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Independence Hall

This historic building was where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated.

Nearby Attractions

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Franklin Court Printing Office
This museum showcases and demonstrates how paper documents were printed and mass produced in the 18th century.
Liberty Bell
One of the most iconic symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell cracked the first time it rung and was twice recast.
Independence Mall
The three blocks in central Philadelphia are home to some of the historic buildings in which some of the country's momentous founding moments took place.
The President's House Site
Exploring the role of slavery at the founding of the United States, the site challenges norms that have developed around the myths of the Founding Fathers.
Philadelphia Old City Hall
It served as the first Supreme Court until 1800, presided over by John Jay. The building continued to be the city hall until 1854.
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.

Related Tours

Private Architectural Walking Tour of Colonial Philadelphia
As the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is rich in American history and plenty of telltale mementoes of a British colonial past. On your private historic architectural tour of Philadelphia, you will:

  • Walk Philadelphia’s most storied sidewalks, delving into side alleys to discover the stories behind the numerous plaques and monuments.
  • Stroll Philadelphia’s cobbled streets to discover handsome colonial era architecture with shuttered windows, trailing ivy and bloom-filled planters. 
  • Learn about the work of William Penn, an English-born Quaker and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • See where the Liberty Bell originally stood in the elegant Georgian environs of Independence Hall.
Philadelphia is richly endowed with quaint, cobblestone streets and historic houses packed with charm. Alluring Federalist and Greek Revival-style row homes line neatly curbed pavements and tree-hemmed paths. Straddling large corner plots are grand mansions in high-walled gardens; their elegant painted shutters and imposing street-facing, brass-knobbed doors in bold, baronial hues. As the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is rich in American history and plenty of telltale mementoes of a British colonial past. 

On the Colonial Era Streets and Historic Architecture Tour, you will learn the origin stories of several of the oldest buildings in Philadelphia. see Independence Hall - a beautifully proportioned building of perfect architectural balance and symmetry that is more evocative of a country house than urban structure. A similarly outstanding building is Powell House, built in 1765 and elaborately refurbished by its second owner Samuel Powel (1738–1793) and often described as "the finest Georgian row house in the city’. George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were frequent house guests in this grand pile and would attend Sunday morning services at St. Peter’s, a historic Episcopal church, and our next port of call.  

At each turn on the route, your guide will share stories of the old buildings, the preservation efforts that went into keeping the structure, and the way the city is telling its' founding story. 
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 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 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 centres 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’.
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 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. 

From there, continue onto JFK Plaza where you can see one of the city’s most ‘instagrammable’ and recognisable 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. 
Private Walking Highlights Tour of Philadelphia
Because Philadelphia is one of America's oldest cities, the historic city preceded cars by several centuries - making it an ideal city to see by foot. On your private walking highlights tour, you will: 

  • Begin your tour at Race Street Pier, where your guide will help orient you to the city's layout. 
  • Walk the new development and learn about the city of Brotherly Love's revival in recent decades. 
  • See the highlights of Center City - a blend of history and skyscrapers.
  • On the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall, see the US Mint, the Liberty Bell, and a Quaker meeting hall.
  • Pop into Ray's Tea & Coffee and learn about the city's diversity and immigration throughout the centuries. 
  • Enjoy a Philly favorite - the cheesesteak - at a place recommended by your local guide. 
  • Your tour ends at Reading Terminal Market, 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 Penn, Pennsylvania 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. To see the remnants of these boom-and-busts of the city, nothing is better than a privately guided walk of it. On your tour, you will not only check off the highlights of the historic district, but also to fall in love with the city's unique combination of grit and charm. 

Please note: this tour still runs in winter, though it will cancel for fresh snow. Year round, we recommend great walking shoes, layers, and water. 
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