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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

1. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

2. Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

Enjoy an all-inclusive pass that gets you into 30 Philadelphia attractions and tours. Just select the number of days you want to sightsee for (1, 2, 3 or 5 days), then enjoy admission to as many included attractions as you want to. With Go City you can save up to 50%* on top Philadelphia attractions, compared to buying individual tickets. Simply show your Philadelphia pass at included attractions or tour for admission and pay nothing at the gate. Activate the pass by visiting your first attraction, then, use it on consecutive calendar days. The Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass includes the following activities: • Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour • Eastern State Penitentiary • Franklin Institute Science Museum • Philadelphia Museum of Art • National Constitution Center • Betsy Ross House • Adventure Aquarium • Philadelphia Zoo • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia • Barnes Foundation • Academy of Natural Science • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia • Independence Seaport Museum • Christ Church Burial Ground Tour • Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History • Dark Philly Adult Night Tour • National Liberty Museum • Longwood Gardens • African American Museum • Rodin Museum • Revolution and Founding Father's Tour • Penn Museum • RiverLink Ferry • Brandywine Museum of Art • Philadelphia Movie & Television Tour • South Philly Italian Market Tour • Philadelphia Street Art Tour • Red Rum Theatre: A Murder Mystery Show • Philadelphia Food & Cheesesteak Tour • Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop 1-Day Pass • $20.00 Dining Credit at The Cauldron Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

3. Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

Climb aboard the double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and discover the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace. Benefit from the services on an onboard guide and avail of frequent departures every day of the week. Learn the history of the city and its cultural attractions, and hear where the best places to eat and shop are along the way. Follow in the footsteps of "Rocky" and climb the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy an authentic cheesesteak or retrace the steps of the founding fathers and see where they signed the Declaration of Independence. Sit back and enjoy the 90-minute ride around Philly seeing almost 30 points of interest along the way. Sights you will see: • Independence Visitor Center (northeast corner of 5th and Market Streets) • Betsy Ross House  • U.S. Mint and Ben Franklin’s Grave  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown (northeast corner of Arch Street at 10th Street) • Reading Terminal Market/Convention Center  • City Hall and Love Park • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul/Sister Cities  • Barnes Foundation (21st Street and Ben Franklin Parkway)  • Rodin Museum • Eastern State Penitentiary • Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia Zoo  • Please Touch Museum/Memorial Hall/Fairmount Park • Rocky Steps • Philadelphia Museum of Art • Franklin Institute/Logan Circle • The Bellevue/Rittenhouse Square • Academy of Music/Broad Street • Antiques Row (10th and Pine Street) • South Street/Headhouse Square • Vietnam Veterans Memorial • Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing/Columbus Boulevard • Penn's Landing/Waterfront • Old City/Christ Church • Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia: Go City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

4. Philadelphia: Go City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

The Explorer Pass by Go City is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to 3, 4, 5, or 7 Philadelphia attractions of your choice. There are 30 attractions and tours to choose from and you can save up to 50%* off compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Simply purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit. There's no need to decide which attractions you want to visit before your trip. Just choose as you go from the options included. Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, you’ll have 60 days to use it. Show your pass to get entry and pay nothing at the gate. You'll get all the information you need including attraction descriptions and opening hours on the PDF guide or Go City app. Choose from the following attractions: • Hop-on hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour • Eastern State Penitentiary • Franklin Institute Science Museum • Adventure Aquarium • Philadelphia Zoo • Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia Food & Cheesesteak Tour • National Constitution Center • Betsy Ross House • Barnes Foundation • Academy of Natural Science • Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia • Independence Seaport Museum • Christ Church Burial Ground Tour • Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History • Dark Philly Adult Night Tour • National Liberty Museum • Longwood Gardens • African American Museum • Rodin Museum • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia • Penn Museum • Brandywine Museum of Art • Red Rum Theatre: A Murder Mystery Show • RiverLink Ferry • Revolution and Founding Father's Tour • Philadelphia Movie & Television Tour • South Philly Italian Market Tour • Philadelphia Street Art Tour • $20.00 Dining Credit at The Cauldron Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

5. Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

Use The Philadelphia Pass directly from your mobile phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 35 destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the most popular attractions in The City of Brotherly love. Delve into the history of the city as you explore landmark museums and monuments, or take a spooky after-hours walking tour to discover haunted Philly. Train like Rocky on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or eat like a local at either the historic Reading Terminal Market, or the 9th Street Italian Market. With your pass, you'll enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and bars. Attractions included: • Eastern State Penitentiary • Betsy Ross House • Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds • Fort Mifflin • Escape Game King of Prussia • Scavenger Hunts • RiverLink Ferry (operates seasonally) • Solve a Mystery Philadelphia Museums included: • Philadelphia Museum of Art • National Constitution Center • Academy of Natural Sciences • African American Museum • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial • National Liberty Museum • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Tours included: • Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour • Founding Fathers and Mothers Walking Tour • Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour • Grim Philly Twilight Tours • Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour • The Constitutional Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Small Group Night Tour

6. Philadelphia: Small Group Night Tour

Discover Philadelphia at night on this scenic guided driving tour! Your tour will begin with your friendly local guide picking you up directly from your hotel. You will enjoy passing by key historical points of interest such as the Betsy Ross House, the Ben Franklin Burial, the First Bank, and the Ben Franklin House on your way to Independence Hall. Step back in time while at Independence Hall, which is known as the birthplace of America, and is most famous for its role in American independence. While there, you will be able to view the historic Liberty Bell. Easily recognizable because of its crack, the Liberty Bell remains significant today for its message of liberty. Abolitionists, women's suffrage activists, civil rights leaders and others have all used this bell as their symbol in the fight for equality. At Independence Hall you will also see the Second Bank, which houses a collection of over 100 portraits, many of them by 18th Century artist Charles Willson Peale. Marvel at the Greek Revival architecture and the faces of the leaders of the Revolutionary Era. You can’t go to Philadelphia without making a stop at the Rocky Steps. A near-constant flow of people arrive daily at the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to snap a picture with the Rocky statue, originally created for a scene in Rocky III and now a real-life monument for the beloved fictional hero. Running up the grand stairway, mimicking the famous two-arms-raised salute, and soaking up the view of the city is a must while in Philadelphia. You’ll also get a chance to see the Washington Monument Fountain and The Oval while you’re there. Don’t forget to take photos! Your guide will take you on a scenic city drive, passing by such points of interest as Love Park, Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation, Franklin Institute, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, and Eastern State Penitentiary. What’s a trip to Philadelphia without trying a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich? You will head to South Philly to Check out Philly’s Sports hub before stopping to grab this tasty snack (Optional). After a full day of adventure, your guide will return you to your downtown Philadelphia hotel where you can unwind and reflect on your memories from the day.

Philadelphia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Philadelphia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Embark on an immersive journey through the rich history, vibrant culture, and iconic landmarks of Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence. This self-guided audio tour offers you the freedom to explore at your own pace while delving deep into the captivating stories and significant moments that have shaped this historic city. As you wander through the streets of Philadelphia, you'll be accompanied by informative and engaging narration that brings the city's past to life. From the cobblestone streets of Old City to the towering skyline of Center City, each step will unveil a new chapter in Philadelphia's storied past. Discover the legacy of the Founding Fathers as you visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both signed. Stand in awe beneath the shadow of the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy. Trace the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin as you explore his former residence and learn about his groundbreaking contributions to science, politics, and diplomacy. Marvel at the architectural splendor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, made famous by the iconic "Rocky Steps." Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of South Street and Northern Liberties, where art, culture, and cuisine converge to create a unique tapestry of urban life. Indulge your senses with a taste of Philly's famous cheesesteaks and immerse yourself in the city's thriving food scene. Learn more about the top 16 tourist attractions in Philadelphia. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Eastern State Penitentiary 2. Philadelphia Museum of Art 3. Rocky Statue 4. Rodin Museum 5. Barnes Foundation 6. The Franklin Institute 7. Mütter Museum 8. Reading Terminal Market 9. National Constitution Center 10. Liberty Bell Center 11. Independence National Historical Park 12. Independence Hall 13. National Museum of American Jewish History 14. Museum of the American Revolution 15. Elfreth's Alley 16. Please Touch Museum Whether you're a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply a curious traveler, the Philadelphia Self-Guided Audio Tour offers an unforgettable experience that will deepen your appreciation for this remarkable city. So, grab your headphones, press play, and let the journey begin!

Philadelphia: Movie and Television Sites Guided Walking Tour

8. Philadelphia: Movie and Television Sites Guided Walking Tour

Philadelphia is the film location of some of your favorite films, and there's better way to get a behind the scenes look than on this fully-guided walking tour! See where famous directors like M. Night Shamalan and Martin Scorses have worked, visit Philly landmarks like City Hall and Love Park, as well as the sites featured in television shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Cold Case. And no Philadelphia movie tour would be complete without seeing several filming locations from the Rocky franchise including the famous steps!

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Flex Pass

9. Philadelphia: Sightseeing Flex Pass

Save over 50% on admission prices to Philadelphia's top attractions with a flexible sightseeing pass directly from your phone allowing convenient entry to your choice of attraction or tour option. Select from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions and choose your own itinerary. Take advantage of the pass’ flexible start date and go at your own pace over a 30-day period. This pass is perfect for visitors who have limited time to sightsee, and for those who want to visit the must-see attractions. Experience 4 centuries of Philadelphia history. Explore the birthplace of American independence with visits to Fort Mifflin and the Betsy Ross House. Visit Benjamin Franklin’s grave at the Christ Church Burial Grounds, or see the past come to life on one of the spooky nighttime walking tours. Follow in the footsteps of Rocky, training like "the Pride of Philly" on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Then take in the cinematic sights of Center City, Midtown Village, and South Street via the hop-on, hop-off bus service.  You will also receive discounts at local restaurants and bars, as well as retailers and entertainment venues. Eat like a local at the historic Reading Terminal Market or the 9th Street Italian Market. Or drink in the sights and the history of Philly over a cold one while you pub crawl your way through the City of Brotherly Love. Attractions: Eastern State Penitentiary Betsy Ross House Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds Fort Mifflin Escape Game King of Prussia Scavenger Hunts Solve a Mystery Philadelphia Museums: Philadelphia Museum of Art National Constitution Center Academy of Natural Sciences African American Museum Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial National Liberty Museum Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts National Museum of American Jewish History Penn Museum Bus Tours: Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour Walking Tours: Founding Fathers and Mothers Walking Tour Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour Grim Philly Twilight Tours Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour The Constitutional Walking Tour Sightseeing Cruise: RiverLink Ferry (operates seasonally)

Philadelphia In App Walking Audio Tour

10. Philadelphia In App Walking Audio Tour

Welcome to Philadelphia. This audio tour beckons you to leisurely wander through its Old City, immersing yourself in the cherished historical, cultural, and culinary gems of Pennsylvania's capital. Begin your journey by exploring the hauntingly castle-like Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison infamous for the complete isolation and harsh punishments meted out to its inmates. Continue on to the elegant Rodin Museum, where you have the option to marvel at the largest collection of Auguste Rodin's statuary outside of France, including the iconic sculpture, The Thinker. As you traverse JFK Plaza or LOVE Park nearby, don't miss the iconic pop art LOVE sculpture situated in the center. A short stroll away, be awe-inspired by the grandeur of Philadelphia City Hall, the largest municipal building in the country. The tour then invites you to experience the vibrant atmosphere of Reading Terminal Market, a beloved local spot for grocery shopping and snacking since 1893. Delve deeper into America's historical narrative by visiting the Declaration House, where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. Witness the iconic Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom in America, just around the corner. Later on, pass by the Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag. Conclude your tour at the Christ Church Burial Ground, the resting place of many historical leaders, and pay a visit to the distinguished grave of Benjamin Franklin. Join this tour to witness the founding of the nation in Philadelphia's past and experience how today's Philadelphians embrace its ambitious present. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

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Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Explore the origins of America on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. Discover the city where America’s Founding Fathers first declared independence, and ratified the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. Along the way, enjoy stunning views of historic landmarks including the Christ Church Burial Grounds, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall.   Begin your tour at the Bourse Building, across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Listen to the multilingual audio commentary as you enjoy the views from the open-top deck. See the Friendship Gate in Chinatown and be amazed by the architecture of Philadelphia’s City Hall.   Hop off to explore the various museums along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the world's largest collection of post-impressionist art at the Barnes Foundation. Marvel at Philadelphia’s skyline and stop to enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Pass through the charming neighborhood of Society Hill and end your tour with a drive along the banks of the Delaware River. Stops:  • The Bourse Building  • Betsy Ross House  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown  • Reading Terminal Market  • Love Park  • Cathedral Basilica  • Logan Circle  • Rodin Museum  • Eastern State Penitentiary  • Special Events - The Perelman Building  • The Rocky Steps and Statue  • West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boat House Row  • Civil War Memorial  • Please Touch Museum  • Philadelphia Zoo  • Franklin Institute  • Mutter Museum  • One Liberty Observation Deck  • Avenue of the Arts  • Society Hill, Antique Row  • Mother Bethel A.M.E Church  • Headhouse Square  • Vietnam & Korean War Memorials  • Penns Landing  • Museum of the American Revolution  • Christ Church  • The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

Enjoy an all-inclusive pass that gets you into 30 Philadelphia attractions and tours. Just select the number of days you want to sightsee for (1, 2, 3 or 5 days), then enjoy admission to as many included attractions as you want to. With Go City you can save up to 50%* on top Philadelphia attractions, compared to buying individual tickets. Simply show your Philadelphia pass at included attractions or tour for admission and pay nothing at the gate. Activate the pass by visiting your first attraction, then, use it on consecutive calendar days. The Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass includes the following activities: • Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour • Eastern State Penitentiary • Franklin Institute Science Museum • Philadelphia Museum of Art • National Constitution Center • Betsy Ross House • Adventure Aquarium • Philadelphia Zoo • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia • Barnes Foundation • Academy of Natural Science • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia • Independence Seaport Museum • Christ Church Burial Ground Tour • Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History • Dark Philly Adult Night Tour • National Liberty Museum • Longwood Gardens • African American Museum • Rodin Museum • Revolution and Founding Father's Tour • Penn Museum • RiverLink Ferry • Brandywine Museum of Art • Philadelphia Movie & Television Tour • South Philly Italian Market Tour • Philadelphia Street Art Tour • Red Rum Theatre: A Murder Mystery Show • Philadelphia Food & Cheesesteak Tour • Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop 1-Day Pass • $20.00 Dining Credit at The Cauldron Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

Philadelphia: Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

Climb aboard the double-decker hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus and discover the sights of Philadelphia at your own pace. Benefit from the services on an onboard guide and avail of frequent departures every day of the week. Learn the history of the city and its cultural attractions, and hear where the best places to eat and shop are along the way. Follow in the footsteps of "Rocky" and climb the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy an authentic cheesesteak or retrace the steps of the founding fathers and see where they signed the Declaration of Independence. Sit back and enjoy the 90-minute ride around Philly seeing almost 30 points of interest along the way. Sights you will see: • Independence Visitor Center (northeast corner of 5th and Market Streets) • Betsy Ross House  • U.S. Mint and Ben Franklin’s Grave  • National Constitution Center  • Chinatown (northeast corner of Arch Street at 10th Street) • Reading Terminal Market/Convention Center  • City Hall and Love Park • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul/Sister Cities  • Barnes Foundation (21st Street and Ben Franklin Parkway)  • Rodin Museum • Eastern State Penitentiary • Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia Zoo  • Please Touch Museum/Memorial Hall/Fairmount Park • Rocky Steps • Philadelphia Museum of Art • Franklin Institute/Logan Circle • The Bellevue/Rittenhouse Square • Academy of Music/Broad Street • Antiques Row (10th and Pine Street) • South Street/Headhouse Square • Vietnam Veterans Memorial • Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing/Columbus Boulevard • Penn's Landing/Waterfront • Old City/Christ Church • Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia: Go City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

Philadelphia: Go City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

The Explorer Pass by Go City is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to 3, 4, 5, or 7 Philadelphia attractions of your choice. There are 30 attractions and tours to choose from and you can save up to 50%* off compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Simply purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit. There's no need to decide which attractions you want to visit before your trip. Just choose as you go from the options included. Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, you’ll have 60 days to use it. Show your pass to get entry and pay nothing at the gate. You'll get all the information you need including attraction descriptions and opening hours on the PDF guide or Go City app. Choose from the following attractions: • Hop-on hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour • Eastern State Penitentiary • Franklin Institute Science Museum • Adventure Aquarium • Philadelphia Zoo • Philadelphia Museum of Art • Philadelphia Food & Cheesesteak Tour • National Constitution Center • Betsy Ross House • Barnes Foundation • Academy of Natural Science • Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia • Independence Seaport Museum • Christ Church Burial Ground Tour • Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History • Dark Philly Adult Night Tour • National Liberty Museum • Longwood Gardens • African American Museum • Rodin Museum • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia • Penn Museum • Brandywine Museum of Art • Red Rum Theatre: A Murder Mystery Show • RiverLink Ferry • Revolution and Founding Father's Tour • Philadelphia Movie & Television Tour • South Philly Italian Market Tour • Philadelphia Street Art Tour • $20.00 Dining Credit at The Cauldron Please note attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. *Savings based on itineraries on Go City website.

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

Use The Philadelphia Pass directly from your mobile phone to allow you cash-free entry to over 35 destinations, museums, and tours, including some of the most popular attractions in The City of Brotherly love. Delve into the history of the city as you explore landmark museums and monuments, or take a spooky after-hours walking tour to discover haunted Philly. Train like Rocky on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or eat like a local at either the historic Reading Terminal Market, or the 9th Street Italian Market. With your pass, you'll enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and bars. Attractions included: • Eastern State Penitentiary • Betsy Ross House • Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds • Fort Mifflin • Escape Game King of Prussia • Scavenger Hunts • RiverLink Ferry (operates seasonally) • Solve a Mystery Philadelphia Museums included: • Philadelphia Museum of Art • National Constitution Center • Academy of Natural Sciences • African American Museum • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial • National Liberty Museum • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Tours included: • Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour • Founding Fathers and Mothers Walking Tour • Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour • Grim Philly Twilight Tours • Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour • The Constitutional Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Small Group Night Tour

Philadelphia: Small Group Night Tour

Discover Philadelphia at night on this scenic guided driving tour! Your tour will begin with your friendly local guide picking you up directly from your hotel. You will enjoy passing by key historical points of interest such as the Betsy Ross House, the Ben Franklin Burial, the First Bank, and the Ben Franklin House on your way to Independence Hall. Step back in time while at Independence Hall, which is known as the birthplace of America, and is most famous for its role in American independence. While there, you will be able to view the historic Liberty Bell. Easily recognizable because of its crack, the Liberty Bell remains significant today for its message of liberty. Abolitionists, women's suffrage activists, civil rights leaders and others have all used this bell as their symbol in the fight for equality. At Independence Hall you will also see the Second Bank, which houses a collection of over 100 portraits, many of them by 18th Century artist Charles Willson Peale. Marvel at the Greek Revival architecture and the faces of the leaders of the Revolutionary Era. You can’t go to Philadelphia without making a stop at the Rocky Steps. A near-constant flow of people arrive daily at the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to snap a picture with the Rocky statue, originally created for a scene in Rocky III and now a real-life monument for the beloved fictional hero. Running up the grand stairway, mimicking the famous two-arms-raised salute, and soaking up the view of the city is a must while in Philadelphia. You’ll also get a chance to see the Washington Monument Fountain and The Oval while you’re there. Don’t forget to take photos! Your guide will take you on a scenic city drive, passing by such points of interest as Love Park, Rodin Museum, Barnes Foundation, Franklin Institute, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, and Eastern State Penitentiary. What’s a trip to Philadelphia without trying a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich? You will head to South Philly to Check out Philly’s Sports hub before stopping to grab this tasty snack (Optional). After a full day of adventure, your guide will return you to your downtown Philadelphia hotel where you can unwind and reflect on your memories from the day.

Philadelphia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Philadelphia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Embark on an immersive journey through the rich history, vibrant culture, and iconic landmarks of Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence. This self-guided audio tour offers you the freedom to explore at your own pace while delving deep into the captivating stories and significant moments that have shaped this historic city. As you wander through the streets of Philadelphia, you'll be accompanied by informative and engaging narration that brings the city's past to life. From the cobblestone streets of Old City to the towering skyline of Center City, each step will unveil a new chapter in Philadelphia's storied past. Discover the legacy of the Founding Fathers as you visit Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both signed. Stand in awe beneath the shadow of the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom and democracy. Trace the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin as you explore his former residence and learn about his groundbreaking contributions to science, politics, and diplomacy. Marvel at the architectural splendor of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, made famous by the iconic "Rocky Steps." Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of South Street and Northern Liberties, where art, culture, and cuisine converge to create a unique tapestry of urban life. Indulge your senses with a taste of Philly's famous cheesesteaks and immerse yourself in the city's thriving food scene. Learn more about the top 16 tourist attractions in Philadelphia. Its history, culture, myths, architecture, and other important facts are in this audio commentary which starts from the city's central location then the itinerary gradually moves one by one. 1. Eastern State Penitentiary 2. Philadelphia Museum of Art 3. Rocky Statue 4. Rodin Museum 5. Barnes Foundation 6. The Franklin Institute 7. Mütter Museum 8. Reading Terminal Market 9. National Constitution Center 10. Liberty Bell Center 11. Independence National Historical Park 12. Independence Hall 13. National Museum of American Jewish History 14. Museum of the American Revolution 15. Elfreth's Alley 16. Please Touch Museum Whether you're a history buff, a culture enthusiast, or simply a curious traveler, the Philadelphia Self-Guided Audio Tour offers an unforgettable experience that will deepen your appreciation for this remarkable city. So, grab your headphones, press play, and let the journey begin!

Philadelphia: Movie and Television Sites Guided Walking Tour

Philadelphia: Movie and Television Sites Guided Walking Tour

Philadelphia is the film location of some of your favorite films, and there's better way to get a behind the scenes look than on this fully-guided walking tour! See where famous directors like M. Night Shamalan and Martin Scorses have worked, visit Philly landmarks like City Hall and Love Park, as well as the sites featured in television shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Cold Case. And no Philadelphia movie tour would be complete without seeing several filming locations from the Rocky franchise including the famous steps!

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Flex Pass

Philadelphia: Sightseeing Flex Pass

Save over 50% on admission prices to Philadelphia's top attractions with a flexible sightseeing pass directly from your phone allowing convenient entry to your choice of attraction or tour option. Select from 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions and choose your own itinerary. Take advantage of the pass’ flexible start date and go at your own pace over a 30-day period. This pass is perfect for visitors who have limited time to sightsee, and for those who want to visit the must-see attractions. Experience 4 centuries of Philadelphia history. Explore the birthplace of American independence with visits to Fort Mifflin and the Betsy Ross House. Visit Benjamin Franklin’s grave at the Christ Church Burial Grounds, or see the past come to life on one of the spooky nighttime walking tours. Follow in the footsteps of Rocky, training like "the Pride of Philly" on the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Then take in the cinematic sights of Center City, Midtown Village, and South Street via the hop-on, hop-off bus service.  You will also receive discounts at local restaurants and bars, as well as retailers and entertainment venues. Eat like a local at the historic Reading Terminal Market or the 9th Street Italian Market. Or drink in the sights and the history of Philly over a cold one while you pub crawl your way through the City of Brotherly Love. Attractions: Eastern State Penitentiary Betsy Ross House Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds Fort Mifflin Escape Game King of Prussia Scavenger Hunts Solve a Mystery Philadelphia Museums: Philadelphia Museum of Art National Constitution Center Academy of Natural Sciences African American Museum Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial National Liberty Museum Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts National Museum of American Jewish History Penn Museum Bus Tours: Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour Walking Tours: Founding Fathers and Mothers Walking Tour Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour Grim Philly Twilight Tours Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour The Constitutional Walking Tour Sightseeing Cruise: RiverLink Ferry (operates seasonally)

Philadelphia In App Walking Audio Tour

Philadelphia In App Walking Audio Tour

Welcome to Philadelphia. This audio tour beckons you to leisurely wander through its Old City, immersing yourself in the cherished historical, cultural, and culinary gems of Pennsylvania's capital. Begin your journey by exploring the hauntingly castle-like Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison infamous for the complete isolation and harsh punishments meted out to its inmates. Continue on to the elegant Rodin Museum, where you have the option to marvel at the largest collection of Auguste Rodin's statuary outside of France, including the iconic sculpture, The Thinker. As you traverse JFK Plaza or LOVE Park nearby, don't miss the iconic pop art LOVE sculpture situated in the center. A short stroll away, be awe-inspired by the grandeur of Philadelphia City Hall, the largest municipal building in the country. The tour then invites you to experience the vibrant atmosphere of Reading Terminal Market, a beloved local spot for grocery shopping and snacking since 1893. Delve deeper into America's historical narrative by visiting the Declaration House, where Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. Witness the iconic Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom in America, just around the corner. Later on, pass by the Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag. Conclude your tour at the Christ Church Burial Ground, the resting place of many historical leaders, and pay a visit to the distinguished grave of Benjamin Franklin. Join this tour to witness the founding of the nation in Philadelphia's past and experience how today's Philadelphians embrace its ambitious present. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

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Overall rating

4.3
(28 reviews)

Highly recommend this excursion!! I booked it to pass the time during my 6 hour flight layover and it turned out to be the best part of my trip. The tour was packed with interesting information, many beautiful and historical stops, and the staff were professional, friendly and helpful. The included airport shuttle was a nice plus. Will do it again when I have more time!

We enjoyed the trip. Our guide was very informative. The gentleman who assisted us to get a shuttle to Please Touch Museum was very helpful. We liked the shuttle trip to the museum and being driven by a very nice lady. Both gave us pointers on how to maximize our trip. Thank you very much.

I really liked the the views of the city siting inside the bus. The day was windy so me and my fiance decided not to sit in the top deck. The tour guide was ok, he did speak about some unknown facts about the historical buildings and streets.

Fun Informative Relaxing Convenient I spent most of the day hopping on and off the buses. Staff were super helpful and friendly

Really enjoyed this. Good way to see all Philadelphia has to offer