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.

Fare

One way fare is $2.50 cash. You must have exact change if paying the cashier. The cashier cannot make change. Quick Trips are available from the Fare Kiosks located at all Broad Street and Market-Frankford Line stations. The kiosks accept credit/debit cards and cash [no exact change needed!]. You can purchase one-way Quick Trip tickets for travel at any MFL/BSL station for use at any MFL/BSL station. This allows you the flexibility to buy two Quick Trips at one time – one for the start of your trip, and the second for your return trip. All Quick Trip tickets must be used on the date of purchase. Quick Trips do not work on the bus.

Your best bet, is a SEPTA Key Card. Like a Quick Trip, it is also available from the Fare Kiosks but unlike a Quick Trip, it is reloadable and reusable. The SEPTA Key Travel Wallet allows you to pay as you go and you'll receive a discount for each ride ($2.00 versus the $2.50 cash fare). You must load a minimum of $10 [which will get you 5 rides]. Funds in your Travel Wallet can only be used to pay for one (1) person. It cannot be tapped multiple times to pay for anyone traveling with you.  

Best part – your SEPTA Key gets you more than just a ride. Flash it for discounts on food, drink, museums, sports, shops and more. Click here for a full list of Partners.

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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Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

Reading Terminal Market

On Saturday, bring the whole family to Reading Terminal Market to celebrate the foods of Pennsylvania's harvest. Enjoy a beer garden, seasonal foods, live music, and more. Get here on SEPTA Hop a train to Jefferson Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 11th or Bus Routes 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 45, 48, 62 or 78. 

20171021 00:00 20171022 00:00 America/New_York Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival <p>On Saturday, bring the whole family to Reading Terminal Market to celebrate the foods of Pennsylvania&#39;s harvest. Enjoy a beer garden, seasonal foods, live music, and more. Get here on SEPTA Hop a train to Jefferson Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 11th or Bus Routes 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 45, 48, 62 or 78.&nbsp;</p> 51 N Front St, 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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Fall Fest and Oktoberfest

Morgan's Pier

Morgan's Pier brings the spirit of autumn to the waterfront with its month-long Fall Fest, featuring an array of programming on select days of the week, including pumpkin carving every Saturday and Sunday thru 10/29. Get to Morgan's Pier on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street on the Market-Frankford Line or take the Route 25.

20171007 00:00 20171030 00:00 America/New_York Fall Fest and Oktoberfest <p>Morgan&#39;s Pier brings the spirit of autumn to the waterfront with its month-long Fall Fest, featuring an array of programming on select days of the week, including pumpkin carving every Saturday and Sunday thru 10/29. Get to Morgan&#39;s Pier on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street on the Market-Frankford Line or take the Route 25.</p> 221 N. Columbus Boulevard Plan Your Trip


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Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View

African American Museum

Go see he African American Museum's new exhibition, Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine ViewThis engaging exhibition features five women artists exploring the connection of spirituality as it relates to memory. Get here on SEPTA. It's a short walk from the 8th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 47 or 48.

20171005 00:00 20171030 00:00 America/New_York Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View <p>Go see he African American Museum&#39;s new exhibition,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html">G</a></em><em><a href="http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html">ardens of the Mind</a></em><em><a href="http://www.aampmuseum.org/calendar.html">: Echoes of the Feminine View</a>.&nbsp;</em>This engaging exhibition features five women artists exploring the connection of spirituality as it relates to memory. Get here on SEPTA. It&#39;s a short walk from the 8th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 47 or 48.</p> The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Arch 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. 

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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Moon Taxi, Judah & the Lion and Andy Mineo

The Theatre of Living Arts

This weekend the TLA has Moon Taxi on Friday, Judah & the Lion on Saturday and Andy Mineo on Sunday night. Going? Skip the parking hassles and get there on SEPTA Routes 12, 40, 47 or 57.

20171020 00:00 20171023 00:00 America/New_York Moon Taxi, Judah & the Lion and Andy Mineo <p class="title">This weekend the TLA has Moon Taxi on Friday, Judah &amp; the Lion on Saturday and Andy Mineo on Sunday night. Going? Skip the parking hassles and get there on SEPTA Routes 12, 40, 47 or 57.</p> 334 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest

Queen Village

This Sunday, the Friends of Bainbridge Green and the South Street Headhouse District team up to host a brunch festival to raise awareness and money for Bainbridge Green. From 10a to 3p, enjoy food and drinks from area vendors including Ela, Whetstone, Southwark, the Hungry Pigeon, Stateside Distilling and 13th Street Cocktails. Additional activities include pumpkin painting and pottery making. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Routes 12, 40 or 57.

20171022 00:00 20171023 00:00 America/New_York Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest <p>This Sunday, the Friends of Bainbridge Green and the South Street Headhouse District team up to host a <a class="trackingoutbound" href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1481374398563538/">brunch festival</a> to raise awareness and money for Bainbridge Green. From 10a to 3p, enjoy food and drinks from area vendors including Ela, Whetstone, Southwark, the Hungry Pigeon, Stateside Distilling and 13th Street Cocktails. Additional activities include pumpkin painting and pottery making. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop Routes 12, 40 or 57.</p> 350 Bainbridge St, 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:

10/21 to 10/24: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Get here 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.

20171010 00:00 20171031 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>10/21 to 10/24: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)</p> <p>Get here 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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