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Philadelphia Highlights Running Tour

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 64 reviews.Philadelphia, United States

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Experience hosted by Ian

90 mins
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Join me for a 4 mile run sprinkled with stories most Philadelphians don’t even know! Rather than feeling like a tourist, you’ll become a local weaving through the streets of Philly with me.

In addition to being America's first capital and Ben Franklin’s hometown, did you know Philly invented the Cowboy Hat and Fast Food? We explore those little known facts and hundreds more. Most tours focus on colonial Old City - we cover that PLUS the rest of amazing Philly, all in just over an hour! I'll tie together the unique Philly story as we run through its 5 main squares and tap into common themes like freedom, inclusion, reinvention, pop culture and many American Firsts.

Philly's beautiful, flat & straight streets are full of history - perfect for running tours! Whether you're here on vacation, business or even a local, there's no better way to learn about Philly while breaking a sweat! You'll walk away refreshed, and I guarantee what you learn will exceed your expectations! This tour is more fulfilling than running on a hotel treadmill and better than getting lost in the city alone.

You'll receive a detailed map overview (PDF) of 50 sites from our run to help you explore further!
Join me for a 4 mile run sprinkled with stories most Philadelphians don’t even know! Rather than feeling like a tourist, you’ll become a local weaving through the streets of Philly with me.

In addition to being America's first capital and Ben Franklin’s hometown, did you know Philly invented the Cowboy Hat and Fast Food? We explore those little known facts and hundreds more. Most tours focus on colonial Old City - we cover that PLUS th…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Water Bottle
  • Equipment
    Detailed Map Overview of Running Experience
From $28
/ person
Sat, Sep 26
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Sun, Sep 27
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
$35 per person
$35 per person
Sat, Oct 3
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$28 per person, previously $35
$28 per person, previously $35

Meet your host, Ian

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 64 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I'm a Philadelphian who's been giving unique tours of my city for over a decade. I'm a 5-time marathoner and member of Philly's 3 major running clubs. I'm also a proud member of the Philadelphia Association of Tour Guides (Philly's premier Tour Guide Guild). I majored in History at university and still study to this day! My expertise covers all of Philly's eras from Colonial to Revolutionary to Industrial to Post-War to Contemporary.

In short: I love Philly. I love its history. I love to run. I want to share my passions and expertise with you during your time in the City of Brotherly Love!
I'm a Philadelphian who's been giving unique tours of my city for over a decade. I'm a 5-time marathoner and member of Philly's 3 major running clubs. I'm also a proud member of the Philadelphia Association of Tour Guides (Philly's premier Tour Guide Guild). I majored in History at university and still study to this day! My expertise covers all of Philly's eras from Colonial to Revolutionary to Industrial to Post-War to Contemporary.

In short: I love Philly. I love its history. I lov…
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Where you'll be

Sample areas you run through: Washington Square (start), Old City, Liberty Bell, US Mint, Franklin Square, Chinatown, Reading Terminal Market, City Hall, LOVE Statue, Ben Franklin Parkway, Logan Square & Rittenhouse Square (finish 1 mile west of start point).

Post-run, you hear about the best Philly coffee shops, restaurants, and running routes to further explore the city. As an official Philly guide, I have the inside scoop on the best sites.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 64 reviews.

Connor
February 2020
Great run and great history! Loved getting to know Philly’s history from a local. The run makes you feel connected to the city, and Ian let us set the pace. HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking to learn more about Philadelphia, even if you aren’t a runner!
Great run and great history! Loved getting to know Philly’s history from a local. The run makes you feel connected to the city, and Ian let us set the pace. HIGHLY recommend for an…
Bernie
December 2019
Great running tour of the main sites in Philadelphia. Ian was super friendly and really knowledgeable about the city and its history. The pace was pretty relaxed, so it was possible to talk and really take in the information.
Tobias
November 2019
What a great way to explore the city. Combining your hobby with learning something about the place you visit... Ian did a fantastic job telling us the history and stories about Philly, it‘s famous people and all those places. You could feel his passion about the „Underdog Philly“ the entire time - awesome! The run was easy with plenty of stops to take closer looks to buildings or places. Next time I will check out your other runs. See you
What a great way to explore the city. Combining your hobby with learning something about the place you visit... Ian did a fantastic job telling us the history and stories about Phi…
Andrea
November 2019
We enjoyed meeting with Ian the day before the Philadelphia half marathon. He was friendly, and easily led us through a tour while running (we've done other running tours which have you stop and pause at places - here we ran basically the whole time while he pointed things out). He did a great job at orienting us to what we'd be covering on the run, so we had a good sense of where we were at the end. Would definitely recommend!
We enjoyed meeting with Ian the day before the Philadelphia half marathon. He was friendly, and easily led us through a tour while running (we've done other running tours which hav…
Zachary
October 2019
Ian is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met. It was astounding to listen to him talk about such a wide area of Philadelphia and answer follow-up questions quickly. He has a true love for the city, which you can tell just through interactions. He asked questions about my life and really tailored the experience to my trip’s purpose. I’m visiting from out-of-town and on departure provided a business card with his cell phone in case I needed any help during my stay here. Would not have been as immersed and interested in Philadelphia had I not engaged in this encounter.
Ian is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met. It was astounding to listen to him talk about such a wide area of Philadelphia and answer follow-up questions quickly. He…
Tim
October 2019
This is a great way to see and learn about Philadelphia. Lots of history and context along the way. And it's fun. Our group had all levels of runners and everyone had a great time. I would definitely do another tour with Ian again.

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Things to know

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 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

Great for groups!
No penalty if you switch dates due to weather!
Pace is a light jog.
All runners welcome! No one left behind.
Mile updates along way.
No headphones needed.
Bring a camera for pictures.
Ask me questions!
We break as needed for pictures and water.

What to bring

Running Attire