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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

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As the nation’s first capital, and location where the Declaration of Independence was signed, Philadelphia is considered the birthplace of American democracy. More than just an overview of the city’s history, this in-depth tour will whisk you to more than 20 essential Philadelphia landmarks, all in a short timespan. See Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, the former home of the US Congress, and follow in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers.
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
The tour departs from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.
Departure Time
10am, Noon, and 2pm
1h 15m
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Awesome experience! My husband and son are passionate about history, I am not. However, I really enjoyed this walking tour with Kyle. I learned a lot and Kyle made it very interesting and fun! I highly recommend Bow Tie Walking tour!!
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Brian was the tour guide for our group. On the positive side, he is quite friendly & seems reasonably knowledgeable. Unfortunately, Brian spent an excessive amount of time discussing his educational beliefs & middle school teaching methods. The Philadelphia Historical Society
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Brian was our tour guide. He was knowledgeable and made history come alive. I highly recommend this tour!! Our guide gave not only his knowledge but his love of his city.
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I took this tour with Brian. Brian takes a lot of time to explain things to you. You sit for 15-20 minutes at a table while he explains a whole lot of things to you and then says this is a walking tour. At this point you get up walk 20 feet out a door and stand there for 10
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Our tour operator was very pleasant and entertaining but there was too much standing for my back and that of several others. We did see some sights we would not have otherwise seen and appreciated his knowledge and insights into American history. Note that this tour does not
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