Philadelphia City Guide

By: Mary Mihaly

Philadelphia Organized Tours Overview

©2006 Edward Savaria Jr. Philadelphia's Ride the Ducks tour takes sightseers past manyof the city's historic sights and into the Delaware River.

Touring in Philadelphia is about having fun while you learn. Take the I Glide Segway Tour (877-GLIDE-81). Segways are self-balancing scooters that save your legs from the wear and tear of walking. After a hands-on training session near the Museum of Art, the escorted tour will have you gliding along the sidewalks for three hours.

If you're drawn to the darker side of things, you'll love Ghosts of Philadelphia (5th and Chestnut Sts), featuring burial grounds, potters fields, and the ghosts of traitors and heroes, all by candlelight.


The Neighborhood Tourism Network takes visitors into the Latino community, through the Jewish culture, or to an understanding of Philly's role in the Civil Rights struggle, among other offerings. Philly also has a Ride the Ducks tour (6th and Chestnut Sts), a wacky ride past the historic attractions and into the Delaware River.

And by all means, take a popular horse-drawn Carriage Tour (5th and Chestnut or 6th and Market Sts), but not on a hot summer afternoon. The horses call it a day when the temperature reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit, so plan your tour in the cooler morning hours.

Of course, you'll need a place to call home in between doing all of these activities. On the next page, learn about the hotels in Philadelphia.