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Historic District - Society Hill Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Merchant's Exchange in Philadelphia

Merchant's Exchange in Philadelphia

Explore famous sights and experience many stories of a unique city, from the oldest hospital and the first black church, to the beautiful residential streets that comprise Society Hill as well as Independence Hall. Enjoy fabulous architecture, ghoulish stories, local foods and a great chance to tour an old famous house.

You'll see the Liberty Bell, wander through Washington Square, soak up the beauty of the city and hear historic stories at Pennsylvania Hospital and Mother Bethel Church. Sip soda in the place it was invented, snack on tasty treats at the City Tavern.

Start at the Independence Visitor Center and walk past some of the most important buildings in the city including the site of the first President’s house, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall and old City Hall. Continue on to visit the wonderful indoor mural of Maxfield Parrish and the atrium in the Curtis Building before heading through Washington Square to hear it’s tales of mass graves and ghosts.

At the Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest such institution in the country, wander through the gardens and see the original hospital buildings. Hear stories about Dr. Physick and his early operating procedures.

For a contrast in history, head to Mother Bethel A.M.E Church founded by Richard Allen in 1794. See its superb sanctuary and fascinating museum, and hear stories of the struggles of early Africans. Wandering through the quiet side streets of Society Hill learn about the Founding Fathers, the Free African Society and early churches. Half way through the tour stop at the house of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, an early pioneer in medical practice and the inventor of the first soda. Here have the chance to drink some soda and taste an early Philadelphia tradition, the Philadelphia Soft Pretzel.

Continuing the tour, visit one of the early markets used by a variety of immigrant communities. Take a detour through the Rose Garden, which is home to the oldest example of a cobblestone street. Enjoy the many differing architectural styles, from colonial and Georgian to Greek revival and 19th century.

The final section of the tour will go past Carpenter’s Hall, site of the first Continental Congress in 1774, the Military Museum, First and Second Banks of the United States and the Merchant’s Exchange. End up at the City Tavern for a chance to taste some of the local ales.

Inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Snacks
  • Admission to various historic buildings and snacks

Exclusions

  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities

48 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. Tour does not include hotel pick up. Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour. Please order online or call 888-478-1479 to order or for more information.

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