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Real Philly Tour: An Insider's Guide

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Join Free Tours By Foot on our Real Philadelphia Tour! We provide insider tips to Philly's most historical neighborhoods so you leave feeling like a local.

This page provides details of our free Real Philly Walking Tour, including tips on directions, times and sights covered.

***This tour does not include any sites from our Independence Mall Tour. They are fully separate tours and we often recommend travelers to book both to get the fullest picture of this unique city!***

Look! We’re a lot more than a cracked bell. The 6th largest City in the USA has tons to offer. We didn’t stop improving by 1776 – we kept getting better. And weirder. And better. And Grittier! The Real Philly Tour is brimming with local tips and insider recommendations.

The things we’ll reveal to you on this tour have taken most of us living here in Philly our entire lives to discover. With our help, you’ll learn to be a genuine Philly native in just 4.5 hours! 

Become a real Philadelphian, see it the way WE see it. See the everyday, bizarre and wonderful reasons why WE are passionate about the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. 

The Real Philadelphia tour doubles as a course in speaking to Philly natives. Seriously, you’ll blow their minds when you lay down some knowledge of  Hoagies, Water Ice, how to order a Cheesesteak and Jawn!

BONUS: We’ll end near Reading Terminal Market because, frankly, it’s not a good day until you’ve gotten a taste of Amish cuisine. And there’s ALWAYS room for Bassestt’s Ice Cream.

Trust us, you’ll want to spend 4.5 hours in Reading Terminal Market, alone. As we say, “if you can’t find something to eat in Reading Terminal, you are the problem.” 

Sights on the tour on the Real Philly Tour :

  • Find out about the curse of Billy Penn (yeah, he’s cursed).
  • Italian Market (Learn where to get the best dish, you’ve got a TON of options, we’ll show you the best ones. We stop here for Lunch, about a 45 minute break.)
  • Reading Terminal Market (We finish with food!!)
  • City Hall
  • South Street
  • Murals! So many murals!
  • Percent for Art
  • LOVE Park (of course!)
  • Masonic Temple
  • Academy of Music
  • Antique Row
  • Magic Gardens
  • Avenue of the Arts
  • Old Pine Street Church (seen in National Treasure…featuring Nicolas Cage)
  • and much more!

Insider Tip: A lot of people want to tour all the places that Rocky Balboa ran. Head’s up: the actual distance he runs is something like 31 miles, 50km. That’s a totally different experience.

Insider Tip #2: Philadelphians love their Mom & Pop shops, which tend to be a little old-school. BRING CASH, MANY DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS!

Tour Information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

WHEN: View our calendar

WHERE: Tour begins from the OUTSIDE to the Wawa Store at 6th and Chestnut Street. Across the street from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.


The guide will be at the stairs to the left. Look for your guide in ORANGE!

END: Reading Terminal Market, located at 12th and Arch Streets. (map)

DURATION: Tour lasts approx. 4.5 hours

DISTANCE: Total Distance is approx. 5 miles

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.

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