Guided tour

Philadelphia: Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour

Philadelphia: Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour

From US$ 71 per person

Enjoy a guided walking tour of South Philadelphia and explore the sights of this diverse district. See the city’s mosaic murals, visit Pennsylvania’s oldest church, explore the famous Italian Market, and soak up the bohemian vibes of South Street.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the hidden gems of some of the most historic neighborhoods in the country
  • Admire Isaiah Zagar’s beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaics at Magic Gardens
  • Wander among the colorful stalls and enjoy the tastes of the shops, cafes, and restaurants at the world-famous Italian Market
  • Get to know the real South Philly from a local perspective
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
Full description
Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style! Begin your Philadelphia neighborhood tour on the ever-colorful South Street. Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighborhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. You’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market. The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as you wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. Take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself! You'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot. Your tour concludes at the Magic Gardens. From here, your guide can give you recommendations on where to go to eat, drink, and shop along Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street. Now that you're a bona fide local, you may even want to make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • 3 food stops with 3 food samples
  • Admission to Magic Gardens
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 11 years

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Meeting point

Meet your guide on the corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B-Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • Younger children may find these tours too tiring
  • This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. The maximum group size is 9
  • A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable
  • Cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure are non-refundable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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High recommend. One of the best tours in Philly as it was a great mix of art and food in areas that you may not normally visit. If you can request Craig, I definitely would do so because he made the experience even more enjoyable! He was excited to be there and had lunch recommendations printed out for us! Would easily do this again when groups come to visit!

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