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!]. Note, a Quick Trip is a one-way ticket, good for 24 hours. It can only be used at the station from which it is purchased.

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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Philadelphia Caribbean Festival

Penn's Landing

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Caribbean Festival hits the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with a full day of celebrations of 14 Caribbean countries. Look forward to a variety of authentic eats, frosty drinks, performances and shopping. SEPTA is the best way there! Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or hop Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33 or 42.

20170820 00:00 20170821 00:00 America/New_York Philadelphia Caribbean Festival <p>On Sunday, the <strong>Philadelphia Caribbean Festival</strong> hits the Great Plaza at <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.visitphilly.com/outdoor-activities/philadelphia/penns-landing/">Penn&rsquo;s Landing</a> with a full day of celebrations of 14 Caribbean countries. Look forward to a variety of authentic eats, frosty drinks, performances and shopping. SEPTA is the best way there! Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or hop Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33 or 42.</p> 101 South 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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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 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 <a href="http://www.phlbeergarden.com/">Independence Beer Garden</a> is 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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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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Radio 104.5 Block Party

Festival Pier at Penn's Landing

Radio 104.5’s epic summer block parties return this Sunday with a full day of live music from Vance Joy, Portugal. The Man, Judah and the Lion and more. Note that free tickets are required. For information on ticket giveaways, check here. Get there on SEPTA. Ride the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden or hop the Route 25 Bus.

20170820 00:00 20170821 00:00 America/New_York Radio 104.5 Block Party <p>Radio 104.5&rsquo;s epic <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://radio1045.iheart.com/featured/summer-block-parties/">summer block parties</a> return this Sunday with a full day of live music from Vance Joy, Portugal. The Man, Judah and the Lion and more. Note that free tickets are required. For information on ticket giveaways, check <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://radio1045.iheart.com/featured/summer-block-parties/">here</a>. Get there on SEPTA. Ride the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden or hop the Route 25 Bus.</p> 601 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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