Independence Mall Tour

Our Independence Mall tour is a two-hour tour that takes you through the cradle of American Democracy entertaining you and revealing hidden secrets, fun trivia, and light-hearted anecdotes.

 

Virtual Walking Tour Philadelphia

 

We focus on interesting and fun stories of the men and women who defined Philadelphia so many years ago.

Use our Guide to Visiting Independence Mall for directions and more information on the area.

Join Free Tours by Foot on this two-hour, family-friendly “pay-as-you-wish” adventure as we walk through historic Philadelphia and chronicle the early history of America’s first city.

This tour includes many famous names, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton, and the sights where they made history.

It’s the best US history lesson you will ever have and we aim to keep you laughing the whole time.

Sights we cover on the tour: Most sights are covered from outside. We enter if time permits. We do not enter sights that require tickets or security checkpoints

  • President’s House Site
  • Liberty Bell*
  • Independence Hall**
  • Congress Hall*
  • 1st and 2nd Banks of the United States
  • City Tavern
  • Christ Church
  • Elfreth Alley
  • Ben Franklin Burial Site
  • Franklin Court
  • Carpenter’s Hall
  • Old City Hall
  • Betsy Ross House*
  • and much more!

*Sights we cover from outside only.

**Entry into Independence Hall requires a timed-ticket from the National Park Services. YOU DO NOT NEED INDEPENDENCE HALL TICKETS TO TAKE OUR TOUR, WE DO NOT ENTER WHILE ON TOUR. We suggest visiting the Independence Hall before or after our tour since we are not able to enter while on tour.  If you plan to enter before our tour, give yourself at least one hour so you can enjoy the building without rushing. If booking after our tour, give yourself a minimum of 45 minutes to use the restroom before getting into the security checkpoint line since there are none inside the building.  The National Park Service requires visitors to Independence Hall to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled appointments.    From March through September, it is also recommended that you reserve your tickets in advance.  For more information, please visit Independence Hall.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more must contact us before booking.

Tour Start: Tour begins from the OUTSIDE at 239 Arch St. on the sidewalk in front of Betsy Ross House

 

Look for your guide  Free Tours by Foot Sign and/or wearing orange.

Tour End: Ben Franklin Burial Site, located at the Southeast Corner of 5th and Arch Street, across from the Mint and National Constitution Center (MAP)

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2K).

When: Please check our full calendar for the most up-to-date information! Reservations are required for all tours. Do not see a time that works for you? Book a private tour!

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

About the author

Manager | Philadelphia

Jenn is a born Jersey girl that grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. She went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Jenn came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but came outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. Jenn has been part of the FTBF team since March 2011.