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Itinerary
Meet your guide at a convenient central location and set out to explore Philadelphia’s Old City District. Walk between Old City’s historic landmarks and hear stories about Philadelphia that the locals don’t even know.

Follow your guide to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Carpenter’s Hall, and the Betsy Ross House, where the first American flag was sewn. Explore Franklin Court, the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home and print shop, and visit his grave site at the Christ Church burial ground. See the Keys To Community sculpture, a bronze bust of Franklin with over 1,000 donated keys worked into the surface.

Then walk down the block to the Declaration House, a red-brick building where Thomas Jefferson lived while drafting the Declaration of Independence. Wander down historic Elfreth’s Alley, and then end your tour or continue exploring on your own.
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Independence Hall
Christ Church
Elfreth's Alley
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Overview

Explore historic Philadelphia on this walking tour of the Old City District, a quick and convenient introduction for first-time visitors. You'll see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Court, Carpenters’ Hall, and the Declaration House. Then wander down Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to suit your needs.

Highlights
  • Explore Philadelphia’s highlights without getting lost with a guide
  • See more of Philadelphia in less time—a great choice for first-time visitors
  • A small-group tour for a personalized experience
  • Choose from multiple departure times to easily fit this tour into your schedule
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Full of energy and historical information

Loved going on this tour with Tim, he makes the tour so fun! We were able to see the most important sites in Philadelphia and acquire so much historical knowledge on the tour. I walked away more knowledgeable! The tour was definitely worth it!

1  Thank Regan C
Timothy M, Owner at Founding Footsteps, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Regan, Thanks for the review and the kind words. Hope to see you again! -Tim

Reviewed 2 days ago
Informative, Funny, Historic, Enjoyable.

We had Tim as our guide, he struck a great mix of cracking jokes and making history, which can sometimes be dry and dull, really interesting and exciting. I have lived in Philly for 8 years and went on this tour with my family, and...More

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Timothy M, Owner at Founding Footsteps, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, Thanks for the review and the kind words. Glad you had fun - I wrote the tour with local Philadelphians in mind so it's nice to hear that you in enjoyed it. Hope to see you again! -Tim

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great tour. Just the right amount of time & info

Tim does a great tour with the right mix of facts and jokes. Highly recommend. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Thank Sue M
Timothy M, Owner at Founding Footsteps, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sue, Thanks for the review. Glad you had a good time. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
What a Treat!

We have just completed Tim’s very informative and entertaining walking tour. He is steeped in his knowledge of all things Ben Franklin (& Camden, NJ LOL ). We highly recommend this tour and would do it again in a heartbeat...Signed, Lancaster & Brooklyn

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Timothy M, Owner at Founding Footsteps, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi guys, Thanks for the review! Glad you guys had a good time and laughed at my jokes about Camden :) Hope to see you on another tour soon! -Tim

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
This is a real inside look into history

..... with very detailed stories; not your average, run of the mill, touristy tour. Tim does so much more than just point out buildings. Very funny, entertaining stories; very knowledgeable, things you won't learn in a tour book. Leave yourself enough time on your visit...More

1  Thank Mary G
Timothy M, Owner at Founding Footsteps, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Mary, Thank you so much for the review and the kind words. Hope to see you again! -Tim

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Stephanie L
21 August 2018|
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Response from PJ N | Reviewed this property |
I rechecked my itinerary. It started at 5 pm. You’ll enjoy the tour...especially if Tim is your tour guide.
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Elizabeth F
14 August 2018|
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There was a couple with a baby in a stroller and it worked out just fine. Tim is very easy going.
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