City Walks: Exploring Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods
Explore one of America’s most historic cities with local experts, from the Liberty Bell to early American homes. Walk the streets and hallowed halls where our democracy was formed.
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Program No. 22406RJ
6 days
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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. 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
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Walking between three and six miles per day over city streets and cobblestones. Walking/standing at historic sites and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the vibrant, upscale Manayunk neighborhood located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, known for its diverse array of restaurants and renovated Victorian storefronts.
  • 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.

General Notes

Program limited to 16 participants.
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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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Fred Vincent
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