When it comes to local history, many scholars avoid sweeping generalizations by studying verifiable events, such as the time Rocky broke the Liberty Bell with cheesesteak-flavored brotherly love. Get to know your city better with today's Groupon: for $19, you get the "Essence of South Philly" walking tour from Philadelphia Urban Adventures (a $39 value). These tours are available Tuesdays through Sundays at 9:30 a.m., and they begin in front of the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, located on the corner of 4th and Bainbridge Streets.
With the four-hour Essence of South Philly walking tour, guests will traverse the eclectic streets of South Philadelphia to explore cultural pockets, colonial structures, and street-side markets. Mingle with some of the city's murals with a stroll through Queen Village before running face first into history at Gloria Dei Church, one of the oldest church buildings in the United States, with a founding date of 1700. Ground-gondola yourself through the Italian romance of the Bella Vista neighborhood, where sweet old gentlemen engage in bouts of full-contact bocce, or peruse Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, home to the elaborate mosaic exploits of artist Isaiah Zagar. When the journey concludes on the bohemian bounty that is South Street, feel free to backtrack to favorite spots, as your walking privileges extend beyond the end of the tour.
Philadelphia Urban Adventures' knowledgeable guides encourage tourgoers of all permanent mailing addresses to explore South Philly, including Philly locals, who are often surprised by the tour's intriguing insights. For an optimal touring experience, strap on comfy walking shoes, or, if possible, lengthen your stride with stilts. Call ahead to schedule your tour.
This deal includes an English-speaking guide, bus fares, food samples, admission to the mosaic gallery, and store tours, but it excludes personal shopping, tips, and gratuities.
Though there aren't many reviews available for Philadelphia Urban Adventures, four Yelpers gave them a solid five stars:
Philadelphia Urban Adventures
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.
Queen Village/ Pennsport
700 S 4th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147Get Directions