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Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

1. Philadelphia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Old City

Enjoy this private carriage ride through the tree-lined streets of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park, Society Hill, and Old City. Your personal guide will whisk you away on a leisurely ride through historic Philadelphia giving you entertaining insights on the City of Brotherly Love's past and present. Choose the daytime option for picture-perfect views of all the sights or the night option to take in the illuminations when the crowds are gone.

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Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

2. Philadelphia: Go City All-Inclusive Pass w/ 30+ Attractions

Enjoy an all-inclusive multi-attraction pass that gets you into over 30 Philadelphia attractions. Just select the number of days you want to sightsee for (1, 2, 3 or 5 days), then enjoy admission to as many included attractions as you want to visit for the number of days you selected the pass for. Simply show your Go City pass at included attractions for admission and pay nothing at the gate. Activate the pass by visiting your first attraction, then, use it on consecutive calendar days. The attractions include: • Hop-on, Hop-off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour• Eastern State Penitentiary• Franklin Institute Science Museum• Philadelphia Museum of Art• National Constitution Center• Betsy Ross House• Adventure Aquarium• Philadelphia Zoo• LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia• Barnes Foundation• Academy of Natural Science• Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial• Ghost Tour of Philadelphia• Independence Seaport Museum• Christ Church Burial Ground Tour• City Hall Tower and Observation Deck• National Museum of American Jewish History• Dark Philly Adult Night Tour• National Liberty Museum/We the People• Longwood Gardens• African American Museum• Rodin Museum• Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour• Penn Museum• RiverLink Ferry• Brandywine River Museum of Art• The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum• History and Cheesesteak Tour• Murder by Gaslight - A Walking Tour Mystery

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Philadelphia: Old City Ghosts Walking Tour

3. Philadelphia: Old City Ghosts Walking Tour

Journey through the haunted streets of Philadelphia's Old City on this tour led by professional and courteous tour guides. Benefit from intensely researched stories and documented accounts of historic hauntings. “Old City” refers to the area of Philadelphia that was first established as a colony, an area that saw much strife, war, and hardship as the newly formed America fought for its independence. Hear the story of Benjamin Franklin's ghost that haunts Independence Hall, a place where one of the Founding Fathers undoubtedly spent many days. Learn of the story of the wife who became jealous from beyond the grave. This tour also takes you by some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, home to victims of yellow fever, naval captains, First Wives, and more.

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Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

4. Philadelphia Ghost Tour by Candlelight

Join an entertaining evening tour of Philadelphia on a ghostly walking tour by candlelight. You will see Philadelphia's historic districts, including Independence National Park, Old City, and Society Hill in a completely new light! A costumed tour guide will lead you off the beaten path and spin tales of the rich and famous, and of heroes and villains from America's colonial era. You will hear tales of the well-known, like William Penn, Ben Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Mad Anthony Wayne, and tales of the unknown, such as the spectral Quakeress of Washington Square and the ghost of Old Pine Street Cemetery. The tour departs from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut Streets, lasts approximately 90 minutes, is appropriate for all ages, and is ideal for anyone with the inclination to hear Philadelphia's dead brought back to life! The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia has offered tours since 1995 and continues to be one of the city's most popular night-time attractions. It was recently named one of the top 15 "must see" attractions in the country by Budget Travel Magazine.

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Philadelphia: Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour

5. Philadelphia: Sightseeing and Serial Killers Tour

Get to grips with the history of Philadelphia’s founding fathers on this urban adventure spanning from the burial ground to the bar! Led by a host of expert guides, roam the old streets of Philadelphia hearing tales of ruthless businessmen gangsters and psychopathic killers. Learn about some of Philadelphia’s more sinister residents and residences such as the Corpse Collector, the Frankfurt Slasher, and Hednik’s House of horrors. Sparsely sprinkled with national icons, tales of yellow fever, plus a visit to the graves of Ben Franklin and other founding fathers, this tour tells a tale of grit, twists, and gore as you learn about the history of Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia: Phantoms of the Founding Fathers Walking Tour

6. Philadelphia: Phantoms of the Founding Fathers Walking Tour

Step back in time as your guide tells you carefully crafted stories about Philadelphia's dark past. Learn about the founding fathers and delve into the less pleasant aspects of the city's medical history. Meet your guide at Washington Square Park Fountain in the heart of the city. Follow your guide to locations where eerie events once took place. Enjoy hearing lesser-known stories that are for an adult audience . Hear about scandalous affairs perpetrated by Philadelphia’s founding fathers. Listen as your guide reveals fascinating discoveries and fatal errors in the development of America’s healthcare system.

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Chester County: Shared or Private Hot Air Balloon Ride

7. Chester County: Shared or Private Hot Air Balloon Ride

Get ready for the most memorable way to appreciate the landscape of scenic Chester County. Choose a private or shared 1-hour hot air balloon ride and take in the majestic scenery. Meet the crew before your flight and participate in the set up of your hot air balloon experience. Get breathtaking views of tree-covered rolling hills, the Schuylkill River and its tributaries, the Philadelphia skyline, and the little towns and villages that make up the backdrop of Southeastern Pennsylvania countryside during your flight. You might even see into New Jersey, Delaware, and/or the Delaware Bay on a clear day. After your flight, you’ll return to your launch point in a comfortable air-conditioned van and be treated to a light snack and champagne toast. You’ll also receive an official flight certificate suitable for framing, the perfect way to remember your trip through the skies of Chester County.

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Mount Holly NJ: Ghost Hunt Show

8. Mount Holly NJ: Ghost Hunt Show

Do you want to talk to the dead? Do you love shows like Ghost Hunters? Does the thought of being in a real haunted place intrigue you? Do you love horror movies? Then the next game will be for you! In this Ghost Hunting/Seance performance, your role will be as a psychic detective/ghost hunter in an actual haunted space. Some of the buildings in the area date back to the 1700s and were the site of several battles during The Revolutionary War. Because of this, there have been a ton of ghost sightings in the area. Aided by our psychic the evening will start with getting to know your fellow guests and you will hear about the 8 deaths that have occurred in/near the location. You will also hear about Harry and Ada our resident spirits. This will be followed by some magic/mentalism to warm up your psychic abilities. Then utilizing both techniques dating back to Victorian times and modern equipment we will attempt to talk to several of the ghosts in the building! Before the show, you can browse/buy the art and there are some great restaurants/shops within walking distance of the gallery. It is easy to make a night of it in the area. Are you ready for an evening filled with magic, mystery, and sheer terror?

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Philadelphia: Ghosts of Philadelphia Walking Tour

9. Philadelphia: Ghosts of Philadelphia Walking Tour

Feel the thrill of hearing Philadelphia's spookiest ghost tales on this macabre walking tour. Step back into the past as your guide regals you with creepy stories at sites like Alexander Hamilton's former home and the Christ Church burial ground. Meet your guide in the back garden of the old City Tavern. Stroll to sites like Alexander Hamilton's home and try to see if you can sense the presence of the spirit of this founding father. Make your way to the Christ Church burial ground where Benjamin Franklin is buried. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for the whole family. Combine a history lesson with exciting tales of local hauntings. 

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What people are saying about Philadelphia

We had a wonderful time. Four of us rode in comfort and style as our Driver (guide) described the buildings and history of Old Philadelphia. We had a wonderful experience. Since we started and finished directly in front of America's "Liberty Bell" we were able to go see it. Ken

This tour was awesome. Kate was our tourguide she did a fantastic job, very dramatic and suspenseful. We very much enjoyed this tour, great value for the money. Thank you Kate, you were amazing!

Checked was a very knowledgeable tour guide. She was pleasant and entertaining! She told us all about her horse Brutus and even took pictures for us.

Very kind and very funny driver. Got to see lots of very interesting history. I would definitely go again!

Driver was very knowledgeable about the entire area and could answer all of our questions.