A private tour with Philadelphia Urban Adventures is always a completely custom itinerary, created just for you and your group! A private tour of the history and influence of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community can be from 2 to 10 hours, depending on the itinerary. Pick-up and drop-off locations are the group’s choice.
While many visitors to Philadelphia have specific sites they would like to see, many are happy to let our team create a custom itinerary that fits their interests, budget, mobility, and timeline. Typically, tours spend most of their time in and around the Old City and Gayborhood areas, but we welcome any ideas for your dream tour. Below are some sample itineraries to use as inspiration for your perfect tour:
Highlights Tour: Designed to give you a taste of the history and influence of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community, this tour will keep you in and around the Gayborhood and Old City areas. Starting in Old City, you can visit the Arch Street Meeting House where the 1979 Gay Rights March in Washington DC was planned, and the Liberty Bell, site of “reminder marches” in the 1960s, the precursor to many national demonstrations. Then head to the Gayborhood to explore Philly’s local LGBTQ culture. Stroll down charming streets and take in many of the colorful murals depicting local civil rights events, check out the Walnut Street Theatre (the country’s oldest theatre), or pop into some of the community centers opened to support Philly’s LGBTQ community. You’ll end up in the heart of it all, with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and other historical sights nearby.
Half-Day Tour: A half-day tour allows more opportunity to explore Philadelphia’s LGBTQ history and culture. You’ll take your time discovering the Gayborhood, where you can visit the country’s first gay-owned bookstore, see the William Way Center filled with Philly’s LGBTQ archives and art exhibits, check out more of the beautiful murals throughout Center City, or grab a drink or a meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes throughout Old City and the Gayborhood. You may even have time to head to Philly AIDS Thrift, a few blocks outside of the Gayborhood, for some of the best thrift shopping in the city!
Full-Day Tour: A full-day tour gives you the chance to explore more of Philadelphia, in addition to the Gayborhood. Starting out earlier in the day, you may have time to stroll through the picturesque Society Hill neighborhood with its beautiful Revolution-era architecture, pop into Reading Terminal Market for a look at the foodie side of Philly, spend some more time exploring the Historical District and Independence Mall, or wander in and out of the many antique shops and boutiques throughout the Gayborhood. You could also visit other must-see spots around Philadelphia or do your own Philly cheesesteak taste-test at the best spots in town!
Inclusions: We will work with you to include whatever you need in accordance with your wishes and budget.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Additional Information: This tour runs year-round and will proceed rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page