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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Free Admission

Benjamin Franklin Museum

Benjamin Franklin’s namesake museum invites guests in for a free Presidents' Day celebration as it offers free general admission on Monday, 2/20. to get here on SEPTA, hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Routes 9, 21, 42 or 57.

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Free Admission to the NMAJH

National Museum of American Jewish History

Throughout the month of February, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers up free admission to its collections thanks to generous support from the Parkway Corporation. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44 or 57.

20170201 00:00 20170301 00:00 America/New_York Free Admission to the NMAJH <p>Throughout the month of February, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers up <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://nmajh.org/freefebruary/">free admission</a> to its collections thanks to generous support from the Parkway Corporation. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44 or 57.</p> 101 South Independence Ml East, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

Offering majestic views of both the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest houses an Olympic-size skating rink, a ski chalet-style lodge, a decorated holiday tree, rustic furniture, fire pits, warming cabins and thousands of lights that illuminate the space in style. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, 33 or 48. 

20161125 00:00 20170227 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest <p>Offering majestic views of both the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge, <a href="http://www.uwishunu.com/2016/11/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest-returns-cold-weather-fun-november/#sm.0000zpidbx6yud6yyf71slgob5oyz">Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest</a> houses an Olympic-size skating rink, a ski chalet-style lodge, a decorated holiday tree, rustic furniture, fire pits, warming cabins and thousands of lights that illuminate the space in style. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, 33 or 48.&nbsp;</p> 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Constitution Center

In celebration of Presidents' Day, the National Constitution Center offers free admission on Monday, 2/20. Stop by to check out its hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and more. 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.

20170220 00:00 20170221 00:00 America/New_York Free Admission <p>In celebration of Presidents&#39; Day, the National Constitution Center offers <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://constitutioncenter.org/calendar/presidents-day-weekend-1">free admission</a> on Monday, 2/20. Stop by to check out its hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and more. 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.</p> 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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