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Art And Culture Tour Of South Philly

From US$ 39 per person
Excellent 5.0
Based on 4 Reviews
  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Explore some of the most historic neighborhoods in the US
  • Visit the exciting South Street
  • Watch Zagar's unique mosiacs at the Magic Gardens
  • Discover South Philly like a local
Art, culture, diversity and of course, the spirit of Rocky lives on in South Philly! Join this Philadelphia tour to see just how eclectic this gritty city is. From Jewish delis to Italian markets, churches, cemeteries, and public art, South Philly is a slice of the real Philly.

Take on the diversity of Philly in the best way possible – local style!  Begin your Philadelphia neighbourhood tour on the ever-colourful South Street.  Follow your local guide through the streets of the Bella Vista neighbourhood for your first glimpse of some beautiful mosaics. We’ll swing by a historic deli, duck into a tempting bakery, and marvel at the sights, smells, and sounds of the famous Italian Market.

The market is the oldest and largest everyday open-air market in America, and you’ll soon understand why it is one of Philly’s must-see attractions. Tempt your taste buds as we wander past the myriad of local stores carrying everything from cheese, chocolate, spices, and olive oils, to the best bakeries, butcher shops, and produce stalls. We’ll take the time to mix with business owners and residents, taste some samples, and hear stories of early immigrants to the city. It was also here that Rocky ran through the streets on one of his famous training runs — feel free to recreate this scene yourself!

We'll continue this Philadelphia city tour with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which showcases the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. This amazing place includes a fully mosaicked indoor gallery and a massive outdoor labyrinthine mosaic structure. Here your guide will fill you in on the local tales of this area, giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about this classic Philly spot.

From the Magic Gardens, we’ll either take a stroll or catch a local bus down Philly’s eclectic and dynamic South Street.  Get your counter-culture fix here, and, in the spirit of being a bona fide local on South Street, you can make an appointment for your new Urban Adventures tattoo.

Finally, we take a peek into one of the country’s most historic neighbourhoods, Queen Village, to soak in the character of this charming corner of Philadelphia.  We finish the tour back on South Street for a chance to ask your local guide where you should eat, drink, and shop after the tour.

Need a place to stay?

Heading to Philly without a place to rest your head? Have no fear — the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel is ready to welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love! As our preferred accommodation partner in Philadelphia, we recommend grabbing a room there if you haven't already booked any accommodation. Sleep tight!
what’s included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Some food samples
  • Admission to the mosaic gallery.
what’s excluded
  • Personal shopping
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3.5 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Philadelphia, USA
Good to know Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Make sure to check the weather report for rain!

Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 4 reviews
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5 - Excellent
“Nina was the perfect tour guide. Very knowledgeable and willing to share what she knows. She even took me to the community garden where she gardens which was not part of the original tour, but that I appreciated very much.”
From At
5 - Excellent
“Chuck did a great job and will again when you hire him to run your European tours.”
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5 - Excellent
“We had a blast, learned a lot, and fell in love with the Italian Market and the mosaics! Kenny, our tour guide, was fun to be with and did an excellent job.”
From At
5 - Excellent
“Our guide was Kendra and she was fabulous. So knowledgeable and outgoing. We lucked out and had a private tour (just 3 of us signed up for the day.) Kendra gave us opportunities to customize our tour a bit and was so enthusiastic about the neighborhood. We absolutely loved it.”
Cancellation Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.
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