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Guided Tour and Magnet Souvenirs for Two or Four at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (Up to 54% Off)

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Colorful tiles stretch across 3,000 sq. ft. work of mosaicked art that includes indoor and outdoor spaces with whimsical accents

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required and subject to availability. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $17 for two guided weekend tours and two souvenir magnets (up to a $28 value)
  • $26 for four guided weekend tours and four souvenir magnets (up to a $56 value)

Guided tours (normally $6 for a child and $10 for an adult) are available on Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 4 p.m. Each Groupon customer will leave with a souvenir magnet (a $4 value).

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Sensory overload doesn’t begin to describe Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. A seemingly boundless compilation of colors, textures, and shapes, the labyrinthine mosaic creation spans 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The masterpiece originated in the brain of Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia native who grew up in New York. During his third year of art school, he stumbled upon Clarence Schmidt’s folk-art-inspired installations—assemblages of found objects and recycled materials—and the young artist’s view of the art world changed. “I didn't know that I was looking at art,” Zagar reflected in his mission statement. Self-admittedly, Zagar has been somewhat “copying” Schmidt’s dynamic, free-flowing style ever since.

The years after art school brought Zagar an onslaught of new opportunities. He spent time as an artist in China and India, joined the Peace Corps with his wife, Julia, settled in Peru for three years, and even tried his hand at ceramics in Wisconsin. In the 1960s, he and Julia returned to his birthplace—specifically, the waning South Street neighborhood. Isaiah quickly leapt into action, renovating dilapidated buildings and often adding mosaics to formerly barren walls. Eventually, Isaiah’s imagination outgrew their projects, and in 1994 he began constructing a new piece in a vacant lot near his studio—the project would become Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Isaiah spent 14 precious years, which he should have applied to Y2K preparations, scooping out tunnels, erecting multitiered walls, and splashing the entire space in colorful tile. The finished product stretches across half a block of South Street, the outside enclosure shimmering with vibrant tiles, the inside housing folk art, colored glass bottles, and countless sparkling mirrors. Now a nonprofit organization, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens invites visitors to enjoy its visual candy with guided or self-guided tours.


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  • “the tour was great and the guide I think her name was Petra was very very good she made it really worth the trip.My Granddaugher and I had a good time doing the hunt...”

    “the tour was great and the guide I think her name was Petra was very very good she made it really worth the trip.My Granddaugher and I had a good time doing the hunt inside the gardens too”

  • “It was such a cool place! the art work is amazing and I'm very glad to have gotten the chance to go :)”

  • “An amazingly creative place with an inspiring and unique story that entwines community and individual, organically evolved art that has soul, authenticity, and depth....”

    “An amazingly creative place with an inspiring and unique story that entwines community and individual, organically evolved art that has soul, authenticity, and depth. Lots of Latin influence that gave a feel of the holiday spirit without the tinsel and holly. :-)”

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    Washington Square West

    1020 South St.

    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    +12157330390

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