Uncover an Abandoned Gold Mine Hidden Under the City

Valley Green Inn

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In a Nutshell

Follow an intrepid urban explorer as he leads you to an abandoned and forgotten gold mine inside Philadelphia's city limits

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 5 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. Please bring walking shoes and a flashlight. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

What You'll Do

A revolutionary hiding place. A monastic retreat. An ill-fated gold mine. The caves in Wissahickon Park have served many purposes over the years. With urban explorer and history buff John Vidumsky, you'll hear about the caves' myriad stories while trekking to the site of the gold-seeking Roxoborough Mining Company.

  • Take a Walk Through Wissahickon Park
    Head off the beaten path to one of the forgotten caves in Philly's urban forest

  • Hear the Unusual History of the Caves
    History buff John Vidumsky tells tales of the park's murky past, which includes failed gold-mining operations and Johannes Kelpius, a reclusive monk from Transylvania

Each event is capped at 12 participants; each event requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

John Vidumsky John Vidumsky
Urban Explorer, History Buff

An avid outdoorsman and urban explorer, John Vidumsky struck metaphorical gold when he moved to Philadelphia. Armed with a masters in history and an unquenchable thirst for adventure, he seeks out and explores abandoned, long-forgotten sites throughout Philadelphia, helping piece together the city's lesser-known history. Taking a special interest in the Wissahickon caves, he's conducted original research on their structure and dug up details about their often murky past.

Scheduled Dates

Tours run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Saturday
    November 23
    December 7

  • Sunday
    November 17 | November 24
    November 8

Where You'll Meet

Tours will begin in the parking lot beside the Valley Green Inn.

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