Philadelphia, Pennsylvania audio tour: Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront

About the Tour

This route explores the north central Philadelphia waterfront, focusing on what remains of this historic locale after the installation of Interstate I-95 in the 1970s, and relating (among other things) how early Quaker settlors lived in caves along the waterfront.

Keep in mind that this area was where wheeling and dealing went on to encourage local, regional and national enterprise. It was where early American capitalists made their fortunes. It was where the individual American colonies were crafted into a nation. And it was also where terrible urban contagions began.

Tour Producer


Harry Kyriakodis

I am a historian and writer about Philadelphia, as well as a tour guide for the city, and have collected what is likely the largest private collection of books about the City of Brotherly Love: about 2700 titles, new and old. I'm also a founding/certified member of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides and have lived at Pier 3 Condominium at Penn’s Landing since 1997, where and when my fascination with Philadelphia’s waterfront district began. I regularly give walking tours and presentations on this and other unique yet unappreciated parts of the city for various groups. I'm a graduate of La Salle University (1986) and Temple University School of Law (1993) and was once an officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery.

Major Landmarks

  • Ben Franklin Bridge

  • Wood Street Steps

Directions to Starting Point

The start point is Christ Church in Old City Philadelphia, specifically at the wooden benches on the south side of church, on Church Street, near Second and Market Streets.

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Places to stop along the way

There are several places at which to take in the Delaware River (and waterfront activity) along the way, as well as stop for bite to eat and relax.

Best time of day

Anytime during the daytime.


Be careful of traffic and crossing the streets. Make sure you bring a pair of headphones or earphones, as Interstate 95 and Delaware Avenue produce too much noise to do this tour using your phone speakers.


Really well done and interesting tour exploring the waterfront and some of old city. A great tour for someone living in philly. Doesn’t hit the liberty bell or anything super touristy like that but is more of a history (take a look back in time) vibe. Very accomplished storyteller knows his stuff!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago
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