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Betsy Ross House

The 300 year old house pays homage to a woman whose story is woven into the story of the nation and explores the rest of her life, beyond sewing the first flag.

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Nearby Attractions

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Arch Street Meeting House
The oldest (and still operational) Friends Meeting House for Quakers stands here on Arch Street, dating back to 1804.
Museum of the American Revolution
This interactive museum is only a handful of years old and houses rare documents, while telling the American Revolutionary story in accessible detail.
Franklin Court Printing Office
This museum showcases and demonstrates how paper documents were printed and mass produced in the 18th century.
Benjamin Franklin Museum
The museum explores the life of the influential founding father, from his politics and religious views, to his scientific discoveries and writings.
National Constitution Center
Built to serve as a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for the Constitution - the center works to further dialogues about the role of the Constiution, as a living, changing work.
United States Mint
Home to one of four US mint production locations, the Philadelphia Mint gives free tours where you can learn about the production of money and the considerations around it.

Related Tours

Private Family Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of the Founders
As the Birthplace of the United States of America and the iconic Stars & Stripes flag, Philadelphia boasts monuments to some of the nation’s earliest significant moments. On this private walking tour, your family will have the classroom brought to life while seeing the places where history was made. You will:

  • Learn about the city’s role in the revolution and independence. 
  • Enjoy seeing Benjamin Franklin's home and learning how he came to play an outsized role in shaping our nation. 
  • See sites which were developed when Philadelphia was the nation’s first capital. 
  • Hear how money is made to this day, as you pass the US Mint. 
  • End your tour with a snack and a drink at a local old pub, where your family can ask all your lingering questions from the tour. 
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the site of the First and the Second Continental Congresses. After the Revolution, the city was chosen to be the temporary capital of the United States from 1790–1800. Though federal and state governments left Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century, the city continued for some years to be the nation’s cultural and financial hub. This tour will take you to the Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint on a stroll to the presidential home of George Washington and John Adams. 

On this walking tour of the storied Historic District, you and your family will explore Philadelphia’s historic district and learn not only its oft told narrative, but also the complexities of the nation. Learn about Philadelphia’s role in the slave trade, its colonial past, and the development of trade links to claim its rightful place as one of the nation’s most important centers of trade.You will also discover Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Your walk ends in one of Philadelphia’s old pubs, where you can all enjoy a snack and a drink (house wine or beer for adults) and discuss any lingering questions about the city’s history or how to plan the rest of your time in the city of brotherly love. 
Half Day Highlights Tour in a Private Vehicle
Enjoy a private driving tour of Philadelphia’s highlights, finishing with entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On this tour you will:

  • See the historic district, where the founders crafted many of the nation’s founding documents. 
  • Learn about Betsy Ross - her inspiration for making the first US flag and the events which shaped her life.
  • Visit the famous ‘LOVE’ statue, where you can take your own memorable photo of your time in the city of brotherly love
  • Enjoy the numerous sites of Benjamin Franklin Parkway - including Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ sculpture,  Fairmount Water Works, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • Climb the 72 steps to the art museum, known to film fans as the ‘Rocky Stairs’.
  • End your tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where your guide will give you tickets and advice on how to best see the museum’s collections. 
Your private tour begins with an easy hotel pick-up in a private vehicle, for those staying in centrally located hotels. Enjoy an easy drop off at the first site, where your guide will take you on a poignant journey around the historic sites of the American Revolution where the seeds of independence were taking root long before a musket shot was fired. As you walk around Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross’s homes, along with the homes of numerous other founders, your guide will color in the missing details of life in Philadelphia during the period: about the political climate of the time, about the tension and excitement around the city. 

From there, continue onto JFK Plaza where you can see one of the city’s most ‘instagrammable’ and recognizable sculptures: the LOVE statue. Hear why the replica of Indiana’s statue was also erected in Philadelphia, and hear about life as a local from your guide as you drive through the city. Then drive up the wide lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a street whose numerous sites could fill up a day on its own. 

See Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ and numerous other public sculptures outside the Rodin Museum, before descending the 72 steps to the top of the ‘Rocky Stairs’.  From the summit, enjoy sweeping vistas across Eakins Oval, Philadelphia City Hall, and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Your tour ends here, at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where your guide will leave you with entrance tickets to the museum. Feel free to ask your guide any questions about seeing the museum or other recommendations for exploring the City of Brotherly Love. 
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