The Preservation Alliance’s guided walking tours cover the city from Broad Street to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and beyond, interpreting the past, present and future of the Philadelphia region as expressed through architecture and urban design. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
With the sun emerging from its loooooong winter hibernation, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the city.
Not sure where to begin? The Preservation Alliance makes it easy as it kicks off its 2014 season of guided architectural walking tours.
From Queen Village to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and beyond, the organization offers more than 60 themed tours that are sure to give participants a new appreciation for Philly’s rich heritage, unique design and social history.
All 56 tour leaders are volunteers who are anxious to share their knowledge and passion with everyone from architecture novices to experts.
Start times and locations vary, so be sure to check the website for a full tour schedule.
Each tour costs $10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for Preservation Alliance members, and is free for children 10 and under. Each route takes roughly 1-1.5 hours. As most of the tours take place completely outdoors, make sure to dress for the weather.
The Preservation Alliance does not take reservations, so participation is on a first come, first served basis. The most popular routes can fill up fast – be sure to claim your spot early.
Preservation Alliance Architectural Walking Tours
When: May through October
Where: Various locations in and around Center City
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for Preservation Alliance members, free for children 10 and under
More info: www.preservationalliance.com