Philadelphia, the most historic city of the United States, is the perfect place to spend quality time. Curious tourists have no shortage of exciting things to do here. The city has abundant attractions, and every kind of visitor has something to admire. The historical buildings are one their kind. Explore the city with one day, two days, or three days tour.
Hop on the open top bus to discover the iconic city. The major attractions include the City Hall, which is the Beaux-Arts style monument. The 360-degree view from the observation deck is incredible. Don’t forget to look up before entering the building as there is a huge bronze statue of William Penn atop. On entering the City Hall, you can see the City Council Chamber, Conversation Hall, the Mayor’s reception room, and the Supreme Court Room.
Visit the sprawling 55 acres Independence National Historical Park where you will find various landmarks such as The Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin Museum and the Independence Hall. The bell is a symbol of America’s freedom and also played a major role in the abolition of slavery. It is over 250 years that Liberty Bell is ringing the changes in society.
Stroll through the memory lane and oldest residential street at Elfreth’s Alley. This is an excellent example of early streetscapes of America where you will get to know the working classes during the 18th century. The city also treasures The Love Sculpture, which is an excellent example of public art. Visit the Betsy Rose House and wander to the place where the first-star banner flag was stitched.
Explore boathouse Row, the beautiful part of Schuylkill River, which houses 15 Victorian buildings. Each is constructed uniquely. The first Boathouse is a public facility. Boathouse numbers 2 to 14 are clubs that belong to Schuylkill Navy. The number 15 belongs to Sedgeley Club.
Delve into the City’s rich culture by heading to The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The steps are popularly known as Rocky Steps because of the iconic scene of 1976 film Rocky. If you are fond of food, then the Reading Terminal market is the best place for you. It is the oldest and the best market in the United States. Try varieties of cheese steak sandwiches from stalls that sell fresh farm products and delicious seafood.
Relax in the center of the lively city at Rittenhouse Square. The best time to visit this place is during art exhibitions or annual flower market. You will love the place when flowers bloom in full. Visit the most prestigious and biggest building in Philadelphia the ‘Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.’ The shrines, arts, statues, and altars enhance its beauty. Here you can use a smartphone for a free self-guided tour of 20minutes. You can ask for help from Cathedral Ambassadors too.
Add Fun to your trip by visiting the Magic garden. Here you will be amazed to see the installation of found objects such as bike wheels, colorful glass bottles, and other stuff. The other fun sights include the Please Touch Museum. At this place, you can touch everything present. Adults and kids enjoy this place and learn together. The best time for sightseeing is during the day, but some attractions are worth to visit at night such as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Stroll along the Race Street Pier and see the iconic landmark. This is an excellent spot for a picnic. Grab the blanket and some snacks and enjoy the sightseeing to the fullest.
First Bus: 9:30am from Stop #1 - Independence Visitor Center (Museum of the American Revolution, SW Corner of 6th and Market Street).
Last Bus: 4:30pm from at Stop #1
Full Circuit Time: 90 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 30 minutes
Zoo Loop (Red Route) (Suspended):
First Bus: 10:28am from Stop #15 (Rocky Steps).
Last Bus: 5:00pm (5:30pm Saturdays) at Stop #15 (Rocky Steps)
Full Loop Time: 30 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: every 20-30 minutes.
Night Tour (Suspended):
First Bus: 8:00pm from Stop #6 (corner of 12th & Filbert Streets)
Last Bus: 8:00pm from Stop #6 (corner of 12th & Filbert Streets)
Full Loop Time: 90 minutes (approx.)
Please note: this night tour is not a hop-on, hop-off tour. We do stop to give you the opportunity to climb the Rocky Steps at the Art Museum and take a picture of Philadelphia's night time skyline.
Classic Ticket (Panoramic Tour):
Show the Mobile/ Printed ticket to the staff member at our bus stops, and you will receive a receipt that you will use to hop on the big bus. This receipt is must throughout the validity period of your ticket.
A staff member of Big Bus Tours will check the code present on the ticket during bus boarding.
You can redeem your e-ticket within 12 months from purchase date.
To view bus stop locations, timetables, maps of the city, and many more things you can download the free app available in Google Play or App Store.
Tour times are subject to change due to public holidays, weather conditions and cruise ship arrivals.
Deep bus cleans: All of our buses are deep cleaned daily and regularly sanitised throughout the day
Temperate checks and appropriate PPE for all staff: Before boarding our buses, all of our staff have their temperature checked and have the appropriate PPE to keep them and our customers safe
Seamless Online Booking: To minimise the contact between our staff and customers, we have a seamless online booking process which means there's no printing involved - simply show your digital ticket to the driver who will scan it using our contact-less payment process
On-board hand sanitising: We have hand sanitising stations on all of our buses which you can use as often as required.
Maintaining safe distances: We encourage a safe distance between all customers and staff and signs are posted throughout the buses as a reminder
Single use headsets: We provide all customers with single use headsets to enjoy the tour, but you're also welcome to bring your own to plug in!
No cancellation charges up to 24 hours before the chosen travel date.