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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.

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you. ​

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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Snow White

Arden Theatre Company

Now thru 6/3, see Snow White like you've never seen it before at the Arden Theatre in Old City.  A world premiere production of the classic tale that features a beautiful princess, her evil queen, a huntsman, one magic mirror, and the legendary seven dwarfs – all brought to life by TWO ACTORS!  It's o easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 33, 48 or 57. Before you go - check out this Perk - it will save you $10!

20180404 00:00 20180604 00:00 America/New_York Snow White <p>Now thru 6/3, see <em><a href="https://tickets.ardentheatre.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=snowwhite&amp;BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=">Snow White</a></em>&nbsp;like you&#39;ve never seen it before at the Arden Theatre in Old City. &nbsp;A world premiere production of the classic tale that features a beautiful princess, her evil queen, a huntsman, one magic mirror, and the legendary seven dwarfs &ndash; all brought to life by TWO ACTORS!&nbsp; It&#39;s o easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 33, 48 or 57. Before you go - check out this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/34">Perk</a>&nbsp;- it will save you $10!</p> 40 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest opens seven-days-a-week starting 5/24. This includes the roller rink, mini-golf course, The Midway (with a giant Ferris wheel!) and food concessions! Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, 33 or 48. And check out this Perk before you go!

20180524 00:00 20180904 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest <p><a href="http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-summerfest" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest</a>&nbsp;opens seven-days-a-week starting 5/24. This includes the roller rink, mini-golf course, The Midway (with a giant Ferris wheel!) and food concessions! Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, 33 or 48. And check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/148">Perk</a> before you go!</p> 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Beer by the Bell

Independence Beer Garden

Grab a beer by the bell at Independence Beer Garden! SO easy to get here 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! 

20180426 01:00 20181015 12:00 America/New_York Beer by the Bell <p>Grab a beer by the bell at <a href="http://www.phlbeergarden.com/">Independence Beer Garden!</a> SO easy to get here 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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Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Franklin Square

The Chinese Lantern Festival is back at Franklin Square now thru Saturday, 6/30. Come see the square at 6th and Race streets come alive with 15,000 LED lights shining on 29 different lantern displays, including a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Also on tap: awe-inspiring acrobatics and folk dance performances, the Dragon Beer Garden, classic Asian food and more. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from the 5th Street/Independence Hall stop on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 47 or 47M.

20180501 00:00 20180701 00:00 America/New_York Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uwishunu.com/2017/02/chinese-lantern-festival-returns-franklin-square-new-lanterns-spring/">Chinese Lantern Festival</a> is back at Franklin Square now thru Saturday, 6/30. Come see the square at 6th and Race streets come alive with 15,000 LED lights shining on 29 different lantern displays, including a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Also on tap: awe-inspiring acrobatics and folk dance performances, the Dragon Beer Garden, classic Asian food and more. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from the 5th Street/Independence Hall stop on the Market-Frankford Line or ride Bus Routes 47 or 47M.</p> Franklin Square, 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States 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. 

20171105 00:00 20181231 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.

20180511 00:00 20180901 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

Event(s) being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week:

5/14: Spark Philadelphia Conference

5/16: Villanova University Senior Ball

5/17 to 5/20: Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

5/19 to 5/24: American Industrial Hygiene Association - AIHce 2018 Convention

Get there on SEPTA. The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 23, 45, 48 or 61.

20180514 00:00 20180525 00:00 America/New_York Meetings & Conventions <p>Event(s) being held at the <a href="https://www.paconvention.com/upcoming-events">Pennsylvania Convention Center</a> this week:</p> <p>5/14:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.paconvention.com/">Spark Philadelphia Conference</a></p> <p>5/16:&nbsp;Villanova University Senior Ball</p> <p>5/17 to 5/20:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.paconvention.com/">Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia</a></p> <p>5/19 to 5/24:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.paconvention.com/">American Industrial Hygiene Association - AIHce 2018 Convention</a></p> <p>Get there on SEPTA. The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 23, 45, 48 or 61.</p> Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Spring 2018 Small Business Event: Taking Care of Business

SEPTA HQ

On Wednesday, 5/23 from 9a-12n, SEPTA’s Procurement, Supply Chain and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Division is hosting a business event promoting strategies for small and emerging business growth, successful participation in transportation opportunities in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and professional networking. Representatives from the following organizations will be featured in a panel discussion to provide insight and answer questions concerning the growth of your business: U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Enterprise Supportive Services Center of Cheyney University, SCORE Philadelphia, and Environmental Construction Services, Inc. Click here to register.

20180523 00:00 20180524 00:00 America/New_York Spring 2018 Small Business Event: Taking Care of Business <p>On Wednesday, 5/23 from 9a-12n, SEPTA&rsquo;s Procurement, Supply Chain and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Division is hosting a <a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.iseptaphilly.com-ss/app/public/ckeditor_assets/attachments/1393/spring_small_business_event_flyer_rev.pdf">business event</a> promoting strategies for small and emerging business growth, successful participation in transportation opportunities in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and professional networking. Representatives from the following organizations will be featured in a panel discussion to provide insight and answer questions concerning the growth of your business: U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Enterprise Supportive Services Center of Cheyney University, SCORE Philadelphia, and Environmental Construction Services, Inc. Click <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2018-small-business-event-taking-care-of-business-tickets-45905851638">here</a> to register.</p> 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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