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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

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Explore the birthplace of American democracy on this guided, 75-minute tour through the streets of historic Philadelphia. Discover the popular historical attractions and landmarks in the 'City of Brotherly Love,' places like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and many more. Walk in the footsteps of our Founding Fathers, see where they lived and worked, and learn from a passionate teacher/guide about the history of this great city.
  • See upwards of 20 key landmarks in the space of a single tour
  • Learn all about Philadelphia’s rich history from your guide
  • Explore the places where the Founding Fathers lived and worked
  • Several departure times are conveniently available throughout the day
What to Expect
Choose from several available departure times, meet your guide in front of the conveniently located Independence Visitor Center, and set off on a whirlwind tour of Philadelphia’s essential historical landmarks. See Independence Hall—where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both discussed and then adopted—as well as Betsy Ross House, said to be where the first American flag was sewn. As you go, learn from your guide all about Philadelphia’s place in American history, as well as the Founding Fathers that once called the city home. In total, you’ll see over 20 important historical sites. Other stops along the way will include the house where Thomas Jefferson first drafted the Declaration of Independence, the original Supreme Court building, Congress Hall, and other key highlights of Independence National Historical Park.
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Departure Point
The tour departs from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.
Departure Time
10am, Noon, and 2pm
1h 15m
  • Local guide
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide was a great story teller and very knowledgeable about the history of the beginnings of our Nation. We knew little of William Penn, but are now anxious to read more about this man whose foresight was well beyond his times. Be sure to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bill K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been traveling the US on a tour focusing on American history, and have taken many walking tours in the last 6 weeks. Brian’s was definitely the best! He had a depth and breadth of US history that demonstrates his passion for his subject. I...More

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G1001FWdavidc, Owner at Bow Tie Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the feedback, and I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a good tour we had a nice group size. He has a good sense of humor and a good story teller ability he was engaged with the group throughout the tour. It was awesome to hear the taxation that started the rise to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bbsarahr
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My guide was very knowledgeable in the history of the beginnings of America as well as the history of Philadelphia and the neighborhoods surrounding the Pennsylvania State House. He pointed out where the various signers lived and who they socialized with, as well as how...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Leia M
Reviewed 1 September 2019

Maybe it was the rain or the kids or the fact that I was tired, but TBH I was a bit underwhelmed. The guide seemed to know his history details especially Alexander Hamilton, but I didn't feel it was amazing as other reviews led me...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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6 June 2019|
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Response from NBWilcox |
I believe it is as we did go in any buildings or narrow areas. It was at a fair pace however.
23 April 2019|
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Response from pat9doerr11 | Reviewed this property |
They will ask you what time you want. You will get an email.
16 March 2019|
Response from 482JamesS482 | Reviewed this property |
From the outside. Independence Hall is a separate tour you have to get tickets from the national parks system. Great Liberty Bell is free admission.
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