History in HD Tour in Philadelphia, PA

Urban Adventures101 South Independence Mall EastPhiladelphia, PA 19106
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Immerse yourself in Philadelphia’s in-depth history on the History in HD tour. Along the way, you’ll see historic sites and landmarks such as Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, and the President’s House where George Washington and John Adams lived when Philadelphia was our nation’s capital. Plus, your tour includes stops at local breweries, coffee shops, and stores for an inside look at the city’s culture.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Philadelphia Travel Experts
  • Tour Duration: approximately 2 hours long.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Includes a beer or beverage of your choice at the tour’s final stop.
  • Tours meet behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market streets.
  • This tour is kid-friendly.


from History in HD
Visit those unmissable Philly sights on this historical Philadelphia tour that ditches the guidebooks and gives you a dose of history from a local perspective. After all, this is the history that shaped the people of this city, so why not learn about it from them?

Start your Philadelphia tour behind the Religious Liberty Statue just outside the National Museum of American Jewish History, where you’ll meet your guide and begin your Best. Day. Ever.

From here, we’ll take you back to the time of our nation’s founding, weaving your way through Independence National Park. Your guide will share knowledge of the most significant sites of the park, such as Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and Old City Hall, among other sites that were instrumental in establishing many of the country’s first institutions and ideologies.

Continue this Philadelphia city tour to a spot where (on weekdays only) we can grab a view of Maxfield Parrish's ‘Dream Garden’ mosaic mural and a possible excursion into Washington Square for stories of Philadelphia founder William Penn.

We then pass the Liberty Bell, where you'll hear about why this iconic symbol has become so famous all around the world. Just next door, you’ll enter the President’s House site, home to George Washington and John Adams during Philly’s tenure as our nation’s capital. You’ll stroll up through the grand stretch of Independence Mall, home to Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitution Center, the Bourse, and the U.S. Mint.

After passing by the gravesite of the city’s most renowned inventor, Ben Franklin, you’ll enter the charming back alleys of Old City with its unique art galleries, trendy cafés, and fascinating industrial architecture and where you’ll have the chance to grab a quick snack or a drink and relax with your guide — the perfect opportunity to ask any pressing questions you may have about things to do in the neighborhood after the tour.

Continue to be immersed in history as you venture past the Betsy Ross House and then down Elfreth’s Alley, the street famous for being the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the country.

Next, you may be treated to a visit inside Christ Church, where you'll hear stories of our founding fathers, sit where they sat, and learn about the birth of the Episcopal Church in America.

As this Philadelphia tour winds down, your guide will take you to their favorite local bar or restaurant. You'll get a craft beer (or soft drink if you wish) included in the price of the tour, and we'll say cheers to the beautiful city of Philadelphia!

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
"Philadelphia History with a Twist"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
I attended the Urban Adventures Philadelphia History with a Twist Tour and had the good fortune of getting Howard for our guide. The tour itself was a perfect introduction to the city with enough information to really allow you to decide what you might want to dive into a bit deeper. Howard did a spectacular job of of pointing out the important historical facts that we wanted to know with some of the lesser known details regarding architecture, myths and trivia. He is so knowledgeable and articulate that it really made for a very pleasant experience. The group was small enough to really be able to ask the questions you wanted and not have trouble traversing a very busy city. Howard had a great sense of humor, was really considerate of everyone’s abilities and was really able to answer all of our questions. I highly recommend this tour and specifically Howard as a guide!
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Shelby Township
"Great tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
The Founding Fathers Tour today with Evan was fantastic! A great intro into the history of the city and some of its amazing landmarks.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
Howard was our guide. He was very knowledgeable not only about the history of Philadelphia but also the architecture of the historical district. We ended up going an hour over our scheduled time, but only after he had checked to make sure no one had anywhere to be at any specific time. Really great and fun way to see the city and learn more about its history
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Los Altos, California
"Excellent tour with Adam"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
Today we had an all day driving tour with Adam and all six of us had an awesome time. We got to see a lot but the best part was learning so much about the history of Philadelphia. Adam is a wealth of knowledge and has an obvious love for the city and it’s past. He has a great way of presenting a lot of information in a very interesting way. Great day! We highly recommend Adam!!
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London, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
This is a review of the Founding Fathers tour. I’m afraid I can’t recall the name of the woman who did the tour but she was very good. We saw all the usual sites of the Old town and she had an engaging and interesting tale to tell about each. The only downside was the included beer at the end. Frankly, this could easily be left out and the price of the tour reduced. It was ever so embarrassing as about 15 of us all walked into a Chinese restaurant who didn’t seem to know anything about the beer contract with the tour group. Eventually, we each chose a bottle of beer and went upstairs to what looked like a cafe and quickly drank the beer and left. Aside from that, I’m glad I did the tour and would recommend it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about History in HD

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 2 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 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 5:30 pm behind the Religious Liberty Statue at the southeast corner of 5th and Market Streets; 101 South Independence Mall East.

Are tips included in the tour price?
No. Tips for your tour guide is never required but greatly appreciated.