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Tours in Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia is brimming with ways to tour the town — after all, one of the best ways to see Philadelphia is with someone who already knows it. So take a tour and know that no matter what your interest, we’ve got you covered.

Options for touring town by land and by sea include Ride the Ducks and their hugely successful amphibious tour of Philadelphia’s Historic District, which includes a big splash into the Delaware River. Then, the RiverLink Freedom Ferry got into the act with their narrated downriver tours.

Meanwhile, back on land, business is heating up as long-standing companies introduce new tours and vehicles of their own. With the double-decker Big Bus Tours offering an almost-bird’s-eye view of historic and cultural attractions, Philadelphia Trolley Works, best known for their Victorian Trolley tours, have introduced bright red, white and blue double-decker buses to their fleet.

Or get out and explore Historic Philadelphia on foot. The family-friendly Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches allow visitors and residents to discover the true stories scattered throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places they actually happened. The 21-and-over set can hop on a Tippler’s Tour and sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide. And those on an Independence After Hours tour enjoy a three-course meal before “sneaking” into Independence Hall to hear several Founding Fathers discuss the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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  • Philadelphia PHLASH
    Downtown Bus Loop

    See Philadelphia in a PHLASH

    See Philadelphia’s most popular attractions aboard the PHLASH bus.

    The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    May 26 – December 29, 2016
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history after hours

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia.

    May 27 – October 22, 2016
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    Discover the true stories scattered throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places they actually happened with Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches.

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  • Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s most unusual nighttime attraction

    Independence Hall at night

    In the mood for something truly spooky? Try one of Philadelphia’s candlelit walking tours of America’s most historic and haunted cities, where enchanting tour guides will lead you through Independence Hall and Washington Square to show you the haunted spots of Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia Trolley Works (‘76 Carriage Company)

    This longtime Philadelphia company offers several options for touring the town

    Philadelphia Trolley Works

    You’ve got your options for touring Philadelphia, including Victorian Trolley Tours, Horse Drawn Carriage Tours and Double Decker Bus Tours.

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  • Awfully Nice Tours

    Personalized driving tours of Philadelphia

    Awfully Nice Tours

    Awfully Nice Tours offers pre-planned and personalized driving tours of the Philadelphia region for individuals, families and groups up to six people, ensuring that your tour is a very personal experience.

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  • ‘76 Carriage Company

    Carriage tours of Historic Philadelphia from the venerable Philadelphia Trolley Works

    A horse-drawn carriage in Historic Philadelphia

    Your carriage awaits! Sit back, relax and experience Philadelphia’s historical and popular attractions aboard one of the Philadelphia Trolley Works’ stylish coaches.

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  • Philly By Night

    An after-hours tour of Historic Philadelphia from the revered Philadelphia Trolley Works

    The Philly By Night tour rides past Independence Hall.

    Want a taste of Historic Philadelphia under the night sky? The Philly By Night tour — an extension of the Big Bus tour from Philadelphia Trolley Works — takes off nightly for a city-wide tour of Philadelphia’s most notable attractions.

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  • Franklin’s Footsteps Colonial Walking Tour

    A Philadelphia Trolley Works walking tour of Historic Philadelphia

    Franklin’s Footsteps

    This guided walking tour retraces the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin and his fellow patriots during the founding of our nation.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    Discover the true stories scattered throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places they actually happened with Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history after hours

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia.

    May 27 – October 22, 2016
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    May 26 – December 29, 2016
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    Start at the Visitor Center

    Independence Visitor Center

    The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.

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  • Philadelphia Segway Tours

    Zoom around Old City and the Parkway on a motorized Segway

    Whether it’s a tour of Old City or a ghost tour, Philadelphia Segway Tours is a great option for exploring the city in a different way.

    Whether it’s a tour of Old City or a ghost tour, Philadelphia Segway Tours is a great option for exploring the city in a different way.

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  • Your Philadelphia Tour

    Design your own historical and cultural excursion in the City of Brotherly Love

    Your Philadelphia Tour allows tour-goers to create their own custom guided tour.

    Your Philadelphia Tour seeks to offer a different way to see and learn about the City of Brotherly Love: by putting the tour-goers in charge.

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  • Grim Philly Twilight Tours

    Haunting tour of historic Philadelphia

    Explore the city’s haunted history on Grim Philly Twilight Tours.

    Developed and researched by university professor Joe Wojie, Grim Philly Twilight Tours offer an adults-only glimpse into Philadelphia’s past.

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  • Big Red Pedal Tours of Philadelphia

    Pedal your way around the city’s top attractions

    Bike your way around the city with Big Red Pedal Tours.

    Big Red Pedal Tours provides guided tours of Philadelphia by day and night. Grab a seat on Big Red Pedal Tour’s unique Pedicycles to explore Historic Philadelphia or pedal your way through the city’s bar scene with an evening pub crawl.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Architectural Walking Tours with the Preservation Alliance

    Take an award-winning stroll through Philadelphia

    Group on an Architectural Walking Tour with the Preservation Alliance

    Explore Philadelphia’s architectural past, present and future during an award-winning guided walking tour with the Preservation Alliance.

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  • Philly By Night

    An after-hours tour of Historic Philadelphia from the revered Philadelphia Trolley Works

    The Philly By Night tour rides past Independence Hall.

    Want a taste of Historic Philadelphia under the night sky? The Philly By Night tour — an extension of the Big Bus tour from Philadelphia Trolley Works — takes off nightly for a city-wide tour of Philadelphia’s most notable attractions.

    View More
  • Franklin’s Footsteps Colonial Walking Tour

    A Philadelphia Trolley Works walking tour of Historic Philadelphia

    Franklin’s Footsteps

    This guided walking tour retraces the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin and his fellow patriots during the founding of our nation.

    View More
  • ‘76 Carriage Company

    Carriage tours of Historic Philadelphia from the venerable Philadelphia Trolley Works

    A horse-drawn carriage in Historic Philadelphia

    Your carriage awaits! Sit back, relax and experience Philadelphia’s historical and popular attractions aboard one of the Philadelphia Trolley Works’ stylish coaches.

    View More
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