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Philadelphia Center for Architecture

Philadelphia Center for Architecture gives you a chance to learn about the city's magnificent architecture through guided tours. Throughout the tour, their learned guides will acquaint you with the architectural styles that were used in the construction of PA Academy of the Arts, Reading Terminal, City Hall, the Wanamaker building, the Union League Building and Comcast Center, with comparisons drawn from architecture in Chicago and New York. The tour also talks about the city's transportation and planning, and lets you enjoy a bird's-eye view of the historic city from certain platforms.

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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Discover the city streets that won The Boss an Academy Award! The free self-guided tour covers all the major historical sites of Philadelphia, encompassing over 30 sites including the memorable locations where the Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution were put together. Those who are not familiar with the history may avail of the guided tours given during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which traverse 20 sites in 75 minutes. The younger crowd can opt for the new Philly MP3 Audio Tour, which is offered year round. There is also a cell phone guided tour available as a year round option. Visit the web site for details on ticket pricing.

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Ghost Tour Of Philadelphia

This is one of Philadelphia's most popular, unusual and entertaining tours. Join costumed tour guides for a leisurely stroll through Society Hill in the historic heart of the city at Independence Park and on the edge of the nationally famous restaurant district of Old City. This candlelight walking tour is based on the book "Philadelphia Ghost Stories" by Charles J. Adams III. Listen to tales of the unknown as you walk in the footsteps of famous men and women. Open daily 7:30am onwards.

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Free Tours by Foot

Philadelphia, the land where American Revolution took a firm foot, a place where the constitution of America was laid and the Declaration of Independence saw the light of the day here. The city if filled with history, culture and what better way to experience it than a tour. Free Tours by Foot is a name-your-own-price Philadelphia walking tours. These unique and entertaining tours take you through many of Philly’s most interesting neighborhoods. During the tour their enthusiastic guides will reveal hidden secrets of the city, share anecdotes and also shock and surprise you with trivia. This is a must-visit tour, especially if traveling with older children. Tip the guides, if you like what you hear, they will more than appreciate it.

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Penn's Landing

Penn's Landing is the Philadelphia equivalent of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, on a smaller scale. It runs along the west bank of the Delaware River between Vine and South Streets. There's a berth for yachts band pleasure boats, daily tour boats and visiting tall ships. On the Great Plaza and Festival Pier there are weekly street festivals and summer outdoor concerts. The Seaport Museum traces the history of one of the country's oldest ports. Take a ferry to the Aquarium across the Delaware River. At night, the view makes for a romantic walk, with the lights of the river and the sky accented by the dancing lights along the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Just north and south of the landing are a series of nightclubs and restaurants on piers, including a Dave & Busters arcade and the Chart House restaurant. (There's even an economical Comfort Inn.) In winter, the Blue Cross Ice Rink is open from November through April.

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Spirit of Philadelphia

Offering one of the most unique experiences in Philadelphia, the Spirit of Philadelphia welcomes a wide demographic of well-dressed patrons. Cruising along the Delaware River, the beautiful ship features state-of-the-art, modern amenities such as LED lights, plasma TVs, climate-controlled decks and great acoustics. The cruise ship can accommodate up to 500 people at a time, and is often used as an entertainment venue. Along with some of the most panoramic views that the Quaker City has to offer, The Spirit of Philadelphia remains available for private celebrations and business events. Needless to say, with it's unique situation, scrumptious culinary offerings, great service and advanced technological systems, this magnificent vessel ensures the success of any event - whether it is a wedding or a corporate meeting.

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Philadelphia Trolley Works

Philadelphia Trolley Works conducts 90-minute tours of Old City Philadelphia daily, it offers a chance to take in the rich history the city has to offer in the throwback charm of yesteryear. All-day passes allow patrons to board and re-board at any of the 20 stops on the waterfront and in Center City. Trolleys for private hire and tours through Fairmount Park are also available.

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Liberty Belle Cruises

Travel the Delaware River like a 19th century Southern Dandy on the Liberty Belle. This six-story re-creation of a Mississippi Riverboat trolls the waterways propelled by its 20-foot paddle wheel. Visitors enjoy tours of the Philadelphia Waterfront landmarks in the style of a time when travel was more of a leisurely pursuit. All decks are filled with music, cocktails and dancing on the daily lunch and dinner cruises. The Liberty Belle is also available for Corporate events, weddings, School functions and much more.

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