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Top Five Offbeat Ways to See the City

Our picks for the most interesting and unconventional ways to see the city.

1. I-Glide Tours

Neighborhood: Art Museum
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Hop on a Segway® Human Transporter (don’t be intimidated by the name) and hold on for a two-and-a-half-hour tour through the Art Museum area. Led by an expert guide via wireless headset, glide to several area attractions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row and the Fairmount Waterworks. The unique touring experience begins with a brief training session, and then you’re off!

Tip: Avoid the daytime crowds and make a reservation for the 7 p.m. evening tour.

2. Philadelphia Bike Tours

Neighborhood: Departs from Historic Philadelphia
7th and Ranstead Streets

Philadelphia Bike Tours are a fun, safe and environmentally friendly way to tour the city. Departing from Historic Philadelphia, the three-hour tour covers everything from the Liberty Bell to the Art Museum. The bicycles and helmets are provided; all you have to do is show up, ready to ride.

Tip: Try one of Philadelphia Bike Tours’ custom packages, which include tours of Eastern State Penitentiary, the Philadelphia Zoo and Valley Forge.

3. Big Bus Tours

Neighborhood: Departs from Historic Philadelphia
5th and Market Streets

There’s no better way to get spectacular, unobstructed views as you navigate the city than from atop a London-style double-decker bus. Hop on and off the bus throughout the day as it makes 20+ stops from Penn’s Landing to the Zoo.

Tip: Your Big Bus ticket is good for 24 hours, so be sure to schedule wisely to get the most out of your pass.

4. The Philadelphia Zoo Balloon

Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
34th Street and Girard Avenue

The high-flying Zoo Balloon reaches a height of 400 feet in the air, providing breathtaking views of the Zoo, Fairmount Park and the city skyline. The first North American balloon flight took place in Philadelphia, making the Zoo balloon a fitting way to see the city.

Tip: The Zoo Balloon doesn’t operate in inclement weather; check the Philadelphia Zoo’s site to ensure it is flying that day.

5. Philadelphia Trolley Tour

Neighborhood: Departs from Historic Philadelphia
5th and Market Streets

Step aboard one of the Victorian-style, open-air trolleys and prepare to be taken for a ride as professional tour guides narrate your 90-minute excursion through the city. The trolley makes 20 stops at popular attractions along its route, allowing you to exit and re-board all day.

Tip: If you can, grab a window seat and enjoy the gentle breeze, all the while getting a front-row view of the city.

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