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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

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Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

2. Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

Enjoy this private carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park, Society Hill, and Old City. Your personal guide will whisk you away on a leisurely ride through historic Philadelphia giving you entertaining insights on the City of Brotherly Love's past and present. Choose the daytime option for picture-perfect views of all the sights or the night option to take in the illuminations when the crowds are gone.

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Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Founding Fathers Historical Walking Tour

Meet your guide behind the Religious Liberty Statue just outside the National Museum of American Jewish History and begin your exciting journey through America's history. Enjoy views of the site of Ben Franklin's home as you continue through the historic district. See Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint as you walk across the Mall and into the presidential home of George Washington and John Adams.  In the front yard of Independence Hall, see the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Exit the park and head back into the old city, ending the tour at a local brewpub. Enjoy a craft beer brewed on the premises (or a soft drink if you prefer).

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

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

Enjoy an all-inclusive multi-attraction pass that gets you into over 30 Philadelphia attractions. 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 visit for the number of days you selected the pass for. Simply show your Go City pass at included attractions for admission and pay nothing at the gate. Activate the pass by visiting your first attraction, then, use it on consecutive calendar days. The attractions include: • 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• City Hall Tower and Observation Deck• National Museum of American Jewish History• Dark Philly Adult Night Tour• National Liberty Museum/We the People• Longwood Gardens• African American Museum• Rodin Museum• Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour• Penn Museum• RiverLink Ferry• Brandywine River Museum of Art• The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum• History and Cheesesteak Tour• Murder by Gaslight - A Walking Tour Mystery

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Philadelphia: City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

5. Philadelphia: City Explorer Pass with 3 to 7 Attractions

The Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to 3, 4, 5, or 7 Philadelphia attractions of your choice. There are over 30 attractions and tours to choose from. 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. Simply show your pass at designated ticketing areas at included attractions for admission and pay nothing at the gate. You'll also get a digital guide with detailed attraction descriptions and hours of operation to help plan your itinerary. Save up to 40% on admissions to your choice of 3-7 attractions. The attractions include: • 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• Barnes Foundation• Academy of Natural Science• Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial• Ghost Tour of Philadelphia• Independence Seaport Museum• Christ Church Burial Ground Tour• City Hall Tower & Observation Deck• National Museum of American Jewish History• Dark Philly Adult Night Tour• National Liberty Museum/We the People• Longwood Gardens• African American Museum• Rodin Museum• Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia• History and Cheesesteak Tour• Penn Museum• Independence Tour• Brandywine River Museum of Art• Murder by Gaslight - A Walking Tour Mystery• The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum• RiverLink Ferry

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Philadelphia: Old City Ghosts Walking Tour

6. Philadelphia: Old City Ghosts Walking Tour

Journey through the haunted streets of Philadelphia's Old City on this tour led by professional and courteous tour guides. Benefit from intensely researched stories and documented accounts of historic hauntings. “Old City” refers to the area of Philadelphia that was first established as a colony, an area that saw much strife, war, and hardship as the newly formed America fought for its independence. Hear the story of Benjamin Franklin's ghost that haunts Independence Hall, a place where one of the Founding Fathers undoubtedly spent many days. Learn of the story of the wife who became jealous from beyond the grave. This tour also takes you by some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, home to victims of yellow fever, naval captains, First Wives, and more.

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Philadelphia: Museum of the American Revolution Entry

7. Philadelphia: Museum of the American Revolution Entry

Discover the dramatic story of the American Revolution at one of Philadelphia’s lead attractions. Avoid the long waiting times and enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Museum of the American Revolution, then watch an introductory movie before making your own way through the exhibitions. Marvel at the museum’s vast collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art that bring history back to life. Learn about this fascinating period of time as you explore immersive galleries, engage in powerful theater experiences, and take part in interactive features. Located just steps from the famous Independence Hall, the museum serves as a portal to the region’s Revolutionary history, which sparks interest, provides context, and encourages exploration. Printed museum guides are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Japanese, to elevate your learning experience.

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Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

8. Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

Join an entertaining evening tour of Philadelphia on a ghostly walking tour by candlelight. You will see Philadelphia's historic districts, including Independence National Park, Old City, and Society Hill in a completely new light! A costumed tour guide will lead you off the beaten path and spin tales of the rich and famous, and of heroes and villains from America's colonial era. You will hear tales of the well-known, like William Penn, Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Mad Anthony Wayne, and tales of the unknown, such as the spectral Quakeress of Washington Square and the ghost of Old Pine Street Cemetery. The tour departs from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Streets, lasts approximately 90 minutes, is appropriate for all ages, and is ideal for anyone with the inclination to hear Philadelphia's dead brought back to life! The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has offered tours since 1995 and continues to be one of the city's most popular night-time attractions. It was recently named one of the top 15 "must see" attractions in the country by Budget Travel Magazine.

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Philadelphia: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

9. Philadelphia: Revolutionary Walk Through Historic Old City

Start your journey through the Philadelphia Old City district at the Betsy Ross house, where the United States flag is said to have been first created. Learn more about America's Founding Fathers on a comprehensive tour led by an enthusiastic local guide. Make your way to all of the top attractions in Philadelphia. See Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Consitution of the United States were debated and adopted. Visit the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. Explore other notable locations which hold significance in America´s history including Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, the B. Free Franklin Post Office, and Carpenter's Hall.

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Philadelphia: Sightseeing Day Pass for 35+ Attractions

10. 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: • Philadelphia Zoo • Eastern State Penitentiary • Adventure Aquarium • Betsy Ross House • Franklin’s Grave at Christ Church Burial Grounds • City Hall Tower Tour • Fort Mifflin • QVC Studio Tour • Escape Game King of Prussia Museums included: • Philadelphia Museum of Art • National Constitution Center • Museum of the American Revolution • Academy of Natural Sciences • African American Museum • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial • National Liberty Museum • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts • Philadelphia History Museum • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum • The Mutter Museum • The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology • Wharton Esherick Museum • Penn Museum Tours included: • Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour • 76 Carriage Company - Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia Candlelight Walking Tour • Grim Philly Twilight Tours • Independence Tour - Walking Tour • Philly Tour Hub • Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour • Philadelphia Sightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour • 76 Carriage Company - Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia Candlelight Walking Tour • Grim Philly Twilight Tours • Independence Tour - Walking Tour • Philly Tour Hub • The Constitutional Walking Tour • RiverLink Ferry (operates seasonally) • Big Red Pedal Pub Crawl Tours • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

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What people are saying about Old City, Philadelphia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 835 reviews

The experience is really wonderful. I haven’t tried Segway before. The guide is very patient and careful. I learnt the Segway very fast. It is easy. I chose the 1 hour route because the other is closed during winter.We went throughout the old city and see a lot of interesting places like a glass art wall and local market. It is especially good for solo travelers because the guide will take the picture for you. The route is difficult to figure out by yourself so it really worths it. The tour went fast so it may not be a good choice if you want to stop for a while to look into each spots. And It’s so cold in December. It may be better to go in spring and autumn for the 2 hour route.

The Double-Decker Hop-on Hop off Sightseeing tour is a must to see Philadelphia especially if you have only several days in the city. It has a lot of stops to be able to see most of Philadelphia. The tour guides and bus drivers were amazing. We took the 2 day tour and it was worth every penny. Our favorite stops were the Liberty Bell, The Independence Hall and of course the Reading Terminal Market where we sampled several ethnic foods as well as bought goodies and fruits, etc. If I'm craving of authentic ethnic food, I just hop in the plane the go to Philly then take the hop on hop off.

The tour with Dick was just outstanding. When it comes to the history of Philadelphia he knows everything, and is happy to answer all questions and go into details. He also is a very good storyteller. The time on the tour went by incredibly fast, which shows how captivating it all was. I would recommend this tour to everyone who enjoys good stories and history!

Howard was great. Very knowledgeable and personable. Patient with our kids and kept them engaged

Good guide Provided lots of historic details and context that we appreciated and didn’t know