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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

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Philadelphia, United States
Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided, 75-minute walking tour. See where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin lived and worked. Stop at some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus Congress Hall, the original Supreme Court building, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more.
  • Enjoy a historical tour around Philadelphia
  • Visit landmark locations and popular sites
  • Learn about the history of the United States
  • Select from a morning or multiple afternoon departure times
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  • 41 N 6th St , 41 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    The tour departs from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. By the gift shop

  • 599 Market St , 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

    By the gift shop.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Enjoy learning about the history of the United States, the city of Philadelphia and the colony of Pennsylvania on this educational tour in one of the most historic places in the US.

    The tour departs from the Philadelphia Visitor's Center at 6th and Market Streets. Then visit over 20 historical landmark locations, like Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and adopted. Walk through the Betsy Ross House, a landmark location in Philadelphia believed to be the site where the seamstress lived when she sewed the first American Flag.

    Also included are Declaration House, where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence; Congress Hall, the former home of the US Congress; the original Supreme Court building; the Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin; Carpenters Hall, a key meeting place in the early history of the United States; Franklin Court, a complex of museums, structures and historic sites at Independence National Historical Park and much more.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Independence Hall
    Independence Hall is the most important historical building in the country, and your guide will tell you why! (Clue - Independence and Constitution!) You will also learn about the Father of the Constitution, as well as the process of peaceful transfer of power.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Franklin Court
    See the spot where Benjamin Franklin's house was.
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Carpenters' Hall
    Learn about Carpenters' Hall and the First Continental Congress.
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Congress Hall
    Learn about the first peaceful transfer of power.
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    The President's House
    See the spot where George Washington lived during his years as president, and learn other fun facts about "the president's house."
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Bow Tie Tours
    Bow Tie Tours is the pre-eminent, award winning Philadelphia tour company which brings history to life!
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Bow Tie Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour.

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    Reviews

    4.5
    star-4.5
    135 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-5
    Neal was awesome!
    Robert_S
    , Aug 2021
    Neal, our tour guide, was excellent!! Knowledgeable, well-spoken, excited about what he was telling us!
    star-5
    Informative tour of Independence National Park
    Edward
    , Jul 2021
    Cpl Mike, our guide, conducted an interesting and informative tour of Independence National Park. He knew the history of 18th century Pennsylvania. He related that history to the various buildings within the National Park.
    star-5
    So knowledgeable!
    LizandBarbie
    , Jul 2021
    Our tour guide, Neil, was very knowledgeable about every site we visited! He did a great job relating current topics to the historical ones we were discussing.
    star-5
    Family Friendly Tour
    Kim_P
    , Jul 2021
    Our tour guide was wonderful. We had 6 kids with us and he kept them engaged while teaching us all alot about Philadelphia. We all walked away from that tour excited about different things we learned. We would definitely recommend to others with or without kids. Our kids ages are two 1 year olds, 6, 8, 8, and 16. Very family friendly. We had two strollers and did fine with them as well.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    I am delighted to hear that your children enjoyed the tour. Presenting our story in a way that captivates the attention and imagination of our younger people is perhaps the most important (and usually the most challenging) thing we do.
    star-5
    Making history real for all ages
    Jeff
    , Jul 2021
    Mike was an incredible guide, knowledgeable on history as well as architecture, politics, and unique facts! Our group included our 7 year old, 10 and 11 year olds and we were all enthralled. Fantastic experience.
    star-5
    Glad we paid for the tour
    Deana_J
    , Jun 2021
    Our guide was amazing. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Well worth the fee. Would definitely do it again.
    star-5
    Nice walking tour of historic Philly
    annette_b
    , Jun 2021
    Neil was very pleasant and informative with lots of interesting tidbits of Philadelphia history. Thank you Neil!
    star-2
    Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
    LynnM_Gregg
    , Jun 2021
    Your wasn’t as expected. Guide mainly catered to a family and 11 year old with them constantly asking questions for the child to answer. One highlight of the tour was supposed to be the Betsy Ross house. Her name was never even mentioned. Your was supposed to last 75-90 minutes. At 90 minutes we were in front of the Portrait Museum and the family decided they wanted to visit. This wasn’t on the tour and it was 3:30. The museum was open until 5:00. Instead of the guide inviting the family to visit later and finishing the tour with us, he went to the museum with the family and we were left to end our tour alone. Guide had knowledge but a very poor guide.
    star-5
    Good experience
    Brian
    , Jun 2021
    Guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Answered questions. Good experience. Tour was good value. Did not feel rushed.
    star-5
    American Revolution 101
    DeLoise_J
    , Jun 2021
    Neil is the ultimate person to do any all tours. He was so knowledgeable is the American History era.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to have Neil working with us, as he is the most knowledgeable tour guide in Philadelphia and there is nothing he loves more than sharing that knowledge with people who are interested.

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