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 from Philadelphia Urban Adventures. Choose between two tour options:
- For $19, you get one ticket for the Essence of South Philly walking tour (a $39 value). Tours are available Tuesdays through Sundays at 9:30 a.m. beginning in front of the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, located on the corner of 4th and Bainbridge Streets.
- For $19, you get one ticket for the Historic District - Society Hill walking tour (a $39 value). Tours are offered every day at 2:30 p.m., meeting at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.
Philadelphia Urban Adventures' knowledgeable guides treat tour-goers as family in the City of Brotherly Love, introducing them to surprising gems and historic facts that impress visitors and loping locals alike. 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. 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.
The three-hour Historic District - Society Hill tour meanders expeditioners through the city's many historical hotspots including Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Old City Hall, and Study Hall. Take in the majesty of the Liberty Bell, then check at the house of Dr. Philip Syng Physick to procure sips of his original soda. The ambling adventure saunters through Society Hill's varied streets before winding around local immigrant markets and the Rose Garden. See the site of the inaugural Continental Congress of 1774 at the Carpenter's Hall and strain to hear the sounds of easy-listening sibling sing-alongs, then bask in enlightening ales at the City Tavern, kicking back tired-but-satisfied feet.
Six Yelpers give Philadelphia Urban Adventures a 4.5-star average:
- Great tour if you are from out of town and even better tour if you are from Philly because you can then return to all these amazing churches, restaurants and shops. – shandy a., 6/26/10
- I definitely feel like Philadelphia is a little less of a stranger to me now after the fun and informative tour and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore the less traveled areas of the city. – Crayons to Caviar C., 7/23/10
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.