Walking Tours of Philadelphia

Each day three tour options will be offered. After polling the group, we will do two of the walks each day. Due to admission costs and time constraints, we will enter just a few sites and share information as we walk by others.


Walk One – Colonial Philadelphia

Christ’s Church

The birthplace of the American Episcopal Church, Christ’s Church was founded in 1695 as a condition of William Penn’s Charter. Known as ‘The Nation’s Church’, it hosted members of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution and Presidents George Washington and John Adams in the first decade of the newly established Republic.

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Elfreth’s Alley

This alley is our nation’s oldest residential street. It was not included in original plans for Philadelphia. As Philadelphia became a bustling city, artisans and merchants purchased or rented property close to the ports where goods and materials arrived. This led to overcrowding, and landowners recognized that tradesmen needed alternate routes to the river. Landowners Arthur Wells and John Gilbert combined their properties between Front and Second Streets to open Elfreth’s Alley, named after silversmith Jeremiah Elfreth, as a cart path in 1706.

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Fireman’s Hall

Fireman’s Hall Museum, one of the nation’s premier fire museums, is focused on the preservation of Philadelphia fire history and promoting fire safety. The museum is housed in a renovated 1902 firehouse. Philadelphia is the birthplace of the first volunteer fire companies. In 1736, Benjamin Franklin created the first fire brigade called ‘The Union Fire Company’.

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Betsy Ross House

The well-known and beloved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars and Stripes is tightly woven into the colorful fabric of America’s history. The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house, then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through interactive, historical programming.

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City Tavern

Established in 1773, City Tavern was where the nation’s founding fathers dined, drank, and celebrated. Chef Walter Staib creates a menu based on tried and true Colonial traditions. City Tavern’s cuisine is made fresh daily from scratch with local ingredients. There is no other place in the world where you can experience authentic 18th century American culinary history.

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Carpenter’s Hall

Carpenter’s Hall is one of Philadelphia’s historic treasures. It hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Ben Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society. It also housed the First and Second Banks of the United States.

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Walk Two – Historic Freedom

Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation’s founding history.

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The Liberty Bell

A timeless message on the Bell’s surface proclaims ‘Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof’.  Go beyond the iconic crack to learn how this State House bell was transformed into an extraordinary symbol.

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First Bank of the United States

After the Revolutionary War, the United States faced overwhelming debt and an uncertain commercial future. As a response, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton stepped forward with a plan to establish a national bank which would give the federal government more authority to handle the fiscal situation. His proposal incited a heated debate that tested the U.S. Constitution’s boundaries and laid the foundation for the country’s financial system.

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City Tavern

Established in 1773, City Tavern was where the nation’s founding fathers dined, drank, and celebrated. Chef Walter Staib creates a menu based on tried and true Colonial traditions. City Tavern’s cuisine is made fresh daily from scratch with local ingredients. There is no other place in the world where you can experience authentic 18th century American culinary history.

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Penn Mutual Tower

On January 9, 1793, the French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard ascended from the yard of Philadelphia’s ‘New Jail’, the present site of the Penn Mutual home office. George Washington and leading dignitaries of the city were interested, most of them having contributed to the expense of preparing the balloon. Just before the ascent, the President handed to the aeronaut a passport which could be shown to anyone who, being unfamiliar with a balloon, might offer to do the man harm.


Washington Square

Originally designated in 1682 as Southeast Square, Washington Square is a 6.4 acre open-space park in Center City Philadelphia’s southeast quadrant and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid by William Penn’s surveyor, Thomas Holme.

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Second National Bank

The essential function of the Second National Bank was to regulate the public credit issued by private banking institutions and to establish a sound and stable national currency.

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Walk Three –  A Taste of Philadelphia

The Friendship Gate

The colorful, 40-foot Chinatown Friendship Gate, which underwent a renovation in 2008, marks the entrance to Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood.


Chinatown

Chinatown is a predominantly Asian-American neighborhood bustling with a meld of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean cultures and cuisines. Beyond the gilt-painted Friendship Gate are streets packed with restaurants and bars, including the famous speakeasy-style Hop Sing Laundromat. Eclectic shops sell items that range from hand-stretched noodles to colorful trinkets. The annual Chinese New Year celebrations feature lion dances and fireworks displays.

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Reading Terminal Market

One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, the Reading terminal Market has been housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building. The Market offers an incredible selection of locally grown and exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, and confections.

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Take time to explore the many shops and restaurants each of these areas offer for sampling a taste of Philly. You will find Philly’s famous cheesesteaks and soft pretzels at the Reading Terminal Market.