Free and Friendly Tours
Walking tours of historic Philadelphia
Free and Friendly Tours is a Philly company with Philly guides and will show you the whole range of Philadelphia, its historical monuments and present-day city life – or the whole of what’s in walking distance at least.
Hear the stories hidden behind Philly’s streets and buildings and works of art, from Independence Hall to Isaiah Zagar’s South Street mosaics. Listen as the guides point out some of their favorite places in Philadelphia.
Tours are free, which means you tip what you want, and it’s friendly because your guides are friendly folks who want to make you love Philly as much as they do. Reservations are required for all tours.
The Colonial Cheesesteak Tour
Departs: Benjamin’s Best (401 Chestnut Street)
Journey through Philadelphia’s colonial and revolutionary streets in the footsteps of men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the convicts that carried Ben Franklin to and from the Constitutional Convention. No joke. Uncover the stories hidden in Philadelphia’s history and walk through two of its exciting contemporary neighborhoods, Old City and South Street.
The Billy Penn Tour
Departs: Courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall (Broad and Market Streets)
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Beginning at Philadelphia’s City Hall, a building destined to be the world’s tallest, this tour leads through the bustle of Reading Terminal Market and the luxury of the Wanamaker Building and looks out toward the steps of Philadelphia’s famous Museum of Art. You’ll encounter fighting Quakers, cross-dressing Irishmen and a certain Italian boxer, and learn that the Reading Railroad is more than just square on the Monopoly board.
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In the neighborhood
1421 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
- The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
- Inn at the Union League
- Alexander Inn
- DoubleTree By Hilton Philadelphia Center City
- Residence Inn Philadelphia Center City
- The Independent Hotel Philadelphia
- Hyatt at The Bellevue
- Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
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Museums & Attractions
The Academy of Music 1420 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
- The Philadelphia Orchestra
- Art on City Hall
- Philadelphia International
Festival of the Arts (PIFA)
- Center City District Sips
- Merriam Theater
- Philadelphia Theatre Company
- Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
- David Lynch: The Unified Field at PAFA
- The Wilma Theater
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Restaurants & Dining
12th and Filbert Streets Tour departs from the Reading Terminal Market information desk Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Reading Terminal Market’s Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
- Reading Terminal Market
- 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge
- Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
- Capital Grille
- Banana Leaf
- Bank & Bourbon
- McCormick and Schmick’s
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