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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Elfreth’s Alley
Walk down America’s oldest continuously residential street, and marvel at its perfectly preserved quaint and historic ambience.
Christ Church Burial Ground
Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia is an important early-American cemetery.
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.
Arch Street Meeting House
The oldest (and still operational) Friends Meeting House for Quakers stands here on Arch Street, dating back to 1804.
Franklin Court Printing Office
This museum showcases and demonstrates how paper documents were printed and mass produced in the 18th century.
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.

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The Founding Fathers of Philadelphia: Private 2-hour History Tour
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, bring the stories back to life while seeing the places where history was made and follow the footsteps of 4 of the founding fathers of Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and John Adams.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Learn about the city’s role in the American revolution and fight for independence;
  • See Benjamin Franklin's Grave from the outside;
  • Walk by the National Constitution Centre, dedicated to telling the story of the U.S. Constitution;
  • Explore Franklin Court, the historic site where Benjamin Franklin lived and worked during his time in Philadelphia;
  • See Christ Church, founded in the 17th century which played an important role in American history attended by many of the founding fathers, including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Betsy Ross;
  • Walk past the first post office in America, established by Benjamin Franklin in 1775 who was appointed the first Postmaster General of the United States;
  • Discover The President's House Site, where Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms in the office including  a memorial that honours the enslaved Africans who lived and worked there;
  • See Carpenters' Hall, where the First Continental Congress met in 1774 which is now a museum, featuring exhibits and artefacts from the colonial period;
  • Snap of the Liberty Bell, an independence and freedom symbol of America;
  • End the tour with tickets to Independence Hall, where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. 

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 to 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 Liberty Bell on a stroll to the presidential home of George Washington and John Adams. 

On this walking tour of the storied Historic District, you will explore Philadelphia’s historic district and learn not only its oft-told narrative but also the complexities of the nation. 

Hear 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 centres of trade. 

Your tour ends at the entrance to Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, in which you will participate in a tour run by park ranger Independence Hall guides. 
The Best of Philadelphia: Private Half-Day Driving Tour
Enjoy a private tour of Philadelphia’s highlights, where you will explore the best of the city of Brotherly Love with your professional guide by car, making several stops along the way to make the most of your visit to one of the oldest cities in America. 

On your private driving tour, you will:

  • Enjoy hotel pick-up and drop-off by your private driver-guide and embark on a private tour tailored to your interests;
  • Explore the historic district, where the founders crafted many of the nation’s founding documents;
  • Walk past Independence hall, the Birthplace of democracy where the Declaration of Independence was signed;
  • See the Liberty Bell, a true symbol of America's freedom;
  • Learn about Betsy Ross - her inspiration for making the first US flag and the events which shaped her life;
  • Visit the famous ‘LOVE’ statue, and snap the perfect photo to remember your time in the city of brotherly love;
  • Discover the numerous sites along Benjamin Franklin Parkway - including Rodin’s ‘The Thinker sculptureFairmount Water Works, and the Free Library of Philadelphia;
  • See the Philadelphia Museum Of Art, climb the Rocky Steps and see the famous Rocky Statue;
  • Enjoy tickets to Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, with two levels of indoor and outdoor sculpture gardens.

Your private tour begins with an easy hotel pick-up in a private vehicle, for those staying in centrally located Philadelphia 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 colour 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. 

You will have the opportunity to see several of the city’s other highlights and recognizable sites, like the LOVE statue, Reading Terminal Market, Rodin’s "The Thinker" and numerous other public sculptures outside the Rodin Museum. 

You will also visit Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens with tickets included, which is an immersive mixed-media art environment that is completely covered with mosaics. The creator, Isaiah Zagar, used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirrors, and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences. 

At the end of your tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel or drop you off somewhere central in the city.

Welcome to Philadelphia: Private Half-Day Highlights Walking Tour
Discover Philadelphia, one of America's oldest cities, which played a significant role in American history, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the birth of the US Constitution. Philadelphia is a pedestrian-friendly city and exploring it on a walking tour, it's the best way to visit its most popular sites.

On your private half-day tour, you will: 

  • See Benjamin Franklin's tomb from outside the cemetery, and hear about the life and legacy of one of America's most celebrated founding fathers;
  • Stroll the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall, a historic landmark as the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution;
  • See the enduring symbol of American freedom and independence: the Liberty Bell;
  • Pass by Betsy Ross’s house, the woman who first sewed an American flag; 
  • Explore Christ Church and Franklin Court, where you can see the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other notable figures from America's early days (if open on the day of the tour);
  • Explore Midtown Village and the Gaybourhood, where your guide will take you down the ‘Mural Mile’ for some of the best graffiti cultures in America!
  • End your tour at Reading Terminal Market, one of the oldest and largest public markets, filled with locals and travellers alike, where you can return throughout your stay to shop for groceries or dine on the go. 

Originally founded as a haven for religious freedom by William PennPennsylvania was colonised by French Huguenots, Mennonites, and most famously in the state - Quakers and Amish. The capital city was formed in 1682 and has served as the seat of government ever since. 

Throughout the centuries, Philadelphia has gone through revivals and slumps - prosperous then seasons of economic free fall. 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 to 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.

To see the remnants of these boom-and-busts of the city, nothing is better than a privately guided walk of it. From its role in inventing the United States to the modern ways in which Philadelphia continues to reinvent itself today, your guide will take you through the highlights and spots off the beaten track to give you a feel of the entire city –not just the highlights seen by most. 

On your tour, you will not only check off the highlights of the historic district but also fall in love with the city's unique combination of grit and charm. 


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