Self-Guided Bike Tour

Philadelphia's Center City Bike Tour

Explore Old Philadelphia and Center City on this rich self-guided bike tour around the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Washington Square, and more. Included FREE with half-day and full-day rentals. Uncover the sights and scenes that founded the birthplace of our modern democracy on dedicated bike paths that are away from vehicular traffic -- our country was formed on these very streets!

Let us show you around town! Your journey begins at our Boathouse Row location, where one of your first stops will be the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, before you head down Ben Franklin Blvd toward Philadelphia’s colonial houses and most famous landmarks. See the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Ben Franklin Park, and much more.

You will be awed as our self-guided tour map will give you turn by turn instructions to take you on an unforgettable journey. The ride is an easy to moderate ride that all rider levels can enjoy and is included FREE with half-day and full-day rentals.. For a longer ride, cruise the length of the Schuylkill Trail, Philidelphia’s dedicated bike path along the river safely tucked away from vehicle traffic. Philadelphia’s hidden gems won’t stay secret for long on this fun and educational tour!

Starting at $25

Skill Level

Approx. Time

3 - 4 hours


12 miles
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Established in 1876, the museum is one of the largest and most renowned in the country. With more than 200,000 items in its vast collection, visitors enjoy contemplating works of art from Rubens, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Cezanne, Dali and more. The museum’s front steps were prominently featured in the movie Rocky.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Schuylkill Bike Trail

This dedicated bike Schuylkill Trail is a total of 120 miles round trip! Most of the trails were built on abandoned railroad lines along the Schuylkill River. Explore the historically rich rural and industrial areas of Philadelphia on this leisurely ride away from vehicular traffic.

The Franklin Institute

Established in 1824 and named for Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, the museum exhibits include Electricity, The Giant Heart, as well as displays of telescopes, space travel and the world’s largest collection of Wright Brothers’ artifacts.

The Franklin Institute
Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is named for astronomer, instrument maker and patriotic leader, David Rittenhouse,. Once the most fashionable residential section of the city, many mansions still line the streets facing the Square.

Rittenhouse Square
Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is known as the nation’s oldest residential street, dating back to 1702. Today 32 houses built between 1728 and 1836 line the alley, forming one of the last intact early American streetscapes in the nation.

Elfreths Alley
Logan Square

Logan Square’s history included public executions and burial plots until the early 19th century. The Swann Memorial Fountain uses large Native American figures to depict the areas major water sources; the Delaware, Schuylkill and Wissahickon.

Logan Square
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Included with this

Self-Guided Tour

  • Your choice of bike
  • Route map with great points of interest and historical facts
  • A helmet
  • A bike lock
  • Basket/bike bag to hold belongings

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What to bring & wear

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Your camera
  • Snacks, or cash for lunch

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Tour FAQs

What's included on my tour?

Our self-guided tours include your choice of bicycle, a route map with all the great points of interest and historic facts about the area, a helmet, bike bag or basket, and a bike lock. Plus, our rental clerks are happy to help you select the perfect bike for your adventure.

What do I need to bring?

We have your ride and route covered - so all you need to bring are comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and your camera. And don't forget to bring some cash for lunch or a snack along the way! Bike bags/baskets are provided on all bikes for easy storage of items.

How long is the tour?

While on one of our self-guided tours, you can expect to be out exploring for 3 to 4 hours. This includes approximately 2 hours of riding time and 1 to 2 hours for lunch, shopping, photo opts, and exploring the area.

I want to take the tour...

You've made a great choice! We have plenty of bikes available, so no need to call, just come by. When you arrive, mention the bike tour. Our fantastic staff will ensure that you have everything you need. We don't take reservations, so please stop by our location.

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