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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Save the Date: Bits & Bite's of History Series

Elfreth's Alley

On Friday, 5/5, Elfreth's Alley will host its second First Friday "Bits & Bite's of History Series" of 2017 with an evening of Philadelphia’s Beloved, Iconic Sandwiches, the Cheesesteak and the Hoagie which will include a short discussion of the history of the cheesesteak and hoagie by local Philadelphia Food Historian, author and tour guide, Carolyn Wyman. Old City's Campo's will be providing a hoagie sampling. The event runs from 5:30p to 8p and is free and open to the public.  There will also be opportunity to tour the Elfreth's Museum House. To get here on SEPTA, hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 21, 42 or 57.

20170505 00:00 20170506 00:00 America/New_York Save the Date: Bits & Bite's of History Series <p>On Friday, 5/5, Elfreth&#39;s Alley will host its second First Friday &quot;Bits &amp; Bite&#39;s of History Series&quot; of 2017 with an evening of&nbsp;<strong>Philadelphia&rsquo;s Beloved, Iconic Sandwiches, the Cheesesteak and the Hoagie</strong>&nbsp;which will include a short discussion of the history of the cheesesteak and hoagie by local Philadelphia Food Historian, author and tour guide, Carolyn Wyman. Old City&#39;s Campo&#39;s will be providing a hoagie sampling. The event runs from 5:30p to 8p and is free and open to the public.&nbsp; There will also be opportunity to tour the Elfreth&#39;s Museum House. To get here on SEPTA, hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 5, 17, 21, 42 or 57.</p> 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Science Fest Carnival

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

On Saturday, 4/29, the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival culminates in a super-charged, super-fun celebration of science! This FREE event is unlike any other – with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the whole family. Make sure to keep an eye out for the SEPTA table! With so much happening in Philadelphia this weekend, SEPTA is the best way there. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or hop Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33 or 42.

20170429 00:00 20170430 00:00 America/New_York Science Fest Carnival <p>On Saturday, 4/29,&nbsp;the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival culminates in a super-charged, super-fun celebration of science! This FREE event is unlike any other &ndash; with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the whole family.&nbsp;Make sure to keep an eye out for the SEPTA table! With so much happening in&nbsp;Philadelphia this weekend, SEPTA is the best way there.&nbsp;Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or hop Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33 or 42.</p> Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, South Christopher 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 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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Center City Jazz Festival

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The annual Center City Jazz Festival returns Saturday, 4/29 to Philly’s downtown. From 1p to 7p, local and national musicians promise crowds sweet jazz at 6 neighboring Center City spots — Fergie’s Pub, the Kimmel Center, Franky Bradley’s, U-Bahn, Milkboy Philadelphia and Time. Performances at all venues are included in the price of just 1 ticket. For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, enjoy tunes all day long. Get here on SEPTA. All are a short walk from Jefferson, 13th Street, 11th Street and Walnut-Locust Stations or you can take Routes 9, 12, 21, 23 or 45.

20170429 00:00 20170430 00:00 America/New_York Center City Jazz Festival <p>The annual Center City Jazz Festival returns Saturday, 4/29&nbsp;to Philly&rsquo;s downtown. From 1p to 7p, local and national musicians promise crowds sweet jazz at 6 neighboring Center City spots &mdash; Fergie&rsquo;s Pub, the Kimmel Center, Franky Bradley&rsquo;s, U-Bahn, Milkboy Philadelphia and Time. Performances at all venues are included in the price of just 1 ticket. For $15 in advance and $20 at the door, enjoy tunes all day long. Get here on SEPTA. All are a short walk from Jefferson, 13th Street, 11th Street and Walnut-Locust Stations or you can take Routes 9, 12, 21, 23 or 45.</p> 1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Plan Your Trip


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Yards 10th Annual Real Ale Invitational

Yards Brewing Company

Celebrate 10 years of unfiltered amusement at the Yards 10th Annual Real Ale Invitational on Sunday, 4/30. Did you know that Yards is moving a few blocks west in the Fall of 2017? That means this will be the last Real Ale Festival at their Delaware Ave. brewery! This year, there will be over 60 cask-conditioned beers from breweries around the world, the biggest selection ever! Regular admission tickets are $55 in advance. If available, tickets will be $65 at the door but please note that Real Ale has sold out prior to the event for five years in a row. All guests will receive a commemorative glass and guide to the day's festivities. All tickets also include food and live music to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Beer is included for regular admission ticket holders, and there is a designated driver option. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden or Routes 5, 15, 25, 43 or 57.

20170430 00:00 20170501 00:00 America/New_York Yards 10th Annual Real Ale Invitational <p>Celebrate 10 years of unfiltered amusement at the Yards 10th Annual Real Ale Invitational&nbsp;on Sunday, 4/30. Did you know that Yards is moving a few blocks west in the Fall of 2017? That means this will be the last Real Ale Festival at their Delaware Ave. brewery! This year, there will be over 60 cask-conditioned beers from breweries around the world, the biggest selection ever! Regular admission tickets are $55&nbsp;in advance. If available, tickets will be&nbsp;$65&nbsp;at the door but please note that Real Ale has sold out prior to the event for five years in a row. All guests will receive a commemorative glass and guide to the day&#39;s festivities. All tickets also include food and live music to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Beer is included for regular admission ticket holders, and there is a designated driver option. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to Spring Garden or Routes 5, 15, 25, 43 or 57.</p> 500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Shut Up & Dance

Forrest Theatre

On Saturday, 4/29, Martha Graham Cracker and the dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet team up for a feel-good performing arts event this Saturday night. MANNA's Shut Up and Dance returns this weekend with an engaging dance show that raises funds for MANNA, an organization that brings nourishing food to those with terminal illnesses. Get there on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 11th Street and walk three blocks south to Walnut Street. Bus Routes 42, 21, 12 and 76 also all stop within three blocks of the theatre.

20170429 00:00 20170430 00:00 America/New_York Shut Up & Dance <p>On Saturday, 4/29, Martha Graham Cracker and the dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet team up for a feel-good performing arts event this Saturday night.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mannapa.org/shut-up-and-dance/">MANNA&#39;s Shut Up and Dance</a>&nbsp;returns this weekend with an engaging dance show that raises funds for MANNA, an organization that brings nourishing food to those with terminal illnesses. Get there on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 11th Street and walk three blocks south to Walnut Street. Bus Routes 42, 21, 12 and 76 also all stop within three blocks of the theatre.</p> Forrest Theatre, Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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