Things to Do in Philadelphia in December

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This post covers the best things to do in Philadelphia in December and has been updated for 2018. It includes sections that highlight our top ten list, evening, free, and family-friendly activities and events in the city.

For even more ideas on how to spend your time in Philly, check out our post on all of the attractions Philadelphia has to offer.

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Best Travel Deals for Black Friday 2018

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This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!Name Your Own Price Walking Tours

Keep in mind that our name your own price walking tours are always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!

In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!

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Philadelphia Tourist Passes

Which Philadelphia Tourist Pass is Best?

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This post will compare and contrast each of the tourist passes available in Philadelphia. Each section will explain how to use the pass, how much money you can save, and which attractions are included. At the end of this article, we will provide a few additional opportunities to save money on various activities.

 

 


 

BEFORE YOU BUY

In this section, we will describe some of the major differences between each type of tourist pass you can get in Philadelphia. We’ll also explain how to use each service and how they can save you money on a variety of attractions in the city.

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Where to Store Your Luggage in Philadelphia

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This post includes information about several options for storing luggage during your trip to Philadelphia. We tell you all about the popular and convenient trend in luggage storage, where companies partner with local shops who store your luggage. We also include other options like train and bus stations and even some museums! Note that there is no luggage storage at the airport.

 

TIP:  For budget travelers, it is worth considering purchasing a tourist pass. Tourist passes help you save money by packaging attractions together for one flat price. In some cases, you can save up to 50% of the cost you would normally pay to see many of the top Philadelphia attractions.

To learn more, check out our post comparing the different Philadelphia Tourist Attraction Passes.


 

LUGGAGE STORAGE (‘Airbnb’-type method)

The companies listed below employ a similar system to Airbnb, but for luggage. They find convenient locations for travelers, such as souvenir and gift shops or convenience stores, even restaurants or coffee houses, who have the capacity and the security to hold and secure your luggage. They also open early and close late giving you the most flexibility in terms of when you need to store your luggage. 

Fees vary as do the number of hours you can store for. Some charge per hour, while some charge a flat fee for a 24-hour period, regardless of whether you store for 3 hours or all 24 hours.

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Things to do in Philadelphia in January

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This post lists top things to do in January in Philadelphia as well as things to do at night, free activities and family friendly events. January in Philly is pretty consistent weather-wise with highs in the 40s, but the historic core of Philadelphia is small and you can quickly get from warm museum to warm museum!

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Which Philadelphia Bus Tours Are The Best?

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This post reviews and compares the many different Philadelphia bus tours available to you. There are not that many companies, but there is a wide variety of bus tours offered in Philly, from days tours to night tours or trolleys to open-top double-decker buses. Likewise, there are many deals and discounts as well as combination and multi-day tickets available, that allow you to save up to 50% off retail prices.  Some tours, especially the hop-on, hop-off variety, are great companions to our free walking tours.  

Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tours

Combos and Discounts

 

 


HOP-ON, HOP-OFF TOURS

This may be one of the best ways to discover the birthplace of America. Explore the city at your own pace as you travel from one landmark to the next. These services perform an entire circuit around Philadelphia and allow you to jump off at various locations for a closer look. A lot of travelers recommend these bus tours for anyone who wants to become more familiar with their surroundings. This is also a great way to see as much as possible in a short amount of time. There are 2 commercial companies and one do-it-yourself option. Expect ticket prices to range from $30-$50 on average for the commercial tours.

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Philadelphia Attractions Guide

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After you’ve taken one of our name your own price walking tours, there is still many Philadelphia attractions, historic sites and museums to see on your own.

We’ve listed some of the most visited and recommended Philadelphia attractions with guides on directions, hours and admission costs below.

Philadelphia Attractions By Neighborhood

Philadelphia Attractions By Cost

Philadelphia Attractions By Neighborhood

Museum District
Center CityPhiladelphia Attraction Neighborhood Map
Independence Mall (Old City)
Near Independence Mall
Market East
Avenue of the Arts
Other Areas
Outside the City

Museum District

Center City

  • Love Park
  • City Hall
  • Shoe Museum
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Masonic Library and Museum
  • Washington Square (Tomb of the Unknown Solider)
  • You can also download this map for sites within Center City.

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Guide Spotlight: Philly’s Marianne

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Free Tours by Foot thought yo u should know more about who we are! Our tours would not be so highly rated if it weren’t for our guides – the passion, knowledge and fun they bring to our tours. We’ll be featuring more information about our great guides in each city over the coming months.

As a writer with a degree in film production who now works as a tour guide, Marianne considers herself a professional storyteller! She started out studying Russian history, which honed her ability to find the humorous (albeit often dark and twisted) behind the facts. After living in Washington, DC, Novosibirsk and Moscow (Russia), Miami, and Los Angeles, she is now back in her home state of Pennsylvania, in her beloved William Penn’s Philadelphia. She absolutely loves sharing stories about the founders of the nation – their bravery, their brilliance, their quirks! Her goal is to bring the past alive and make it relevant today while showing off her wonderful, revitalized city. 

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Is Travel Insurance Worth It?

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Is Travel insurance worth it?Travel insurance is often the last thing you have on your mind when planning your next trip for just yourself, with your family or with friends. We look forward to a well-earned and long-desired vacation and we know deep down, however, that travelling brings about the unexpected (mostly in good ways). For the hopefully rare bad case scenarios, where you need to cancel a trip due to hazardous weather, sickness, the death of a family member, or any accidents during your trip, stolen or lost luggage/passports/wallets, and even worse injury or death of a travel mate, you want to be covered. Instead of overthinking the many things that might happen, travel insurance can help to put your mind at ease for the many what-ifs, so you can get back to planning and enjoying the fun things about your next trip.  So, is travel insurance worth it?

Be sure to read our post on purchasing a SIM Card for the US.

Travel insurance – what to look for:

Most travel insurance plans cover 2 main things: travel benefits and medical benefits. Those usually entail:

  • a refund when you need to cancel your trip due to emergency
  • covered expenses when a flight is delayed or cancelled or when you miss your flight
  • compensation of expenses if your carrier loses or delays your luggage
  • Coverage of expenses for any medical or dental emergency during your trip
  • Coverage of cost for medical emergency evacuation or accidental death or dismemberment
  • Optional benefits include car rental insurance

Depending on the provider benefits may differ in cost and range, so make sure you read the small print. Read more »