Old City History Walk, Philadelphia

Old City History Walk, Philadelphia

Let Philadelphia tell you about the great history of the United States through its outstanding historic places. Learn more about America’s founding fathers, key events during the 18th century, the country’s long-awaited independence and its glorious attainment of liberty. Take the following tour to discover Philadelphia’s history.
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Old City History Walk Map

Guide Name: Old City History Walk
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: leticia
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Benjamin Franklin Bridge

1) Benjamin Franklin Bridge

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge (also known as the Ben Franklin Bridge), originally named the Delaware River Bridge, is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. Named for American statesman Benjamin Franklin, the bridge is owned and operated by the Delaware River Port Authority. At its completion on July 1 1926, its 533-metre span made it the world's largest suspension bridge, a distinction it would hold until the opening of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Elfreth's Alley

2) Elfreth's Alley (must see)

Elfreth's Alley is a residential alley located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in the United States, dating back to the early 18th century. It is a National Historic Landmark. The alley is located off Second Street between Arch and Race Streets in Philadelphia's Old City Neighborhood. Elfreth's Alley is named for Jeremiah Elfreth, an 18th-century blacksmith and property owner. Among the alley's residents were...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Betsy Ross House

3) Betsy Ross House (must see)

A long-standing myth about the first American flag being made by Betsy Ross, albeit a myth, still makes a great story. The house of Betsy Ross is nonetheless important as a vivid demonstration of Colonial living. The owner used it primarily to let rooms to travelers and wayfarers. It is situated in the Old City district within proximity to many shops and restaurants. As per the Philadelphia Historic Society, the Ross house enjoys more visitors than any other historic attraction in the...   view more
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Franklin Court

4) Franklin Court (must see)

Benjamin Franklin is probably the most interesting personality in American history. Standing on the site of his former house, this court features seven museums which allow visitors to learn more about his life as a publisher, author, statesman, diplomat, politician, postmaster, printer and inventor. The court's highlight is a 54-foot-tall steel skeleton, known as "ghost sculpture," created by architect Robert Venturi, and covering the footprint of Franklin's house torn down...   view more
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City Tavern

5) City Tavern

The City Tavern is a historic building located at 138 South 2nd Street, at the intersection of Second and Walnut Streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Called the "most genteel tavern in America" by John Adams, it was the favorite meeting place of many of the Founding Fathers and was the unofficial site of the First Continental Congress. The City Tavern was built in 1773 and was partially destroyed by fire on March 22, 1834. It was rebuilt in the 1970s as a functioning tavern and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bishop White House

6) Bishop White House

Constructed in 1786, this renovated upper-class house epitomizes Colonial and Federal elegance. The house was the home of Bishop William White, rector of Christ Church, the first Episcopal bishop of the state and spiritual leader of Philadelphia for many years. After the break with England, White founded the Episcopal Church and served as chaplain to the Continental Congress. He also entertained many of America's first families, such as Washington and Franklin. The bishop had big library;...   view more
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Powel House

7) Powel House

Powel House is a historic mansion in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. This elegant Georgian brick mansion was built in 1765 by merchant and shipmaster Charles Stedman. During the early 20th century, the house served as a warehouse and office for a business that imported and exported Russian and Siberian horse hair and bristles. The owners had sold much of the interior architectural detail to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the next decade,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Physick House

8) Physick House

Physick House is the former residence of the wealthy physician and “Father of American Surgery”, Dr. Philip Syng Physick. Constructed in 1786, this is one of the last two freestanding 18th century houses in Society Hill. It is also one of the country's most beautiful homes, with masterly restored, elegant interiors featuring some of the finest Federal and Empire furniture in the city. Touches of Napoléonic France are felt all over the place: in the upholstery golden bee motif; the...   view more

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia Kids Entertainment Tour

Philadelphia is one of the greatest family destinations in the United States. This wonderful city offers a diversity of interesting attractions for all ages. Its fabulous Arden Theatre Company, the African American Museum, the magnificent sweet shops on Market Street and the Independence Seaport Museum are amazing places for parents to enjoy with their kids. Check out these great attractions in this next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much more. Take the following tour to see the most outstanding landmarks in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour

Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour

Philadelphia is home to many outstanding museums. Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these buildings feature great collections, interesting expositions and the best exhibits. Take the following tour to visit Philadelphia’s great museums!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia area. The name "Fairmount" itself derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits. Later, the name was applied to the street that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Art Museum Area," for its proximity to and association with the Art Museum. Take this tour to see the famous Eastern State Penitentiary located on Fairmount Avenue, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Fairmount Park and its famous attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

Like every historic city, Philadelphia has a vast range of old churches and historic places of worship. Many of its religious buildings are National Historic Landmarks. Take the following tour to see the most beautiful religious buildings in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km

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