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PHILADELPHIA IS THE NATION’S NUMBER ONE HISTORY CITY
AND AMERICA’S FIRST WORLD HERITAGE CITY.
CERTIFIED GUIDES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA TOUR GUIDES
SPEAK THAT HISTORY.

THE ASSOCIATION OF
PHILADELPHIA TOUR GUIDES

Upcoming Meetings

June 14, 7-8:30 pm

APT will kick off its next monthly meeting with Towson University Professor Andrew Diemer, author of Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad. Diemer will explore Still’s efforts aiding fugitive slaves, while making the case for rethinking how the historic geography of Center City is viewed. Still’s life presents the city through the lens of the free Black communities which would serve as the foundation for the Underground Railroad.

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) holds monthly meetings the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm which feature a guest speaker on a topic of historical significance in Philadelphia or a field trip for a behind-the-scenes tour of a local historic site. Meetings are open to aspiring and working tour guides as well as anyone with an interest in Philadelphia-focused history. Attend one meeting for free and then it is $50 to join the association for the year or $10 per monthly meeting event. Please join us for convivial company, good food, fascinating presentations, and lively discussions. 

 

ABOUT APT

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) was founded in 2008 to bring professional and volunteer guides together, to act as a voice for our membership, and to ensure a high quality experience for every visitor in our city. The Association conducts the Education and Certification Program for Philadelphia city guides. APT, with a membership of 159 as of May 2023, is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization.

Philadelphia tour guides take great pride in the services they provide to visitors and local residents exploring the rich historical, architectural, and cultural resources of Philadelphia.

Recent reviews on APT

Wonderful tour guides who are great at story telling to weave the rich history of Philadelphia so visitors can re-live the experience in the City of Brotherly Love.

JP Nguyen
JP Nguyen

I just completed all four legs of the River to River 12 hour tour. Had a different guide for each section and they were all wonderful!

Thanks for a great day and also for the chance to have dinner with the guides! Excellent day!

Karin Rex
Karin Rex

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Certification

Certification

The APT Guide Certification Programs assess basic and master competency for anyone wishing to work as a Philadelphia tour guide.

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Membership

Membership

Everyone connected to Philadelphia’s thriving tourism industry is invited to join APT as well as anyone interested in Philadelphia and its history. 

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Training

Training

The APT annual training program prepares tour guides while attracting many members of the public fascinated with Philadelphia history.

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Membership Specialties

Philly guides are America’s top guides. Guides certified by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) are the best in the city. Whether you need a walking, bus, bike, or running tour, on a general or specialized topic, we have you covered in every area of the city. Let us share with you the city we love!
  • Women’s History Tour
  • African American Tour
  • Master Guides Tour
  • Immigrant History Tour
  • LGBTQ History Tour
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What’s New at APT

Philadelphia City Elections 2023. Candidate responses to the APT questionnaire are in! Click on APT Questionnaire Responses 0523 to read the opinions and perspectives of 19 mayoral and city council candidates. Check out our other resources for voters too.

Changes to APT Board. Director-at-Large Judy Shulman has stepped down and Amy Kobeta has stepped up into her place. Thanks to both for serving APT!

 

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