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Founders walking tour (Philadelphia half-day highlight)

English (Native), French
3 hours 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

The personalities and events that led to the creation of the United States are important for informed world citizens, especially Americans, to know and understand. Corrupt and power-hungry leaders, restricted world trade and troubled race relations were as important to Colonial Americans as they are to us today. The Founders walking tour includes the essential sites and topics in American history from the founding of Pennsylvania by Wm Penn in 1682 to the signing of the US Constitution in 1787.

Meeting Point

In front of Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, Philadelphia PA

10:00 AM

Meet outside Independence Visitor Center: 6th & Market Streets, Philadelphia PA

Hear "Ned-talk" regarding William Penn and pre-revolutionary developments, including physical layout of Independence National Historical Park, National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, President's House and Market Street.

10:30 AM

Declaration House: 7th & Market Streets, Philadelphia PA

Discuss Committee of Five assigned to write Declaration of Independence, the Enlightenment, Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Declaration of Rights, slavery and the meaning of "all men". Walk down 7th Street to Chestnut to discuss some of the 56 signers depicted on Signer's Walk.

11:00 AM

Independence Hall: Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA

Discuss and view from the street - Independence Hall, 2nd Continental Congress, Old City Hall, Congress Hall and the Liberty Bell. Travelers may enter Liberty Bell Center, for which there may be a long wait, and Independence Hall, if they have advance reservations.

11:30 AM

American Philosophical Society: 5th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia PA

View and discuss Benjamin Franklin, the Junto, the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company and the 2nd Bank.

12:00 PM

Carpenters' Hall: 4th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia PA

Discuss 1st Continental Congress, Quaker schools, Quaker Meeting, Carpenters' Guild and movement towards independency.

12:30 PM

Todd House: 4th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia PA

Discuss typical "Trinity" house, home of James and Dolley Madison, Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, 1st bank, Constitution, state v federal, Merchant's Exchange and City Tavern.

01:00 PM

Welcome Park: 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA

Review William Penn's plan for Pennsylvania as a place of religious freedom and Edward Drinker plaque. Walk to Arch Street Meeting House and grave of Benjamin Franklin. Return to Independence Visitor Center for conclusion of tour.

01:30 PM

End of the tour

Ending Point

In front of Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, Philadelphia PA

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

lunch, dinner, entrance fee

Important Information

This is for a walking tour.

Due to excessive demand and long wait times, the guide cannot guarantee entrance to the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall. Please inquire about availability at time of booking.

This is a 3.5 hour walking tour so wear comfortable shoes and carry water.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time
$395/ per group