About Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia
Free Tours by Foot has been giving year-round tours in Philadelphia since 2011. We’re proud that over 80,000 Philly guests (and counting!) have taken one of our local tours.
We’ve been featured in travel guides like Lonely Planet, top press like the New York Times, and travel bloggers from all over the world. We have given tours to Hollywood stars, foreign ambassadors and local elementary schools.
Free Tours by Foot began in 2007 and we’ve given tours to over 3 million guests worldwide! We offer dozens of daily tours year-round in 30+ cities (and counting)!
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Read more about each of us below!
JENN | Manager & Tour Guide
Jenn is a born Jersey girl that grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. Went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but has come outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. She has traveled to France, Northern Italy, Spain and Japan, survived Mardi Gras, and currently has a bad case of wanderlust! When not giving a tour, she is either hanging upside down in Aerial Yoga class, Mumming with her second family Golden Sunrise NYA, talking someone’s ear off about what ever her latest passion is, or haunting the halls of Philadelphia’s rich and ample museums and libraries.
*Certified by Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, ITMI Grad, First Aid/CPR trained, Licensed in DC and NYC.
KIERAN | Tour Guide
Kieran is a born and raised Philadelphian and loves his city. During his time at Drexel University, he realized his love of history and travel. Luckily he found out being a tour guide was a job! While not out touring, he’s probably teaching English or at the beach!
MARIANNE | Tour Guide
Marianne: 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 L.A., 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.
MATTHEW | Tour Guide
When Matthew isn’t leading tours and showing visitors around his city, he is managing a french restaurant. He studied theatre at Rutgers Camden right across the bridge, and has had a love affair with Philadelphia ever since he moved to the northeast from Texas 7 years ago. Philadelphia has captured his heart, with its vibrant restaurant and bar scene, its phenomenal theatre, and a city rife with history. Matthew’s mother, a professor of Political science, instilled a love of history in him at an early age, stopping at literally every single historical marker they ran across while taking family vacations. Giving tours has given him an opportunity to blend his love of people, history, performance, and great food and drinks (you can ask Matthew for great restaurant recommendations). When not doing any of these things, Matthew can be found relaxing with friends playing Magic the Gathering or at one of his favorite spots honing his darts and billiards skills.
RICHARD | Tour Guide
Native to the Philadelphia region, Rich is fiercely proud of his town and only too happy to tell you why. He loves a good story and, of course, Philly is full of them. Spoiler alert: his favorite Philly person is Ben Franklin. Rich did his studies at Temple University and in Rome, which he considers his second home. He recently left a career in advertising to pursue his love of the past and art. In addition to leading walks through our historic and cultural areas, he also conducts mural tours. As a guide he merges what he knows into one terrific narrative. In fact, he admires a well-told story above almost anything else. Visitor Tip: When ordering our famous sandwich, please do not ask for a “Philly” cheesesteak…you are already here! Just order a steak “wit.” Enjoy our delicious and wonderful city!
JIM | Tour Guide
Jim believes there is an interesting oddity behind every historic marker. And he’s proved it, writing 10 years of quick-read columns about Philly’s heroes and historic sites for the Society Hill Reporter and Queen Village Neighbors Association magazine. Now those stories are going into a book for Temple University Press. A traveler at heart, Jim and his twin brother took retirement fund money early in their careers and spent a year working and traveling through Europe. “Best thing I ever did,” he says. His scariest moment: “Being tossed into a room and held alone for a frightening hour by East German guides at Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie.” Now he makes travel fun for Philly visitors. And he’s sure to tell you about Philly’s two superheroes “Penn and Ben.” Count on it.
LOIS | Tour Guide
Lois is a 4th generation Philly girl and has raised her own family here. She is a member of theAssociation of Philadelphia Tour Guides since 2011. History and architecture are her favorites with 300 years’ worth of stories ready to share.
JUDY | Tour Guide
Judy is a lifetime resident of the Philadelphia area. She received her BA in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and had a 32-year career as a Management Analyst for the Department of Defense in Philadelphia. As an Analyst, she identified process improvements needed within various organizations, and as a result, wrote numerous pamphlets, manuals, and guidance documents. Since retiring, Judy has worked as a tour guide in Philadelphia. She works as both a walking guide and a step-on guide and is a frequent docent at the Powel house. Her groups are diverse and include students, seniors, families and International visitors. She has served on the Executive Board for the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) and is currently the Vice-President. She has also written “The Business of Guiding” which has been published on the National Federation of Tourist Guides (NFTGA) website.
TONI | Tour Guide
Toni is a long time Philadelphia resident. She is a Certified Tour Guide and a member of the Philadelphia Tour Guide Association. She is very proud of her Revolutionary War ancestor as well as her membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. How could she not be interested in history? She has been giving tours as a docent and tour guide in Philadelphia for over 20 years. Meeting people from the world over and showing off this great city is her passion. Toni is a long time Scuba Dive Master and volunteers at Adventure Aquarium right across the river in Camden, NJ. She has an unusual background starting out as a Commercial Pilot (retired) and ending her aviation career graduating as an Aviation Maintenance Technician.