Philadelphia

Great Philadelphia 12 Hour Tour – 10/1/11

Great Philadelphia 12 Hour Tour

Philadelphia, PA. On Saturday, October 1, 2011, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) is conducting its second annual “Philadelphia, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Great Twelve Hour Tour.” The Great Tour is a celebration of the City of Philadelphia and the hundreds of historical sites, performing venues, organizations and resources it has to offer both visitors and residents. The Tour showcases the talents, commitment and expertise of our hard working tour guides.

This FREE guided walking tour, covering over 200 historic sites and attractions, kicks off at 8:00 a.m. at WHYY Studios near Independence Park and winds to a close around 8:00 p.m. at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill River.

Led by expert guides from the tour association, the walking tour is divided into four consecutive 3-hour phases with different launch sites for each phase. Participants can elect to walk the entire tour from start to finish, or join in at any phase of the tour. Each launch site offers refreshments and public rest rooms.

Staging sites and meet-up times for the four-phase tour are:
8:00 am WHYY Studios lobby, 150 N. 6th Street, south of Race Street, for Old City tour;
11:00 am The Bourse, 5th Street entrance, between Market and Chestnut Streets, for Society Hill tour;
2:00 pm Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street, front entrance, for Center City tour;
5:00 pm City Hall, Center Courtyard, Broad & Market Streets, for Rittenhouse to the Schuylkill tour.

Reservations for the Great Philly Tour, which are recommended, can be made online at APT’s website www.phillyguides.org/great-tour-2011.aspx or at www.ushistory.org/greattour/index.htm.

APT welcomes sponsorships from area businesses and organizations that wish to offer refreshments, shopping or site visit coupon discounts to support the tour program. The tour is co-sponsored by: ushistory.org, The Philadelphia Neighborhood Consortium, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, and the lôkãdôt iPhone app.

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, founded in January 2009, is open to professional and volunteer tour guides, docents, re-enactors and other enthusiasts of Philadelphia’s history and architecture (www.phillyguides.org). The group, which currently numbers over 120 members, published its first tour guide manual in 2011 and also offers a certification program and exam for aspiring and seasoned Philadelphia tour guides.

For more information about the Great Philly Tour, please contact APT President, Bob Skiba 215-627-8165, bobskiba@verizon.net Greta Greenberger
City Hall Tour Director
121 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 686-2840
Fax: (215) 686-2555
greta.greenberger@phila.gov