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Liberty Bell

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

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.
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.
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

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 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. 
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 travelers 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 colonized 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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