The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides presents





Saturday, September 27, 2014

8:00 am to 8:00 pm


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It's fun, informative, and absolutely FREE!


The GREAT TOUR is a celebration of Philadelphia and the hundreds of museums, cultural venues, sites and organizations that it offers tourists and residents alike. It showcases the talents, expertise and commitment of our hard working tour guides and the pride they have in their city. You'll learn about Center City Philadelphia from William Penn's original "Greene Countrie Towne," to the sprawling 21st century metropolis.


This 12-hour tour covers the city from river to river, from Pine Street to Vine Street.

The tour is absolutely free!

The tour takes place in four separate two and a half hour phases; take just one phase, or take them all.

Each phase visits as many as 25 cultural and historic sites.

You can walk the whole tour from start to finish, or join any single phase at any of the staging points.

All the tours are conducted by expert APT certified guides.

 Registration is recommended.



Eventbrite - The 5th Annual Philadelphia River-to-River Great 12 Hour Tour - FREE!



Download a 2014 Great Tour map & brochure here.

Email all inquiries to:

Event Partners:

ushistory.orgThe Philadelphia Historic Neighborhood Consortium,

Visit Philadelphia,  American Historical Theatre

Dr. Physick Soda Co.,  The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Conner Printing, Inc. 



★  Old City

8:00 am to 10:30 am

Check in for Phase 1 at The National Constitution Center  525 Arch St.

The bustling colonial streets that William Penn, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross walked.

Sites may include: the Federal Reserve Bank, African-American Museum, Franklin Square, Dexter House site, the  U.S. Mint, the Free Quaker Meeting House, Christ Church Burial Ground / Franklin Grave, Arch St. Friends Meeting, Old First Reformed Church, St. Augustine’s, St. George’s, Elfreth’s Alley, Betsy Ross House, Arden Theater, Christ Church, Tamanend Statue, Franklin Court, the Museum of American Jewish History, Mikveh Israel



 Society Hill

11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Check in for Phase 2 at The Bourse, 111 S Independence Mall East, 5th St., between Market and Chestnut Sts.

George Washington's Federal Capital, the Birthplace of America.

            Sites may include: the President’s House Site, the Liberty Bell Pavilion, the Bourse, Independence Square, the American Philosophical Society & Library Hall, the Second Bank, the National Liberty Museum, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Carpenters’ Hall, New Hall, the First Bank, Treasurer’s House Site, the Merchant’s Exchange,  the Bishop White House, Dr. Rush site, Polish American Center, the Powel House, the Kosciusko House, Head House / Newmarket, South Street, St. Peter’s Church, the Physick House




2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Check in for Phase 3 at the Independence Visitor Center, 525 Market St.

The commercial central city that made Philadelphia "The Workplace of the World."

         Sites may include: Market St., Lit’s Department Store, the Declaration House, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent,  Chestnut St., Jewelers’ Row,  Washington Square, the Curtis Building, Pennsylvania Hospital, the Walnut Theatre, Camac St., the PA Historical Society, The Gayborhood, the PSFS Bldg, the Kimmel Center, the Avenue of the Arts, the Academy of Music, the Union League, the Bellevue-Stratford, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Wanamakers




5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Check in for Phase 4 at City Hall courtyard

Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, gateway to Philadelphia, the "Athens of America."

           Sites may include: Philadelphia City Hall, Love Sculpture, the Clothespin, Liberty Towers, Rittenhouse Square, the Comcast Center, the Academy of Natural Sciences, Moore College of Art, the Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Logan Circle, the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Free Library, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Thinker, Rodin Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the  “Rocky Steps," Fairmount Water Works