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South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery

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Join a local guide in South Philly on a small-group tour of public art, markets and other hidden gems in historic Philadelphia neighborhoods like Queen Village. Pass by bakeries, delis and butcher shops en route to the famed 9th Street Italian Market, where you can peruse the food stalls. Then visit the one-of-a-kind mosaics gallery at Magic Gardens, and ride a local bus down dynamic South Street or Pine Street before finishing at Fabric Row. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
You'll start at
601 S 9th St
601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USACorner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing
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    Philadelphia Urban Adventures
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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    Italian Market
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    South Street
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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You'll end at
400 South St
400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
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  • 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 at the corner of Ninth and South streets to start your South Philly 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 spend about half an hour exploring 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 at the corner of Fourth and South streets.
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Important Information
Departure Point
601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Departure Time
10:00 AM
3h 30m
Return Details
400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
  • Local guide
  • Food samples
  • Bus token
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia Urban Adventures
  • Entry/Admission - Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
  • Personal shopping
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Nicole from Urban Adventures was a superb tour guide! My 3 daughters & I really enjoyed all of Nicole’s history tales - her passion & enthusiasm were evident & the 3 hour tour flew by. Would definitely recommend .. the cheese deli shop & butchers were great too!
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
Responded 2 weeks ago
The Italian Market and the Magic Gardens are gems of Philadelphia, and we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your journey with Nicole as your expert guide. That tour combines many of the great things about Philly: art, history, culture and food. The shop owners love to speak with our guests and show off their family businesses -- I'm sure they added great perspectives to your tour. Thank you for taking the time to leave this review!
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I took this tour when visiting friends who recently moved to the area. The walk through the market exceeded my expectations. Chuck seemed to know all of the shop owners. We were able to taste food from the sellers and see how their family operations worked. We also learned
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Response from AdamPhilly, Manager at South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
Responded 5 weeks ago
You won't find too many neighborhoods as unique as the Italian Market of Philadelphia. And you won't find too many people who know more about the market and its people than Chuck. Our guides are the perfect companions to have on a journey through South Philly. Thank you for leaving this wonderful review!
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We really enjoyed our tour of south philly with Annett. She was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable about the city. We would love to do another tour with her.
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Response from Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Hi Jenny, we're thrilled to hear you had such a great time with Annett on her 9th Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience! Annett and the rest of our awesome guides lead other food-, beer-, and culture-themed tours, and we'd love to see you back in Philly for more!
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Annette was such a thoughtful and passionate tour guide. Her tour was customized to our interests and we really got to explore so much of the market and south philly area. We got to see so much and learn so much about the area
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Response from Lee D, Guest Relations Manager at South Philly Culture Tour Including 9th Street Italian Market and Magic Gardens Mosaic Gallery
Responded 26 Nov 2019
Thanks, Deva! Annett loves connecting her travellers with the locals and their stories on her Iconic 9th Street Italian Market Experience tours. We'd love to connect you with our UA network in other cities -- Boston, New York, Chicago, Denver, and many more -- with local guides, so let us know where you're travelling next!
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I'm not sure why this isn't at the top of the search list. Anyone can go to the liberty bell. Anyone can run up the rocky steps. But to get an intimate guided tour from a local who lives the experience day to day is an experience worth every penny. Terry took my father and law
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About the operator
By: Philadelphia Urban Adventures
1,368 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Swansboro, United States
Favorite part of our visit to Philly
Our tour with Julia was full of intriguing information about the area including history, art, FOOD, Rocky Balboa,
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Farnham, United Kingdom
Truly Excellent Tour
Rick and his colleague gave us an excellent tour. They gave us so much of the history of the USA and Philadelphia
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Great introduction to the Italian Market
Living in the city for the past 5 years, I was surprised how much I learned on this tour! Our tour guide, Nicole,
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Adam was amazing!
Incredible experience with our tour guide, Adam. He was entertaining, knowledgeable, and so nice! It was an
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Ardell H
Annandale, Virginia
Great way to experience the founding fathers
What a great walking tour today with Mike. As we toured the Old City, Mike brought us back to the time,the way of
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historical Philly tour
Excellent tour with outstanding guide, Josh. So many interesting things to see. Very cool. Josh was very
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Founding Fathers Walking Tour Philadelphia
Wonderful tour! Guide was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Would recommend this tour to get a good overall
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Little beer tour of Philadelphia
I did a tour with Dick as the guide. I was by myself and 3 others joined. It was very informative and we learnt a
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Good historical tour
Really interesting tour that helps to shape better understanding of American history and raises inersting themes.
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Howard is wonderful !
Took the Founding Fathers Tour with Howard on a Saturday in January. It was excellent ! Scheduled for two hours,
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Excellent historical overview
Mike, our tour guide was a wealth of information! We spent a very enjoyable 3.5 hours in and near the Independence
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Magic tour to South Philly mosaics & murals
Nicole from Urban Adventures was a superb tour guide! My 3 daughters & I really enjoyed all of Nicole’s history
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London, United Kingdom
Philly history tour with Howard
Fantastic tour. The guide Howard was excellent - informative, fun. We were a family of four include young teens
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Brewery tour
We went for a walking tour with Dick on NYE and had an incredible experience. Dick is extremely knowledgeable
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Scott S
Providence, Rhode Island
Fascinating tour led by highly knowledgeable guide
Adam knows his history, was very enthusiastic, and sparked a lot of interesting Q and A within the group.
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