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Old City

Old City is the 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 6th Street to Front Street 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

Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street Station or 5th Street/Independence Hall Station. You can also take Bus Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 42, 44, 48 or 57. 

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Connecting Services

The Philly PHLASH, stopping at major locations around Philadelphia, is FREE with your SEPTA Key card.

Other Amenities

SEPTA's Independence Hall/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.

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 and take in a show at the Arden Theatre.

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
Elfreth alley

Deck the Alley

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth’s Alley in Old City boasts 300 years of history on its charming cobblestone road lined with quaint row houses that actual Philadelphians still live in. Translation: You can’t really see inside them except on select days throughout the year — including during this annual holiday event on Saturday, 12/4. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 17, 33. or 48.

20211204 00:00 20211205 00:00 America/New_York Deck the Alley <p>Elfreth&rsquo;s Alley in Old City boasts 300 years of history on its charming cobblestone road lined with quaint row houses that actual Philadelphians still live in. Translation: You can&rsquo;t really see inside them except on select days throughout the year &mdash; including during&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elfrethsalley.org/events/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">this annual holiday event</a>&nbsp;on Saturday, 12/4.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 17, 33. or 48.</p> 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Riverrink holiday tree

Holiday Tree Lighting

Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest

This three-hour tree lighting at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features a whopping 13 acts and 40 performances for 2021. Look for America’s Got Talent singers Bianca Ryan and Dylan Zangwill, Mexican folk dance group Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi, gospel singer Raquel E. Morton Britton, the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra and more. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33.

20211203 00:00 20211204 00:00 America/New_York Holiday Tree Lighting <p><a href="https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/events/holiday-tree-lighting-powered-by-peco05" rel="noopener" target="_blank">This three-hour tree lighting</a>&nbsp;at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features a whopping 13 acts and 40 performances for 2021. Look for&nbsp;<em>America&rsquo;s Got Talent</em>&nbsp;singers Bianca Ryan and Dylan Zangwill, Mexican folk dance group Ballet Folklorico Yaretzi, gospel singer Raquel E. Morton Britton, the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra and more.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33.</p> Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest - Season Ends March 6!

Blue Cross RiverRink

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest — one of Philly’s favorite winter traditions — once again brings the holiday spirit to the Delaware River waterfront beginning this Friday. The winter wonderland offers guests a chance to go skating at the city’s largest outdoor ice rink, cozy up at one of the warming cabins and fire-pit stations (plus, s’mores kits!), and gaze at the twinkling lights and holiday tree — all while overlooking the Delaware River. Also on site: a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, carnival games and new-for-2021 food offerings from Black Iron BBQ. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. 

20211126 00:00 20220307 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest - Season Ends March 6! <p><a href="https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest</a>&nbsp;&mdash; one of Philly&rsquo;s favorite winter traditions &mdash; once again brings the holiday spirit to the Delaware River waterfront beginning this Friday. The winter wonderland offers guests a chance to go skating at the city&rsquo;s largest outdoor ice rink, cozy up at one of the warming cabins and fire-pit stations (plus, s&rsquo;mores kits!), and gaze at the twinkling lights and holiday tree &mdash; all while overlooking the Delaware River. Also on site: a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, carnival games and new-for-2021 food offerings from Black Iron BBQ.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33.&nbsp;</p> 121 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


Seaport

Independence Seaport Museum

Delaware River Waterfront

Explore the Independence Seaport Museum every day from 10a-5p. Save $2 on admission when you flash your SEPTA Key card! Get there on SEPTA! SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 33 & 42,17, 12, 25 and 48 all get you close! You can also take the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line (the Blue line) to the 2nd Street Stop. From there, head East over the Market Street Bridge.

20210427 00:00 20211231 00:00 America/New_York Independence Seaport Museum <p>Explore the <a href="https://www.phillyseaport.org/">Independence Seaport Museum</a> every day from 10a-5p. <a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/12">Save $2 </a>on admission&nbsp;when you flash your SEPTA Key card!&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA! SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 33 &amp; 42,17, 12, 25&nbsp;and 48 all get you close!&nbsp;You can also take the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line (the Blue line) to the 2nd Street Stop. From there, head East over the Market Street Bridge.</p> Independence Seaport Museum, South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Parade of lights

Parade of Lights

Independence Seaport Museum

A fleet of local working boats, covered in holiday lights and decorations, parade down the Delaware River for eager spectators during this beloved annual event on Saturday, 12/4. The Independence Seaport Museum’s fourth-floor terrace provides ideal viewing conditions, as well as warm seasonal beverages and snacks. Activities and crafts precede the parade. So many ways to get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 12, 17, 25 or 42 or the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd.

20211204 00:00 20211205 00:00 America/New_York Parade of Lights <p>A fleet of local working boats, covered in holiday lights and decorations,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.phillyseaport.org/events/paradeoflights/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">parade down the Delaware River</a>&nbsp;for eager spectators during this beloved annual event on Saturday, 12/4. The Independence Seaport Museum&rsquo;s fourth-floor terrace provides ideal viewing conditions, as well as warm seasonal beverages and snacks. Activities and crafts precede the parade.&nbsp;So many ways to get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 12, 17, 25 or 42 or the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd.</p> 211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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