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Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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

Overview

Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
  • Explore the historic city of Philadelphia on walking tour
  • Learn about the history of America's founding fathers from your guide
  • See the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House
  • Multiple departure times make it convenient for your schedule
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Local knowledge and recommendations from informed guides who call Philly their home
In depth information about the Revolutionary War and how it has shaped the United States today
History with a side of humor!
Gratuities
302 Arch St , 302 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Departure Point: Rocket Fizz Address: 302 Arch Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence Hall , 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

The tour concludes outside of Independence Hall around 5th and Chestnut, about four blocks away from the starting location. Our guides will happily provide directions back to the start if needed.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Founding Footsteps
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.

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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 Old City Historic Walking Tour in 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 Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia.

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  • "If it’s your first visit or it’s been a while, this tour is a great way to get started." See review
  • "I’d definitely recommend this tour to new visitors to Philly!" See review

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Places and sights you probably wouldn’t see otherwise
Stephanie_W
, Jun 2022
We had visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Constitution museum the day before. This tour was excellent in that it didn’t repeat so much of that information but took us to new places and shared stories and saw sights that we wouldn’t have known or seen otherwise. Guide was very knowledgeable.
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Highly recommend this walking tour of old city Philly
Erin_G
, Jun 2022
Seamus was an excellent guide. The tour was interesting, interactive, and covered a lot over our time together. The information and knowledge Seamus shared connected with his tour and the city both historically and recently.
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Walking in the rain . . .
Tress_P
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Shamus, presented a lot of I formation in an easy to understand format. It rained the whole time, but we just kept moving.
star-5
The best! Awesome historical tour!
Sandra_D
, Jun 2022
This is an amazing historical tour! Shamus is an outstanding tour guide that is knowledgeable, loud enough to be heard, personable, and enjoyable! I highly recommend this tour. It is one of the best that we’ve taken. I think it covers all of the historical aspects of Philadelphia, and it is engaging and very well done.
star-5
Great tour!
Anne_B
, Jun 2022
Casey was both informative and engaging. The pace of the tour was good and the size of the group made it easier to get close to hear.
star-5
Shamus was a great...
Susi_G
, Jun 2022
Shamus was a great guide-very knowledgeable and funny too! I’d recommend this to anyone that enjoys walking and learning about the history of Philly.
star-5
Great tour
jenny_c
, Jun 2022
Very good, we learn a lot of information that didn’t tell you at school and that you will miss if you just walk by, really recommended!
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Entertaining history!
Carol_B
, Jun 2022
Seamus (10 am tour, june 13th) speaks so CLEARLY so that I with hearing challenges didn’t miss a word! He kept my 15 year old grandson interested with his humorous story telling. Now that’s TALENT! As a Philadelphian myself, I csn truly say,”it was a great intro to the town!”
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Insights
Gary_M
, Jun 2022
Shamus, our guide, gave us historical insights around the sights we were seeing. Most interesting were the tid bits that are not in the history books. You’ll have to take the tour to learn about them,
star-5
Fantastic tour
Bill_T
, Jun 2022
Learning the history of Philadelphia especially the fun facts was very interesting. Our guide Shamus was very knowledgeable and kept us on track in an orderly and safe manner.
star-5
Best guide ever!!!!
Ulla_S
, Jun 2022
I had hurt my foot and was therefore not able to complete the tour. However, our kids decided that they would continue with the tour. Our guide made it interesting and fun. It is a special guide who can change the attitude of a teenager to actually like some history! Our guide also stayed with our kids while we caught up with them at the end of the tour. Thank you very much!
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June 10 2022 Walking Tour
Vicki_H
, Jun 2022
We enjoyed the historical details and learning more about our country’s history. Out tour guide, Ryan, was knowledgeable, interesting and quite entertaining.
star-5
Great tour!
jbixler74
, Jun 2022
Great overview of Philadelphia history. Seamus was an engaging guide with a wealth of knowledge and fascinating stories
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Philadelphia Walking Tour 02 June 2022
MarthaBacile_F
, Jun 2022
Although I was the only person signed for the tour, the guide, Séamus, conducted the tour with me. I enjoyed every moment of it. Thank you for staying in touch with me, especially since I was without internet access, and making my Philadelphia walking tour a reality!
star-5
Excellent small tour with big facts of history.
Janet_S
, Jun 2022
Interesting historical facts with humor. Great for us, as well as our 12 year old granddaughter. Shamus made the history facts fun and kept your attention.
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Bring history back to life with Ryan’s tour!
Sriniketh_C
, Jun 2022
Ryan brought back history to life as he regaled to us stories about Ben Franklin, William Penn, Betty Ross while walking us through the historical blocks of Philadelphia. It was a very informative and fun tour to go with family or friends and I highly recommend Ryan and this tour to all!
star-5
Fantastic tour
Cathleen_D
, Jun 2022
Ryan was very knowledgeable and made the tour come to life. Highly recommend this tour. Ryan added in bits of humor to keep the group entertained the whole time.
star-5
Very educational and entertaining tour.
Yun_K
, Jun 2022
Had a lovely and educational tour with Ryan. We stopped by all the main attractions in Old Town Philly, and he even pointed out some smaller ones as well that often get overlooked. He also had great knowledge of the area, able to recommend food, drinks, and the cleanest public toilets! All very important information.
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Philly trip
Wendy_S
, Jun 2022
Loved Philly and our tour guide! Saw all the highlights of Historic Philly. Walk was a perfect length of time
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Great tour by Casey (at the bat)
Laura_B
, May 2022
Casey had a vast knowledge of the history of Philadelphia. Most memorable sites were the Ben Franklin ghost house with the priv and Betsy Ross flag location. He offered to take pictures like the one of us on Elfreths Street. On each stop he gave us historical information and his own personal experiences living in Philadelphia. Great tour!

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