Known affectionately as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA is a much under-rated tourist destination. Thanks to a succession of forward-looking mayors since the late nineties, old, familiar, but somewhat jaded Philly, has been lifted up, brushed down and spruced up. Ugly neighborhoods have been transformed, the long-standing significant heritage has been revitalized, and cultural offerings improved. The grand city is no longer just the place to see the Liberty Bell or chow down on cheese steaks; Philadelphia is a great place for family trips with excellent tours to be experienced and enjoyed.

The Two-Wheeled Tour of Philadelphia – Without a Bike!

If time is limited, or you want the convenience of a ready-made sightseeing itinerary, Detours has a small select menu of tours, excitingly done on a Segway. The method of transport means it is not suitable for families with little ones, but for anyone old enough to control the device, it’s a great way to see all the main sites of Philadelphia. Available as either a ninety-minute or three-hour tour, the trip takes in the Central City, Chinatown and the Old City, with commentary and stories from experienced, knowledgeable guides. For the longer tour, the Museum of Art, Rittenhouse Square and the Schuylkill River Trail are added to the route.

It’s Not Just Art for Art’s Sake

It’s sometimes hard to drag kids along to museums and galleries with a modicum of enthusiasm, but the Mural Tour of Philadelphia presents a unique experience that delights young and old. Uniting the community and transforming public spaces, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest of its kind in the US. The official line is that it is indeed, the largest outdoor gallery in the world. The tour takes you through Philly’s streets and open spaces to view colorful, vibrant and thought-provoking murals, oft in the most unlikely places.

Put Philadelphia to the Taste Test

Lasting more than two hours, and visiting six renowned eateries, the Philly Food Tour brings you up close and personal with the three-hundred-year-old neighbourhood of Manayunk. This historic district lies along the Schuylkill River, and the trail is packed with bakeries, delis and other specialty food shops. The tour guide will regale you with commentary and tales of the architecture, culture and history of this charming area, and lead you into tastings at some of the finest establishments en route. Get the whole family’s taste buds tingling with thoughts of handmade pretzels, warm Italian breads, fine coffee, trendy cupcakes, deli sandwiches and of course, the ubiquitous Philly cheese steak.

Set Sail to See the Sights

Seeing the city from the water is probably not the first thing that comes to mind, but the view of Philadelphia from the deck of a schooner is a unique experience. All the famous Philadelphia landmarks are visible during the ninety-minute sail on the Summer Wind along the Delaware River, including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Adventure Aquarium, the Moshulu, Campbell’s Field, the U.S.S. Olympia and Battleship New Jersey. The afternoon sail departs from Penn’s Landing at the Independence Seaport Museum, so it can easily be combined with a morning tour of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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PhiladelphiaJames Loesch

Families can make easy enjoyment of visiting Philadelphia with the diversity of tours that present the best of the city.

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Guest post contributed by Ericka Leiser on behalf of the Marriott.com – Ericka is a freelance writer who enjoys travelling and writing about her experiences. Her articles appear on various travel blogs. To find out more about Philadelphia Hotels, visit their website.