Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Best Sightseeing Experience!

Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

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Tour Information

Since Philadelphia is best seen by foot, The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia guides you through the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired. The Constitutional tells the dramatic stories of the brave men and women who were responsible for creating America.

Founded in 1682 by William Penn, Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States, and it is the second largest city on the East Coast with a metropolitan area population of approximately 5.8 million people.

Today, history lives side by side with a vibrant 21st Century city, and while you walk through history, be sure to take in the local flavor of the area’s restaurants, the sites and sounds of the area’s artists and the cultures of the area’s diverse population.


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What You'll See on the Tour

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National Constitution Center

Welcome to The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia the All-American Tour of America's birthplace.  It all started back in 1682 when Philadelphia was founded by William Penn.  At that time, Philadelphia was under British rule, and ... Read more
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President's House

This open-air President’s House commemorates the predecessor the White House where President George Washington and President John Adams lived while they were in office, while Philadelphia was the Capital City of the United States from 179... Read more
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Declaration House

Declaration House, or Graff House as it is also referred to, is on the site where Thomas Jefferson lived when he wrote The Declaration of Independence, appealing to the natural principles of justice and equality. 
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Signers' Walk

Signers' Walk pays tribute to the Founding Fathers who were members of the Second Continental Congress who risked their lives, reputations and fortunes by signing The Declaration of Independence. Each plaque along Signers’ Walk bears the ... Read more
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The Liberty Bell

As the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House, which is today called Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell rang many times for public announcements. It may have rung on July 8, 1776 to announce the first public reading of The Declarati... Read more
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Congress Hall

Constructed between 1787 and 1789 as the Philadelphia County Court House, Congress Hall served as the United States Capitol, the meeting place of the United States Congress, from 1790 to 1800, when Philadelphia was the Capital of the United... Read more
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Independence Hall

Independence Hall, the birthplace of America, was built in 1732 as the Pennsylvania State House. Within this hallowed hall, the Second Continental Congress met in May 1775, and The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In... Read more
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Old City Hall

The United States Supreme Court met here from 1791 until 1800 when the Capital of the United States was moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Early members of the Supreme Court included: John Jay, Chief Justice, 1789 to 1795; Oliver E... Read more
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Philosophical Hall

The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 as a home for thinkers about nature, machines, industry and governance. It was founded through the outgrowth of an idea fostered by Benjamin Franklin, and it is the oldest learned socie... Read more
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Signers' Garden

Take note of the statue called The Signer.  Inspired by George Clymer, Philadelphia merchant, statesman and signer of both The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States, The Signer commemorates the spirit of all... Read more
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Library Hall

The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, was housed on the site of Library Hall from 1790 to 1880; the Library Company served as the Library of Congress from 1774 to 1800. In the 1880s, the Library Company ... Read more
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Second Bank of the United States

Completed in 1824, the Second Bank of the United States is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture, modeled on the Parthenon in Greece. The Second Bank was designed by William Strickland who was known as the “city archite... Read more
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Carpenters' Hall

Carpenters’ Hall was built in 1770. The First Continental Congress met at Carpenters’ Hall in September 1774 to draw up a Declaration of Rights and Grievances and an appeal to King George III. This was in response to the Colonies’ out... Read more
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New Hall Military Museum

The New Hall Military Museum is devoted to interpreting the role of the military in early American history. This building is a reconstruction of the one built by the Carpenters’ Company in 1791, and it originally housed the office of the ... Read more
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First Bank of the United States

The First Bank of the United States was chartered by Congress and President Washington in 1791 under the direction of the Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. Architecturally, the First Bank of the United States building won wide acclaim... Read more
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Fragments of Franklin Court

Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, was a very accomplished author, diplomat, inventor, philanthropist, political pundit, printer, statesman and scientist during his 84-year life. Franklin’s house once stood in Frankli... Read more
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Christ Church

Often called the “Nation’s Church,” this Episcopalian church has been an active parish since 1695, and it is where Benjamin Franklin, Absalom Jones, Robert Morris, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Rush and George Washington worshipped. It was the... Read more
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Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House, a row home built in 1740, has been restored to about the year 1777, and it commemorates Betsy Ross’ legend and history. In 1777, Ross was commissioned by George Washington to create the first American Flag. Although ... Read more
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Arch Street Meeting House

Built in 1804 on land that William Penn gave to the Quakers in 1693, the Arch Street Friends Meeting House is the oldest Friends Meeting House still in use in Philadelphia, and it is the largest in the world. The Society of Friends grew out... Read more
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Benjamin Franklin's Grave

Christ Church Burial Ground is one of America’s most interesting graveyards from the Colonial and Revolutionary Eras; the burial ground has 1,400 markers on two acres. The graveyard is the final resting place for some of America’s most ... Read more
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