Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour riding time. Walking up to 4 miles; city streets.
At the hotel.
We will set out via motorcoach for a field trip to explore Old City highlights including Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross house, and Franklin Court. Elfreth’s Alley is a residential street that spans 300 years of history. It celebrates working people who helped build America and today is home to artists, artisans, educators, entrepreneurs and more. Betsy Ross made our first national flag. Or did she? At the Betsy Ross House, we’ll learn about the tradition that George Washington visited this Philadelphia seamstress in 1776 and asked her to make the flag from a design he gave her. And we’ll see “Betsy” herself! Franklin Court was the site of Benjamin Franklin’s handsome brick home while he served in the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. This is where Franklin died in 1790. About 20 years after his death, the house was torn down. Today, part of the National Park Service, the site contains a steel “ghost structure” outlining the spot where the house stood and features the Benjamin Franklin Museum. From the National Park Service: “The museum features artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays. The exhibits are geared toward visitors of all ages, with displays that are educational, challenging, and fun.” The Franklin Court complex also includes a working reproduction of an 18th century printing office, an architectural/archeological exhibit, and an operating post office. After the field trip, we’ll head to Spruce Street Harbor Park.
At Spruce Street Harbor Park, we’ll have box lunches.
FFor this self-directed field trip, we will explore the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Named one of the best places to visit in Philadelphia by national press, it features colorful hammocks, floating gardens, beautiful lights, refreshing craft beer, and food from popular Philly restaurants, making it a summer gathering space for locals and visitors alike. We will depart Spruce Street Park for a walking tour "Children of the Revolution". Returning to the hotel with an hour to relax before dinner.
At a local restaurant