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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Jasmine E
"Philadelphia Walking Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
Dick did an amazing job showing us around Philly, in fact this tour was the highlight of our stay in Philly!
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
"Tour with Mike Idriss"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019 NEW
Took a walking tour with Mike, and it was awesome!! His passion for the city, along with his in-depth knowledge of history, made for a great experience. Highly recommend!!
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Kristen W
Los Altos, California
"Great Overview"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 01, 2019 NEW
A packed two hour walking tour that will get you well oriented to all of the important Founding Fathers sites. Guide was knowledgeable and flexible too!
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Best tour EVER!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 30, 2019 NEW
I went on my second Segway tour today and it was great! Nolan was our guide and was super knowledgeable. He was friendly and also hilarious! My first Segway tour was with Barry who was equally as great! He is always seen giving tours around town and it always looks like they’re having a great time. I highly recommend!
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Doug C
"Great highlights of historic Philly"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2019 NEW
This walking tour provided a great overview of many of the historic sites in Philly. Our guide, Howard, was engaging, knowledgeable and resourceful. His narration brought the sites to life as he described the events of the time and the figures involved. He was also happy to talk about other places to see/visit that would give visitors additional cultural and culinary experiences in the city. I would recommend this tour for families or other visitors. There is a lot of walking (4-5 miles), but there are stops along the way, but a bottle of water/snacks are recommended.
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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.