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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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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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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

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At the time of its construction in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was the most expensive public structure ever built, housing notorious criminals such as gangster boss Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton. No longer a functioning prison, the structure is now open to the public as a National Historic Landmark.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 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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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing

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Sandwiched between Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River on the east side of Philadelphia, Penn's Landing is skinny in shape but important in stature. The waterfront area served as the 1682 landing spot for William Penn, founder of the Pennsylvania colony, making it a must-see spot for any American history buff.More
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Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation

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Philadelphia is a city that’s home to both art and history. Few places showcase the connection between the two like the Barnes Foundation. This world-class museum houses a large collection of Modern paintings and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from artists like Renoir, Cezanne and Picasso.Travelers can wander the galleries filled with iconic works and tour the collection of smaller rooms that are reflective of the original Barnes estate. The museum also offers travelers easy access to the nearby park and the city’s waterfront, which is the perfect place for an evening skyline stroll.More
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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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Explore an urban art landscape at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG). Multicolor glass bottles, unique ‘found’ objects and hand-forged tiles envelop visitors in a truly unique and creative art environment. Mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar’s largest public artwork, PMG spans half a block on South Street. The gardens are a nod to historical figures and influential artists, as well as the local community. Some of the art installations have been in creation for more than 14 years! A popular destination for culture seekers and nontraditional art lovers, PMG hosts workshops, concerts, and hands-on experiences. Tours are available so visitors can experience all aspects of the outdoor exhibition and indoor gallery.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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Mütter Museum

Mütter Museum

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Surely one of the strangest museums in the United States, the Mütter Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of medical oddities. Affiliated with The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, it’s named for Thomas Dent Mütter, a 17th-century pioneer of reconstructive surgery and medical education who was fascinated by human anomalies and collected them in a wide variety of forms.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

How to Spend 3 Days in Philadelphia

Top activities in Philadelphia

Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
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Flavors of Philly Food Tour

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Philadelphia Horse Drawn Carriage Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Philadelphia

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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 Sightseeing Tour of 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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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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Philadelphia Guided Bus tour - Hop On/Hop Off
Cynthia_B, Aug 2021
Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)
Allowed us to visit several attractions that same day.
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Educational and fun. Highly recommend!
Jamison_D, Aug 2021
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
The tour contains many sites to see and the pace is brisk-ish.
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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 Dinner Cruise with Buffet
We especially enjoyed the cruise and being able to see Philadelphia skyline at sundown.
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Enjoyable and entertaining
Christine_E, Jun 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Having been to Philadelphia several times to see family, it was good to get an overview of so many historical sites at one time.
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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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Nice way to see the staples of Philadelphia
Mike, Feb 2021
BYOB Historically Hilarious Trolley Tour of Philadelphia
A great way to see some of the best, memorable places in 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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Awesome Philly Experience!!!
Sebastian P, Mar 2019
City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
I got to see the beautiful city of Philadelphia in the 2-day sightseeing bus for a very cheap price and enjoyed every bit of it.
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Great way to get to Philadelphia attractions
Mike_B, Jul 2018
Philly By Night Double Decker Bus Tour
The stops are frequent and take you to many of the notable attractions in the metro Philadelphia area.
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The Hop-on Hop-Off bus was a...
Elizabeth H, Sep 2016
Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo
The Hop-on Hop-Off bus was a fantastic way to visit the beautiful city of Philadelphia...
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This was amazing I had worked in the...
John W, Jul 2016
Segway Tour of Philadelphia's Murals
This was amazing I had worked in the Philadelphia area a few years ago but never really had a chance to see it.
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Wonderful Tour
Ann_G, Jun 2021
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
What a wonderful way to see the city.

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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