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Philadelphia South Street Walking Tour

  • When does it run?
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Start time
    10:00am
  • Duration
    3 hours
Inclusions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour
  • Food samples
  • Admission to the Isaiah Zagar Magic Gardens mosaic gallery
Guests
  • Adult (12+)
  • Child (6-11)
  • Infant (0-5)

Key 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
  • Catch a ride with locals on a city bus and get to know the real South Philly from a local perspective
  • Explore the nation’s largest concentration of fabric shops and finish on Philly's eclectic South Street
  • Wander among the colourful stalls and enjoy the tastes of the shops, cafes, and restaurants at the world-famous Italian Market
  • Regale in the magnetic and eventful history of the Papacy and the Vatican with this private tour

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.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    10:00am

  • 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

    We will end in the Bella Vista neighborhood, with access to convenient transportation.a

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 for a chance to ask your local guide where you should eat, drink, and shop after the tour.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour
  • Food samples
  • Admission to the Isaiah Zagar Magic Gardens mosaic gallery
  • Transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, beverages

Please note

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.

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Please present your booking voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.

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 wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves fair amount of walking.

The minimum age to participate in this tour is 6 years.

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.You will be in a group of maximum of 12.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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