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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
"Are you tired of going on tours in which the guide knows less than you do? The guides for Bow Tie Tours are teachers not actors or college students who have studied a cram sheet and they are well-trained in providing people information in an interesting and entertaining manner whether you are a parent with young children or a college professor looking to gain insight into the historical activities of Philadelphia. Join us as we see Independence Hall Declaration House Franklin Court the Betsy Ross House
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Immerse yourself in one of the most historic cities in the US on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philadelphia. From the open-top double-decker bus you can enjoy 360-degree views of Philly and hop off when you want to visit any attractions.Listen to informative onboard commentary about the culture architecture and history of Philadelphia when you're on the loop which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Buses run every 30 minutes. See below for a full list of the 27 stops.Perhaps visit the landmark house where Betsy Ross lived when she made the first American flag during the American Revolution. Becom or learn about early American law at the Eastern State Penitentiary a prison established in 1829. Kids will enjoy the Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo
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Philadelphia 27-Stop Double Decker Tour Full-Day Pass
"Discover one of the most historic cities in the U.S. on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of Philadelphia. Experience the city's rich and legendary sights at your own pace with 360-degree panoramic views. Board an open-top double decker bus at any of the 27 stops around Philadelphia. Along the way enjoy live narration from your guide who will share interesting stories and facts about the city's most popular attractions and historic landmarks. This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour allows you customize your itinerary and experience the Philadelphia's history heritage and culture at your own pace.Hop-on hop-off tour stops include: Independence Visitor Center Betsey Ross House United States Mint/Ben Franklin's Grave National Constitution Center Chinatown ""
From $30.00

Philly Facts Tips (12)

Friendly locals

I know Philly has a bit of a rough-around-the edges, blue collar reputation, but as long as you're not an opposing team at a professional sporting event, the locals are really friendly!They don't call...
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acemj
Aug 06, 2005

Patriotism is taught at an...

Patriotism is taught at an early age in Philadelphia! I was recently there for the July 4th (U.S. Independence Day) celebration and the atmosphere was really lively and fun. On the 4th, some of the...
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acemj
Jul 17, 2005

Interesting Facts

By 1776, Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, second only to London.Penn, who was fleeing religious persecution in his native England, founded the first city in the...
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keeweechic
Sep 06, 2003

Take an Horse Drawn Carriage

If you’re visiting the historic area, you might like to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through old city and the Independence National Park Area.Carriage tours can be found on Independence Mall at...
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keeweechic
Jul 27, 2003

Urban jungle (gym)

Living in the city is cool because there's always something to do. You can walk out your front door and have a dozen restaurant choices within a block of your front door. You can stumble onto new art...
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acemj
Jun 03, 2003

Weather

Like other Northeast cities, Philadelphia's weather changes dramatically from season to season. The spring is warm and mild, while summers can be very humid and hot. Winters are cold and often snowy.....
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keeweechic
Sep 17, 2002

Some medical surveys have...

Some medical surveys have concluded that 'Philly' is the most overweight city in America, and it's no wonder. Any time I've treated a guest to a true Philly cheesetake they beg for more.Philadelphia...
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ferdnbean
Sep 12, 2002

If you are expecting the...

If you are expecting the dismal Philadelphia portrayed in the Rocky movies, be prepared for a pleasant surprise. Generally-speaking, Philadelphians are friendly and helpful to visitors. There isn't...
maryjwb
Aug 25, 2002

free on Sundays

The Art Museum has a special policy on Sundays; you pay as much as you wish. It seems late in the afternoon, it's pretty empty as well and the view of the city from atop the steps is magnificent....
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richiecdisc
Aug 24, 2002

PHILADELPHIA IS A HISTORIC...

PHILADELPHIA IS A HISTORIC CITY. AS ONE WALKS THE STREETS OF 'OLD CITY' IN DOWNTOWN PHILADELPHIA, AS YOU LOOK AROUND, YOU CAN SEE HISTORY COME TO LIFE. FROM THE HALL OF INDEPENDENCE TO THE BATTLE OF...
megadad
Aug 24, 2002

Re: A boring city ???<br/>Wed Apr...

Re: A boring city ???Wed Apr 10 20:11:46 2002A: from America's Finest News Source (2000) Visiting Gore calls Pennsylvania 'A Hellhole' ALTOONA, PA-During a campaign stop at an Altoona paper mill...
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billus
Aug 24, 2002

Merchant's exchange by William...

Merchant's exchange by William Strickland c.1830. In an original Greek Revival design Strickland employs the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates to mark corner of 2nd and Dock Streets
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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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"PHILADELPHIA--Brotherly Love And More"
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Things to Do Near Philadelphia

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City Hall

We toured City Hall the largest and tallest City Hall in the United States. The tower reaches 548’ to the top of William Penn’s statue. The bronze statue of the founder of Philadelphia and all of...
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Masonic Temple

People are sometimes suspicious about masons probably because their ceremonies are closed to non members. By the way, many of the American revolution leaders were masons. The truth is that I never...
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Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892. The street-​level Market reverberated with the sound of trains rumbling overhead. The stalls were laid out in a grid pattern with twelve aisles running...
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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania was founded in 1824 and moved to this current location in 1884. This is not a museum. It is a library with more than 21 million items in their collections. The...
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

The church was designed by English architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter and built by John Notman in the Gothic Revival style between 1847 and 1849. The tower was designed by Notman, but completed in...
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Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of five squares planned by William Penn and was constructed in 1683. In 1825, the square was named in honor of Philadelphian David Rittenhouse who was an astronomer, clock...
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