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    Spring and summer are the perfect time to get out and explore the city. What better way than being guided through some of the coolest parts of the city by someone who knows it best? Whether you’re a long-time Philadelphian or just visiting, there are a lot of unique tour experiences in the city. Check out our top picks below, share your experiences with us on Twitter @phillyfunguide

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    Tour and Talk with Mosaic Master Isaiah Zagar
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    April 6th, 2017 - November 16th, 2017

    Magical Mosaics Walking Tours

     

    Take an hour walk into Philadelphia's Magic Gardens' alleyways along South Street to view Isaiah Zagar’s glittering mosaic creations! Led by a trained Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens interpreter, you’ll learn detailed information about Zagar’s technique along with the personal and community stories depicted in his large, shimmering murals. Tour admission also includes general admission to PMG's main site, which includes two galleries, an outdoor sculpture labyrinth, and 3,000 square feet of mosaicked space. Afterward, guests are treated to light refreshments and a sit-down talk with Isaiah Zagar himself!

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    Museum Without Walls: Audio
    Association for Public Art
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    Museum Without Walls

     

    Museum Without Walls™: Audio is a new kind of interpretive program for Philadelphia’s public art. Each audio program is told by a variety of people from all walks of life who are connected to the sculpture by knowledge, experience or affiliation. Nearly 100 “voices” at 35 stops explore 51 sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive.

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    Love Letter Mural Tours
    Mural Arts Program, City of...
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    Love Letter Mural Tours

     

    A collaboration with internationally-renowned artist Stephen Powers, Love Letter is a series of over 50 rooftop murals and street-level signs in and around the Market Street corridor in West Philadelphia, spanning from 46th Street through 63rd Street created during the summer of 2009. On this weekly tour, take a ride on the El subway train accompanied by a Mural Arts Program tour guide to learn intimate details about the renowned Love Letter project and other murals along the way. Tour begins at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Hamilton Building, located at 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19102.  Enter building on Broad Street side at Front Lobby entrance.

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    Art and Architecture Tours
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    September 2nd, 2015 - June 30th, 2020

    Art and Architecture Tours at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

     

    Come for an in-depth look at the Kimmel Center's architecture. This walk along the Avenue of the Arts allows you to view the Center in the context of the cityscape. Tour artworks on display throughout the Kimmel Center, including the Moore Galleries and the recently installed Percent for Art collection. This tour is approximately 90 minutes in duration. Call ahead to schedule your tour.

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    Mural Arts Tours
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    Mural Arts Tours

     

    What better way to spend a beautiful afternoon than discovering authentic Philly street art? Philly Mural Arts have many guided and self-guided walking tours of their many murals across the city. It's a good way to learn the city, discover something new, get in touch with some fantastic art, and support a wonderful city staple program all at once!

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    Big Bus Tour
    Philadelphia Trolley Works and 76...
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    Big Bus Tour

     

    No doubt you've probably seen one of these double decker bad boys crusing across town at some point, why not get on one?! Philadelphia Trolley Works offers this fun, interactive bus tour seven days a week, all day long. Hop on at any of the 21 stops and see exciting Philly landmarks such as the Rocky statue at the Art Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo (America's first zoo!), or Independence Hall. 

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    Taste of Philly Food Tour
    Reading Terminal Market
    March 16th, 2016 - December 29th, 2018

    Taste of Philly Food Tour

     

    Learn about some of Philly's most historic delicacies, while getting to taste them - what could be better than that? Beloved landmark Reading Terminal Market hosts their Taste of Philly Food Tours every Wednesday and Saturday at 10am. Guests can also watch pretzels being made, learn the story behind the Breyers Ice Cream logo, and how Milton Hershey came up with the idea for Hershey's Kisses. 

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    Daytime Historic Site Tours
    Eastern State Penitentiary Historic...
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    Daytime Historic Site Tours @ Eastern State Penitentiary

     

    Once the most famous prison in the country, Eastern State Penitentiary is now one of the most famous historical museums. Explore the cellblocks, Al Capone's famous cell, the solitary confinement cells and Death Row while learning the history of the prison and it's prior occupants.

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    Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
    November 5th, 2017
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    Cruise Penn's Landing to Schuylkill Banks
    Patriot Harbor Lines
    May 14th, 2017 - October 22nd, 2017
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    Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour
    Schuylkill River Development...
    June 1st, 2017 - October 14th, 2017
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    Flavors of Philly
    City Food Tours Philadelphia
    April 6th, 2017 - October 6th, 2018
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    David Rogers' Big Bugs at Tyler Arboretum
    Tyler Arboretum
    June 3rd, 2017 - August 29th, 2017
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    Summer of Spectacle
    Longwood Gardens
    May 27th, 2017 - September 30th, 2017
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    History of Valley Forge Trolley Tour - Summer Season
    The Encampment Store at Valley Forge...
    June 24th, 2017 - August 13th, 2017
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    Puzzling Adventures
    Puzzling Adventures - Philadelphia
    April 22nd, 2017 - October 22nd, 2018
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    Vampire, Sex, and Ghost Tour
    Grim Philly Twilight Tours
    July 20th, 2017 - July 31st, 2017
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    Delaware River Harbor Cruise
    Patriot Harbor Lines
    June 13th, 2017 - December 13th, 2018
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    Flavors of Philly
    City Food Tours Philadelphia
    June 20th, 2017 - August 20th, 2017
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    Kimmel Center Building and Theater Tours
    Kimmel Center for the Performing...
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    Love Letter Mural Tours
    Mural Arts Program, City of...
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    Museum Without Walls: Audio
    Association for Public Art
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    Exhibit: Jewish Flight into China
    Pearl S. Buck International®
    January 24th, 2017 - August 31st, 2017
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    The Barnes Foundation
    The Barnes Foundation
    April 13th, 2017 - October 13th, 2018
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    Art Splash: Baby Bird Playdate
    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    June 27th, 2017 - September 1st, 2017
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    Schuylkill Banks Moonlight Kayak Tour
    Schuylkill River Development...
    June 10th, 2017 - September 16th, 2017
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    FREE Brewery Tours - Philadelphia Brewing Co.
    Philadelphia Brewing Company
    June 24th, 2017 - December 22nd, 2018
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    "Stitch to Learn, Learn to Stitch" Exhibit
    Pennypacker Mills
    March 1st, 2017 - January 31st, 2018
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    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Philadelphia
    Urban Adventure Quest
    July 2nd, 2017 - September 30th, 2018
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    History in HD
    Philadelphia Urban Adventures
    May 10th, 2016 - March 31st, 2021
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    Horse Drawn Tour
    Philadelphia Trolley Works and 76...
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    Philly PHLASH
    Independence Visitor Center
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