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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 33 reviews.Philadelphia, United States

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Experience hosted by Reid

2 hours
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Every building has a story to tell, from the materials, technology, and styles favored when it was constructed, to the people who designed, built, lived and worked there. Events of historic proportion take place in and around buildings as well. Come with me on this journey to discover all the secrets each building on our tour is waiting to tell us.

We will be walking through Old City, visiting the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the United States, and seeing the same buildings the Founding Fathers worked and worshiped in. Whether your interest is architecture, American History, visiting the places where Ben Franklin and George Washington lived and worked, or humming a tune from the Hamilton play as we experience Philadelphia as the Capitol of the United States, this tour is for you!
Every building has a story to tell, from the materials, technology, and styles favored when it was constructed, to the people who designed, built, lived and worked there. Events of historic proportion take place in and around buildings as well. Come with me on this journey to discover all the secrets each building on our tour is waiting to tell us.

We will be walking through Old City, visiting the oldest continuously occupied residenti…

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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Fri, Oct 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Meet your host, Reid

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I am a Registered Architect who has lived in the City of Philadelphia since 1978. After taking a walking tour with famed City Planner Ed Bacon, I was inspired to give similar experiences of the city.
Currently residing in the Old City area of Philadelphia, I would love to introduce you to the only World Heritage City in the U.S.
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Where you'll be

Starting on Elfreth's Alley, we will visit Christ Church, Franklin Court, Carpenter's Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, Independence Hall, The Curtis Center Tiffany mural, the Merchant's Exchange Building, the First Bank of the United States, and many more places.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 33 reviews.

Brette
September 2020
I learned a lot about history on this tour. He was very kind to stop by a place that was not on the route. Overall a great experience!
Bruce
January 2020
Reids enthusiasm for colonial history, life and the architecture was complete and infectious. He had all four of us diving right into colonial Philadelphia with his knowledge of the facts and his recollections of the colonial history and politics. Sprinkled throughout the tour were lively stories from the lives of Ben Franklin, Hamilton, William Penn and many of the other actors. He is the best!
Reids enthusiasm for colonial history, life and the architecture was complete and infectious. He had all four of us diving right into colonial Philadelphia with his knowledge of th…
Linda
January 2020
Fantastic walking tour of colonial Philly. Our host, Reid, was incredibly knowledgeable of both the history and architecture of old philadelphia buildings and could turn that history into stories that kept us eagerly listening for the full 2 hours.
Fantastic walking tour of colonial Philly. Our host, Reid, was incredibly knowledgeable of both the history and architecture of old philadelphia buildings and could turn that histo…
Julia
December 2019
Reid has a ton of interesting knowledge about the people and places in Philadelphia’s colonial history. He is a good storyteller and brings history to life. 2 hours was plenty, but we wished we had booked a 3 Hour tour
Hang Man
October 2019
If you like history, this should be your start of exploring Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania). From Colonial Period to Independence, from the founders of America and also from different architectural style, Reid shows his passion on Art and History. Strongly Recommend!
If you like history, this should be your start of exploring Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania). From Colonial Period to Independence, from the founders of America and also from diffe…
Mary
September 2019
Highly recommend this tour! Very interesting and unique. Reid is very knowledgeable and personable. Loved that it that his tours are for a small group.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Bring cameras as there is much to photograph. Snacks that you like are good to have, or there are plenty of stores along the way. A hat and comfortable shoes are also a good idea to wear.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

Hat