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Welcome to Philadelphia

Get an up-close look at American history in the City of Brotherly Love, an early capital of the United States. History lovers, foodies, and adventurers will find plenty of things to do in this bustling city: Book a private or group tour to experience Philly’s sights, sounds, and tastes. Start with a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour on a double-decker bus. You’ll get your bearings and stop wherever you like—and hop back on when you’re ready. Tour major historic sites such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Congress Hall, plus the Betsy Ross House, Constitution Center, and the immense City Hall topped with a statue of William Penn. Or get some exercise with a walking or bike tour around the city center. Culinary tours focus on Philly’s vibrant local brewery scene and regional specialties, such as soft pretzels, Philly cheesesteaks, and cuisines from around the world. (Try an Uzbekistan restaurant.) Peruse the outdoor Italian Market, one of the country’s oldest, for cannoli and fresh pasta. Then turn your focus to culture: Take a tour of public art, including sculptures and murals, and discuss what the artists intended with your guide. Head to the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, and the 42-acre Philadelphia Zoo. And cap off your day with an evening bus tour through the city’s lights, a dinner cruise, or a pub crawl, for a great night’s sleep, before starting again in the morning.

Top 10 attractions in Philadelphia

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Liberty Bell Center

Liberty Bell Center

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The Liberty Bell, a 2,000-pound (907-kilogram) piece of American history, was forged in London's Whitechapel Foundry and represents freedom in the city where the Declaration of Independence was crafted. Now set in the Liberty Bell Center, the bell was commissioned in 1752 and has been in Philadelphia since British Colonial rule.More
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Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

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The Philadelphia Zoo is perfect for families with kids looking for a break from the historical sites, though it has some historical significance as well—it was the nation’s first zoo. It’s home to over 1,300 different animals, many of them rare and endangered, and renowned for successfully breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity.More
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Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

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George Washington supposedly asked Betsy Ross to stitch the first-ever American flag. The seamstress is said to have created the Stars and Stripes in 1776. Today, visitors can explore the 18th-century house where Betsy Ross purportedly lived, examine artifacts from her life, and even meet a costumed Betsy Ross impersonator.More
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Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum

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Families visiting Philadelphia with kids won’t want to skip the Please Touch Museum, which has been the children’s museum of Philadelphia since 1976. The guiding principle of the museum is teaching through play, and it offers a multitude of engaging hands-on activities for young people. The 157,000-square-foot site has six unique zones over two floors, like Wonderland, where kids can have a tea party with the Mad Hatter, and Flight Fantasy, where kids learn about historic and futuristic flying machines. They can even play George Washington, sailing a boat on a mini Delaware River. There are also four areas designated specially for children under 3 years old, making the Please Touch Museum a spot for kids of any age.More
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Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall

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Philadelphia City Hall, in the middle of Center City at the intersection of Broad and Market streets, is visible from all over town. For nearly 100 years, it remained the tallest structure in the city. Though it no longer bears the accolade, City Hall remains one of the city’s most recognizable historic buildings.More
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Philadelphia Chinatown

Philadelphia Chinatown

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Originally settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants, Philadelphia's Chinatown is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood known for its fresh-food markets, authentic restaurants, and diverse crowds. Its streets and alleyways are jam-packed with shops, including those selling gifts and souvenirs, novelty items, and artisan crafts.More
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Christ Church

Christ Church

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Known as “America’s Church,” this 1744 city landmark was the first Protestant Episcopal congregation, the post-Revolution version of a Royalist, Anglican church founded in 1695. Early parishioners included George Washington and Betsy Ross, and its cemetery hosts the remains of several signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin.One of the most-visited sites in Philadelphia, the church is chock full of historic objects, including communion silver commissioned by England’s Queen Anne and mahogany cabinetry by some of the city’s most renowned woodworkers. Topped by a 200-foot-tall steeple, it was once the tallest building in America.More
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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing

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Sandwiched between Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River on the east side of Philadelphia, Penn's Landing is skinny in shape but important in stature. The waterfront area served as the 1682 landing spot for William Penn, founder of the Pennsylvania colony, making it a must-see spot for any American history buff.More
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National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

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Located on Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center is dedicated to honoring and exploring the United States Constitution, which (ratified in 1788) is the supreme law of the nation. The sprawling, tech-savvy museum brings the Constitution to life via interactive exhibits and dramatic presentations.More
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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

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Billed as the oldest residential street in the United States, Elfreth’s Alley dates back to 1702. A National Historic Landmark and a living museum, the narrow, cobbled alley features 32 buildings in Georgian and Federal styles. It’s also home to Elfreth's Alley Museum House.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

Top activities in Philadelphia

Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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Spirit of Philadelphia Lunch Cruise with Buffet
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Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Haunted Pub Crawl
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Haunted Pub Crawl

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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
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Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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Great look at history of Philadelphia!
Anna_S, Jul 2021
Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia
It was great for them to see the part Philadelphia played in the founding of our nation.
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Great!! we really enjoyed
Alma_I, Jul 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Just getting to see all the sights I had seen and heard so much about in Philadelphia for so long.
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Good Experience
Floyd_P, Jun 2021
Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise with Buffet
We especially enjoyed the cruise and being able to see Philadelphia skyline at sundown.
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Enjoyable and entertaining
Christine_E, Jun 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Having been to Philadelphia several times to see family, it was good to get an overview of so many historical sites at one time.
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Amazing cool experience!
Adi_A, May 2021
Philadelphia Segway Tour
Such a cool way to see Philadelphia.
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Nice way to see the staples of Philadelphia
Mike, Feb 2021
BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
A great way to see some of the best, memorable places in Philadelphia...
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An Incredible Walk Back inTime!
Stewart_J, Jul 2021
Old City Historic Walking Tour in Philadelphia
What a great way to see old Town Philadelphia but more so it’s the amazing landmark locations and storylines about our Nations Founding Fathers!
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Wonderful history tour with a surprise!
Cindy_R, May 2021
Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
I loved that she took us into the Curtis Center to see the fabulous Tiffany "Dream Garden"!!
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Philly by private car and walking is the way to go!
Ilene_S, Apr 2021
See My Philadelphia: Private, Customized Tours
The best part was the last hour where we were driven around the city to see neighborhoods and gentrification.
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Best way to see Philadelphia!!
Connie_A, Apr 2021
Philadelphia Segway Tour
We were able to see a big part of the city in a short period of time.
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Try to get Connor as a guide
pennyzuk, Apr 2021
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
It is clear that he knows his history well and that he appreciates how Philadelphia preserves and retains it for all to visit.
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Fun history tour
Mwanza_L, Dec 2020
Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
You get to see many of the top historic sites of Philadelphia with some of the back story to the places.
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Must do in Philadelphia
Jeanetta_C, Oct 2020
Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
Easy to see the must see sites of Philadelphia.
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Wonderful Tour
Lori_L, Jun 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
What a wonderful way to see the city.
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Great experience touring Philadelphia
rturvey2019, Aug 2019
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
My niece was visiting from Scottsdale Arizona and wanted to visit the sites.
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Awesome Philly Experience!!!
Sebastian P, Mar 2019
City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
I got to see the beautiful city of Philadelphia in the 2-day sightseeing bus for a very cheap price and enjoyed every bit of it.
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Great way to get to Philadelphia attractions
necmann, Jul 2018
Philly By Night Double Decker Bus Tour
The stops are frequent and take you to many of the notable attractions in the metro Philadelphia area.
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The Hop-on Hop-Off bus was a...
Elizabeth H, Sep 2016
Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo
The Hop-on Hop-Off bus was a fantastic way to visit the beautiful city of Philadelphia...
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It was awesome. We had several...
freezequeen55, Oct 2016
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
The only way to see the history of Philadelphia.
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John W, Jul 2016
Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals
This was amazing I had worked in the Philadelphia area a few years ago but never really had a chance to see it.

All about Philadelphia

When to visit

Following its long winter, Philadelphia is more than ready to shine when the weather warms up. Spring highlights include Mexican Week, the South Street Spring Festival, Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Broad Street Run, and the long-running Easter Promenade. Alternatively, fall brings crisp temperatures and the chance to see the city bathed in autumnal hues.

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