Souvenir Shopping Part 2, Philadelphia (Self Guided)

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.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 2
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: Daniel
Yards Brewery

1) Yards Brewery

What to buy here: Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale.

Take a break at Yards Brewery, a Philadelphia brewery of prize-winning ales, has garnered a sterling reputation since its inception in the 1990s— the award-winning Philadelphia Pale Ale, which the New York Times rated as one of the best Pale Ales in the country. Not only do they brew their prize-winning ales on the premises there is also a tasting room and casual dining on site.

In 2003, Yards Brewing Company partnered with the City Tavern — a favorite bar of the nation's founding fathers — to create Ales of the Revolution, a line of historic beer recreations based on the original recipes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin. Prices vary.

If you are into bicycling or just want a great looking, ultra comfortable shirt check out Yards bicycle shirts for men and women with original designs and logo from their beer lines. Made in the U.S. $69.00

Operation hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 - 19:00; Sunday: 12:00 – 16:00
Elfreth’s Alley Historical Museum and Shop

2) Elfreth’s Alley Historical Museum and Shop

What to buy here: Redware Pottery.

The heavy red clay concentration in the soil underlying the Philadelphia region was ideal for builders and potters in colonial times. Today, Redware Pottery, recreates the look of the work of those earlier artisans. It is available at the Elfreth’s Alley Historical Museum and Shop. A registered historic site, Elfreth’s is the oldest residential street in the nation, dating back to 1702. People live on this picturesque cobblestoned walkway to this day.

Elfreth’s Alley Redware dishes are made from locally sourced red clay by an artist in Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia. Each piece is signed. 4” round plate, $14.00. 6” round, $20. 9 ½”, $28.

For the architecturally minded, original pen and ink drawings of the alley by area architects are also available, capturing the beauty and ambience of Elfreth’s. $10.00

Operation hours: Thursday - Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
Betsy Ross House Museum and Gift Shop

3) Betsy Ross House Museum and Gift Shop

What to buy here: Betsy Ross Byers Choice Doll and Flag.

This delightful collectable, handcrafted locally in Pennsylvania is exclusive to the Betsy Ross House Museum and Gift Shop. Thirteen inches high and made of clay on plaster the Betsy Ross Byers Choice doll (with flag) is a fun way to bring history home to doll-lovers of all ages. $90.00

Other one of a kind dolls available at the Betsy Ross House are from the Little Souls line. Handcrafted near Philadelphia these engaging dolls are dressed in colonial garb. $70.00

Another very special gift idea available only at the Betsy Ross House is to purchase the official flag that flies over the house and which is changed out on a regular basis. If you or a loved one have a special birthday, anniversary or other memorable occasion check and see if they have the flag for that specific date. Made in America, these flags cost $75.95.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
United States Mint

4) United States Mint

What to buy here: U.S Mint Silver Coins & Moneybag.

Collecting coins is one of the hottest hobbies around and when you’re in Philly you are at the heart of U.S coin operations. In 1792, Congress authorized construction of the first U.S. Mint in the nation's capitol, at the time, Philadelphia. For either lifelong coin hobbyists or youngsters just getting started, a coin collection gift from the United States Mint is a wonderful foundation to build on.

The new, multi-year America the Beautiful silver quarter collection is a must-have. High quality silver characterizes these uncirculated beauties, which can be purchased in a US Mint moneybag for a truly extraordinary gift. The quarters are all coded with a ‘P’ indicating their city of origin. Varies in price depending on the quantity but to give you an idea, 5 uncirculated America the Beautiful silver quarters are priced at $31.95, $49.95 for 100 identical coins in a U.S Mint moneybag.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 16:30
Independence Visitor Center

5) Independence Visitor Center

What to buy here: ‘We the People’ Silk Tie.

Here’s an elegant silk tie that will get people talking! Beautifully tailored and understated, it comes in a variety of power colors and designs. It is a sharp looking accessory that conveys to everyone your belief and pride in the American way of government. The rest of the text is smaller and complements the powerful look of this fashion accessory. $32.99

At the same location you’ll find a finely crafted Pilsner glass imprinted with one of Ben Franklin’s most popular sayings, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Yep, that quote comes to us courtesy of Ben Franklin. So when you’re in Philly raise a glass in salute to his indelible impact on a very young U.S. government. $9.99. Then of course you’ll need some coasters for those glasses, perhaps ones bearing the image of Ben himself...

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 8:30 - 18:00
Historic Philadelphia Gift Shop

6) Historic Philadelphia Gift Shop

What to buy here: Ben Franklin Bear.

Who knew Ben Franklin was this adora-bearable?

Complete with tri-corner hat, colonial attire, this plushy toy bear is outfitted with iconic Ben Franklin glasses, white wig and bear-size Liberty Bell. The packaging gives a brief overview of his prominent role in our nation’s history. It is a great way to introduce children to his amazing story. A true Renaissance figure, Franklin was a writer, publisher, diplomat, scientist, political advisor and philosopher. His impact on the nation and the city of Philadelphia, in particular, is almost incalculable. Made by a company right outside of Philadelphia, Ben Franklin Bear retails for $19.95.

At the same location, pick up your very own copy of the Liberty Bell for just $14.99. Made in Pennsylvania, it is one of the most enduring symbols of our country’s beginnings. Ring out your pride in being an American with these wonderful work desk or office accessories.
Mummers Museum Shop

7) Mummers Museum Shop

What to buy here: Mummer’s Umbrella.

Each New Year's Day for over 100 years, the Philadelphia Mummers have brought in the New Year with a musical extravaganza that parades up the length of Broad Street. It’s a remarkable tradition that pulls together generations of Philly families who work year round to create amazing costumes, floats and perfect their high stepping style.

Located in the heart of Mummer country in South Philly, is the Mummer Museum where you can watch videos of the parade and get an up-close perspective of their elaborate costumes. Learn how to do their signature strut and pick up a Mummer umbrella or two to better get you in the spirit of things. $18.00

There is also collection of dolls for sale dressed in full authentic Mummer regalia – perfect for both the doll lovers and doll collectors in the family. Ranges in price from $25.00 – 87.00.

Hours: Wed - Sat: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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.
Old City History Walk

Old City History Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Here is a list of the most famous attractions in Philadelphia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour I

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour I

Philadelphia features a vast range of wonderful landmarks, which are very interesting from an historical point of view. Monuments, memorials, statues, squares or parks, all of them are worth visiting. Take the following tour to see the most prominent landmarks in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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: 4.7 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Philadelphia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Philadelphia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Philadelphia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.