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Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour provided by Philadelphia Urban Adventures

Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 20-07-27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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Updated 20-07-27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Discover the cultural richness of South Philadelphia on this walking tour, a great choice for first-time visitors who might worry about navigating a new city on foot. Taste your way through the South Ninth Street Italian Market, take in the South Street sights, and see the colorful mosaics of Isaiah Zagar at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (admission included). Then hop on a public bus to Queen Village and stroll past Fabric Row.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    601 S 9th St
    601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
    Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing
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  • 1
    Italian Market
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 2
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    South Street
  • You'll end at
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
    We will end at the Magic Gardens in the Bella Vista neighborhood, with access to convenient transportation.
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Highlights
  • Worry-free exploration of South Philadelphia with a guide
  • See more of Philadelphia in less time—ideal for first-time visitors
  • A small-group tour for a more personalized, up-close experience
  • Skip the ticket line at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
What to Expect
Meet your guide in South Philly to start your walking tour. Explore Philadelphia’s charming Bella Vista neighborhood and peruse the delis, bakeries, and food stalls at the 9th Street Italian Market, the nation’s oldest open-air market. Catch your first glimpse of local artist Isaiah Zagar’s murals and recreate a scene from the blockbuster film 'Rocky.' Then skip the ticket line at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and explore the indoor galleries and outdoor mosaic art installation. Learn more about Zagar’s one-of-a-kind mosaics and hear stories about the city’s history. Next hop on a public bus and ride to the historic Queen Village neighborhood. Wander among narrow city blocks lined with pubs and cafes, and stroll past Fabric Row to see the city’s largest concentration of fabric shops. Your Philadelphia walking tour ends in South Philly.
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Important Information
Departure Point
601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Inclusions
  • English-speaking Local Guide
  • Food samples
  • Admission to Philadelphia Magic Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Attire: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is recommended; make sure to check the weather report for rain
  • 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; please select ‘child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge; at the time of booking, please advise if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6 years in the 'special requirements' box on the checkout page
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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mcubed wrote a review Oct. 2020
Glendale, California1,817 contribution14 helpful votes
This was our second tour with Nina during our week in Philadelphia (we also took the History in HD tour with her). Once again she did not disappoint. We were lucky to get inside information from her as a local to this specific location. We were treated to snacks and tasters
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded Oct. 27, 2020
You had Nina as your guide twice in one week?!? That's a pretty great way to see Philly. And when it comes to the Italian Market, no one knows the stories of that wonderful place quite like Nina. Thank you for leaving this review and for choosing Philly UA twice to explore this incredible city.
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Dahee K wrote a review Aug. 2020
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Our tour guides, Adam and Dick were great. They were talking and showing us about the great art program and the local culture around south Philly; especially the Magic Garden and the Italian market that all the locals grew up on. We thoroughly enjoyed talking and exploring the
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded Aug. 31, 2020
Hello Dahee, thank you so much for this review! It was our pleasure to show you around South Philly, despite the little bit of rain. I'm glad you were able to enjoy some tasty bites in the market and view the wonderful murals and mosaics of the neighborhood. I love giving that tour! I hope you take another day trip down to Philly soon....there is much more to explore!
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beachlover001 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Alexandria, Virginia47 contributions15 helpful votes
We really enjoyed the “Markets, Mosaics and Magic Tour” with Nicole. The tour was about 3 hours plus time at the Magic Gardens which was the perfect amount of time. We saw lots of mosaics and beautiful murals and Nicole did a great job of giving us background and history behind
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded Apr. 7, 2020
The reason why we love to offer guests the Markets, Mosaics and Magic tour is because South Philly has so much to offer beyond the wonderful Italian market. The public art in that neighborhood is incredible, especially the mosaics at the Magic Gardens. This tour gives you the total South Philly experience. Plus, Nicole is always thrilled to show South Philly off to guests. Her love for the city is palpable. Thank you for choosing Philadelphia Urban Adventures and for taking the time to write this great review. Be well!
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Elanit R wrote a review Feb. 2020
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We had a wonderful tour with Annett! She was so Knowledgeable and passionate about the art and magic or South Philly. Her relationships with store owners made the experience personal, warm, and inviting. We will definitely be back to explore further based on this very positive
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded Apr. 7, 2020
Yes, Annett (and the rest of our incredible team) have built very strong relationships with the vendors of the Italian Market. This allows our guests to see the market and learn its history and its vital role in the neighborhood through the eyes of the people who keep it going. That is what sets our Urban Adventures tours apart from the others. We are so glad you got to experience that. Thank you for choosing us and for writing this amazing review!
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NielsH164 wrote a review Feb. 2020
The Netherlands102 contributions27 helpful votes
Great tour, on one day Adam was our guide for the Italian market , showing us around there and allowed us to taste some delicious food on the way. Our group was happy to see Adam was our tour guide the following day also with the Founding Fathers tour which was great too. He has
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: South Philly Markets, Mosaics, Magic Small Group Tour
Responded Apr. 7, 2020
Thank you very much for this review! I really enjoyed being with your group for those two days. We got to see so much of the city, and you all asked great questions (which all tour guides love, btw). I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia again in the future. Be well!
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About the operator

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By: Philadelphia Urban Adventures
Peggykerr
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Fabulous Italian market tour
Our tour guide, Nicole Novack was extremely knowledgeable of the area. She was excellent and super informative abo
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Bastet15
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Excellent tour
Really awesome tour of Old City Guide was very informative and had interesting facts about the area and sights Que
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622lilyr
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Fabulous one on one tour
Josh was an amazing tour guide! The tour was extremely factual and the tour seemed to be geared toward the interest
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mb6365
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9th Street Italian Market tour
Our guide/chef was excellent. She grew up in the area. She knew the people and food. After living in the Philadelp
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aaushana
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Great tour!
This was a wonderful walking tour to learn the history of Philadelphia’s most historic part of town. Our guide, How
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never2Late2gO
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Can't say enough great things
This was a perfect intro to this beautiful city. Mike, the guide, was so amazing and knowledgeable. The driving t
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838tracir
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BEST.DAY.EVER with Howard!
A short stay in Philadelphia was jam packed with knowledge , fun and sightseeing on this walking tour. We could not
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mcubed
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Great Philly ice breaker
There was just two of us on this tour so it was like having a private guide. Nina was friendly and knowledgeable an
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508randyj
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Excellent Tour
Incredible tour. Our guide brought American history back to life! We truly enjoyed hearing about our founding fath
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263travisa
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Wonderfully immersive and insightful
Chuck was awesome. Knew all the intricacies of the neighborhood and brought a ton of local perspective to the tour.
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263travisa
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Wonderful Tour
My wife and I chose to do a tour on our first visit to Philly. Howard was an incredibly knowledgeable guide and cat
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Alwayslookingformore
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Amazing
Our tour guy Howard was so knowledgeable and entertaining, we learned so much stuff that wants you to keep on going
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N7003WIamandap
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Fantastic Tour!
We had such a great tour with Rob. He was so knowledgeable and made the history fun and enjoyable to listen too. He
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JenPHL1625
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Awesome tour through Philly - Howard was a great guide!
We loved our "History in HD" tour of Philadelphia! Howard was a wonderful guide who was extremely knowledgeable abo
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ctopper77
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Howard is a great guide!
My fiancee' and I just moved to Philadelphia and wanted to get to know the city's history better. Howard knows the
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