22406
Pennsylvania

City Walks: Exploring Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods

Walk the streets where our democracy was formed as you explore one of America’s most historic cities, from the Liberty Bell to early American homes.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22406RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299

At a Glance

Discover Philadelphia on foot and use all five of your senses to experience what three centuries of history, culture and urban planning have created. Not only is Philadelphia one of the most historically rich cities in the nation, it is also one of its most walkable and has been ever since its founding in 1682, when William Penn laid out a planned city with wide avenues and ample open spaces. Alongside your small group and on independent explorations, walk amid the many fine examples of Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, Gilded Age, Art Deco and contemporary architecture in the downtown core and adjacent neighborhoods, and experience the sights, sounds, scents and flavors of the city’s robust ethnic traditions.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking between three and six miles per day over city streets and cobblestones. Walking/standing at historic sites and museums.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Traverse through a "hierarchy of streets," experiencing the quiet charm of Society Hill and "littlest streets" of Washington Square West and savor a cheesesteak on Passyunk Avenue in “South Philly.”
  • Discover Philadelphia's dynamic murals with a local artist and explore "The Magic Gardens," a folk art environment and gallery space.
  • Experience Philadelphia’s bustling Chinatown, dating back to 1870s.

General Notes

Program limited to 16 participants. Includes independent time to explore the city. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials. If you would enjoy a less active program, check out "Signature City Philadelphia: Treasures of History and Heritage" (#10238).
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Fred Vincent
Fred Vincent is a native Philadelphian who taught science in the public school system for 30 years, then worked at Franklin Institute and Temple University before retiring in 1999. After serving in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in a small village in Sri Lanka, Fred discovered how much he missed cities and began to develop an interest in urban planning. Fred enjoys leading walking excursions through Philadelphia, and looks forward to sharing his city as a Road Scholar group leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Warren Williams
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Fred Vincent
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Tish Byrne
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