About Our Philadelphia Tour Guides
Free Tours by Foot – Philadelphia is a group of young (and young at heart), fun-loving guides who have come together for a common cause: To teach history and entertain guests with creative tours of the City of Brotherly Love. We offer free tours for one very important reason, so that everyone can enjoy a fun, creative and educational walking tour experience at a really great price: even FREE. Our “pay-what-you-want” model means that our guides have to work extra hard to earn your satisfaction. Our tour guides love what they do and will make sure they provide you with the best sightseeing experience possible.
Free Tours By Foot Philly is always looking to add to the family with new and great talent! We promote tours of other independent Philadelphia tour guides and allow them to offer their skills and experiences to guests with our awesome “pay-as-you-wish” model. Do you have a tour that you want to promote through Free Tours By Foot Philly? Your a great tour guide that wants to share your talents? Just drop us a line and let us know!
Meet the Crew:
*Jenn: This fiery redhead, who is naturally a blonde, is a born Jersey girl that is proud not to have a fake tan or hair bump.Grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. Went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but has come outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. She has traveled to France, Northern Italy,Spain and Japan, survived Mardi Gras, and currently has a bad case of wanderlust! When not giving a tour, she is either living as a mermaid by clocking countless miles in the pool, talking someone’s ear off about what ever her latest passion is, or haunting the halls of Philadelphia’s rich and ample museums and libraries.
*Certified by Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, ITMI Grad, First Aid/CPR trained, Licensed in DC and NYC.
Marianne: As a writer with a degree in film production who now works as a tour guide, Marianne considers herself a professional storyteller! She started out studying Russian history, which honed her ability to find the humorous (albeit often dark and twisted) behind the facts. After living in Washington, DC, Novosibirsk and Moscow (Russia), Miami, and L.A., she is now back in her home state of Pennsylvania, in her beloved William Penn’s Philadelphia. She absolutely loves sharing stories about the founders of the nation – their bravery, their brilliance, their quirks! Her goal is to bring the past alive and make it relevant today while showing off her wonderful, revitalized city.
Matthew: When Matthew isn’t leading tours and showing visitors around his city, he is managing a french restaurant. He studied theatre at Rutgers Camden right across the bridge, and has had a love affair with Philadelphia ever since he moved to the northeast from Texas 7 years ago. Philadelphia has captured his heart, with its vibrant restaurant and bar scene, its phenomenal theatre, and a city rife with history. Matthew’s mother, a professor of Political science, instilled a love of history in him at an early age, stopping at literally every single historical marker they ran across while taking family vacations. Giving tours has given him an opportunity to blend his love of people, history, performance, and great food and drinks (you can ask Matthew for great restaurant recommendations). When not doing any of these things, Matthew can be found relaxing with friends playing Magic the Gathering or at one of his favorite spots honing his darts and billiards skills.
Rich: Native to the Philadelphia region, Rich is fiercely proud of his town and only too happy to tell you why. He loves a good story and, of course, Philly is full of them. Spoiler alert: his favorite Philly person is Ben Franklin. Rich did his studies at Temple University and in Rome, which he considers his second home. He recently left a career in advertising to pursue his love of the past and art. In addition to leading walks through our historic and cultural areas, he also conducts mural tours. As a guide he merges what he knows into one terrific narrative. In fact, he admires a well-told story above almost anything else. Visitor Tip: When ordering our famous sandwich, please do not ask for a “Philly” cheesesteak…you are already here! Just order a steak “wit.” Enjoy our delicious and wonderful city!
*Certified by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, Master Guide for the Mural Arts Program.