Ben Franklin bridge.
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Classic and Creative Philly

Always a draw for American history buffs (and Rocky fans), Philadelphia also has exceptional food, local craft beer and eclectic art to add to its long list of attractions.

  • Enjoy some of the best food in Philadelphia
  • Learn how to make a Philly Cheese steak
  • Explore several neighbourhoods
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration


  • Min. passengers


  • Booking code


  • Notices

    Comfortable walking shoes and clothing recommended.

With exclusive access and hands-on experiences curated by Urban Adventures and The New York Times, join us and explore several distinct Philly neighbourhoods and see the city through the eyes of a local guide. We'll try some of the city's best foods (hello cheesesteak!), visit the waterfront and enjoy a few drinks together too.

Discover Philadelphia’s creative uses for old spaces, including a public park on a formerly abandoned pier, a fringe arts center in a former water pumping station and a seasonal park made from shipping containers.

Walk through several neighbourhoods, from old to modern to revitalised, and discover their history, architecture and vibrant communities.

Explore a seasonal park on the Delaware River waterfront, either on a floating barge beer garden in the summer or cozied up next to a fire pit in the winter.

New York Times Exclusives:

Behind-the-Scenes Access: Visit DiBruno Brothers House of Cheese, a south Philly institution and learn about the history of the shop while you indulge yourself with a private cheese-tasting alongside one of their expert cheesemongers

Learn the art of making a Philly cheesesteak in the kitchen (and refrigerator!) with the owner of one of the most popular cheesesteak shops in the city, then get behind the grill and cook up your own to eat.

Take a tour of the FringeArts production space (with a cocktail in hand) and chat with an actor or member of the team.

Practical information:

  • Included: Subway ticket, cheese tasting, cheesesteak tasting, one cocktail or alternative beverage of your choice.
  • Remarks: Comfortable walking shoes and clothing recommended.
  • Language: English
  • Walking information: Slow and steady is all you need here. These tours have very limited physical activity, such as walking relatively flat streets, sites, or markets, and climbing in and out of the transport provided.
  • Wheelchair accessible: No