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South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery

  • Worry-free exploration of South Philadelphia with a guide
  • See more of Philadelphia in less time—ideal for first-time visitors
  • A small-group tour for a more personalized, up-close experience
South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
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South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
Discover the cultural richness of South Philadelphia on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors who might worry about navigating a new city on foot. Taste your way through the South Ninth Street Italian Market, take in the South Street sights, and see the colorful mosaics of Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (admission included). Then hop on a public bus to Queen Village and stroll past Fabric Row.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the corner of Ninth and South streets to start your South Philly walking tour. Explore Philadelphia’s charming Bella Vista neighborhood and peruse the delis, bakeries, and food stalls at the 9th Street Italian Market, the nation’s oldest open-air market. Catch your first glimpse of local artist Isaiah Zagar’s murals and recreate a scene from the blockbuster film Rocky.

Then skip the ticket line at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and spend about half an hour exploring the indoor galleries and outdoor mosaic art installation. Learn more about Zagar’s one-of-a-kind mosaics and hear stories about the city’s history.

Next hop on a public bus and ride to the historic Queen Village neighborhood. Wander among narrow city blocks lined with pubs and cafes, and stroll past Fabric Row to see the city’s largest concentration of fabric shops.

Your Philadelphia walking tour ends at the corner of Fourth and South streets.
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1 - 5 of 23 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chuck felt like a friend showing us around his hometown

Our guide was Chuck. Right from the beginning he made a connection with us telling us about himself and his connection with Philly and his passion for meeting people from other cities/countries and showing them his hometown. We took a leisurely stroll around the the...More

1  Thank jflan246
Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We may just hire you to do Chuck's biography -- he deserves it, and we absolutely love your review of him and our Markets, Mosaics, & Magic tour! True, the famous Rocky steps and statue are not listed sites on this tour's itinerary as both...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great intro to Philly

We had so much fun we all wanted to move here! Chuck is very knowledgeable and personable. He also asked probing questions that gave us food for thought. Chuck’s relationship with the folks in the Italian Market was especially endearing.

2  Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour with Chuck

Had great tour with Chuck. Knowledgeable, personable and funny too. He really enjoyed touring us and we really enjoyed him touring us.

2  Thank Departure521485
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Excellent South Philly Tour for our Mother-Daughter Trip

Where to begin? My mom and I took the South Philly Culture Tour with Italian Market and The Magic Gardens Mosaic museum. We had a small group of all ladies and our tour guide was Nina. She was AMAZING. Such a wonderful human and her...More

1  Thank Mapradod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent experience with excellent guide

We had the opportunity to spend 4 hours with Chuck as he walked (and ate) us through the Italian Market area. He talked about the history of Philadelphia and it's multiple neighborhoods, the history of the Italian market, and an overview of The Magic Gardens...More

2  Thank sharon f
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29 August 2018|
Response from sharon f | Reviewed this property |
Although scheduled for 3 1/2 hours, ours started at 10:00 am and we were formed to The Magic Gardens at 2:00 pm to tour that by ourselves. However prior to the start of the tour the guide inquired if we were on a time frame... More
Hope M
11 August 2018|
Response from Mary R | Reviewed this property |
I do not think the time of the year will have a big impact - of course when it is hot or cold you might be more uncomfortable, but think you will see the same things.
21 July 2018|
Response from GregoryK1274 | Reviewed this property |
About 4 hours. We went from 10 AM to 2 PM.