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Guest Tours

All GSA Annual Meeting guests are welcome to register for the following guest program tours. Reservations for all tours will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour operator requires a final guarantee weeks in advance. Most tours have attendance minimums as well as maximums. Tours may be canceled if minimum attendance is not met, so please register early to guarantee your spot.

On the day of the tour, guests should check in at the Guest Hospitality Suite; they will then be directed to the departure location at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Plan to arrive at the departure location 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time to make sure you don't miss the bus.

The Philadelphia area has a great deal to offer and the formal tours can only cover a small portion of what is available for you to see and do. You may enjoy visiting other area attractions with fellow guests or go it alone on a self-guided tour. The Guest Hospitality Suite hostess can provide you with more information and activity suggestions.

Philadelphia Mural Tour [101]
Sun., 22 Oct., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Canceled
Best of Philadelphia Half-Day Tour [102]
Sun., 22 Oct., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.— FULL
Guests will enjoy an overview of Philadelphia's highlights. Traveling via Victorian Trolley, guests will have the opportunity to explore Philadelphia's heritage and get a taste for the flavor of Philly. Stops include the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. This tour offers guests an all-encompassing view of Philadelphia's architecture, history, and culture. A knowledgeable guide will lead guests through the cobblestone streets where our founding fathers once walked among the sights and sounds unique to Philadelphia.
Cost: US$43. Minimum: 25 guests.
Picnic and History Tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery [103]
Mon., 23 Oct., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Canceled
Best of Philadelphia Tour with Lunch on Your Own at the City Tavern [104]
Mon., 23 Oct., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Guests will travel via Victorian Trolley from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River and have the opportunity to explore Philadelphia's heritage as well as its contemporary magnificence. From stops at the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, and Christ Church to a run up the famous "Rocky" steps, this tour offers guests an all-encompassing view of Philadelphia's architecture, history, and culture. A knowledgeable guide will lead guests through the cobblestone streets where our founding father's once walked. The tour will visit an often-missed Quaker Meeting House as well as Carpenter's Hall, where the meeting of the first Continental Congress took place. Guests will enjoy the Georgian and Federal style houses as they walk along Pine Street and Philly's antique row. Lunch will be enjoyed on your own on the porch of the very charming City Tavern. After lunch, guests will make their way to Center City to discover some of Philly's newer traditions, such as the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts along the Avenue of Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Cost: US$58. Minimum: 25 guests.
Amish Countryside Tour [105]
Mon., 23 Oct., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Guests will visit a simpler way of life as they tour the bucolic countryside of Lancaster County, only a short ride from Philadelphia. Guests will enjoy the scenery as well as the culture and way of life of the Amish. From roadside horse and buggies to one-room schoolhouses and expansive farmland, the natural beauty of the landscape, charming homesteads, and working farms are enchanting. Stopping at roadside stands, guests will enjoy shopping, the area's unique allure. Handmade quilts, hex signs, and homemade jams are all part of Lancaster's shopping experience. Guests will stop for lunch at Lancaster's original family-style dining room, Plain and Fancy Farm, where everyone is told to "eat yourself full" of mouth watering, all-you-can-eat platters of Amish cuisine, including the Pennsylvania Dutch specialty, Shoofly Pie. After lunch, guests will learn more about Amish culture as they enjoy the viewing of "Jacob's Choice," a critically acclaimed movie presented in the F/X theater. This dramatic tale of an Amish family's effort to preserve their lifestyle and culture is unforgettably told through a high-tech, multi-media production conceived in the finest tradition of Hollywood or Orlando-themed attractions. After this moving presentation, guests will have the opportunity to tour a working farm and Amish homestead prior to returning to Philadelphia.
Cost: US$118. Minimum: 25 guests. Lunch included.
Fairmount Park Houses Tour [106]
Tues., 24 Oct., 9 a.m.-noon — Canceled
The Academy of Natural Sciences & Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Natural History Museum Tour [107]
Tues., 24 Oct., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Located at Logan Circle and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Academy of Natural Sciences houses a world-renowned natural history collection. The museum offers a special opportunity to explore North American animals in their natural habitats as well as dinosaur mounts and live butterflies. After visiting this long-standing natural history museum, guests will head to University City to view the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Founded in 1887, this outstanding museum offers visitors a glimpse into the past and around the world. During the past 100 years, the museum has conducted more than 350 research expeditions around the world and has collected more than one million objects, many obtained directly through its own field excavations or anthropological research. These are exciting projects, and the discoveries are revealing, sometimes mysterious, and almost always quite beautiful. Best of all, visitors do not have to brave the perils of remote deserts and jungles to see them. Stopping for lunch between museum visits, guests will enjoy a visit to World Café Live, Philadelphia's newest music venue. Here, guests can enjoy lunch on their own at the café while listening to live music performed by a local singer-songwriter.
Cost: US$58. Minimum: 25 guests.
Winterthur and Longwood Gardens Tour [108]
Tues., 24 Oct., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy a beautiful day among the grand gardens of the DuPonts. Created by industrialist Pierre S. DuPont, Longwood Gardens is sure to delight those who love exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. The garden's 1,050 acres of woodlands, meadows, and heated greenhouses include over 11,000 varieties of plants, spectacular fountains, and beautiful walking paths. Stroll through the conservatory, reflect at the water garden, and enjoy amazing topiary sculptures. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy lunch on their own at Longwood Gardens' Terrace Restaurant prior to visiting Winterthur. Upon visiting Winterthur, guests will immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the Winterthur Estate. Wandering through this 60-acre naturalist garden landscape, guests learn about the workings of this 1800s American Country Estate and rediscover America's heritage through the unparalleled collection of antiques.
Cost: US$73. Minimum: 20 guests.
Morris Arboretum and the Valley Green Inn [109]
Wed., 25 Oct., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Traveling through the boutique town of Chestnut Hill, guests will visit the Morris Arboretum. Here, thousands of rare and lovely plants, including many of Philadelphia's oldest and largest trees, are set among a romantic Victorian landscape of gardens, winding paths, streams, flowers, and wildlife. Relax and walk the paths of this University of Pennsylvania-run arboretum. After walking the gardens, guests will ride a Victorian trolley to the Forbidden Drive. Here, guests will take a horse-drawn carriage to the Valley Green Inn for a quick lunch on their own. Walk the grounds and enjoy this quaint 150-year-old Philadelphia dining establishment and its charming flock of ducks.
Cost: US$73. Minimum: 25 guests.