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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Old City Eats

Old City

Old City Eats is back for another summer of deals on food and drinks at more than 25 neighborhood restaurants. Every Thursday night, Old City dwellers and visitors can hot spots like High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Red Owl Tavern, National Mechanics and more for happy hour deals. It's SO easy to get to Old City on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 42, 44, 48 or 57. 

20170629 00:00 20170630 00:00 America/New_York Old City Eats <p><a href="http://oldcitydistrict.org/oldcityeats">Old City Eats</a> is back for another summer of deals on food and drinks at more than 25 neighborhood restaurants. Every Thursday night, Old City dwellers and visitors can hot spots like High Street on Market, Khyber Pass Pub, Red Owl Tavern, National Mechanics and more for happy hour deals. It&#39;s SO easy to get to Old City on SEPTA.&nbsp;Hop&nbsp;the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 42, 44, 48 or 57.&nbsp;</p> 200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Christ Church Farmers Market

Christ Church Neighborhood House

The Farmers Market at Christ Church is back in Old City on Wednesday from 2p to 7p! Browse items from local food purveyors like Spruce Hill Preserves, Beechwood Orchards and a selection of food trucks at the Christ Church Farmers’ Market. Countless ways to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 33, 48 or 57.

20170524 00:00 20171102 00:00 America/New_York Christ Church Farmers Market <p>The Farmers Market at Christ Church is back in Old City&nbsp;on Wednesday from 2p to 7p! Browse items from local food purveyors like Spruce Hill Preserves, Beechwood Orchards and a selection of food trucks at the <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.neighborhood-house.com/farmers-market-at-christ-church">Christ Church Farmers&rsquo; Market</a>. Countless ways to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 33, 48 or 57.</p> 20 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Free Admission to the NMAJH

National Museum of American Jewish History

This Wednesday, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers up free admission to its impressive collection — including its 1917: How One Year Changed the World exhibition. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44 or 57.

20170628 00:00 20170629 00:00 America/New_York Free Admission to the NMAJH <p>This Wednesday, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nmajh.org/CalendarEvent.aspx?eventid=530">free admission</a>&nbsp;to its impressive collection &mdash; including its&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.uwishunu.com/2017/03/national-museum-american-jewish-historys-dynamic-exhibition-examines-1917s-global-impact/">1917: How One Year Changed the World</a></em>&nbsp;exhibition. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44 or 57.</p> 101 South Independence Ml East, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

The weekend before the Fourth of July gets off to a tuneful start with a free performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront this Friday. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for a spectacular free fireworks display. Get here on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or hop Bus Routes 12, 25 or 42.

20170630 00:00 20170701 00:00 America/New_York The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks <p>The weekend before the Fourth of July gets off to a tuneful start with a free performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront this Friday. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for a spectacular free fireworks display. Get here on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or hop Bus Routes 12, 25 or 42.</p> 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Plan Your Trip


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'90s Outdoor Dance Party

Le Peg at FringeArts

DJ Dame Luz, one of the city’s beloved DJs, spins classic summertime hits from the ’90s at a sure-to-be fun indoor-outdoor dance party at FringeArts this Saturday. Guests can expect to dance along to ’90s pop, hip-hop, R&B and dancehall music. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or Bus Routes 25, 21, 41, 5, 57, 48, or 17.

20170701 00:00 20170702 00:00 America/New_York '90s Outdoor Dance Party <p>DJ Dame Luz, one of the city&rsquo;s beloved DJs, spins classic summertime hits from the &rsquo;90s at a sure-to-be fun&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/444663485881859/">indoor-outdoor dance party</a>&nbsp;at FringeArts this Saturday. Guests can expect to dance along to &rsquo;90s pop, hip-hop, R&amp;B and dancehall music.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or Bus Routes 25, 21, 41, 5, 57, 48, or 17.</p> FringeArts, North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

The Delaware River waterfront is a seasonal wonderland thanks to Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Play mini golf and outdoor games, try your luck in the arcade, enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s only outdoor roller rink. New this year is an outdoor bowling alley! Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, 33 or 48.

20170530 00:00 20170930 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest <p>The Delaware River waterfront is a seasonal wonderland thanks to <a href="http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-summerfest">Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest</a>. Play mini golf and outdoor games, try your luck in the arcade, enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city&rsquo;s only outdoor roller rink. New this year is an outdoor bowling alley!&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, 33 or 48.</p> 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Wawa Hoagie Day

Independence Visitor Center

The all-time favorite Wawa Hoagie Day returns to the Independence Visitor Center lawn on Thursday, 6/29 from noon to 2p! Get there on SEPTA. Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or hop Bus Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 47 or 57.

20170629 00:00 20170630 00:00 America/New_York Wawa Hoagie Day <p>The all-time favorite Wawa Hoagie Day returns to the Independence Visitor Center lawn on Thursday, 6/29 from noon to 2p! Get there on SEPTA. Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or hop Bus Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 47 or 57.</p> 1 N Independence Mall W, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street Pier

A favorite warm-weather activity is back at Race Street Pier — free yoga! Every single day of the week (weather permitting), the yoga class takes to the waterfront for fresh air (and free!) fun for yogis of all levels. Classes are: Saturday & Sunday at 9:30a; Monday - Friday at 7a and Monday - Thursday at 6p (there is a morning & evening class Monday-Thursday). So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Routes 5, 17, 25 or 48. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to...plan your trip!

20170410 00:00 20171112 00:00 America/New_York Free Yoga at Race Street Pier <p>A favorite warm-weather activity is back at Race Street Pier &mdash; free yoga! Every single day of the week (weather permitting), the yoga class takes to the waterfront for fresh air (and free!) fun for yogis of all levels. Classes are: Saturday &amp; Sunday at 9:30a; Monday -&nbsp;Friday at 7a and Monday -&nbsp;Thursday at 6p (there is a morning &amp; evening class Monday-Thursday).&nbsp;So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Routes 5, 17, 25 or 48. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to...plan your trip!</p> Race Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Beer by the Bell

Independence Beer Garden

The Independence Beer Garden is open and SO easy to get to on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42 or 47. Use our PLAN YOUR TRIP feature for details. Cheers! 

20170424 01:00 20170930 12:00 America/New_York Beer by the Bell <p>The Independence Beer Garden is open and SO easy to get to on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42 or 47. Use our PLAN YOUR TRIP feature for details. Cheers!&nbsp;</p> 100 South Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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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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The Dove and the Wolf

Spruce Street Harbor Park

This Thursday, catch popular, local indie pop duo The Dove and the Wolf for a free concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park. The performance will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m., allowing for plenty of time to also grab a beer from the park's beer gardens and a bite to eat from the plethora of boardwalk-style food outlets. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 12, 21, 33, 42 or 25.

20170629 00:00 20170630 00:00 America/New_York The Dove and the Wolf <p>This Thursday, catch popular, local indie pop duo The Dove and the Wolf for a free concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park. The performance will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m., allowing for plenty of time to also grab a beer from the park&#39;s beer gardens and a bite to eat from the plethora of boardwalk-style food outlets. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 12, 21, 33, 42 or 25.</p> Spruce Street Harbor Park, South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Free Admission to the Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center opens its doors for free this Thursday, 6/30, inviting you to learn everything there is to know about the U.S. Constitution through an array of high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. Bonus: Access to the fun American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition is also free! 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.

20170630 00:00 20170701 00:00 America/New_York Free Admission to the Constitution Center <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://welcomeamerica.com/event/free-museum-day/">National Constitution Center</a>&nbsp;opens its doors for free this Thursday, 6/30, inviting you to learn everything there is to know about the U.S. Constitution through an array of high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. Bonus: Access to the fun&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.uwishunu.com/2017/03/national-constitution-center-explores-prohibition-era-major-exhibition/">American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition</a></em>&nbsp;exhibition is also free! 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.</p> Plan Your Trip


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Headhouse Farmers Market

Headhouse Square

On Sunday stop by the Headhouse Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, local meats, cheeses and wines. It's so easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Route 12, 40, 47 or 57. 

20170514 00:00 20171030 00:00 America/New_York Headhouse Farmers Market <p>On Sunday stop by the Headhouse Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, local meats, cheeses and wines. It&#39;s so easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Route 12, 40, 47 or 57.&nbsp;</p> 500 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Penn's Landing

Spruce Street Harbor Park — everyone's favorite seasonal park on the Delaware River — is back with dining, a beer garden, hammocks, a boardwalk, and entertainment. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 12, 21, 33, 42 or 25.

20170512 00:00 20171002 00:00 America/New_York Spruce Street Harbor Park <p>Spruce Street Harbor Park &mdash; everyone&#39;s favorite seasonal park on the Delaware River &mdash; is back with dining, a beer garden, hammocks, a boardwalk, and entertainment. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 12, 21, 33, 42 or 25.</p> 401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Meetings & Conventions

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Events being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week:

6/22 to 6/29: ASTRA's 2017 Marketplace & Academy

6/28: Philadelphia FIGHT: Prison Summit

20170622 00:00 20170630 00:00 America/New_York Meetings & Conventions <p>Events being held at the <a href="https://www.paconvention.com/upcoming-events">Pennsylvania Convention Center</a> this week:</p> <p>6/22 to 6/29: ASTRA&#39;s 2017 Marketplace &amp; Academy</p> <p>6/28: Philadelphia FIGHT: Prison&nbsp;Summit</p> Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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