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Philadelphia South Street Walking Tour

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Highlights

  • Discover the hidden gems of some of the most historic neighborhoods in the country
  • Admire Isaiah Zagar’s beautiful one-of-a-kind mosaics at Magic Gardens
  • Explore the nation’s largest concentration of fabric shops and finish on Philly's eclectic South Street
  • Catch a ride with locals on a city bus and get to know the real South Philly from a local perspective
  • Wander among the colourful stalls and enjoy the tastes of the shops, cafes, and restaurants at the world-famous Italian Market

Overview

Get the low-down on the colorful bohemian world of South Philly on this delightful walking tour.

Led by an expert guide with a fund of local knowledge, you’ll uncover all sorts of treasures that casual visitors don’t find.

Walk into 300 years of history at the state's oldest church and view the nation's first shot factory. Wander charming streets and enjoy the sight of brightly painted house fronts, quirky cafes and funky shops.

Soak up the district’s rich European heritage, sample mouth-watering snacks at the world-famous Italian market and be tempted by toothsome titbits at a Jewish delicatessen.

Have your camera ready to capture the many visual treats on offer. See some of the 3,000 magnificent murals that decorate the city and have a chance to visit the magical mosaic art created by Isaiah Zagar.

Itinerary

For your Philadelphia South Street Walking Tour you should make your way to Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing. 601 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, where your local guide will be waiting.

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style! Begin your Philadelphia neighbourhood tour on the ever-colourful South Street. Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighbourhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. We’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market.

The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as we wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. We’ll take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs - feel free to recreate this scene yourself.

You'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot.

From the Magic Gardens, we catch a local bus for a ride down Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street (Tuesday – Friday), or to Philly’s iconic and historic Pine Street (Saturday – Sunday.). After your local public transit experience, we walk into one of the country’s most historic neighborhoods, Queen Village, to explore its tiny streets and soak in the character of this charming corner of Philadelphia.

Finally, we stroll past Fabric Row, America’s largest concentration of fabric shops, before finishing the tour back on South Street for a chance to ask your local guide where you should eat, drink, and shop after the tour.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Duration

3.5 hours

Start time

10 am
Duration: 3.5 hours

Meeting point

Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing. 601 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Please report to the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

Jim's Cheesesteaks at the corner of 4th and South Streets

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Inclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour
  • Food samples
  • Admission to the Isaiah Zagar Magic Gardens mosaic gallery

Exclusions

  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, beverages

Do/Dont's

A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!

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Please note

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.


Please present your booking voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
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