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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: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

2. Philadelphia: Flavors of Philly Food Tour

Explore the most popular food spots and dishes in Philadelphia on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Eat your way through the city with 5 stops along the way, all the while picking up insight into the city’s history and culture from your expert guide. Make sure to come hungry — this is not only a tasting adventure, but a meal that includes classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks and cheese whiz fries, tomato pie, soft pretzels, and 2 sweet treats from the world-famous Reading Terminal Market. Get the scoop on Philly’s food history with quirky stories about how some of these iconic foods came to be, and walk away with some insider tips about the best places to eat like a Philadelphian. This one-of-a-kind tasting experience brings you to where the locals really eat — low-key, no-frills, independently-owned gems that share the uniquely unpretentious vibe of the city.  In addition to some first-class sightseeing, visit an authentic mom-and-pop pizzeria, a soft pretzel bakery, the historic Reading Terminal Market, and much more. This tour is served up with a generous side of humor, Philadelphia history, and a helping of beautiful architecture that includes an up-close look at City Hall, the second-largest municipal building in the country. As the tour ends in Reading Terminal Market, walk away with a thorough understanding of the city, and some more tips on how to eat like a true Philadelphian.

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: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

4. Philadelphia: Favorite Foods Walking Tour

Eat your way through Philadelphia's greatest dishes on this filling guided walking tour and learn some fascinating local tidbits on the way to all the foodie hotspots. Go inside the iconic Reading Terminal Market, where Philly classics like fresh soft pretzels and scrapple can be paired with international tastes like Italian cannoli. Savor the one and only Philly cheesesteak, a local favorite that has inspired imitators around the world. Then, you'll head to trendy Sansom Street and discover Philly food innovations like creamy vegan shakes, locally-sourced mushroom pizza, and lick-the-bowl-clean New World hummus made from Old World recipes. You'll also get a chance to sip on fair trade coffee at a fast-growing local start-up, one of many examples of Philly's social consciousness and move towards environmental sustainability. Hit many highlights of Philly's foodie scene before the tours end.

Philadelphia: Small Group Night Tour w/ Philly Cheesesteak

5. Philadelphia: Small Group Night Tour w/ Philly Cheesesteak

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. 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: Old Town Exploration Game

6. Philadelphia: Old Town Exploration Game

Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you on a self-guided tour of Philadelphia. Stop at the most iconic spots of the city and learn their history while using clues, solving problems, and unlocking stories. Enjoy the flexibility of a tour taken entirely on an app. The game begins with you following the trail of a missing son. Start your pursuit at Spruce Street Harbor Park. From there, simply follow the route and instructions on the app. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. See Penn's Landing, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's Grave, and more. Discover Philadelphia’s cobblestoned streets, photo-worthy Independence Mall, and old town. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

Philadelphia: Reading Terminal Market Walking Tour

7. Philadelphia: Reading Terminal Market Walking Tour

The Reading Terminal Market is a must-see for anyone in Philadelphia. Our tours are perfect for locals, visitors, students, and fans of the Market. Join us as we explore the Market's rich history, witness the skilled cooking styles passed down from generations, and take in the diverse and mouth-watering scents from the 80+ merchants’ food. Starting off with a famous Philly snack from one of our merchants, this 45-minute tour is sure to tantalize your taste buds and provide insight into the Market's vibrant history. Our expert guides will lead you through the Market's bustling aisles, pointing out must-see spots and sharing stories of the Market's past. Mouth watering by the end? We'll hand you a take-home sweet treat from a well-known bakery. Come enjoy a fun and informative tour of the market, complete with expert insight that’ll have you coming back for more. Tours run almost daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm, and advanced booking is required. Please note that walk-ons are not guaranteed a spot. Join us for an unforgettable experience at the Reading Terminal Market! Our Tour Guides accept tips, and they are greatly appreciated. Tipping is left up to the individual, but as a general practice, 20% is the common gratuity for service workers.

Locals' Favorites Food Tour

8. Locals' Favorites Food Tour

This 2.5 hour tour will introduce you to eclectic yet decadent treats at 5 of the city's noteworthy foodie destinations, all from beloved local family-owned businesses. Get ready for some sweet treats, international flavors, lots of cheese, and plenty more that will satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will start you off at the iconic Reading Terminal Market for an insider’s highlight tour that will introduce you to the market’s history, layout, and stops at 3 food havens. Next up, a visit to Philadelphia’s most famous gourmet superstore, Di Bruno Bros. During our 8-block walk to the historic neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square, your guide will point out significant architecture and a few hot restaurants to add to your “Must Visit” list. The tour finishes about 12 blocks (20-minute walk from the starting location) at a cozy bakery for a grand sweet and salty ending. This tasting is perfect for individuals, couples, families, and out-of-town guests! Great for birthdays, anniversaries, and dates!

Philadelphia In App Walking Audio Tour

9. 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.

Philadelphia: Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. 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!

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What people are saying about Reading Terminal Market

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4.4 / 5

based on 397 reviews

Great tour to see a lot of Philly within little time. During the operating hours you can go as often as you want with the bus an hop on and off as you wish. The tourguides were great and told us a lot about the history, buildings an so on. They made a lot of jokes during the trip 😉 very good thing to do in Philly!

This tour was excellent! Our guide Steve was very knowledgeable and helped make the tour very fun! All of the food was delicious and we got to learn about Philly’s history as well.

This was an awesome experience. It overpassed my expectations. Jared is an excellent tour guide, congratulations.

Very nice guide! Told very enthusiastically. Beautiful route. You see a lot of the city in a short time.

It was a truly incredible experience, helped us see where we should explore!