Beyond the Cheesesteak Tour in Philadelphia, PA

Urban Adventures30th St StationPhiladelphia, PA 19104
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Feed your wanderlust and your appetite on this tasty tour throughout Philadelphia. On this tour, you’ll tour Philly’s notable universities, food trucks, and culinary hot spots while learning more about the city’s history and landmarks. The 2.5-hour food is the perfect way to sample some of Philadelphia’s top treats and dishes while also diving into the culture and life at the city’s major universities.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Philadelphia Travel Experts
  • Tour Duration: approximately 2.5 hours long.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and come hungry!
  • Tours meet inside 30th Street Station, near the center of the station next to the WWII Memorial.
  • Includes food from three different food trucks.
  • Tour gratuity is not included in the tour price, nor required, but greatly appreciated.


from Beyond the Cheesesteak
Feed your mind as well as your belly on this Philadelphia city tour that bypasses the usual tourist spots and sends you back to school on the university campuses. Don't worry, there won't be an exam at the end — there'll be food trucks instead!

Your Philadelphia tour begins at the city's largest transportation hub, 30th St. Station. You'll get a glimpse of the fine architecture inside the grand terminal, and be in the midst of the busy intersection of trains, buses, subways, and trolleys. We leave the station on foot and begin the journey down Market Street.

Before we make it very far, we’ll stop for a taste of the Caribbean or we'll keep it local, at our first group of food trucks. It’s a bit of a hidden gem here, and you’ll be amazed at the quality of food being produced here.

Just down the road, we'll reach Drexel University, where we'll head down one of their new green quads and into the beautiful Main Building, the very first building on Drexel's campus. You'll meander down the hill past World Cafe Live and underneath the Highline as trains are passing high above.

From here we enter Penn Park, a brand-new green space with spectacular views of the Philly skyline. After soaking up this panorama, your tour continues over the train tracks and passes by some of the most iconic college sports venues in the country: Franklin Field and the Palestra.

We’ll reach our second group of food trucks just in front of Franklin Field. You’ll also get to experience this chaotic and wonderful food scene during the heart of lunch — a truly local experience!

From there we head to the heart of Penn's campus, the very first public university in the US. We'll take you inside Fisher Library, an architectural masterpiece by Frank Furness. We'll walk by College Hall, Penn's first building on the campus, and go inside Houston Hall, home of America's first Student Union. From there we walk up Locust Walk, arguably the most beautiful city campus setting in the country.

From there, we end up on Spruce Street, where you’ll be treated to something sweet. This is one of the best spots for food trucks in Philly, and a food tour wouldn't be complete without stopping here!

We'll finally arrive at a trolley stop, where your guide will provide a token for each person. This street trolley ride is a unique experience and you'll definitely feel like a Philadelphia local once you've taken a trip on it! From this point, you'll have the option to ride back to 30th St. or continue into the city center.

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Chicago, Illinois
"Founding fathers walking tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2019 NEW
There is a reason why Hamilton is a hit in theaters across the country. If you want to know why, take this tour with Adam to find out. This tour was amazing. He is a wonderful storyteller of the history here in Philedelphia. He is so knowledgeable and our family of 4 (with teenage boys age 17) will never forget this tour! He was fun, energetic, and a wealth of information. A definite must do in Philedelphia!!
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Andrew W
"History Walking Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2019 NEW
Very informative and interesting tour! Evan really made the tour and definitely knows her stuff as a guide, approachable and fun to tag alone with, not to mention generous with ordering beers for us afterwards! If you are interested in finding out America's origins and true identity of the United States then this is the tour for you. I was blown away from start to finish, in particular the rustic and original look of Elfreth's alley. Overall, worth every cent, thank you again Evan. Anyone reading this, don't waste your time, this is THE tour to book! Andrew.
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
"Guided historic walks in Philadelphia "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2019 NEW
On May the 18th this year we took part in a Guided historic walking tour around Philadelphia. We were split in to groups of 12 people. Our group guide was Named Howard, he was an excellent guide. As you would expect He was very Knowledgable on the History of Philadelphia in the 1770s onwards. He managed to make it enjoyable and answered lots questions as we walked. We covered about two and a half miles at an easy pace, and stopped quite often to allow Howard to point out places of interest. We managed to see the Liberty bell and other historic places. Happily the walk finished at an old pub, and the was included in the price of the tour. Many thanks to Howard and urban adventures.
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New York City, New York
"Cheesesteak "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 12, 2019 NEW
Stephanie was amazing!!! My nieces and son - plus mother - had a total ball in phillie Italian neighborhood... eating our way through the place! Stephanie was flexible, kind and intelligent. Loved it!!!
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Cleveland, Tennessee
"Half-Day Tour of Philadelphia"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 11, 2019 NEW
Perfect! Thank you, Adam! GREAT information! Entertaining! EVERYTHING we wanted to see & more!! Even Dim Sum Garden was wonderful after the tour. Thanks!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Beyond the Cheesesteak

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2.5 hours long.

What should I wear?
Please wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.

What should I bring?
Bring a valid ID, your tour voucher, and extra cash for tips and if you wish to purchase additional food and beverages.

How big is the tour group?
Tours are no larger than 12 people.

Is this tour appropriate for kids?
Yes. Kids ages 6-11 will require a child tour ticket. Children under the age of 6 may join the tour for free.

When does the tour begin?
Tours begin at 11:00 am inside 30th Street Station, near the center of the station next to the WWII Memorial. Tours end at the 40th St. Trolley Station at 1:30 pm. Tour guests will receive a trolley token to ride the trolley back to 30th Street or continue into Center City.