Sightseeing off the Edge
Philadelphia’s most edgy tours. Our most popular tours are revolutionary, off the beaten path, and ghost tours delivered by college history professors and teachers. Every guide has a college degree.
See astonishing sights of The Revolution from The Liberty Bell to Franklin’s living room while learning the wickedest Secrets of the era. Every guide has a history degree; most are professors. Walk the paths trodden by Hamilton and Washington together with seditiously savory morsels of untold histories of Revolutionary Philly.
Transportation: Walking Tour
Guide: College Professor or History Degree Holder.
Duration: 2 hours
George Washington House
Benjamin Franklin House
Dolly Madison House
Market and Slave Sale District
Safe Houses for Underground Railroad
Where the Declaration of Independence was Written
Where the Continental Congress Met
America’s First Library
America’s First Flight
America’s First Firehouse
America’s First Bank Robbery
America’s First Jailhouse
America’s First Theater
America’s First Banks
America’s First Taverns
America’s First Printers
America’s First Post Office
Home of the Marine Corps
Colonial Brew Pubs
Movie Set Locations, such as for National Treasure
Sites for Franklin’s Electric Experiments
Where Pirates Stayed
Site Locations for:
* Departs from outside of Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center: 599 Market St (6th & Market) Phila. Pa, 19106.
Our maiden tour voted best in Philadelphia. With an eclectic array of sites and frights from dark & deviant sexcapades to torture, mass burials &
execution, to vampires, pirates, and ghosts! A solid year of research & development byuniversity professor Joe Wojie this high energy, R-Rated adult night tour ensures the highest value in entertainment and fact. An exceptionally one of a kind, unique, and far different tour than any other- adventurers are guided past Independence Hall, The Library of Congress and 2 dozen other sites starting with a core of traditional stories from our founding fathers and quickly moving to Philly's most seedy locations like our whipping posts, gallows, red light district; even recounting hauntings such as that of the City Tavern, pirate ghost ships that sail the Delaware, and more!
Duration: 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm (10 pm encore Fri & Sat)
Cost: $25+ (mature audience)
From grave robbers like Dutch Pillet and Levi Chew to psychopathic killers like the “Corpse Collector,” “Frankfort Slasher,” “Hednik’s House of Horrors,” and H.H. Holmes; America’s first- this is not your typical Liberty Bell tour! And…after a fact-packed late afternoon Grim Philly® walk we’ll rest our weary bones one of Philly's finest watering holes for a complimentary moonshine and optional pub cuisine.
Sparsely sprinkled with national icons, tales of yellow fever death, & up close visits to the graves of Ben Franklin, & other founding fathers- this eclectic mix of the traditional and unconventional is sure to surprise even the most discerning of dark history enthusiasts with its refreshingly twisted take.
Tour price includes:
Paid admission to burial ground, & Christ Church.
Complimentary moonshine or other beverage of bar's choice after tour.
Numerous historical sites including Franklin's Grave, Elfreth's Alley, Betsy Ross House, & more!
Duration: 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM Sat & Sun
5 pm - 7pm evenings as available per minimum registration.
Cost: $35+ (adult only)
From ruthless "businessmen" gangsters shooting up the city in a war to control the liquor trade, to a few haunting stories of pirates and colonial brewers- enjoy a couple complimentary drinks, tavern entries, & histories as you're entertained with the most chillingly interesting, twisted, & unique facts of our fair city. Though a typical "Grim Philly"® dark history mix of old & new, pub crawls are a solid departure from Grim Philly's usual fast pace & fact-packed regular tours; and are designed as guided evenings out socializing with friends in between bursts of historical intrigue befitting the tavern environment. Come along to socialize as we explore "Grim" Philly's early tavern & waterfront drinking cultures, and some of our most famous prohibition gangsters- Al Capone, Mickey Duffy, Waxy Gordon, Leo Lanzetti, and others on Philly's "RRR" rated #1 educational drinking tour! With plenty of time to socialize and mingle in between activities, including trivia for chances to win free shots or beer, at least one additional stop with drink specials ordinarily is included to make a spectacular evening out. Two tours in one- your Bootlegger's Ball begins with a narritave tromp around hstorically significant Philadelphia colonial brewing spots recounting craft beer and early drinking histories of our earliest residents before moving on to the second alcohol/tavern phase where we'll enjoy similar libations served up for us by some of the finest watering holes the city has known!
*One hour historical tour of “Grim” Philly's colonial brewing, bootlegging, and gangster history prior to arrival at first tavern.
*3 Tavern stops:
One alcoholic beverages of tavern's choice at 2 different taverns.
Drink specials at 3rd tavern.
Additional drink giveaways and/or snacks.
Ample opportunity to socialize with friends old & new.
Tour Begins:Saturdays: 5:00 PM
Weekdays and Sundays: 6:00 PM. (see calander for details).
Duration: 3 hours.
A ghost aficionado’s wet dream with visits the sites of live Witch Trials, Founding Father’s graves, bodies stacked under colonial structures and colonial boneyard haunts in a one hour pre-pub historic site’s visit before entering the most haunted taverns known to Philadelphia.
Grim’s Haunted Pub Crawl is two tours in one culminating in haunted paranormal pub visits including snacks, 2 complimentary drinks, discount after-party discounts, and alcohol and other trivia prize giveaways. As always tour guides include professors, and young professionals guaranteed to push the boundaries of refined language sensibilities in unapologetic and uncensored terms. Ghost stories, toasting, and trivia abound on this social drinking and feasting evening out sharing the night in to the witching hour with good friends old and new.
What To Expect:
Tour is half outdoor and half indoor, so dress appropriately.
2 beverages and snacks (of tavern’s choice).
Wicked awesome paranormal and haunted histories of colonial Philadelphia.
Love spells, chocolates; blood, & sex; aphrodisiacs, magick; drinking, & hex. Join Grim Philly on this intimately juicy & steamy evening for the uninhibited as you enjoy complimentary chocolates and drinks and hear the true history of this lovers holiday with its dark, bloody, and sordidly promiscuous past.
From Roman animal sacrifice to Aztec aphrodisiacs, Indian Kama Sutra, Celtic courtship practices; and Wiccan and Voodoo love potions- learn of the multifaceted and magickal history of love rituals across cultures and time with some surprisingly bloody, magickal, and steamy origins as we visit 2-3 of the best local watering holes, enjoying a complimentary beverage and additional give-a-ways at each. This is a tour like none other by Grim Philly. So bring your Valentine out on the town for a pulsating lovers evening out with Grim Philly for a night you'll not soon forget.
Cost: $50 (adult only)
5:00 PM Saturdays
6:30 PM Fridays
Included: Valentine entertainment/information, welcome drink, snack, giveaways.
Optional: additional food, drink (not included).
Dan Dan Noodle Sampler, chocolates, love spells, and love astrology handouts.
Optional: additional food, drink (not included).
*2018 Schedule: Runs from:
Zento Restaraunt, 132 Chestnut St. Phila, Pa 19106.
*Bar drinks and specials subject to availability.
*Additional food, drinks, gratuity not included.
Fill your bellies on marzen lagers, moonshine, and Halloween and Oktoberfest sweat treats, while regaling in Grim Philly's famous brand of R-Rated grit- in lost pagan traditions in divination and the dead while toasting with the ghosts of Olde City's notoriously sordid colonial era haunts where our Founding Fathers were known to enjoy a spirit or two themselves. As always tour guides include professors, authors, and young professionals guaranteed to push the boundaries of refined language sensibilities in unapologetic and uncensored terms. Ghost stories, toasting, trivia for additional shot give-a-ways and prizes abound on this social drinking and feasting evening out sharing the night in to the witching hour with good friends old and new. Oktoberfest, Halloween, stories of witches and ghouls, and, colonial and craft beer secrets are shared on thsi wicked cool Grim Philly adventure of entertaining learning and fun!
1 hour+ Halloween, Oktoberfest, and beer tour before tavern portion.
2 hours lightly narrated tavern portion with socializing and drink.
3 bar visits.
2+ alcoholic beverages: of taverns choice- including specialty fall moonshine selections such as "apple pie" or "candy corn" moonshine, carmel apple rum and vodka drinks, and other seasonal possibilities.
Additional Oktoberfest beer and/or shot drink give-a-way prizes on top of standard included in price of admission.
Halloween/Fall candy give-a-ways.
*Hot food selections and seasonal beers available at additional cost.
Duration: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 7 nights a week!
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Saturdays
Additional 3 PM, and other times weekends.
Cost: $50 (adult only)
*Tour departs from outside front doors of Independence Visitor Center: 599 Market St., Phila, Pa 19106. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead for check-in. 24 hour parking garage located at Visitor Center.
Smooth alcohol tastings, crafty concoction demonstrations, and multi-cultural revelations in boozy elixirs mark this fermentable occasion with a saucy education in Prohibition Era Philly favorites.
Ghosts and Graveyard Tour
Ghosts, grave robbers, witchcraft, demons, and all matter of the undead.
The most comprehensive and riveting ghost tour in or outside Pennsylvania. Ghosts and Graveyards is a ghost aficionados wet dream with visits to the site of live Witch Trials, founding father's graves, bodies stacked under colonial structures, multiple colonial boneyard haunts, and Old Pine Street Church bone yard as a highlight shrill chill in the dead of the October night.
A Ghost Tour of true paranormal nature Ghosts and Graveyards captures the quintessential spirit of edgy presentation for which Grim has become famous while embracing for the first time a wider non-adult audience (with warning).
Boasting twice the length and locations of any other ghost tour in Philly and visiting chilling original sites missed by less comprehensive ghost tours without university professor guides, Ghosts and Graveyards highlights the origin of Halloween tradition before bounding forward in to the freshest new paranormal Philly phenomena and spirit-rich boneyard haunts as told only in Grim style.
University Professor guide.
Multiple grave yard sites.
Witchcraft, zombies, magick, and all matter of undead antebellum folkloric Philadelphia tradition discussed.
Origin stories of modern Halloween, ghosts, and Samhain.
Adult ghost tour teasers.
Up to 2 and a half hour total length.
Minors allowed, with parental supervision, and cautionary warning of presentation topics and style.
8:00 pm – 10:15 pm or later. Saturdays in October. Additional Friday and other nights as available. (see calendar for details).
$40 Adult | $20 Child (under 12)
*Please note- this is NOT a haunted house. Grim Philly tours are gritty and historical. Tour guides are professors and authors with college degrees. No actors will appear to scare and Mr. Rodgers makes no appearance for story time.
*In an effort to break with Grim Philly’s usual mature audience themes and embrace a wider family demographic this Halloween season please be advised also that this tour, while opened to a wider audience, still encompasses the grittier spirit of our usual nighttime varieties. Thus, caution should be still used as per presentation style and topics discussed.
See the tour Anthony Bourdain took! Gritty sightseeing by Grim Philly!
How did George Washington circumvent anti-slave laws while president in a free state? Why did Benjamin Franklin’s slaves carry him around on their shoulders, and where were they purchased? Where did Franklin conduct his electrical experiments? And what of the bodies discovered under what was once the statesmen's home? Where were the United States Marines formed? America's first bank robbery? Benedict Arnold's house? What Church steeple did John Adam's climb to the top of when dared, and dangled his legs from over the edge? In what colonial hotels did famous pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd stay in, and to whom did they fence their goods? Where were National Treasure and other Hollywood movies filmed? And on what corner did the wealthiest man in America have his face ran over by a horse-drawn cart?
For the best of the best true RAW Culture living history delivered by university professors, published authors and young professionals in the absolute rawest terms join the most scandalously unorthodox authentically original sightseeing experience consistently voted best in the city for originality and research.
Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams’ homes; Christ Church, movie set locations, Continental Congress, Tun Tavern, famous pirates and the marines, Philly's slave auction block, and 25 historic daylight landmarks in all. Grim's RAW Culture day tours capture the spirit of our unconventional evening varieties while embracing a fact-pact bombardment of educational sightseeing entertainment by authors, professors, and young professionals in the primary locations sought after by tourists, and a couple off the beaten path.
Visceral, revealing, and gritty- RAW Culture is Colonial and Revolutionary mixed with the refreshingly unexpected, and suitable for family and friends alike. Walk the paths trodden by Pope Francis and Paul Revere. Of Jefferson, and of Hamilton. And see the tallest building Washington had ever seen in his life.
End your tour with $4 cheesesteaks, complimentary lemonade or home-style ice tea; and negotiated cafe, restaurant, bar, and shop discounts on the very block where we end in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district. After a super sightseeing adventure your afternoon will have practically paid for itself with your Grim Philly negotiated discounts as a service to our guests. And, our local guides (guaranteed college grads) will be also on hand for any directions, and recommendations for hidden gems throughout the city and burbs for those staying on in the metro area.
Duration: 1 hr 45 min+
Time: 11:00 AM
Cost: Adult $35/ Child $10
* Departs from in front of Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center: 599 Market St (6th & Market) Phila. Pa, 19106. 11 AM Saturdays and other mornings as available.
"Grim Philly's Riverboat Cruise: Pirates and the Jersey Devil."
Cool dark waters abound as you're spell bound in legends of pirate ghouls and the Jersey Devil on this uncensored cruise of the Delaware's grittiest tales under the blue moonlight with the city's urban skyline at our side. Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Anne Boney, and pirate ghosts and treasure are dredged up alongside turn of the century encounters with Jersey's frightening woodland sky serpent; a thirteenth child and son of Satan himself along the very river upon which we sail. As always- Grim guides include professors, authors, and young professionals guaranteed to relay fact and legend in grimly unapologetic terms. So join us aboard Patriot Harbor Lines' genuine 1920's replica commuter yacht for Grim Philly's nighttime Pirates & The Jersey Devil Riverboat Cruise from Penn's Landing on The Delaware all summer through fall. 100% educational; 200% entertainment.
Ages 17 or over with parental supervision.
Ticket Collection: 30 minutes prior to departure.
Duration: Friday Evenings 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM and other times as needed.
*Boat leaves promptly as scheduled so arrive please accordingly.
*2014 Schedule: Runs most Friday Night's May 14th through October 30th from southern end of Penn's Landing. "Patriot" Riverboat departs from "behind" the Hilton Hotel at the Independence Seaport Museum Dock. GPS (Street) Adress: 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Parking at Independence Seaport Museum lot or indoor garage aside hotel. Dock is located in alcove behind Seaport Museum, hotel, and Spruce Street Harbor Park, which is an exceptional place ot arrive early to for food before your tour!
*Please show up for your tour so you do not loose your seats!
*Boat leaves promptly as scheduled so arrive please accordingly.
Please note that unlike Grim Philly's walking tours, which can be rescheduled any number of times for six dollars- because of the limited amount of space available no-shows not making prior arrangemens to reschedule prior to 72 hours before their cruise will forfeit their tickets as they will have reserved space on the vessel that would not have been able to have been taken by others.
Cool dark waters and Oktoberfest marzen lagers abound as you're spell bound in legends of pirate ghouls and the Jersey Devil on this irreverently uncensored R-Rated cruise of the Delaware's grittiest tales under the blue moonlight with the city's urban skyline at our side. Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Anne Boney, and pirate ghosts and treasure are dredged up alongside turn of the century encounters with Jersey's frightening woodland sky serpent; a thirteenth child and son of Satan himself along the very river upon which we sail. As always- Grim guides include professors, authors, and young professionals guaranteed to ignore the boundaries of refined language sensibilities in grimly unapologetic terms. So join us aboard Patriot Harbor Lines' genuine 1920's replica commuter yacht for Grim Philly's fall edition sunset Pirates & The Jersey Devil Booze Cruise extravaganza from Penn's Landing on The Delaware this fall season. 100% educational; 200% entertainment...so drink up me hearties yo ho!
Ages 17 or over with parental supervision. Must be 21 with valid state ID to drink.
Arrive early and sip cocktails while you wait!
Ticket Collection: 30 minutes prior to stated departure time.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Friday Departures: 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM.
Saturday Departures: 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, (11:00 PM TBA).
Check calendar calendar for precise fall schedule, frequency, and departure times, and block out dates.
Tour is unsuitable for children or those of prudish disposition.
*Please DRESS WARM!!
Temperatures can be slightly cooler on the water.
*2014 Schedule: Runs most Friday and Saturday nights in October from southern end of Penn's Landing. "Patriot" Riverboat departs from "behind" the Hyatt Hotel at the Independence Seaport Museum Dock. GPS Adress: 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Parking at Independence Seaport Museum lot.
*Please show up for your tour so you do not loose your seats!
Please note that unlike Grim Philly's walking tours, which can be rescheduled any number of times for five bucks- because of the limited amount of space available no-shows not making prior arrangemens to reschedule prior to 72 hours before their tour will forfeit their tickets as they will have reserved space on the vessel that would not have been able to have been taken by others.
Grim Philly’s: Nightmare Before Christmas Tavern Tour!
Keebler elves, yule logs, and a jolly flying fat man delivering Hollister and IPods from some secret snow kingdom to the north. Curious traditions for a manger bound birthday gala with a couple wise guys and an egg nog. From Krampus to Christmas caroling and medieval holiday toasts with authentic hot spiced recipes- hear the roots of our holiday celebrations over seasonal beverages, snacks, and giveaways while socializing with friends new and old on this mostly indoor tavern experienceof the holiday season.
Relax in warmth enjoying authentic handmade Christmas beverages, snacks and prizes (included) as you learn a full range of the surprising histories of Yule, and Viking lore and Saturnalia- all which have worked their way in to our modern Christian celebrations including ideas of magick, gift giving…and origins in even infanticide and human sacrifice.
Revel in little known facts of our holiday past including the season’s pagan roots in Roman, Celtic & German traditions, while learning of medieval, and New World additions in mumming & mistletoe. So toast with the ghosts of Christmas past as we drink in the yuletide spirits of grog & nog on this most entertainingly fact-(& alcohol) filled tour of the holiday season!
Infusion (Second Floor):
3:45-4:00 PM Ticket Collection.
4:00-5:00 PM Origins of Christmas
*Includes complimentary holiday beverage, snack, giveaways.
Zento (outside portion)
5:00-5:30 PM Christmas drink, wassail, mumming histories
*Includes- complimentarty Christmas beverage.
Bierstub German Tavern OR Bootleggers Moonshine Bar:
5:30 - 6:30 PM: Light trivia and socialization.
*Includes- Either happy hour beer specials OR complimentary shot of seasonal specialty moonshine and drink giveaways included.
Sassafras Bar: (Optional after-party)
10:00 PM on- Happy hour specials on beer, wine, and well drinks available for ticket holders.
*Please note- times and locations are approximate and subject to available space and coordination with partner establishments.
Duration: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (apx): Saturdays/Sundays.
Cost: $50.00 (adult only)
*2016/17 Schedule: Runs 4pm & 6pm (see calendar) November 26th through January from Infusion, located at 16 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Cemetery & Urban History Tour
(Grim Philly’s “Cemetery, Serial Killers;
Blood & Beer” tour for the kiddies ...a wider audience)
“The only thing better than a hooker is a dead hooker, unless you’ve got a half dozen of them stuffed in your closet”- or so sayeth Marty Graham: The Corpse Collector.
If you’d rather jump through a plate glass window sooner than see another friendly free footstep tour consider yourself saved.
You get the graveyard and leeches same as the adult variety with Grim Philly guides spinning the same tales of killers & death: all spoken in the queen’s finest English for the kiddies, of course.
This all ages (mostly) family friendly version of our, “Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer” tour is (just about) suitable for a day trip with Aunt Ethel, Cousin Maude, & Tiny Tim too- prudish uptight’s aside…who’d be best advised to steer clear (no, seriously- are you uptight? Then stay home; take someone else's tour).
Identical content to our mature audiences tour, given by the same guides—every one of whom holds a college master’s degree—enjoy even your complimentary beer at the end (soda-pop for the youngens) just in time for happy hour food and drink specials at Mexican Post’s restaurant and bar: all ages welcome!
Price: $29.99 (Adult)
$9.99/$19.99 (Child/Under 12)
Duration: 3 hrs (TBA)
Audience: All Ages / Parental Discretion Advised.
*Burial Ground opened weather permitting.
*Christ Church opening subject to event calendar (weddings, funerals, holy day events, etc).
All tours subject to availability.
Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately please!
Telephone reservations subject to additional $5 charge per ticket.
Must be 21 to enter all taverns and participate in themed Tavern Tours.
Burial Ground and Church opened weather permitting and subject to event calendar (weddings, funerals, holy days...).
Ticket holder agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Grim Philly Twilight Tours and its affiliates in any and all matters, including but not limited to alcohol or other related injury; either personal or to another, and claims sole responsibility for personal actions, injury, or loss there related or not to alcohol consumption and acknowledges the hazards thereof insofar as the consequences of consumption of which will be the sole responsibility of said ticket holder. Ticket holder additionally agrees to all of the General Terms and Conditions stipulated on GrimPhilly.com.