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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.

New options for touring town by land and by sea: it started with 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.

History tours are booming too, especially after the sun goes down. Joining the popular Lights of Liberty Show in the evening tour business is Once Upon A Nation, promoting new adventure tours that engross visitors in history with interactive activities, face-to-face meetings with the Founding Fathers, food, beverages, and for the first time, a twilight visit to Independence Hall.

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  • PHLASH Downtown Loop

    See Philadelphia in a PHLASH

    The Phlash bus

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

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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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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler’s Tour

    “Cheers” to the spirits of ’76! Wind your way through the streets of Old City enjoying drinks and a little sip of history at Colonial and modern day watering holes.

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  • Balloon Expeditions

    A gentle, birds-eye view of the scenic Delaware Valley

    Ballooning in The Countryside

    Drift along with the wind to see what the birds see, tree tops rustling beneath as you take in a golden sunset.

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  • Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s most unusual nighttime attraction

    A haunted Independence Hall

    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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  • 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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  • Philadelphia Bike Tours

    Pedal across town in the company of knowledgeable guides

    Taking the Philadelphia Bike Tour

    New bike tours have arrived in Philadelphia. These guided tours will take you through Center City, from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River and include several exciting stops and a picnic lunch. There are several pre-made tour packages, including an Eastern State Penitentiary tour package and a Philadelphia Zoo package, which include lunch and admission to attractions as well.

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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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  • 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 (BRPT) provides guided tours of Philadelphia by day and night. Grab a seat on BRPT’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.

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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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  • ‘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
  • Lights of Liberty

    Coming Soon: Sound and light show reliving America’s Revolution

    Lights of Liberty

    The Lights of Liberty outdoor show is being completely re-imagined and is currently on hiatus.

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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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