
    Franklin Court
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 6
    Independence Mall
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 7
    Dream Garden Glass Mosaic
    Stop: 15 minutes
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  • 8
    Washington Square Park
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 9
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 10
    Independence National Historical Park
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • You'll end at
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Pub in the heart of Old City
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Highlights
  • See Philadelphia’s essential landmarks in the space of an afternoon
  • Learn all about the city’s history and hear funny anecdotes from your guide
  • Stop for a drink in Old City, one of Philadelphia’s coolest neighborhoods
  • Upgrade your tour to include a craft beer tour and tasting
What to Expect
This afternoon tour kicks off at the Philly Tour Hub, conveniently located in the heart of Old City. Meet your guide and set off on an in-depth exploration of Philadelphia. This small-group tour guarantees a personal, up-close experience. Begin at the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewed, and continue through Old City. See Elfreth’s Alley (the country’s oldest continually occupied residential street), the church where the Founding Fathers worshiped, and Franklin Court, once home to Benjamin Franklin. Then, continue to Independence Mall. Admire the exterior of Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed) and look out for the US Mint. Throughout your tour, your guide shares insight and stories about Philadelphia’s history. The tour concludes at a popular local establishment in Old City, where you enjoy a craft beer or a soft drink. Or, upgrade to enjoy a craft beer tasting and tour experience.
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Important Information
Departure Point
101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • a surprise local treat
  • Admission to various historic buildings
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Betsy Ross House
  • Entry/Admission - Independence National Historical Park
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Entrance into buildings/sites are on a time and queue permitting basis
  • Guests must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. Photo ID is required
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour does not go inside Christ Church on the 5:30 pm departure. We will view it from the outside
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fluffy wrote a review Nov 2020
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Really awesome tour of Old City Guide was very informative and had interesting facts about the area and sights Questions were answered very well. Loved learning about Old City and the founding fathers. Highly recommend
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Date of experience: October 2020
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aaushana wrote a review Oct 2020
Hope, Michigan2 contributions
This was a wonderful walking tour to learn the history of Philadelphia’s most historic part of town. Our guide, Howard was informative, interesting and did a great job. We were very happy with the tour!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
Responded 27 Oct 2020
Great to hear! Thank you for choosing Urban Adventures for your tour of Old City Philly. Howard is a wonderful guide and loves to show off our city's unique history. Please join us again to explore a different neighborhood!
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mcubed wrote a review Oct 2020
Glendale, California1,817 contribution14 helpful votes
There was just two of us on this tour so it was like having a private guide. Nina was friendly and knowledgeable and her pride in her hometown is evident and contagious. She was easy to engage and very accomodating. I highly recommend this tour as a way to get to know the city
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Randy J wrote a review Oct 2020
Georgetown, United States6 contributions2 helpful votes
Incredible tour. Our guide brought American history back to life! We truly enjoyed hearing about our founding fathers and walking in their footsteps. Highly recommended!!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
Responded 27 Oct 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! It's a pretty powerful experience to walk in the footsteps of our founders, especially when you have a local guide to share stories that most people don't know about. Please join us again soon, and keep Urban Adventures in mind as you continue your travels...we have guides in 150+ cities around the world!
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Travis A wrote a review Oct 2020
Brooklyn, New York15 contributions5 helpful votes
My wife and I chose to do a tour on our first visit to Philly. Howard was an incredibly knowledgeable guide and catered well to our interests. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the city. Friendly and relatable. Couldn’t ask for anything more in a tour!
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
Responded 27 Oct 2020
It's tough to think of a better introduction to Philly than having Howard lead you on our History in HD tour. No two experiences are the same, as our guides always try to tailor the experience to the interests of our guests. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Philly, and I hope you can join us again soon!
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BEST.DAY.EVER with Howard!
A short stay in Philadelphia was jam packed with knowledge , fun and sightseeing on this walking tour. We could not
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Fun tour with Nina
This was our second tour with Nina during our week in Philadelphia (we also took the History in HD tour with her).
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Wonderfully immersive and insightful
Chuck was awesome. Knew all the intricacies of the neighborhood and brought a ton of local perspective to the tour.
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Amazing
Our tour guy Howard was so knowledgeable and entertaining, we learned so much stuff that wants you to keep on going
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History in HD was awesome!
I reserved this tour with my Philadelphia Go Pass and it was the most worth while attraction so far! Howard, our gu
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