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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the history of the United States on this guided small-group walking tour around Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom in America. See Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence (this tour does not enter Independence Hall). Learn about Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, and see where George Washington, the first President of the United States, lived. Then check out the galleries and eateries in Old City Philadelphia, America's most historic square mile, followed by a cold beverage at a local establishment.
  • Discover the country’s Founding Fathers on a stroll through Philly’s Historic District and Old City District
  • Enjoy a refreshing craft beer or soft drink at a local establishment
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Upgrade your tour to include a beer tour and tasting
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Local English-speaking guide
A surprise local treat.
Admission to various historic buildings
Gratuities
Souvenirs or personal shopping
Additional food and drink
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

Philadelphia , Philadelphia, PA, USA

Pub in the heart of Old City

This historic tour begins at the Philly Tour Hub, a self-proclaimed launching pad for all the great Philadelphia travel experiences. Just outside, visit the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewn. 

Walk through the Old City district of Philadelphia, where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. It’s also home to Elfreth’s Alley, America's oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Experience its art and design, with more than 55 galleries and home décor showrooms; plus over 80 restaurants and shops. 

Visit Christ Church, where the Founding Fathers worshiped, then stop at a local café and purchase a quick bite or beverage.

Walk through the Historic District and Franklin Court (where Ben Franklin used to live) and then to Independence Mall, a three-block section of the Independence National Historical Park, as well as the National Constitution Center and the U.S. Mint. 

Visit the home of George Washington and John Adams back when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. See the Curtis Center, one of Philadelphia's historical spaces for its famous Tiffany mosaic.

Learn more about William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, at Washington Square. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. Walk and learn—through Independence National Park and see Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Please note this tour does not enter Independence Hall.

Finally, back in Old City, unwind with the group over a cold beer or beverage at one of the district’s best local establishments—a perfect ending to a perfect tour or upgrade your tour and join us for a historical beer tour to learn about how beer and various pubs played a role in shaping our nation's history.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Betsy Ross House
Outside, get a glimpse of the Betsy Ross House and hear stories from your guide about the birth of the American flag.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Elfreth's Alley
From here, weave through the charming back alleys of Old City and walk down Elfreth's Alley, one of the country’s oldest continuously occupied residential streets. In this vibrant neighborhood, you’ll pass trendy cafes, shops, art galleries and buildings featuring industrial architecture.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christ Church
When you reach Christ Church, where the Founding Fathers once worshiped, head inside (if it is open and available) to learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America. Then stop at a local coffee shop, where you may grab a quick snack or beverage (own expense) and relax with your guide — it’s the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you have about Philadelphia history.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Franklin Court
As your small-group tour continues through the Historic District, pass Franklin Court — the site of Ben Franklin's home — and view Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center and the US Mint.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Independence Mall
Follow your guide across the Mall and visit the President's House, once the home of George Washington and John Adams during Philadelphia’s tenure as the nation's capital.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dream Garden Glass Mosaic
Continue to the Curtis Center, where you’ll enter (weekdays only) for a view of Maxfield Parrish's Dream Garden, a beautiful mosaic mural.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Washington Square Park
Then, it’s off to Washington Square for stories of William Penn, the state’s founder.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution
And a possible visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Independence National Historical Park
Stroll Independence Mall - the three block section of Independence National Park and the must-see Independence Hall (tour does not enter Independence Hall), where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. As you walk, learn about Congress Hall, Old City Hall, the Philosophical Society, the Second Bank of the US and Carpenter's Hall.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Old City Arts District
Making your way back to the Old City neighborhood, end the tour at a local establishment. Enjoy a craft beer or refreshing non-alcoholic beverage before saying farewell to your guide or upgrade your tour and join us for a historical beer tour to learn about how beer and various pubs played a role in shaping our nation's history.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • 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.
  • This tour does not go inside Christ Church on the 5:30 pm departure. We will view it from the outside
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures USA
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia.

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  • "He just needs some help tour-guiding to sharpen his skills: Don’t walk and talk." See review
  • "Although the tour doesn't include admission to any of the historical sights you can always go back after the tour." See review

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star-5
Great tour!
Laura_G
, Oct 2021
We had a wonderful time exploring the old city with Nina, she was fun and very interactive. I would recommend this tour as a great overview of the area that gives you an idea of what you would like to explore more.
star-4
Founding Fathers Tour
MARCIA_L
, Oct 2021
We enjoyed standing on Elfreth Street and standing next to Benjamin Franklin's grave. Also, getting a brief history of Christ Church.
star-5
Great tour
Ekaterina_T
, Oct 2021
Dick was amazingly knowledgeable about almost anything! It is a pleasure to hear additional stories from American history.. he was always kind and thoughtful when someone asked for bathroom stop or break…
star-5
Christ Church visit was...
Tyrone_H
, Oct 2021
Christ Church visit was great. It was cool to see where the Presidents had worshipped. Amazing facts about William Penn as well
star-5
Great and Educational
Bernard_O
, Oct 2021
Dick was an Outstanding Guide. His knowledge and Detail about all of the History was very granular which made the tour much more interesting and Educational. Highly Recommend!
star-5
GREAT EXPERIENCE
Lindsey_D
, Oct 2021
What a great tour! The tour company went above and beyond for us when we accidentally missed our initial tour and scheduled a new tour just for us. Our guide was very personable and super knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who loves history or just wants to learn something new!
star-5
History Brought to Life
jeanne_k
, Oct 2021
Listening to Ted share facts about the places we visited. He was very knowledgeable, and he seemed to enjoy sharing.
star-5
Deep, insightful tour of Philadelphia
LauraM_B
, Oct 2021
Learning about the slave quarters near the liberty bell, and the information about Carpenter's hall. Overall, a fantastic tour. Many thanks!
star-5
Excellent tour!
Dana_R
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Dick was wonderful. Very informative and he represented Philadelphia inclusivity very well! Like I said a great tour guide and all around great guy!
star-5
Nice way to spend an afternoon in a great American city.
Jonathan_N
, Oct 2021
Nina was a very good guide who clearly LOVES her city. Philly is a very underrated city to visit, and this is a great way to spend a few hours learning about America's beginnings.

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