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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Peter Pan

Arden Theatre Company

Now thru 1/26, catch Peter Pan at the Arden Theatre in Old City. So 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!

20171201 00:00 20180127 00:00 America/New_York Peter Pan <p>Now thru 1/26, catch <em><a href="https://tickets.ardentheatre.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=peterpan&amp;BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=">Peter Pan</a></em> at the Arden Theatre in Old City. So 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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Twelve Days of Christmas Movies

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

From 12/14 to 12/25, bring family and friends out to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest for 12 movie nights leading up to Christmas Eve. Enjoy holiday favorites such as A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and more. All movies will be shown in the Lodge, with plenty of comfy seating and great food and drinks. 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!

20171214 00:00 20171226 00:00 America/New_York Twelve Days of Christmas Movies <p>From 12/14 to 12/25, bring family and friends out to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest for <a href="http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/events/twelve-days-of-christmas-movies">12 movie nights&nbsp;</a>leading up to Christmas Eve. Enjoy holiday favorites such as <em>A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, National Lampoon&rsquo;s Christmas Vacation</em>, and more. All movies will be shown in the Lodge, with plenty of comfy seating and great food and drinks.&nbsp;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&nbsp;<a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/148">Perk</a>&nbsp;before you go!</p> 101 South Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

From 11/24 thru 3/4, the Delaware River waterfront is a seasonal wonderland thanks to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city’s largest outdoor ice rink. 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!

20171124 00:00 20180305 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest <p>From&nbsp;11/24 thru 3/4, the Delaware River waterfront is a seasonal wonderland thanks to <a href="http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-summerfest">Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest</a>. Enjoy waterfront views with drinks and food and take a spin around the city&rsquo;s largest outdoor ice rink. 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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Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show

Franklin Square

Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer fill historic Franklin Square for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show, which utilizes thousands of twinkling lights and a dynamic holiday soundtrack. The seasonal outdoor attraction rounds out the ongoing festivities with a winter beer garden, seasonal eats from SquareBurger, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the square and a handful of other fun-filled events. Runs 11/9 through 12/31. 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.

20171109 00:00 20180101 00:00 America/New_York Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle Light Show <p>Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer fill historic <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square/upcoming-events/">Franklin Square</a> for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show, which utilizes thousands of twinkling lights and a dynamic holiday soundtrack. The seasonal outdoor attraction rounds out the ongoing festivities with a winter beer garden, seasonal eats from SquareBurger, Lightning Bolt Holiday Express train rides around the square and a handful of other fun-filled events. Runs 11/9 through 12/31. 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> 200 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 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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Annie

Walnut Street Theater

Leapin' Lizards! Celebrate the holiday season with one of the world's best-loved musicals! See Annie at the Walnut Street Theater now thru 1/7. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to Jefferson Station or Bus Routes 9, 12, 21, 38, 42, 47, 47M, or 61.

20171113 00:00 20180110 00:00 America/New_York Annie <p>Leapin&#39; Lizards! Celebrate the holiday season with one of the world&#39;s best-loved musicals! See <em>Annie </em>at the&nbsp;Walnut Street Theater now thru 1/7. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to Jefferson Station or Bus Routes 9, 12, 21, 38, 42, 47, 47M, or 61.</p> 825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Yards' Brewing Company - New Location

Yards Brewery and Taproom

Yards Brewing Company's brand-new, 70,000-square-foot facility is open! The 500 Spring Garden Street location promises a taproom serving up hearty comfort eats and a bar with 20 different taps. Adjacent to the taproom area, guests will find the "Brewer’s Lounge," outfitted with a pool table, TV, dart board and shuffleboard area. The spacious area, complete with 25-foot ceilings, will accommodate up to 280 guests. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden or hop Routes 5, 43, 47, 47M or 57. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to ... plan your trip!

20171116 00:00 20180430 00:00 America/New_York Yards' Brewing Company - New Location <p><a href="http://yardsbrewing.com/">Yards Brewing Company&#39;s</a>&nbsp;brand-new, 70,000-square-foot facility is open! The 500 Spring Garden Street location promises a taproom serving up hearty comfort eats and a bar with 20 different taps. Adjacent to the taproom area, guests will find the &quot;Brewer&rsquo;s Lounge,&quot; outfitted with a pool table, TV, dart board and shuffleboard area. The spacious area, complete with 25-foot ceilings, will accommodate up to 280 guests. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden or hop Routes 5, 43, 47, 47M or 57. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to ... plan your trip!</p> 500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, United States Plan Your Trip


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Broadway Philadelphia Presents The Color Purple

Forrest Theatre

This week from 12/12 to 12/17, Broadway Philadelphia welcomes The Color Purple to the Forrest Theatre stage.  Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from Walnut-Locust Station on the Broad Street Line or Bus Routes 4, 23, 27, 32, or 45. 

20171212 00:00 20171218 00:00 America/New_York Broadway Philadelphia Presents The Color Purple <p>This week from 12/12 to 12/17, Broadway Philadelphia welcomes <em>The Color Purple</em> to the Forrest Theatre stage.&nbsp; Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from Walnut-Locust Station on the Broad Street Line or Bus Routes 4, 23, 27, 32, or 45.&nbsp;</p> 1114 Walnut Street, 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:

12/13 to 12/14: Avendra Workshop

12/13 to 12/14: School District of Philadelphia Benchmark, Analytics and Management Meeting

12/19: City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services

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.

20171213 00:00 20171220 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>12/13 to 12/14: Avendra Workshop</p> <p>12/13 to 12/14: School District of Philadelphia Benchmark, Analytics and Management Meeting</p> <p>12/19:&nbsp;City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services</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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