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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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The Franklin Institute Science Museum

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

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One of the country’s first science museums, the Franklin Institute takes its name from inventor and former Philadelphian Benjamin Franklin. Today, it serves as an entertaining and educational destination for visitors of all ages—its hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, planetarium, and other offerings make it a family-friendly must.More
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest public art galleries in the United States. Along with its main Greco-Roman style building—home to works by Rubens, Monet, and van Gogh—this cultural treasure boasts four smaller museums and is fronted by the “Rocky Steps,” immortalized in the hit 1976 film Rocky.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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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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Christ Church

Christ Church

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Founded in 1695 and located in the heart of Old City, Christ Church is one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most significant religious landmarks, formerly attended by Founding Fathers including George Washington. Christ Church Burial Ground serves as the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, George Ross, and other American luminaries.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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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
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Philadelphia Old City

Philadelphia Old City

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Old City is a neighborhood in Central City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for its antiquated charm and many historic sites important to the birth of the United States. Wander down its narrow cobblestone streets and you'll feel like you're stepping through a time warp into 18th-century colonial America.More
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Rocky Statue

Rocky Statue

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The larger-than-life bronze statue standing at the base of the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become an essential stop on any visit to the hometown of fictional fighter Rocky Balboa. The massive Rocky Statue—both arms raised—was made for the movie Rocky III (1982) and gifted to the city by actor Sylvester Stallone.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

Top activities in Philadelphia

Spirit of Philadelphia Signature Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
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Flavors of Philly Food Tour
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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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Spirit of Philadelphia Signature Lunch Cruise with Buffet
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
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Revolution and the Founders: History Tour of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour by Segway
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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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Great time!
Valerie_B, May 2022
BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
Such a fun way to see the sites of Philadelphia!
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Informative and a great...
Amanda_D, Apr 2022
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Informative and a great way to see Philadelphia!
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If you love music!
h7r7pmjbqr, Feb 2022
The Musical History Tour
It was great to see so many iconic Philadelphia landmarks along the way.
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A great dive into Philadelphia's history
Charles_O, Apr 2022
Philadelphia History, Highlights, & Revolution Tour
One of my favorite parts was a stop at the Jewish Arts Center - really inspiring to see local artists and Philly traditions, and a bit off of the beaten trail.
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Best Tour in Philly!!
Christine_R, Apr 2022
The Musical History Tour
The tour bus and ride was comfortable and we were able to visit so many parts of the city - from Center City to South Philly to the Rocky steps at the Art Museum.
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Great tour for my teenage daughters
Romney_D, Apr 2022
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
This was the first time for my daughters (ages 12 & 15) to visit Philadelphia, so I wanted to make sure they got to visit all the historical sites and have fun while learning about our country’s history.
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Great Experience!
Caitlin_B, Apr 2022
Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
This tour was about two hours and you get to see most of the historical sites in Philadelphia.
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Italian market place tour with Chef Jacquie
Lee_C, Mar 2022
Chef-Led Taste of the Italian Market Food Tour
The only thing we would have changed was to schedule it at the beginning of our trip as Jacquie offered up her favorite restaurants and there was not enough time to visit them all!
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Perfect 3 hour tour of Philly. Highly recommended
Walter_B, Dec 2021
Private Highlights of Philadelphia Tour by Car
Nice, great with kids.
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Great way to see the city
john_p, Oct 2021
BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
Unique way to see Philadelphia and spend time with friends while drinking your favorite beverage
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Philadelphia in 90 minutes made whole
Mark_R, Sep 2021
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
This tour efficiently brought us around to see all the truly important sites around the constitutional Park area of Philadelphia, but also quite a few little gems I would have otherwise missed.
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Great experience seeing Philly!!
Julius_C, Sep 2021
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
It is the perfect way to see Philly!!
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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 Signature Dinner Cruise with Buffet
We especially enjoyed the cruise and being able to see Philadelphia skyline at sundown.
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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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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 way to see Philly
Debbie_B, Oct 2020
Philadelphia Segway Tour
We loved every moment of it and it was a fun way to see the city.
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Great experience touring Philadelphia
rturvey2019, Aug 2019
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
My niece was visiting from Scottsdale Arizona and wanted to visit the sites.

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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