Destination

Old City

Old City is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. Located next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm — along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene. Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge makes Old City, which runs from Vine Street to Walnut Street north to south and from 7th Street to the Delaware River east to west, a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries and theaters and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular are First Fridays, when art lovers fill the streets and hop from gallery to gallery.

How to get there

Old City is easily accessible via SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line with stops at 5th and 2nd & Market Streets. A large number of Bus Routes also make stops in Penn’s Landing and the seasonal PHLASH bus offers convenient access to Philadelphia’s top attractions from the Independence Visitor Center.

Other Amenities

SEPTA's 5th Street Station is located in the heart of one of nation’s most important historic districts. From this station you can easily access Independence National Historical Park, home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, President’s House, Independence Visitor Center and other national historic and cultural treasures. SEPTA has proposed a project that will transform 5th Street and the surrounding street network into a modern, multimodal transportation hub that is worthy of its location. In addition to making critical structural repairs, the proposed renovations will enhance transportation to the area. To learn more about the project and to voice your support, please click here.

Things To Do

The birthplace of the nation, the historic heart of Philadelphia resides along Independence Mall. Home to Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell Center, the Mall also boasts a number of cultural institutions including the National Museum of Jewish American History, the National Constitution Center and the Philadelphia History Museum. Be sure to stop by the Independence Visitor Center for tickets to city attractions and helpful information.

The Delaware River Waterfront hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long. With scenic views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Penn’s Landing is a popular seasonal destination with attractions like Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Blue Cross RiverRink.

Stroll along 2nd Street in Old City and you’ll find a wide variety of attractions, restaurants and activities. The popular street is home to number of art galleries, independent boutiques and renowned restaurants. Within a two block stretch you can wander through the hallowed space of Christ Church, browse an impressive collection of used vinyl at AKA Records, take in a show at the Arden Theater and grab a drink at The Continental.

Old City is home to the oldest continually inhabited street in America, Elfreth's Alley, Home to more than 3,000 people since 1702, the street today holds 32 houses built between 1728 and 1836.

Upcoming Local Happenings
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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Constitution Center

Back by popular demand, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition returns to the National Constitution Center for the first time since 2012 [who else remembers this amazing train car???}.

The 5,000-square-foot display includes over 100 rare artifacts from the temperance movement, including a hatchet used by Carrie Nation, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and a Prohibition Bureau Badge issued by the Department of Justice. Runs Friday, 3/3 through Sunday, 7/16. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 or 57. Make sure you check out this SEPTA Pass Perk before you go!

20170303 00:00 20170717 00:00 America/New_York American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition <p>Back by popular demand, <em><a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/american-spirits-returns-the-rise-and-fall-of-prohibition">American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition</a></em> returns to the National Constitution Center for the first time since 2012 [who else remembers this amazing train car???}.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.iseptaphilly.com-ss/app/public/ckeditor_assets/pictures/687/content_capture.png" style="height:221px; width:222px" /></p> <p>The 5,000-square-foot display includes over 100 rare artifacts from the temperance movement, including a hatchet used by Carrie Nation, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and a Prohibition Bureau Badge issued by the Department of Justice. Runs Friday, 3/3 through Sunday, 7/16. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 or 57. Make sure you check out this <a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/56">SEPTA Pass Perk</a> before you go!</p> 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Starkbierfest

Brauhaus Schmitz

Munich's second largest beer festival (following Oktoberfest) hits Philly beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz for 3 days starting this Friday. Starkbierfest-goers will be invited to try 15 different strong beers while enjoying German-themed games, music from a live accordion player and photo opportunities with a goat(!). Guests are encouraged to come dressed in traditional Dirndl or Lederhosen. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Hop Routes 12, 40, 45, 47 or 57.

20170324 00:00 20170327 00:00 America/New_York Starkbierfest <p>Munich&#39;s second largest beer festival (following Oktoberfest) hits Philly beer hall Brauhaus Schmitz for 3 days starting this Friday. <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.brauhausschmitz.com/starkbierfest/">Starkbierfest-goers</a> will be invited to try 15 different strong beers while enjoying German-themed games, music from a live accordion player and photo opportunities with a goat(!). Guests are encouraged to come dressed in traditional Dirndl or Lederhosen. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Hop Routes 12, 40, 45, 47 or 57.</p> 718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 Plan Your Trip


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Yards Brewing Company Tours

Yards Brewery

Yards crafts award-winning ales right in Northern Liberties. Stop in for a FREE brewery tour on weekends: Saturdays & Sundays 12 to 4pm. Tours are first come, first serve basis, and they tend to fill up early. Must be 21. And as an fyi, open-toed shoes and high heels are not permitted on the tours (for safety reasons!). Yards is an 8 minute walk from the Market-Frankford Line Spring Garden stop or take the SEPTA Route 25 Bus right there.

20170325 00:00 20170327 00:00 America/New_York Yards Brewing Company Tours <p>Yards crafts award-winning ales right in Northern Liberties. Stop in for a FREE <a href="http://yardsbrewing.com/about/tours-events">brewery tour</a> on weekends: Saturdays &amp; Sundays 12 to 4pm. Tours are first come, first serve basis, and they tend to fill up early. Must be 21. And as an fyi, open-toed shoes and high heels are not permitted on the tours (for safety reasons!). Yards is an 8 minute walk from the Market-Frankford Line Spring Garden stop or take the SEPTA Route 25 Bus right there.</p> 901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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