Navigate through Old City to explore the life of the Founding Father and the era in which he lived.

Independence Visitor Center

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What You'll Do

Benjamin Franklin—one of American history's most compelling characters—spent much of his life living in Philadelphia's Old City, leaving an indelible mark on the town and the nascent United States. With longtime Franklin interpreter and actor Bill Robling, you'll walk the streets of the Old City, hearing about the Renaissance man's exploits as a civic activist, scientist, author, and political theorist. Between sharing little-known stories of Franklin's life, Robling will explain the methods he uses to research and develop his portrayals of the legendary figure.

  • Explore Benjamin Franklin's Old Haunts
    Wander the streets of the Old City, hearing stories about Franklin's innovations, discoveries, and larger-than-life exploits

  • Learn What It Takes to Be Franklin
    Professional Benjamin Franklin interpreter Bill Robling leads the walk, offering a window into how he channels Philly's most famous Founding Father

Each event is capped at 15 participants; each event requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Bill Robling Bill Robling
Actor, Ben Franklin Expert

Few can claim that they're as immersed in the history of Philly as Bill Robling: for over a decade, Bill has worked as a professional Benjamin Franklin interpreter. Years of research and role development have allowed him to perfectly portray Franklin, helping him earn the leading role in the History Channel's Benjamin Franklin, an American Life.

Where You'll Meet

Tours begin at the Independence Visitor Center.

In a Nutshell

Professional Benjamin Franklin interpreter leads tours though Ben's old haunts in the Old City, telling little-known stories about his life

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 6 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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