Secrets of the Revolution

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.

Vampires, Sex,& Ghosts! (parental-advisory)

Witches, Ghosts, & Serial Killers- FALL PREVIEW

Haunted History and Paranormal Ghost Tour featuring graveyards, witches, and the most vicious of villains in Philadelphia. 

Secrets of the Revolution - Liberty Tour!

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.

INCLUDED:

Transportation: Walking Tour
Guide: College Professor or History Degree Holder.
*Wheelchair accessible

Duration: 2 hours
 

Liberty Bell

Independence Hall

George Washington House

Benjamin Franklin House

Dolly Madison House

Christ Church

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:

Alexander Hamilton

Thomas Jefferson

Patrick Henry

Paul Revere

Thomas Paine

John Adams

William White

Benjamin Rush

Steven Girard

Francis Hopkinson

Robert Morris

John Andre

Peggy Shippen

Benedict Arnold

* Departs from outside of Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center: 599 Market St (6th & Market) Phila. Pa, 19106.

Ghost Tour (Adult Nightly): Vampires, Sex, & Ghosts

This R-rated mature-audience ghost tour filled with irreverence and scandal traverses the paths from the Liberty Bell to Alexander Hamilton and George Washingtons' homes. Every guide has a history degree. Most are professors. Language is strong. Topics broach vampires, paranormal hauntings, the undead, revolutionary era heists, and sex in 1776.

 

*For those interested in sightseeing: this tour covers ALL major revolutionary sites along Philadelphia's historic trail, and much more in-depth than those run by others, by day or night. If you are in Philly long enough for only a single tour: let this be it. **Compliment this tour with our 'Serial Killers and Sightseeing' to see additional sites OFF the historic trail for a full and complete view of Revolutionary Philadelphia.

 

Duration: 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm (10 pm encore Fri & Sat)

Cost: $25+ (mature audience)

*Begins "outside" Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street Phila, Pa 19106.

 

Serial Killers and Sightseeing Tour

R-Rated sightseeing of all major revolutionary sites OFF the beaten path of Philadelphia’s historic trail peppered with psychopathic killers from H.H. Holmes to Gary Heidnick. Includes Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin Homes; Christ Church, burial grounds, and more. Every guide has a history degree. Most are professors.

 

*Compliment with our Adult Nightly Ghost Tour: Vampires, Sex, & Ghosts for a comprehensive veiw of Philadelphia's revolutionary history both ON AND OFF the beaten path. **Special Saturday 10am & 1pm adult-times offer three guides, burial ground admissions, and adult serial killers content unfit for children or the prudish.

 

Duration: Saturdays- 10am-12:45pm & 1pm-3:45pm (year round/14+)

               Nightly- 5pm-7pm summer. 6:30pm-7:15pm fall.

 

Cost: $25/$35

 

*Begins "outside" Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street Phila, Pa 19106.

Prohibition Tour

Al Capone, Ben Franklin’s brewing recipes, and 1920’s speakeasies highlight this history and drinks education off the beaten path. Two tours in one. 60 minute outdoor historical sightseeing of colonial brew sites, gangster, moonshining, and alcohol histories. Followed by additional 2 hour bar hopping portion, (lightly narrated) over drinks, food, and friends. Includes 3 bars, 1 or more drinks, snacks, drink and prize giveaways, and trivia. Every guide has a history degree. Most are college professors. Language is strong.

 

Tour Begins: Saturdays: 5:00 PM

                    Weekdays and Sundays: 6:00 PM. (see calander for details).

                            *Not wheelchair accessible.

Duration: 3 hours.

Cost: $45+

*Begins "outside" Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street Phila, Pa 19106.

Haunted Pub Crawl

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.

 

Included:

2 beverages and snacks (of tavern’s choice).

 

Wicked awesome paranormal and haunted histories of colonial Philadelphia.

 

Tour Begins: Fridays- 6pm-9pm (summer)

                   Saturdays- 5pm-8pm and other times (Fall)

                   Weekdays- 6:30pm, as available (Fall)

 

        Duration: 3 hours

        Cost: $45+

 

*Begins "outside" Market Street doors of Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street Phila, Pa 19106.

 

Blood, Sex, & Magick Tavern Tour

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)

 

 

Itinerary:

Zento Restaraunt

          Begins:

5:00 PM Saturdays

6:30 PM Fridays

Included: Valentine entertainment/information, welcome drink, snack, giveaways

Optional: additional food, drink (not included).

Han Dynasty

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.

FALL- Specials!

Oktoberfest Halloween & Tavern Tour

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! 

 

Tour includes:

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.

Prohibition Mixology 101


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.

 
From the winter-warmth intimacy of the tavern/restaurant we’ll sample and learn about the craftiest 1920’s creations with friends old and new. Woman and men have from the dawn of time sought after alcohol perfection: from the Pharaohs of Egypt to lover’s cups shared under the “honey” moon. Join us for this global perspective on booze with Philadelphia at the very center.
 
Itinerary:
 
Infusion Lounge (16 S. 2nd St. Phila).
     3:45-4:00 pm- Check-in. Optional drink order (additional).
     4:00-5:00 pm- Alcohol 101: fermentation and distillation.
           *Education: global creations, prohibition, mixology demonstration, samples.

JJ Bootleggers Moonshine Bar (35 S. 2nd St. Phila).
     5:00-5:15 pm- Optional food; optional drink order (additional).
     5:15-6:00 pm- Distillation, Bootlegging, and Moonshine 101.
          *Moonshine tastings, demonstration, and education.
 
Cost: $45
Duration: 2 hours.
 
Includes: Education. Multiple tastings. Mixology demonstration.

*Hot food, additional drinks optional.

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.

             Tour Includes:

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.

Duration:

8:00 pm – 10:15 pm or later. Saturdays in October. Additional Friday and other nights as available. (see calendar for details).

Cost:

$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.

 

Grim Philly's Riverboat Cruise: Pirates & Jersey Devil!

Grim Philly Ghost Ship Terror Cruise

"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 a 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: 90 Minutes

                *Boat leaves promptly as scheduled so arrive please accordingly.

 

Cost: $49.99

 

 

*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.

Ghost Ship Terror Cruise: Pirates & The Jersey Devil!

 

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 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.

Cost: $49.99

 

 

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.

 

Winter- Christmas Tour!

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!

 

Itinerary:

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.

 

*Optional:

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.

              (Fridays 6pm-9pm)

 

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.

 

 

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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

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