As is the case with many major cities, many Philly residents don’t always take the time out to explore their own town. They may have lived in Philadelphia for many years but have never seen even one of the important national treasures or landmarks that make this city a tourist attraction. If you want a fuller appreciation of the City of Brotherly Love, its rich history, and interesting sights to enjoy, it’s a good idea to hop on one of the many Philadelphia tours. You must visit certain areas of the city to find the best, most educational, and most exciting tours available.
For a standard tour of historical landmarks in Philadelphia, including the Independence Visitor’s Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (where Rocky ran up the steps), and Ben Franklin’s home, you can take a stroll down to the area of 5th and Market Street in Olde City. There you’ll find a number of amazing comprehensive tours, including the Philadelphia Trolley Works and the Big Bus Tours that take you around on a double-decker bus.
You can join specific tours that teach you more about Philly attractions and history. For instance, the Free and Friendly Tours (a walking expedition that starts in both Olde City and Center City) take you to popular areas where America’s founding fathers walked. Knowledgeable tour guides will also tell you more about the history of popular art exhibits in the city.
If you want a more entertaining tour of Philadelphia, try the Ride the Ducks Tour which leaves from 6th and Market Street. This tour bus travels on land and floats on the water.
Penn’s Landing Boat Tours
Penn’s Landing is a popular tourist stop where you can find great boat tours. The Patriot Harbor Lines, which leaves from Independence Seaport Museum on Columbus Boulevard near Penn’s Landing, offers excursions down the Schuylkill River on a 1920s commuter yacht. View the skyline, waterfront, ships, and the ports of Philadelphia. Don’t forget to take a tour of the Independence Seaport Museum, which is made up of two warships that are now National Naval Landmarks.
If you haven’t yet had the full experience of dining out in Philadelphia, you can change that by participating in a food tour. City Food Tours, which begin at various locations throughout the city, will take you to a diverse selection of restaurants and eateries so that you can learn more about Philadelphia cuisine. Areas you’ll explore include Northern Liberties, Chinatown, and Center City.
As a proud Philly resident, don’t let another year go by without taking a tour to learn more about where you live. It will help you to appreciate your city all the more. Keep in mind that one of the most electrifying times of the year to take a tour is the Fourth of July when you can really reflect on the historical landmarks in which our nation was conceived.