Liberty Bell

One of the most iconic symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell cracked the first time it rung and was twice recast.

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Independence Hall
This historic building was where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated.
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.
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.
Second Bank of the United States Portrait Gallery
The Second Bank of the United States was the second federally authorized Hamiltonian national bank in the United States.
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.
The Declaration House
Though the original structure no longer stands, the National Park Service rebuilt a replica of the house where Thomas Jefferson penned his immortalized words, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

Related Tours

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.

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