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Welcome Park

The open-air museum is the only one dedicated to the state’s founder, William Penn, and is named for his ship, Welcome.

Nearby Attractions

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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.
Powel House
Occupied by the last mayor of the city under British rule, the Powel House now is one of the great remaining masterpieces of Georgian architecture.
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.
Alexander Hamilton’s home
Though the home is no longer there, visit the site where Hamilton, his wife Eliza, and their children lived for five years in the 1790s.
The First Bank of the United States
Though Founding Father Hamilton never physically visited the country’s first bank, it stands as a testament to his solution to the nation’s debt problem after the war.

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 pavements, 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 an urban structure. A similarly outstanding building is Powel 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 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 Philadelphia's Welcome Park, where your guide will help orient you to the city's layout. 
  •  Learn about the city of Brotherly Love's revival in recent decades. 
  • On the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall, see the US Mint, the Liberty Bell, and a Quaker meeting house.
  • Enjoy a Philly favourite - the cheesesteak - at a place recommended by your local guide. 
  • Pop into Philadelphia's Chinatown, see its' famous 'Friendship Gate' and learn about the city's diversity and immigration throughout the centuries. 
  • 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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