ShowMePhilly: Private tour guide Philadelphia, USA.

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ShowMePhilly

Susie Perloff, experienced tour guide

I love Philadelphia, and I love to share it with visitors. I am a private tour guide Philadelphia. A third-generation Philadelphian, I can take you to popular or little-known places. I want you to enjoy my city. I take guiding seriously, but not necessarily myself. Between tours, I am a writer, editor and writing coach of nonfiction – and that's the truth. 


I lead tours in English or French.

Where history and modern life thrive.

Philadelphia is special. It is the first National World Heritage City in the USA. And the National Trust for Historic Preservation named us its first National Treasure city. And we're the leading edge of the future, too.

Choose or design your Philadelphia tours.

Choose a tour listed below. Or tell me what you want to see and do. Customize the tour of your choice. More time? Less walking? Your wish is my command. 

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Philadelphia tours for you

Where the USA began

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Highlights of American history. See where the U.S. was born and continues to thrive. The United States started here. But you knew that. That’s why you’re coming to Philadelphia, right? 

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You ♥ Center City Philadelphia

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Center City, based on William Penn’s 1682 “greene countrie towne," encompasses about 250 blocks. We will focus on the modern core of the city, from the Liberty.  Philadelphia is a city of firsts, both national and international.  

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We ♥ the Italian Market

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Cheesesteaks, anyone? On a delicious tour of Philadelphia's outdoor food bazaar, taste-test these babies "wid" and "wid-out" cheese. Year round, street vendors hawk apples and aprons from carts. Sampling often available.

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Rocky, a river and the parks

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Let’s walk, not on the wild side, but on the tranquil riverside of the Schuylkill River. We’ll walk part of a trail that now includes 60 miles, exploring history, natural beauty and exquisite views – in the middle of the city.  

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Kids ♥ Philadelphia history

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Youngsters love sightseeing with their parents, but sometimes focusing too long on dates and details make them squirm. Here’s a tour that focuses on kids’ needs while allowing them time and space to run.   Essentially the same as "Where the U S of A began," this tour welcomes your kids. 

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This tour's for you. Design it!

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What place or aspect of Philadelphia do you want to see? What do you want to do? Climb the steps that Rocky ran? See the smallest streets in the one-time capital of the United States? Taste the Italian, Japanese and all-American flavors of the city?


Groups of up to 8 people. $60 per hour. Priceless. 

I ♥ Center City Philadelphia

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Center City = downtown

Philadelphians call the downtown area Center City. It encompasses about 250 blocks, including houses and apartments, corporate offices and small businesses, chain retail and unique boutiques, world-class restaurants and greasy spoons. 

Everything's up-to-date in Pennsylvania's largest city

Based on William Penn’s 1682 “greene countrie towne,” Center City thrives, its population and retail offerings surging.

See the modern core of the city

Visit 

  • Academy of Music + Avenue of the Arts.
  • Independence Hall + the Liberty Bell.
  • Chinatown, City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Rittenhouse Square.
  • The 80-foot-wide-by-25-foot high video wall.
  • Architectural masterpieces and astonishing historical plaques.

What's the big deal about Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is a city of firsts, both national and international. Kevin Bacon's father, Edmund Bacon, designed the heart of the modern center, enhancing William Penn's original. 

We have more than 3,800 public murals

Yes: 3,800. More than anywhere else on the planet. We'll see a few and discuss how this incredible public art venture developed and grew.

Fine print

 Three hours for $150. Priceless.

  • For your group of up to 8 people. 
  • Includes: The time and attention of an excellent local guide. 
  • Excludes: Personal shopping, food, tips and gratuities for your guide.   

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