Philadelphia's University City neighborhood is home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The area also boasts some of Philly's best street food!
You'll get a taste of both the academic scene and the city’s diverse food culture on this enthralling Books and Cooks tour.
Explore Drexel University's historic architecture and continue through Philadelphia's University City neighborhood to the University of Pennsylvania and its iconic college sport venues - Franklin Field and the Palestra.
If you're lucky, you'll get a look inside the legendary Palestra. Marvel at the beauty of Penn's Locust Walk, admire Houston Hall (home of America's first Student Union), and be impressed by Frank Furness' Fisher Library. Studying always works up an appetite. Calm the hunger pangs with a jaunt to Spruce Street, where you can navigate some of Philly's best street food and food trucks.
Join the Books and Cooks Philadelphia Walking Tour at 30th Street Station, Philadelphia's largest transportation hub. Here your local guide will be waiting near the center of the station, next to the WWII Memorial.
Inside the grand terminal you’ll get a glimpse of the fine architecture, and experience this busy intersection of trains, buses, subways, and trolleys. Leaving the station on foot you’ll begin the journey down Market St. and the neighborhood's research core. You will quickly reach Drexel University and head down one of their new green quads and into the beautiful Main Building, the very oldest building on Drexel's campus.
From here, the group will walk downhill past World Cafe Live and underneath the highline as trains are passing high above. You will enter Penn Park, a brand new green space with spectacular views of the Philly skyline. The tour continues over the train tracks and passes by some of the most iconic college sports venues in the country in Franklin Field and the Palestra.
You'll possibly have a chance to see inside the famous Palestra and view the wonderful college basketball museum. From there you will proceed to the heart of Penn's campus, the very first public university in the United States. Your guide will take you inside Fisher Library, an architectural masterpiece by Frank Furness.
You will pass College Hall, Penn's first building on the campus, and go inside Houston Hall, home of America's first Student Union. From there you continue along Locust Walk, arguably the most beautiful city campus setting in the country.
You will end up on Spruce Street, where there are dozens of food trucks lined up in the street. Here, your guide will provide you with a cheat sheet to help you navigate the trucks and find some of the best street food Philly has to offer (payable direct).
Finally, you walk through more of the campus and a hidden nature preserve and pond. On arrival at the trolley stop, your guide will provide a token for each person.
This street trolley ride is a unique experience and you'll have the option to ride back to 30th St. or continue into Center City. The tour then concludes.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Start time: 10:00am
Duration: 2 hours
30th Street Station - Inside near the center of the station next to the WWII Memorial.
Please report to the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
40th St. Trolley Station - The traveler will be able to ride the trolley (token provided) back to 30th St. or continue into Center City.
A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!
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