Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled by, as he discovered only too late that it was patrolled by feral park rangers. Learn how a tour guide makes all the difference with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $19 for a two-hour weekday Books & Cooks walking tour for two (up to a $40 value)
- $29 for a three-hour weekend Books & Cooks walking tour for two (up to a $58 value)<p>
Each walking tour convenes at 10 a.m. next to the World War II memorial inside 30th Street Station. On weekday tours, informative guides lead up to 12 customers down Market Street toward the Drexel University campus before exploring Penn Park, rife with views of the Philadelphia skyline, and college sports venues including Franklin Field and the Palestra. The excursions continue on to the historic grounds of the University of Pennsylvania, filled with opulent architecture and verdant greenery lining such landmarks as the Fisher Fine Arts Library, Houston Hall, and the Locust Walk. After pausing to refuel at the bevy of food trucks on Spruce Street, customers stroll through the university’s nature reserve and pond.
Alternatively, weekend outings travel past a historic cemetery and a residential neighborhood teeming with ornate Victorian homes, eventually reaching a food-truck hot spot at Clark Park and passing down lively Baltimore Avenue. Both tours conclude at a trolley stop, where the guide provides each patron with a token for a free ride back to 30th Street Station or a desired locale elsewhere in the city. Tours often reach full capacity, so booking early is recommended.
Philadelphia Urban Adventures’ prices vary throughout the week.
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.