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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 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

Take Market-Frankford Line 2nd Street or 5th Street. 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 or Pass.

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. SEPTA is working on transforming 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, take in a show at the Arden Theatre 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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Indecent

Arden Theatre Company

Indecent runs now thru 6/23 at the Arden Theatre in Old City! It's 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!

20190523 00:00 20190624 00:00 America/New_York Indecent <p><em>Indecent</em>&nbsp;runs now thru 6/23 at the <a href="https://ardentheatre.org/">Arden Theatre</a> in Old City!&nbsp;It&#39;s 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, USA Plan Your Trip


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Flag Fest 2019

Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House celebrates the American Flag 6/9 thru 6/15 with Flag Fest 2019. Festival activities include a free concert, free admission, and a pop-up beer garden. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 17, 33. or 48. Make sure to check out this Perk before you go!!

20190609 00:00 20190616 00:00 America/New_York Flag Fest 2019 <p>The Betsy Ross House celebrates the American Flag 6/9 thru 6/15 with <a href="http://historicphiladelphia.org/flagfest/">Flag Fest 2019</a>.&nbsp;Festival activities include a free concert, free admission, and a pop-up beer garden.&nbsp;Get there&nbsp;on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 17, 33. or 48. Make sure to check out <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/121">this Perk</a> before you go!!</p> 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink, is back for its fifth season beginning this Friday, 5/10. The rink will be open on weekends in May then seven-days-a-week starting Memorial Day Weekend. Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. Flash your SEPTA Key or SEPTA Pass to save 50% ($2) on admission! More info here!

20190510 00:00 20190930 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest <p><a href="https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-summerfest">Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest</a>, Philadelphia&rsquo;s only outdoor roller skating rink, is back&nbsp;for its fifth&nbsp;season beginning this Friday, 5/10. The rink will be open on weekends in May then seven-days-a-week starting Memorial Day Weekend.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33. Flash your SEPTA Key or SEPTA Pass to save 50% ($2) on admission! More info <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/148">here</a>!</p> 121 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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River Alive!

Independence Seaport Museum

This new 4,000-square foot permanent exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum focuses on the Delaware River and how millions of people use it for water, food and recreation. Hands-on experiences such as the Citizen Science Lab and Fisharium teach guests about what lives in the river and the threats to the watershed. Get there on SEPTA! SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 33 & 42 stop at The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Routes 17 and 48 stop at Front and Market Streets. Route 12 stops directly at Spruce Street Harbor Park at Columbus Blvd and Dock Street. Route 25 runs along Columbus Blvd. 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. Save $2 on admission with this Perk!

20181123 00:00 20191231 00:00 America/New_York River Alive! <p>This new 4,000-square foot <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.phillyseaport.org/riveralive" rel="noopener" target="_blank">permanent exhibition</a> at the Independence Seaport Museum focuses on the Delaware River and how millions of people use it for water, food and recreation. Hands-on experiences such as the Citizen Science Lab and Fisharium teach guests about what lives in the river and the threats to the watershed. Get there on SEPTA! SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 33 &amp; 42 stop at The Great Plaza at Penn&#39;s Landing. Routes 17 and 48 stop at Front and Market Streets. Route 12 stops directly at Spruce Street Harbor Park at Columbus Blvd and Dock Street. Route 25 runs along Columbus Blvd. 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. Save $2 on admission with this <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/12">Perk</a>!</p> Independence Seaport Museum, South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Free Yoga at Race Street Pier

Race Street Pier

Philadelphia’s favorite free workout series - Free Yoga on Race Street Pier - organized by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and coordinated by yoga instructor Malik Wilson, offers nearly 300 free yoga classes thru November 12th. 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 run M-Th 7a & 6p; Fr 7a; Sa-Su 9:30a. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 17, 21, 25, 33, or 42. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to...plan your trip!

20190513 00:00 20191113 00:00 America/New_York Free Yoga at Race Street Pier <p>Philadelphia&rsquo;s favorite free workout series - <a href="https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/events/free-yoga-on-the-pier-presented-by-independence-2-2019">Free Yoga on Race Street Pier</a> - organized by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and coordinated by yoga instructor <strong>Malik Wilson</strong>, offers nearly 300 free yoga classes thru November 12th. 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 run M-Th 7a &amp; 6p; Fr 7a; Sa-Su 9:30a. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 17, 21, 25, 33, or 42. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to...plan your trip!</p> Race Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Art Star Pop Up Market

Delaware River Waterfront

The Art Star Pop Up Market is back at Spruce Street Harbor Park! The Market features the work of up to 20 curated art + craft vendors. Every Saturday and Sunday from now until the end of September, each participating vendor sets up al fresco style under a tree lined walkway within the popular park. Shoppers can expect a variety of handmade goods at an affordable price range and the vendor line-up will change each day.Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd St or hop Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33 or 42 to get there.

20190615 00:00 20190617 00:00 America/New_York Art Star Pop Up Market <p>The Art Star Pop Up Market is back at Spruce Street Harbor Park! The Market&nbsp;features the work of up to 20 curated art + craft vendors. Every Saturday and Sunday from now until the end of September, each participating vendor sets up al fresco style under a tree lined walkway within the popular park. Shoppers can expect a variety of handmade goods at an affordable price range and the vendor line-up will change each day.Take the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd St or hop Bus Routes&nbsp;12, 21, 25, 33 or 42 to get there.</p> Spruce Street Harbor Park, South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation

National Constitution Center

Explore Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s new exhibit highlighting the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals. Visit now thru December 2019! Check out this Perk before you go! 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.

20190415 00:00 20200101 00:00 America/New_York Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation <p>Explore&nbsp;<a href="https://constitutioncenter.org/experience/exhibitions/feature-exhibitions/hamilton-the-constitutional-clashes-that-shaped-a-nation"><em>Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation</em></a>, the National Constitution Center&rsquo;s new exhibit highlighting&nbsp;the competing ideas of Alexander Hamilton and his legendary rivals. Visit&nbsp;now thru&nbsp;December 2019!&nbsp;Check out <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/56">this Perk</a> before you go! 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, USA Plan Your Trip


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Summer Exhibitions

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Head to the African American Museum in Philadelphia from now until September 8 for their new summer exhibitions: DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance by Fahamu Pecou, which features a mix of performance, painting, drawing and video that seeks to "elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death." Self-Evident by Sonja Clark is a mix of new and older works that examines the museum's founding in 1976 and other topics. An opening event on Friday, 5/24 includes complimentary wine and live music. Get here on SEPTA. It's a short walk from the 8th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 47 or 48. 

20190524 00:00 20190909 00:00 America/New_York Summer Exhibitions <p>Head to the African American Museum in Philadelphia from now until September 8 for their new summer exhibitions: <em>DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance</em>&nbsp;by Fahamu Pecou, which&nbsp;features a mix of performance, painting, drawing and video that seeks to &quot;elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death.&quot;&nbsp;<em>Self-Evident</em>&nbsp;by Sonja Clark is a mix of new and older works that examines the museum&#39;s founding in 1976 and other topics. An opening event on Friday, 5/24 includes complimentary wine and live music.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. It&#39;s a short walk from the 8th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 47 or 48.&nbsp;</p> 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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