Philadelphia Virtual Tour
Explore Philadelphia in Virtual Reality
Explore the city of Philadelphia before stepping foot on a single cobblestone by viewing Visit Philadelphia's interactive virtual experience.
Philadelphia Virtual Tour Overview
Click on the image above to discover a virtual tour of Philadelphia, which includes 25 panoramic, 360-degree photos; a three-minute, 360-degree video; plus video and photos in virtual reality (VR) — as an immersive tour on a VR headset.
The new experience showcases the entire city and spotlights more than two dozen legendary sites and attractions — more than half of which are in Philadelphia’s Historic District.
To launch the virtual tour, click the button below.
Philadelphia Virtual Tour FAQ
How do I go on a virtual tour of Philadelphia?
Go to visitphilly.com and click “Start Virtual Experience” to launch virtual tour and explore Philadelphia in 25 360-degree photos and one 3-minute video. Navigate and explore in the tour by clicking on the screen and using your mouse (on desktop) or fingertip (on mobile) to view the image in 360 degrees.
What’s included in the virtual tour?
On desktop and mobile, you can view 25 panoramic 360-degree photos and a 3-minute 360-degree video tour. With a VR headset and downloadable virtual reality app, you can view the same visuals in virtual reality (VR).
Do you need a VR headset to view the tour?
To view the virtual tour’s 360-degree photos and video on desktop and mobile, you do not need a VR headset. To view the photos and video in virtual reality, you do need a VR headset like Google Cardboard in addition to the VR app, VR Showcase, for your mobile device, which is free to download in the Apple App store or Google Play store. More info below on how to install the app and see the content in VR.
What’s the quickest way to view the experience in virtual reality?
To launch the virtual tour experience in VR:
- Download the YouVisit VR App “VR Showcase.” Visit Philadelphia worked with YouVisit to develop the virtual experience.
- Go to visitphilly.com on your mobile device. Click “Start Virtual Experience” icon on homepage to launch virtual tour.
- Once the virtual tour has launched, flip your mobile device from vertical (portrait) to horizontal (landscape) orientation.
- You’ll be prompted to “Tap to Open YouVisit VR.”
- Click the prompt and the Philadelphia virtual experience will launch in the YouVisit “VR Showcase” app.
- Place your mobile device in a VR headset to explore Philadelphia in virtual reality.
How do I download the YouVisit “VR Showcase” app?
Go to the App Store or Google Play store on your iPhone or Android mobile device. Search for “VR Showcase” app from YouVisit. Download the free app.
How do I get a VR headset?
We recommend VR headsets like Google Cardboard, which are available for purchase online. A VR headset is not included with the virtual tour.
Is there a cost?
Nope. The virtual tour is free on desktop, mobile and to view in VR. To purchase a VR headset, costs are associated. We recommend VR headsets like Google Cardboard, which are available for purchase online.
What sites will I see on the Philadelphia virtual tour?
Visit Philadelphia worked with partners to feature 25 locations in our first Philadelphia virtual tour. The virtual experience locations are:
- Independence Hall
- Independence Mall
- Second Bank
- Liberty Bell Center
- Elfreth’s Alley
- Carpenters' Hall
- The Betsy Ross House
- Race Street Pier
- Benjamin Franklin Bridge
- National Constitution Center
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- African American Museum in Philadelphia
- Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks/East Passyunk Avenue
- City Hall/Avenue of the Arts
- Reading Terminal Market
- The Barnes Foundation, collection gallery
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Furness building
- Penn Museum, Sphinx
- The Franklin Institute, Franklin Memorial
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, interior Great Hall
- Boathouse Row, from Schuylkill River
- Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
- Washington Square
- Waterworks/Overlooking Schuylkill River
- "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art