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Philadelphia Old City
Philadelphia Old City

Philadelphia Old City

Free admission

The Basics

The neighborhood is a must-see for travelers who want to walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers. Highlights include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Carpenters' Hall. Elfreth's Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the country, lined with centuries-old homes.

Bus tours, many via open-top, double-decker buses, skirt the boundaries of Old City, but some of the landmarks are on narrow streets or in courtyards best accessible on a walking tour. Tour guides fill visitors in on the life and times of Philly's most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin, while stopping at city landmarks. Horse-drawn carriage tours are another popular option, allowing visitors to travel like their historic compatriots.

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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
star-4.5
$46.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
GREAT EXPERIENCE
What a great tour! The tour company went above and beyond for us when we accidentally missed our initial tour and scheduled a new tour just for us. Our guide was very personable and super knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who loves history or just wants to learn something new!
Lindsey_D, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

star-4
Confusing operations due...
Willie_M, Aug 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Confusing operations due to merging with another company because of COVID. Would have been a better experience.
star-4
Very informative!!
DAudra_C, Aug 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Mr. Bill was an excellent tour guide, extremely knowledgeable about history and architecture. My only negative is that there could have been more social distancing as the delta variant is growing in numbers.
star-5
I would plan to stay there again.
Gail_C, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The apartment was very modern, nice & clean. I liked the location & there was a parking lot & on street parking. We look an Uber all over the city.
star-4
No Hop Off Hop On, still a good tour
Ruth_M, Apr 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Due to Covid there was no Hop Off Hop On, which is understandable, however Viator should have disclosed that important fact. The tour was still enjoyable. Drove by all important sites. Had a chance to decide what we wanted to see and go on a more detailed tour.
star-4
History on the bus
Susan_W, Apr 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Our guide was excellent!! However due to Covid, you cannot get off and back on the bus. You get on and travel around. It is excellent information though and our guide was very knowledgeable
star-5
38th Wedding Anniversary
Connie_F, Oct 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Loved loved loved! Our commentator Matt was excellent, funny and very knowledgeable. My husband and I enjoyed and stayed on the tour for the whole 90 minutes. Highly recommend and will do again. Thank you!😊
star-5
The tour guide was...
Linda_M, Oct 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
The tour guide was great!! We learned a lot about the city. Betsy Ross house and rocky statue were neat to see
star-4
Worth the time for sure
Glenn_H, Oct 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
We had two somewhat different guides. We learned some unique things from each. The 90 minutes helped us decide where to focus with our limited time available.
star-5
Great 60th birthday trip!!!
Paulette_N, Oct 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Tour guide was very informative with history, we did the city tour, and stopped by the ROCKY statue among other stops. Weather was great so we had a great time !!
star-5
Fun in Philly
Joan_R, Oct 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Great guide and well-organized tour. Information about various architectural styles in the city were very interesting!
star-5
Great city overview
Jim_I, Sep 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
We were able to see places we would not likely have seen exploring on our own and certainly not have known the details shared by our guide Billy. Highly recommend as a way to orient yourself to Philly.
star-5
Great experience!
Maricela_A, Sep 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
We had such a great experience! From booking all the way until the end. The tour guides were knowledgeable and our bus driver was also great. I would not hesitate to do this again and recommend highly. Thank you to the Crew for providing such a wonderful experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Old City is a don’t-miss for colonial history buffs and first-time Philly visitors.

  • Visitors can skip the (often long) line for the Liberty Bell and view the famous national symbol through the Independence Visitor Center side window.

  • The historic cobblestone streets can make the area difficult to access for strollers and wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Old City occupies the blocks between Front and Sixth streets, bounded by Florist Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. It is easily accessible via SEPTA (bus and rail), but street parking in the area is notoriously difficult.

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When to Get There

By day, the area is thick with travelers on sightseeing tours, so visit early to avoid the crowds. Expect long lines at the top attractions (especially the Liberty Bell). Nighttime ghost tours are available for those in search of a creepy thrill, and neighborhood nightlife features top-notch restaurants, bars, and clubs.

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Arts and Fashion

Today’s Old City is also a hub for Philadelphia's fashion, arts, and design scene. The neighborhood has more than 30 art galleries and home furnishing outlets, and boutiques showcase collections by local fashion designers.

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