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Tour Philadelphia with Confidence

September 24, 2020

Tour operators throughout Philadelphia have taken the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge.

As Philadelphia museums and other attractions resume operations, so do many of the city’s tour companies, once again offering walking, segway, driving, or even running tours of the city’s historic sites, murals, breweries, and more. The tour operators highlighted below have taken the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge — committed to upholding enhanced health and safety standards for their customers — and are part of the growing number of hospitality-related businesses providing safe experiences for visitors to enjoy.

The History in HD Walking Tour from Philadelphia Urban Adventures takes guests past many of Philadelphia's historic sites and attractions, including the Betsy Ross House. Photo courtesy of Philly Tour Hub.

Philly Tour Hub serves as a one-stop-shop for a number of different types of tours, ranging from history to happy hours, and everything in between. While not all tours are currently available, several of the popular Philadelphia Urban Adventures options are, including the History in HD Walking Tour. Available daily, the History in HD Walking Tour takes guests to all of Philadelphia’s quintessential historic sites, including Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth’s Alley, and others. Also available now is the Markets Mosaics and Magic Walking Tour, which weaves its way through South Philadelphia, taking guests through the historic Italian Market and stopping at the awe-inspiring Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Philly Tour Hub is requiring all guests and guides to wear masks, practice social distancing throughout the tour, and has implemented other health and safety protocols. To learn more, and to view the full list of tours, click here.

For similar experiences, but with much less walking involved, consider one of options offered by Philly By Segway. Guests can strap on a helmet (and a mask) and board a segway to zip around the city on one of several insightful tours, including a one hour Segway Adventure, which takes you along the Delaware River, into Old City, and through some of Philadelphia’s charming and historic neighborhoods. If you’ve got more time, opt for the two hour version, which extends your journey west, eventually reaching the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Other tour options include Mural and Cheesesteak tours (both two hours long). While touring, guests will be encouraged to wear a face covering and practice proper social distancing. Philly By Segway is also carefully sterilizing equipment after each use to keep guest safe. To learn more about their health and safety practices, click here.

The Father of Modern Philadelphia © 2012 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Gaia, 1300 Drury Street. Photo by Steve Weinik.

There are over 4,000 murals spread throughout the city of Philadelphia, making it the “Mural Capital of the World.” To aid in your discovery of these incredible works of art, and to learn more about the meaning and artists behind them, Mural Arts Philadelphia offers a number of tours led by knowledgeable guides. The Mural Mile Walking Tour, which focuses on a collection of murals in several Center City neighborhoods, is currently available to book on Saturdays and Sundays, with a reduced capacity of 10 guests total and with masks and social distancing required for all participants. To learn more about Mural Arts’ schedule of tours and to reserve tickets, click here.

Both guests and costumed guides for Ghost Tour of Philadelphia are required to wear masks throughout the tour. Photo courtesy of Ghost Tour of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is home to a number of reportedly haunted sites and attractions, and one of the best ways to experience them all is on a Ghost Tour of Philadelphia. Led by a costumed guide, visitors will navigate the historic streets of the city by candlelight, learning about the haunting of some of the city’s most historic attractions, including Independence Hall, City Tavern, and Washington Square. In the interest of health and safety, Ghost Tour of Philadelphia requires masks for all guests, keeps group sizes small, and encourages social distancing, which is easy to do as the tour is entirely outdoors.

Photo courtesy of City Brew Tours.

Visitors with a thirst to learn more about Philadelphia’s beer scene should consider City Brew Tours comprehensive journey to some of the city’s top craft breweries, including Yards Brewing Company and Love City Brewing. Join a tour and let one of the company’s designated drivers shuttle you from brewery to brewery, allowing you to sample local suds while learning more about the brewing process, the individual brewery’s journey, and more. Tours are currently on hold until breweries are able to welcome guests back into their taprooms in line with local guidelines, but once they resume, you’ll be comforted to know City Brew Tours has implemented new health and safety protocols such as limited tour capacity, safe beer distribution and consumption practices, and the requirement for all who join the tour to wear masks (guides included). To learn more about how they’re keeping tourists’ health and safety top of mind, click here.

Photo courtesy of See Philly Run.

See Philly Run’s tours pair fitness with history, as tour groups follow the guide on all-levels running trails throughout the city, stopping along the way to learn more about historical sites, cultural institutions, public art, and of course, Rocky. Customizable runs are also available for groups, meeting attendees, or visitors looking to explore a certain part of the city. To keep runners safe, See Philly Run is practicing social distancing on all tours, and is requiring masks for participants and guides. Tour capacity is also limited to a 10-person maximum and guides check their temperatures prior to starting the tour. TIP: Book the Beer Run if you’d like to take a running tour of the city’s craft brewery scene, followed by a well-deserved celebratory beer afterwards.

Specializing in custom, private, and behind-the-scenes experiences throughout the region, Philadelphia Hospitality is once again accepting bookings. The tour company allows visitors — either traveling alone or in a group — to select from one of their pre-planned excursions, or create their own 100% customizable experience. Philadelphia Hospitality’s tour guides are following all health and safety guidelines as outlined by the City of Philadelphia and individual attractions. To learn more and plan your experience, click here.

Dozens of photo-worthy moments await while on a Big Bus Philadelphia tour. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Tours offered by the 76 Carriage Company, Philadelphia Trolley Works, and Big Bus Philadelphia are also available with safety precautions in place. For Big Bus Philadelphia tours, which transport guests around the city on a double-decker bus as a tour guide offers insights for a number of iconic Philadelphia locales, masks and social distancing are required, and the tour follows a continuous 90-minute route, as opposed to a traditional hop-on, hop-off model. Other tour options currently available include the classic horse-drawn carriage ride through Old City (complete with a haunted alternative) and a Franklin’s Footsteps Walking Tour. To learn more about all of their offerings, for updates on health and safety practices, and to schedule your tour, click here.

To view more local tour companies, attractions, museums, hotels, and restaurants who have signed the PHL Hospitality Health Pledge, click here.

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