Private Philadelphia History, Highlights, & Revolution

  • 2.5 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • Max Guests: 16
  • Private Tour
  • Daily

Private Philadelphia History Tour Details

Philadelphia is widely regarded as one of America’s most historically significant cities, and for good reason! This is the city where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were born. It was Philly that served as America’s capital before Washington DC even existed. Here is where the American flag was created, where Ben Franklin proved that lightning was electricity, and where the iconic Liberty Bell rang and cracked but endures as a symbol of freedom.


These are just a few examples of how Philadelphia has helped shape the United States of America. Come and take a guided stroll through Independence National Park, along the cobblestone streets of Old City, past buildings, statues, and monuments, and through the history you think you know. Your local guide will separate the fact from the fiction, and you will be amazed by Philadelphia’s remarkable past.

  • Visit Independence National Historical Park and hear the stories behind the sites of the park and the famous figures who lived in the area during the American Revolution
  • Explore some of the lesser-known locales throughout Old City and the Historic District - from pocket parks to fascinating statues to surprising local art
  • Walk through the sprawling Independence Mall where historic events have shaped modern-day Philly and the United States
  • Enjoy admission to a modern museum and see a live demonstration about George Washington’s War Tent and the important role it played during the American Revolution
  • Get to know a local non-profit; a donation to this community organisation is also included in your tour ticket

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Admission to a demonstration at the Museum of the American Revolution
  • Donation to a local community organization
  • National Park Service Fee for guided groups
  • Souvenirs
  • Guide gratuity
  • Additional food & drink


The Signer

Your Philly history tour starts in the Signer’s Garden at the statue of The Signer. This statue celebrates and represents all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution and the spirit of freedom that they continue to embody into modern day!

Independence National Historical Park

In this national park you’ll get to see a plethora of historical sites such as Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and Old City Hall. Your guide will talk you through the history of them all and highlight the significance of their role in the development of modern-day Philly, the United States, and global democracy.

Independence Mall

Independence Mall is home to the National Constitution Center, Independence Visitors’ Center, and many of the highlights of Independence National Historical Park. As you walk through and absorb the atmosphere, our guide will keep you posted on its history – and fill you in on all the useful info while you’re in the park and surrounding neighborhoods.

Independence Hall

This iconic building (and image on the $100 bill) is a beacon of democracy to Americans and other nations around the world. On our tour, we’ll see Independence Hall from outside, as we encircle it and talk about the philosophies, trials, and triumphs of the Founding Fathers who worked here when our nation was born.

Congress Hall

The original home for the United States Congress, this building is one of the adjoining buildings of Independence Hall.

Old City Hall

Hear stories about this magnificent building, its role in building modern-day democracy, and the founding members and philosophies of our country.

Liberty Bell Center

Learn about the history (and dispel some of the myths!) of Liberty Bell and how it has been used over the years – inspiring everyone from abolitionists, to suffragettes, to the civil rights movement.

Carpenters Hall

We’ll see the iconic Carpenters Hall – where the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded. This location also holds immense importance to American Independence, as it was where the First Continental Congress was held. You’ll hear plenty of stories about this cornerstone of American history as we admire the building from the outside.

Museum of American Revolution (Washington tent presentation)

This Philadelphia museum offers an incredible look at the stories, artifacts, and people that shaped the American Revolution. We’ll go inside to see a presentation of George Washington’s War Tent – which was present during many critical moments during the American Revolutionary War. When your tour is over, you’ll be able to get a discounted ticket to see the rest of the museum.

Elfreth’s Alley

As the oldest continuously-occupied residential street in the thirteen former British colonies, this street is a gorgeous vision of history and its architecture dates back to the early 1700s. The unique brick work, narrow homes, and unique features are truly what make it a national treasure.

Betsy Ross House

You’ll pass by Betsy Ross House, named after a famous seamstress and flag maker who is said to have sewn the first ever American flag! We’ll certainly set you straight about the many myths surrounding this “Founding Mother.”

Benjamin Franklin’s Grave

Wander past the burial site of the most renowned inventor in American history, while you walk down Arch Street.

President’s House Landmark

Our next tour stop is nearby, at the President’s House! This is where legendary American icons like George Washington and John Adams lived while President. You’ll also learn about some of the enslaved individuals who lived at this location and how it’s still an active archeological site – not too common in a city’s downtown area.

Community Impact

We support Independence National Historical Park and its landmarks through a per-guest donation.

We also provide support to other local historical sites through a per-guest donation, for example the Arch Street Quaker Meeting House, which preserves, operates, and interprets the meeting house and grounds to increase public understanding of the impact and continued relevance of Quakers and Quaker history.

Our tours support the Museum of the American Revolution and their incredible work in historic preservation, interpretation and education, with a special focus on black, female, and Native American contributions.

Choosing a walking tour helps us to reduce our carbon footprint and therefore any negative impact on the environment.

Pickup Information

Pick-up Time Information

  • Start times: 10:30am, 2pm
  • Meeting Location: 498 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Signers Garden, Chestnut Street)


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