Knowledgeable, friendly locals enlighten visitors on their city's rich history, art, culture, and dining scene during Philadelphia Urban Adventures' informative walking excursions. Following a philosophy of responsible travel—which aims to support local businesses whenever possible—the guides steer sightseers through intriguing neighborhoods and districts such as Center City, the 9th Street Italian Market, and the campuses of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Along the way, they make pit stops at local pubs, cafés, galleries, and food trucks, working to cultivate an authentic experience for all guests. They also dispense helpful tips, such as how to talk to locals and where to find good views of cheesesteaks in their natural habitat.
Shortly after opening Club Zoo in an old industrial building between 16th and 17th streets, owner Bernie Firman began to suspect the place was haunted. The stories of mysterious sounds and figures have been documented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and the building has been visited by the Pennsylvania Department of Paranormal Investigations. Like all successful entrepreneurs, Firman decided to turn a bad situation into opportunity. For one month each year, he and his brother enlist a cast of actors to don gory attire and collaborate with the suspected specters to frighten visitors to the Terror Town haunted house. In Terror Town, shrieks drift across more than 30,000 square feet of scenes made to simulate a subterranean cannibal civilization. Scenes in the evil mini-city include an insane asylum, a gory grocery store, and a room where a barbershop quartet might be about to have practice.
Though a cyclist traversing a city's streets is a common sight, 15 cyclists pedaling on one bike is not. That's where Big Red Pedal Tours comes in. The earth-friendly company swaps gas-fueled vehicles for its people-powered pedicycle, an open-air apparatus that passengers pedal through the streets of Philadelphia. Tour guides, who double as bike drivers, narrate the jaunts, sharing historical facts about the City of Brotherly Love and its landmarks. The guides also helm bouts of revelry on pub pedal tours, which acquaint cyclists with four of Philadelphia's renowned watering holes.
The Shadows Haunted Attraction lives up to its spooky moniker by sending groups off a half-mile of pitch-black woodland. Utilizing the natural creepiness of its surroundings, this haunted attraction is different from others that rely on elaborate sets, mood lighting, and shoeshine stations run by Frankenstein to impress their guests.
Rustling leaves and sounds with indiscernible sources echo in the darkness, and creatures lie in wait for unsuspecting passersby. Afterward, visitors can calm their rattled nerves around a large roaring bonfire.
The staff of Pocono Segway Tours leads groups of up to 5 sightseers on segway-propelled escapades through the scenic Split Rock Resort in the Pocono Mountains. A battery-powered personal transporter, the segway allows recreationalists of all shapes and sizes to navigate the gyroscopic machine along wooded paths and roadways while taking in the area's picturesque vistas during guided, multimile excursions.
Ever since the first giant pumpkin was carved into a carriage, people have wanted to travel in style. Philadelphia Trolley Works, a subsidiary of 76 Carriage Company, turns fairy tales into reality with a fleet of double-decker buses, motor coaches, horse-driven carriages, and their namesake trolleys. On any given day, the historic streets of Philadelphia pulse with trolley or horse-pulled tours of Independence Hall and the Rocky steps. Cinderella-inspired horse-drawn carriages and Victorian-style trolleys transport bridal parties to weddings, and jumbo-sized motor coaches can be rented for casino trips and cross-country air-guitar tours.