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Philadelphia's Beyond the Cheesesteak Walking Tour Including Penn and Drexel

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    Stop At: 30th Street Station, 2955 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2828

    After meeting at 30th Street Station in the morning, you'll leave on foot down Market Street; stopping for a taste of the Caribbean at the first group of food truck stops.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875

    Down the road is Drexel University, a private research institution founded in 1891. Walk down one of the green quads and into the Main Building, the campus’ oldest building. Marvel at the classical Renaissance architecture and its splendid interior, the multi-story arcaded walls of the Grand Court, all virtually unchanged since the university's founding.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3402

    Walk down the hill past World Cafe Live, a live music venue.

    Stop At: University of Pennsylvania, 3101 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3437

    Enter Penn Park, a new green space with spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline.

    Pass some of the most iconic college sports venues in the country, such as Franklin Field and the Palestra, and then enter the heart of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) campus, which opened its doors in 1751 and credits Benjamin Franklin as its founder.

    At Franklin Field you will reach the second group of food trucks during the heart of lunch hour as you make your way to Penn's campus.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fisher Fine Arts (Furness) Library, 220 S. 34th St. at Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Philadelphia, PA

    Your guide will lead you past Fisher Library, an architectural masterpiece created by Frank Furness, and past College Hall, with its characteristic green hue. Enter Houston Hall, home of the country’s first Student Union, and then continue up Locust Walk, a picturesque campus promenade. From there you will end up on Spruce Street with the third group of food trucks lining the streets and you'll be treated to something sweet at the final location.

    Lastly you'll walk through hidden preserves and a pond on the campus making your way to the trolley stop where your guide will provide a token for each person, valid for a ride on the trolley. From this point, you'll have the choice to ride back to 30th Street or continue to Center City.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Philadelphia Urban Adventures, 229 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1974

    Your tour will be lead by one of our fantastic guides!

    Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    30th Street Station, 2955 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    Departure Time
    11:00 AM
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    40th St Trolley Portal, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
    • Small-group walking tour
    • Local guide
    • Trolley token
    • Snack from each of 3 food truck areas
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
    • A maximum of 12 people per booking
    • Fisher Library has restricted access during University testing periods
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 September 2019

    If you love architecture and love food, you'll love this tour. Nicole is friendly, personable and knowledgable -- the perfect guide. My wife and I were visiting from New York and chose this tour out of the many options available. We are not strangers to...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2019

    Thanks so much for your review of Nicole's Beyond the Cheesesteak (Including Penn and Drexel) walking tour! That area is such a great spot for both street food and sustainability-minded campuses, and we're so glad her enthusiasm made such an impression. It's a unique tour,...More

    Reviewed 12 July 2019 via mobile

    The tour started at the 30th Street Station for a brief architectural discussion, then moved onto Drexel University and UPenn campuses interspersed with food truck samplings. Overall, the tour is a great way to become acquainted with these West Philadelphia neighborhoods. The food trucks were...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Reviewed 4 July 2019 via mobile

    Such a fun exploration of a part of the city you never get to see. I would highly recommend this and Nicole was just fantastic. Take this tour if you wanna look beyond the touristy traps.

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2019

    Joshua, thanks so much for your review of Nicole's South Philly Culture Tour! We definitely enjoyed having you and your group and showing you all of Philly, and hopefully we'll see you next year!

    Reviewed 2 May 2019

    My son and I had a great tour with Dick. We really enjoyed all the facts and knowledge Dick shared about Philadelphia, Drexel and food trucks. We went to three food trucks and really enjoyed all of them. I would do this tour again and...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2019

    And now, KnowThings, you know even more! Thanks for your review of Dick's "Philadelphia's Beyond the Cheesesteak Walking Tour Including Penn and Drexel". As a small(ish) tour company in Philadelphia, it's important we show the world we're passionate about immersing our travellers in a unique...More

    Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

    We had a great tour with Dick. We were lucky enough to be the only 2 guests on the tour so it was very personalised for us!! Dick is a local Pennsylvanian and has a depth of knowledge that was very evident. We didn’t feel...More

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    Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at Philadelphia Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

    What, no mouth-watering food pictures? We'll just have to get Dick to do a food run for us stuck here in the office. We're so glad you got out and experience University City's food and history scene with our awesome guide Dick. Seriously, check out...More

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