From the sounds and smells of the Reading Terminal to the Holiday Light Show in Macy’s narrated by Julie Andrews and the laughter of the children as they glide by on the Dilworth Park skating rink, merriment abounds!
Beyond the surface of beautiful architecture and photographic vistas there is a deep layer of the eccentric. Battles of the Bone Wars, breaking a will over art, religious riots and cults, graffiti about resurrection, public executions, and a city wide curse and oh so much more!
Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the best name-your-own-price tours in Philadelphia.
These unique and entertaining city tours will take you through many of Philly’s most interesting neighborhoods.
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Excellent4.9★★★★★ Based on 141 reviews from review us onMichael M. ★★★★★ Fantastic fun tour with Joseph, who was very knowledgeable and passionate about early US history. Also helped with some good tips for the city and eating spots.Thomas B. ★★★★★ We have taken two tours led by Joseph and enjoyed both. He is very informative.Shalynn S. ★★★★★ Loved the history tour! Richard was passionate, knowledgeable and a great story teller. Highly recommend!Aaron G. ★★★★★ I did the "history tour" of independence hall.The guide was nice, funny and most importantly he was very knowledgeable about the place and its history.I had a wonderful time on that tour and definitely learnt a lot.I'll definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Philadelphia's history (and the American history to be more correct)Ellen I. ★★★★★ Enjoyed a wonderful and informative tour with Joseph! He is super knowledgeable, and I learned a ton. Would go again.Ben T. ★★★★★ Tour was great! Our guide Joseph was informative and engaging. The tour was a nice length with a good mix of walking and history. Learned a lot!Jose Roberto Pinto A. ★★★★☆ Genevieve R. ★★★★★ Loved my history tour. So great to walk around with a truly knowledgeable tour guide. Met some nice people from England too.I've found Free Tours by Foot in both Philly and New Orleans. Always a great choice!Leilane L. ★★★★★ Tour is fun and informative and gives you a nice preview of Independence National Historic Park. It’s a pay-what-you-feel tour; so bring cash to show your appreciation to your tour guide. Our guide, Joseph, did a great job including little known factoids and witty anecdotes regarding the famous and lesser known “founding fathers.” This is a great intro tour to the history in old city and I highly recommend!Emma S. ★★★★★ Great "Real Philly" tour! Joseph is such an erudite guide, he knows plenty of anecdotes. It was great, thank you!Kimberly M. ★★★★★ I recently took two tours in Philadelphia with Toni, our wonderfully knowledgeable and colorful guide. The tours were the "Good, The Bad, The Philly - Logan Circle" and the "Philly Italian Market Food" tours. Toni, who has a wonderful sense of humor, shared lots of great anecdotes and interesting facts about these two iconic Philly neighborhoods. I really enjoyed the tours and learned a lot. Highly recommend!Meg S. ★★★★★ Free tours by foot is definitely the best way to see this awesome city!!! We took three of the tours..all the tour guides are super knowledgeable!! We took the ghost tour and the 4 hr Philly tour with Jenn… let me tell you… this girl loves this city and knows soooo much!!! She taught us a ton of fun history, and we got to see the cool stuff that major tour don’t take you too.. we thought the ghost tour would be hokey.. but nope it was awesome!! The guides will tell you all the best places to eat and visit… we will DEFINITELY be back and will take the rest of the tours we didn’t have time for! Free tours by foot is such a special thing for cities to have!! You can give the guide what you feel they deserve based on their knowledge and how fitting you feel… just keep in mind that this IS their job…even though the name says free tours…these guides work really hard…and the cool thing is…all the money you give them goes..right to them! Not a big for profit company that is out to make money off tourists… these guides are locals who love their cities and really just want to share it with all of us…Julia B. A. ★★★★★ Had an absolutely fabulous time on our Real Philly tour and learned lots of stuff we had never heard before. Our tour guide Jenn did a fantastic job, despite the hot weather.Even if you think you know Philly, this tour will be worth it. 10 out of 10, would recommend.Ivo ★★★★★ We had the independence tour with Joseph and it was really fun and interesting! RecommendedDC ★★★★★ I did “The Good, The Bad, The Philly” walking tour with Joseph and it was brilliant. It was great to hear the interesting back stories to many of the monuments around Logan Square and Joseph’s passion for the subject was clear.Charlie F. ★★★★★ Phoebe M. ★★★★★ Marianne was great! We got to see all the main historic spots in Philly, and she had lots of recommendations for what to do with the rest of our weekend. She was funny and thoughtful and we will try to do a different tour when we come back.Rosa M. ★★★★★ Highly recommended. I really enjoyed the Independece Mall tour, I took it in May, 2023. Joseph was our guide, he was amazing, he provided us with important (and no common) information about the sites in the historic quarter. He talked about well documented facts, and explained the original reasons for revolution and war. Thanks Joseph!!!Rachel B. ★★★★★ Did the Independence mall tour with Toni and it was fantastic!! Very knowledgeable and user willing to answer questions or give recommendations about what to do in the city. Just be prepared for the weather and bring good walking shoes! Just remember to bring cash for a tip!Xurxo García C. ★★★★☆ Joseph conducted our tour and was great and fun. The tour is great to switch off from the topic of classic history book and landmarks of the city. Unfortunately the weather was super hot and the time of the tour is in the hottest hours of the day. I recommend this company for free tours.Ni B. ★★★★★ I did the free old town walking tour with Joseph on the afternoon of June 28th.I would highly recommend the tour. You should be thrilled to have Joseph as your guide. He is extremely knowledgeable, passionate about history and just plain incredibly entertaining. I spent a great three hours with him and learned a lot of interesting things about the most important buildings, people and milestones in Philadelphia and the USA in general. What I enjoyed most about the tour was hearing a lot of fun facts, unusual events that took place in Philly, and absurdities related to famous people or important historical events. Joseph seemed to really specialize in these details and that's what made the tour so special.Alex M. ★★★★★ I took the independence mall tour with Toni, and she was a wonderful guide. It was a fairly large group on a hot day, and she expertly guided us to shady spots, where she could share her extensive knowledge. She listened well and answered questions clearly. I highly recommend this tour.ALEX M. ★★★★★ I did the "Real Philly" tour with Joseph. He was very friendly and conversational. It felt like being led around the city by a friend who happens to be a history buff and knows a lot of interesting and esoteric things about the city. I highly recommend the tour for anyone who wants to learn about the part of the city's past that isnt independence hall.Laura Lee M. ★★★★★ I took a group of 36 on a tour in Philadelphia with tours by foot. The tour guide was very accommodating she met us earlier than our scheduled time. She allowed our tired group to move from place to place and sit in the shade while she talked to us. She was very knowledgeable about the city and the historical value of the things. Thus your takes you to the places but doesn’t take you inside. We didn’t have time to wait in lines as we were on a tight schedule. She allowed for a snack/water break at a cvs which helpful.Shannon M. ★★★★★ Had a great tour of Independence Mall with Josh and a great tour of the Italian Market with Jenn. Fun and interesting way to see parts of the city and would 100% recommend.David P. ★★★★★ Took Joseph’s 2.5 hour tour this morning. Great tour! Well paced, time for short sit down breaks and started/ended on time. What I liked best is that not only did he touch on the more familiar history he also had an unusual or little known fact to share at almost every stop. Thoroughly enjoyable!AshokandSeenu S. ★★★★★ We're a retired couple in our fifties and went with Joseph on the 10.30 am free walking tour of Philadelphia. This was one of the better walking tours we've been on, anywhere in the world. Besides being knowledgeable, humorous and engaging, Joseph was conscious of the intertwining of the mainstream narrative with the overall history of Philadelphia (and the USA) including native Americans, the Black community, women, and the community in general (not just political and business leaders). Joseph also gave us good recommendations for local food and places to visit for the rest of our stay in the city. Highly recommended!Starr L. ★★★★★ Marianne was great. I got a text the night before confirming the meeting spot. She was very knowledge and it was a beautiful day. Would definitely recommend.Rich G. ★★★★★ I took Joseph's Ghost Tour and had a great time! He's a great storyteller and super knowledgeable. Thanks Joseph!Simon M. ★★★★★ Great tour and very interesting. Joseph made a great Tourguide👍🏻👍🏻Can deeply recommend it.Maya ★★★★★ Sahil S. ★★★★★ Joesph gave a great tour. The tour was entertaining and very informative. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Philadelphia.Pilar Hernandez P. ★★★★★ Brittany B. ★★★★★ We had an excellent time on tour with our guide, Joseph, who brought interest and humor to the walking tour experience. Thanks so much!Jack .. ★★★★★ Great tour!! Joseph was fantastic, so much knowledge and passion for this great city! So worth it, we loved it!Kevin M. ★★★★★ This tour saved our philly trip. Our guide Joseph was so knowledgeable chatty and informative about all the sites in the historic quarter. He didn't focus on the wishy washy history but only the well documented facts, giving well thought of comparisons of life today and the original reasons for revolution and war.Up till this point we were milling around as the hop on hop off bus tour was cancelled. Then we went on this free tour and loved it. we learned more from Joseph about the liberty bell than walking though the liberty bell museum. My 8 year old history buff son loved the walking tour.Walking tours and hop on hop off bus tours are the way to see the city as the personal touch can't be outdone by reading signs and drawing your own conclusions.Highly recommendedRobert W. ★★★★★ We had the tour with Joseph, very interesting, very knowledgeable, he took us to various places that are off the beaten path, highly recommendedMelissa T. ★★★★★ Absolutely loved our tour with Jenn, she's a wealth of information and so much fun to tour with.Karen “PARA” S. ★★★★★ Loved this tour and out tour guide was awesome! We was only able to spend a few hours in town and wished we would of had more time but this tour let us see so much and gave a great amount of historical informationMaggie H. ★★★★★ Joseph was great! Really great story teller and huge fun facts from all over.Tatiana T. ★★★★★ Amazing tour with Joseph!!!! Highly knowledgeable, funny, engaging tour guide. Relevant insights on US history and ethos. Mind blowing!Juan C. ★★★★★ Joseph was a very nice guy, telling us interesting stories while walking around the historic sites. Highly recommended!Rafael S. ★★★★★ Best tour ever! Joseph was excellent explaining the history of the place and recommended great places for us to visit during our stay in the country. His knowledge and excitement to explore the facts were great! Thank you!Carolin H. ★★★★★ Took the Independence Mall Tour with Joseph and it was just amazing! 😍 Highly recommend if you want to know all about the history of Philly.Theo H. ★★★★★ Great tour. Lots of interesting places, and the guide was very informative, particularly in debunking my knowledge from the Hamilton play.Benjie G. ★★★★★ Josh is an excellent well-versed guide. He knew how to pace the tour. We learned a lot. He also gives us a feeling what it means to be a philadelphian.Aiden H. ★★★★★ Very informativeEva W. ★★★★★ Great experience exploring the historic centre of Philadelphia - highly recommended!PNG_kiwi K ★★★★★ Great experience and a wealth of knowledge. I learnt so much history. I highly recommend!
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