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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia provided by Intrepid Urban Adventures - Philadelphia

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
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Tour snapshot
See Philadelphia’s essential landmarks in the space of an afternoon
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    12
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States, and is home to many major historical monuments and landmarks. On this intimate walking tour, see most of Philadelphia’s essential sights, all while learning about the City of Brotherly Love’s history from your guide. In the company of a small group, see Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross, Franklin Court, and more, and wind down with a cold beverage in Old City.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn all about the city’s history and hear funny anecdotes from your guide
  • Stop for a drink in Old City, one of Philadelphia’s coolest neighborhoods
  • Upgrade your tour to include a craft beer tour and tasting
What to expect
This afternoon tour kicks off at the Philly Tour Hub, conveniently located in the heart of Old City. Meet your guide and set off on an in-depth exploration of Philadelphia. This small-group tour guarantees a personal, up-close experience. Begin at the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewed, and continue through Old City. See Elfreth’s Alley (the country’s oldest continually occupied residential street), the church where the Founding Fathers worshiped, and Franklin Court, once home to Benjamin Franklin. Then, continue to Independence Mall. Admire the exterior of Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed) and look out for the US Mint. Throughout your tour, your guide shares insight and stories about Philadelphia’s history. The tour concludes at a popular local establishment in Old City, where you enjoy a craft beer or a soft drink. Or, upgrade to enjoy a craft beer tasting and tour experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn all about the city’s history and hear funny anecdotes from your guide
  • Stop for a drink in Old City, one of Philadelphia’s coolest neighborhoods
  • Upgrade your tour to include a craft beer tour and tasting
What to expect
This afternoon tour kicks off at the Philly Tour Hub, conveniently located in the heart of Old City. Meet your guide and set off on an in-depth exploration of Philadelphia. This small-group tour guarantees a personal, up-close experience. Begin at the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewed, and continue through Old City. See Elfreth’s Alley (the country’s oldest continually occupied residential street), the church where the Founding Fathers worshiped, and Franklin Court, once home to Benjamin Franklin. Then, continue to Independence Mall. Admire the exterior of Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence was signed) and look out for the US Mint. Throughout your tour, your guide shares insight and stories about Philadelphia’s history. The tour concludes at a popular local establishment in Old City, where you enjoy a craft beer or a soft drink. Or, upgrade to enjoy a craft beer tasting and tour experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5713HISTORY
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • A surprise local treat.
  • Admission to various historic buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs or personal shopping
  • Additional food and drink
  • Entry/Admission - Betsy Ross House
  • Entry/Admission - Independence National Historical Park
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA Pub in the heart of Old City
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Entrance into buildings/sites are on a time and queue permitting basis
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • This tour does not go inside Christ Church on the 5:30 pm departure. We will view it from the outside
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • A surprise local treat.
  • Admission to various historic buildings
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs or personal shopping
  • Additional food and drink
  • Entry/Admission - Betsy Ross House
  • Entry/Admission - Independence National Historical Park
Departure details
  • 101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA Pub in the heart of Old City
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA Pub in the heart of Old City
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Entrance into buildings/sites are on a time and queue permitting basis
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • This tour does not go inside Christ Church on the 5:30 pm departure. We will view it from the outside
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Some churches may not be open to us on a Sunday.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 27, 2020
A note from Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    101 S Independence Mall E
    101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
    Behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets
    See address & details
  • 1
    Betsy Ross House
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Elfreth's Alley
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Christ Church
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Franklin Court
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Independence Mall
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Dream Garden Glass Mosaic
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Washington Square
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Independence National Historical Park
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Philadelphia
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Pub in the heart of Old City
    See address & details
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Sam D
3 contributions
Apr 2021
It was the best tour we've taken on our trip. Our tour guide Josh was very knowledgeable and have a rich knowledge on history of the city and all the sites we've visited, he actually knows a lot about everything. Josh had great storytelling ability and was able to keep my teen kids engaged and away from using their phones for the 2+ hour tour.

The tour overall was good in length as our family was starting to getting tired after 2+ hours of walking all over the city, but still had enough energy to walk back to our parking spot. It covered all the main historic sites and would DEFINITELY recommend this tour with Josh!
Written April 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for this amazing review! I am so glad (but not surprised) that Josh gave you what you consider to be the best tour on your trip. Josh is an incredible wealth of knowledge and there is nothing he loves more than passing that on to his guests. Like our other wonderful guides, Josh has a great ability to craft each tour to his guests, so no two experiences are alike.
Written April 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Brock H
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Rick Heimann provided my wife and me with an informative, very enjoyable walk through the historical neighborhood. He placed the buildings in the context of the founding of our nation as well as placing early Philadelphia itself in the context of other cites along the seaboard. The founding fathers took on new life; the "ghost" house of Ben Franklin, outlined at its actual location on the ground and diagramed in the air by beams showing its shape and height, was eerily provocative. Last but not least, our fee for the tour included a drink at the end during which we chatted with Rick as if we were all old friends. A terrific experience.
Written December 5, 2021
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Adam D
3 contributions
Jun 2021
What a great way to walk around historical old Philadelphia! Our tour guide Rick really helped us understand the historical and modern significance of everything we saw. (So much more than we could have known on our own). The group was small enough to allow a more interactive experience. Rick answered all questions and comments with insight. We were invited to finish the tour with a drink at a nearby tavern which led to more great conversation. We highly recommend for anyone wanting to dig deeper into the wonderful history of Philadelphia!
Written June 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you Adam! Rick surely does make history come to life in Old City. There is so much that happened in that neighborhood, it's impossible to learn it all without a guide. And what better way to end a tour than with a nice cold beverage or local snack?
Written June 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Janice M
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our guide talked about everything but the founding fathers. For instance, in front of the Carpenters Hall where the first Continental Congress met, he talked more about the carpenters guild and how they rented out their building to the different people who were using them to build for them. It was much extraneous information without concentrating on the topic that we signed up for. We did an earlier tour with another company that was excellent, making the contrast to this tour even more apparent and disappointing.
Written September 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yankee Girl
1 contribution
Apr 2021 • Family
The small group size allowed flexibility & made it a very enjoyable, informative experience. Our guide, Rick, was incredibly knowledgeable and tailored the tour to make it interesting for both us parents and our kids. I highly recommend this walking tour as a way to learn about our founding fathers and old city Philadelphia!
Written April 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

steve
Nashville, TN1 contribution
Excellent tour with Nina, a Philadelphia native who love loves her city! The tour requires two hours of walking but on level ground at an easy pace. The group was small so we could hear Nina well and easily ask questions. We highly recommend the tour as an overview of the historic area to help identify must sees for day two. Philadelphia is a clean and prosperous city in the tour areas showing beautifully maintained grounds and buildings. Nina provided an excellent snapshot of the most significant and historic parts of Philadelphia.
Written June 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alexis L
3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
The tour was awesome! It was our first time in Philadelphia and the perfect introduction. We were only in town for a day and felt by the end of the tour we got to know all the most important parts and plenty in between. Our guide Adam was warm, friendly, and most important knowledgeable. He answered many of our questions and was filled with lots of fun facts about every aspect of the city, new and old. The tour was well paced so you could get to know each stop, overall it was a super positive experience and I would absolutely recommend a tour with Adam. Wether you’re brand new to the city or have been before, it was an exciting and educational time we were sad when it was over!

Thanks Adam! -Alexis and Richard from Miami
Written August 2, 2020
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Thank you Alexis and Richard for this incredible review! It was my pleasure to show you around Old City and give you an introduction to Philly. Hopefully you will be back because there is a ton more to explore. Be sure to check out Miami Urban Adventures too! Like we discussed, they've got great experiences in Wynwood and Little Havana. Safe travels!
Written August 15, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Explore315702
2 contributions
Jun 2021
The tour was called History in HD in the GoPass Booklet. I believe it is also called the Founding Fathers Tour. This was well done and very interesting. It covered a lot of interesting information as well as how to get to places that might be interesting to explore later. It provided gems not covered by other tours. For example, the stained glass artwork at the Curtis Publishing Building was the most intricate stained glass artwork with complexity I have never seen before. Our guide was knowledgeable and suggested how to look up things if we had more interest in them.
Written June 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

William K
2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
The tour is a nice walking tour of the historic area of downtown Philadelphia. It provides a nice overview of colonial life during the founding of America.
Nina was a good tour guide as she has spent most of her life living in the city. The 2 hour tour we took started at 10:30 and finished in-time for lunch at a restaurant. The tour picked up refreshments and we bought some delicious Philly steak sandwiches. Overall a nice tour for a West Coast family’s first visit to Philadelphia. This family had no issues concerning Covid and felt the people of Philadelphia were respectful about others and mostly wore masks inside and outside
Written May 28, 2021
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girl_named_Pete
Los Angeles, CA1,827 contributions
Oct 2020
There was just two of us on this tour so it was like having a private guide. Nina was friendly and knowledgeable and her pride in her hometown is evident and contagious. She was easy to engage and very accomodating. I highly recommend this tour as a way to get to know the city and to figure out where to return and explore further at a later date.
Written October 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Fantastic Philly Tour
My partner and I had a fab experience on this tour, made extra special by our guide Adam. He was very personable, k
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Great Experience and Fun
Both my husband and I had a great day. We found the markets amazing and the mosaic work unbelievable and the artis
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Best tour and guide hands down
Loved this tour. Fantastic guide and great fun way to see the city with locals that know. It was a small group and
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Great intro to Philly
Excellent tour. Our guide Adam was well-informed and enthusiastic about the city and the Italian market area. The f
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Very informative, different experience
In detail explanations of local mural and mosaic artwork and personal recommendations based on real experience of t
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Great Walking Tour
We loved this walking tour! Our guide was wonderful! She shared the history of the amazing mosaics by Isaiah Zagar
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The food, the stories, the vintage feel of a neighborhood ( I live in the sterile burbs)
Chuck is so personable, it felt like we walked through his home and he was sharing bits of how he is connected to t
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What a great morning, well worth the time
My granddaughter and I had a wonderful time. Chuck was our guide and did a great job of keeping a 10 year old engag
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Amazing, must do while in Philadelphia
I went on a solo trip to Philadelphia and saw this tour. I decided to try it because I love history and food! It wa
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Loved this tour!
Our favorite part of the experience was actually Chuck, our guide. We felt like we were part of the neighborhood,
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Exploring South Philly
I took this tour on 11/12/21. Our tour guide, Adam, was knowledgeable, funny, and personable. I loved seeing the
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Chuck went above and beyond
The Italian Market Food Tour exceeded my expectations! Chuck was our guide and did an amazing job. Dick was also ve
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Perfect Tour for People New to Philly
Chuck was the most fantastic guide and I honestly feel like I walked away with a friend. I was the only one on the
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I kind of want to do it again. Good times!
Our guide was fantastic and we had a great time. I participated in a wheelchair, and while it wasn’t easy because P
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Great tour
We enjoyed out tour Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour. Our Guide Penny was very friendly and knowledgeable about the
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