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South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Take in the cultural diversity of South Philadelphia on this guided tour through its historic neighborhoods. See the art of Isaiah Zagar, a local mosaic mural artist, whose work is on display throughout the city, including Magic Gardens (admission included). Visit the 9th Street Italian Market, America’s oldest outdoor market, and sample some food. Throughout your tour, you'll pop on and off of South Street, with its eclectic blend of shops, bars, and eateries. There’s something for everyone in South Philly.
  • Visit food stalls, and taste samples from shops and restaurants
  • Explore Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and marvel at Isaiah Zagar’s eclectic mosaic murals
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 for a personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company
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Friendly Local, English-speaking guide
Discover South Philly from a local perspective on 3 hours walking guided tour
Taste 3 food samples on 3 Food stops
Visit famous Italian Market
Admire one-of-a-kind mosaics at Magic Gardens
Tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
Additional food and drinks
Gratuities
601 S 9th St , 601 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

Corner of 9th & South Streets, outside New Image Art & Framing

10:00 AM
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.

  • 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 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
  • We reserve the right to change both the route and places visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by South Philly Markets, Mosaics, and Magic Experience.

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  • "Just walking around without a tour first is not an optimal way to explore an area." See review
  • "These are probably all places you could find easily on your own, but our friendly guide offered some good background info." See review
  • "Annet is very nice and take the time to explain so that everyone enjoy." See review

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star-5
Don’t miss this tour
Lynda_M
, Jun 2022
Beautiful mosaic like nothing I’ve ever seen. Artist is amazing. Tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable of tour. Guide is friendly making the tour even more enjoyable.
star-5
Great tour
Margo_A
, Apr 2022
Loved seeing Isiah Zagars home. It was amazing. The magic garden was magical. Our tour guide Shelly was knowledgeable and friendly.
star-5
Awesome art, food, and sights!
Christen_F
, Feb 2022
Miriam was an awesome guide! She was so friendly and knowledgeable about the art and neighborhood. She was able to offer cute personal anecdotes about many of the shops we visited and sights we saw. We really enjoyed ourselves! The food we sampled was excellent and we had fun learning more about South Philly. Thanks, Miriam and Viator!
star-5
Great mix of culture and food in Philly
Suzanne_B
, Dec 2021
We had a great tour with Howard. He was super knowledgeable and allowed us to enjoy all of the stops on the tour. We learned so much about the area, food and city in general. Would highly recommend this tour!!
star-5
We toured with Shelly and...
Julia_M
, Nov 2021
We toured with Shelly and it was a pleasure to be guided through South Philly by her. She was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot throughout the duration of the tour. We’re excited to do more tours with her in the future!
star-5
Murals, Marlets, Mosaics
Christa_D
, Nov 2021
Murals fabulous! Neighborhood history from a local, as well as samples from local shops. Markets were beautiful and patrons were very friendly.
star-5
Chuck is the best!
Laura_G
, Oct 2021
My husband and I had a wonderful time spending the morning exploring the city with Chuck. He shared details and insights that we would never have gotten on our own. It was the perfect way to kick off our weekend in Philly and Chuck provided a very helpful sheet with recommendations and more information that we used for the remainder of our trip.
star-5
A lovely walk around Philly.
Tammy_M
, Oct 2021
We loved the market so much we went back the next day. Our tour guide was Nina, who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the neighborhood.
star-5
A lovely morning!
Nancy_R
, Sep 2021
It was a great morning! Shelly was our guide and she gave us a great tour. We really weren’t expecting the treat of the fresh Italian bread, fresh cheese and some delicious nuts midway through but it was awesome as we hadn’t really had time for breakfast and it was so local and delicious! This was our favorite tour In Philly.
star-3
The three hour Italian Market/Magic tour is grueling in the summer.
Jeanne_A
, Aug 2021
The mosaics were fabulous and we went to lots of interesting shops. I would have liked a few more samples in the Italian market and some opportunities to speak to more vendors. The only real problem is that the tour is not designed to include any breaks where you can sit down which is very difficult in hot, humid weather. Our tour guide was very accommodating when I asked for a break, but I did not feel comfortable asking for it until the third hour when most of the group was finished because they had not signed up for the extended tour. I also would have liked more detailed history of the market.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unique Sights of Philly
Matt_S
, Aug 2021
The stroll through the peaceful streets lined with mosaic-covered walls was a unique experience. Our guide Shelley provided a relaxed and informative tour. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Magical walk.
Mary_F
, Jul 2021
Nina was great and so informative. As a local from the neighborhood she was able to really share the culture, history and energy of the area.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A Nice Option
Margaret_S
, Jul 2021
These are probably all places you could find easily on your own, but our friendly guide offered some good background info.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Italian Market with Nina
John_S
, Jun 2021
Nina was an excellent tour guide through the Italian Market and Magic Garden. She was friendly, knowledgeable, funny and interesting. We were impressed by how many merchants and locals greeted her. She is clearly a part of the community and lives to share it with others.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Phily - Southside
JANICE_G
, May 2021
Chuck was a fabulous guide of South Phily & al its highlights: food, stories, Magic Gardens, &hidden neighborhoods
star-5
Awesome experience: history, food, art (what else could you want)!
Alaina_V
, Oct 2020
This was an awesome tour. Our tour guide Chuck is a south Philly native and was extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhood, it’s history and evolution, as well as all the best spots and side streets for us to walk through. On the walk to the market, we saw several beautiful mosaics. Chuck provided us with a lot of background about the artist and point out specific details and techniques you would easily miss without a guide. The market itself was awesome! Packed with history, and we got to have a lot of great samples. Along the way chuck suggested other places we could stop for a meal after the tour; he was so helpful. I would highly recommend this tour, and hope to bring friends on it in the future.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Very informative
Pauline_G
, Feb 2020
It was a very interesting tour. The mosaics around the area on the walls were exceptional our guide Annette knew her stuff and really looked after us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Valentine’s Day In The City
Lisa_G
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide Stephanie was friendly and knowledgeable from the meet-up until we parted ways at the Magic Garden. It was like traveling with a Rock Star! All the stops along the way greeted us with a smile and a warm welcome. When Stephanie gave us our discount card she highly recommended her co-worker Mike and the History Tour he guides. Apparently, Urban Adventures only hires Rock Stars! Looking forward to booking my History tour in the near future. Thank you, Stephanie for helping to make our 29th Anniversary extra special ❤️
star-5
Great tour
Thierry_P
, Nov 2019
I really enjoyed the tour. Walking through little streets and stopping at some stores. Annet is very nice and take the time to explain so that everyone enjoy. We finished the tour at Magic Gardens which is good to visit.
star-5
Good + Informative
Kokomosmom
, Nov 2019
Annett was our guide. She's very knowledgeable and passionate about the area. It was a good way to get a feeling for the history of the neighborhood. Just walking around without a tour first is not an optimal way to explore an area. And ending at the Magic Gardens was the icing on the cannolli! It was on our list of places to see and this tour satisfied two attractions.

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