10 Things To Do Outside In Philadelphia - Updated 2022

things to do outside in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and offers an incredible amount of history to explore including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were originally signed. It is also known for several American Revolutionary sites. Of note to visit is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where you will be welcomed by a view of Sylvester Stallone’s run during the movie, “Rocky.” There is so much to do in this exciting, sprawling city, whether partaking in a brewery tour, taking a night or day bus tour or for something different in a fun Segway tour. There is also much history and culture to enjoy and some great restaurants and bars. Explore some of the best things to do outside in Philadelphia by scrolling below.

1. Philadelphia Segway tour (from USD 55.0)

Explore the city in a different way, riding a Segway along with other visitors. This is an entertaining and educational way to explore the city while choosing a one- or two-hour guided group tour. Ride your Segway through the historic district of Philadelphia, or head to Penn’s Landing, the Italian Market, Society Hill and Benjamin Franklin Parkway while taking a five to 10-mile loop around the city. Visitors will be provided with a Segway and will receive photos of their tour. Always ensure that the correct clothing is worn to suit the weather as it can get pretty cold in the cooler months.

Philadelphia Segway Tour with Historic District, Society Hill

Duration: 2 hours

287 reviews

2. Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia (from USD 47.0)

Learn more about the exciting history of Pennsylvania in a two-hour guided tour, visiting sights relating to the birth of freedom in America. Visit the Liberty Bell, view the outside of the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and visit the original home of George Washington, America’s first President.​ After getting to know the history of the city, head to the art galleries and restaurants of the Old City, ending the tour with a cold beverage at a local bar.

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Duration: 2 hours

803 reviews

3. Constitutional walking tour of Philadelphia (from USD 23.0)

This 90-minute Philadelphia guided tour allows you to visit America’s birthplace, visiting some of the city’s most exciting historic sites. Visit the Independence National Historic Park along with 20 more historic sites, including the Liberty Bell Center. Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House, Declaration House, and more.

Philadelphia Constitutional Walking Tour with Guide

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

652 reviews

4. South Philly culture tour including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery (from USD 51.0)

Enjoy a culture tour of South Philly, visiting exciting sites like the Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery and the 9th Street Italian Market. Lasting for approximately three hours and 30 minutes, the tour takes you through the exciting cultural diversity of this iconic and historic part of the city. Enjoy browsing at the famous 9th Street Italian market where tasty food can be sampled. The tour includes entrance to the Magic Gardens. You will catch a public bus down to South Street with its blend of eclectic eateries, shops, and bars. you may also visit Fabric Row where the country’s largest selection of fabric shops is located.

9th Street Italian Market, Magic Garden South Philly Tour

Duration: 3 hours

166 reviews

5. Haunted Philadelphia: Spirits of '76 ghost tour (from USD 19.0)

If you enjoy the spookier side of things, this haunted tour of Philadelphia is right up your street. This 75-minute tour takes you to more than 20 of Philadelphia’s most scary sites, visiting the ghosts of 1976. The tour takes you to haunted Independence Hall while also visiting paranormal experiences on Pine Street. Along the way, learn all the facts and folklore of haunted Philadelphia, while listening to some really spooky stories. At the same time, you can explore the monuments of the city under the moon-lit sky. Besides visiting the Old City, you will also enjoy some famous filming locations, including the sets of “National Treasure” and of course “The Sixth Sense” of “I-see-dead-people” fame. It’ll be a great evening if you can dare to do it!

Haunted Philadelphia: Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

64 reviews

6. Dark Philly adult night tour (from USD 30.0)

This wonderful night tour is only suitable for adults and no children are allowed. The tour was developed by a local university professor who has much knowledge of the darker side of Philadelphia. The tour covers exciting themes like ghosts and vampires and more. Only for the brave of heart, this night tour under the moonlight is fascinating even as the participants learn about the spooky side of Philadelphia’s past. Each location visited along the way will be illuminated.

Dark Philly Adult Night Tour

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

1334 reviews

7. Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour of Philadelphia (from USD 36.0)

Enjoy exploring the city on a Double Decker Hop-On and Hop-Off tour, viewing the city from the top of the bus, choosing where to get off and later getting back on the bus again. You have the choice. There are 27 of the cities’ best attractions to explore, including the United States Mint, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and more. The bus takes a 90-minute tour through the city and offers 27 stops. Along the way,​ you will receive an ongoing narration to help you learn the history and heritage of Philadelphia, which is one of the oldest cities in America. Better yet, you get to use your ticket over a two-day period to ensure you visit the important and exciting highlights of the city.

Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Philadelphia (1, 2, or 3-Day)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

271 reviews

8. Sip of Philly brewery tour (from USD 90.0)

If you like artisanal spirits and craft beers, Philadelphia is one of the best cities to enjoy them. For a really great night out, head on a bus trip around the city to visit the best-accomplished producers while enjoying some generous tasting along the way. First, meet up with your guide in the city center before heading to three of the best breweries and distilleries​, where you will enjoy a tour of the facility while enjoying tastings. A classic Philadelphia snack and a bottle of water are provided to keep you going.

Sip of Philly Brewery Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

16 reviews

9. One Liberty Observation Deck Philadelphia: Sun and stars pass (from USD 22.0)

Visit the One Liberty Observation Deck for a real night-and-day experience. Your ticket allows you two visits, which means you can ascend the tower once during the day to enjoy panoramic views over Philadelphia and then return for a nighttime visit to view the city lights from the best location in town. Learn the history of the city from the educational displays while getting great views of the local landmarks by using the touch screens. At 833 feet (253 meters) over the city,​ you are sure to enjoy some wonderful photo opportunities

Philadelphia One Liberty Observation Deck: Double Visit Ticket

Duration: 2 days

5 reviews

10. Philadelphia pub crawl (from USD 67.0)

For one of the best nights out, take an educational pub crawl through Philadelphia. Enjoy the brew culture of Philadelphia on a new level, by taking a two-hour beer tasting tour of the city. You will get to visit three of the best Philly pubs, learning the history of the establishment while drinking a full beer at each. Your tour guide will give information about the local bar scene with one snack supplied. Additional drinks and food can be purchased for an additional fee while enjoying one of the best happy hours ever.

Philadelphia Beer-Tasting Pub Crawl With Snacks, Guide

Duration: 2 hours

10 reviews

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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