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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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Photo Pop Philly Winter Wonderland

The Bourse Food Hall

Philadelphia's interactive, photo-friendly pop-up art exhibit returns this winter to The Bourse Food Hall now thru 1/5, with installations inspired by the season for visitors to immerse themselves in. The snow-filled backdrops and other exhibits come together to create an Instagram-worthy winter wonderland. See the exhibit during its first week open for discounted prices. Timed tickets can be purchased online and at the door.Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57 there! 

20191115 00:00 20200106 00:00 America/New_York Photo Pop Philly Winter Wonderland <p>Philadelphia&#39;s interactive, photo-friendly&nbsp;<a href="https://www.photopopphilly.com/winter-wonderland" target="_blank">pop-up art exhibit</a>&nbsp;returns this winter to&nbsp;The Bourse Food Hall now thru 1/5,&nbsp;with installations inspired by the season for visitors to immerse themselves in. The snow-filled backdrops and other exhibits come together to create an Instagram-worthy winter wonderland. See the exhibit during its first week open for discounted prices. Timed tickets can be purchased online and at the door.Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57 there!&nbsp;</p> The Bourse Building, South Independence Ml East, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Notorious RBG

National Museum of American Jewish History

Now thru January 12, 2010 see Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Tracing a career that traveled from trailblazer to pop-culture icon, the special exhibition explores her precedent-setting role on our nation’s highest court, as well as her varied roles as a student, life partner, mother, change-making lawyer, judge, and women’s rights pioneer. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57.

20191004 00:00 20200113 00:00 America/New_York Notorious RBG <p>Now thru January 12, 2010 see <em>Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg</em>, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, at the <a href="https://www.nmajh.org">National Museum of American Jewish History</a>. Tracing a career that traveled from trailblazer to pop-culture icon, the special exhibition explores her precedent-setting role on our nation&rsquo;s highest court, as well as her varied roles as a student, life partner, mother, change-making lawyer, judge, and women&rsquo;s rights pioneer. Get there 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, USA Plan Your Trip


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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

This winter wonderland along the Delaware River is celebrating its 26th anniversary season! Don't miss the fire pits, game room, chalet-style lodge, food and beverages, confectionary cabin and — new this year! — the Winterfest Express train for kiddos to ride. 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!

20191129 00:00 20200309 00:00 America/New_York Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest <p>This <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/blue-cross-riverrink-winterfest" rel="noopener" target="_blank">winter wonderland</a> along the Delaware River is celebrating its 26th anniversary season! Don&#39;t miss the fire pits, game room, chalet-style lodge, food and beverages, confectionary cabin and &mdash; new this year! &mdash; the Winterfest Express train for kiddos to ride. 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 Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States 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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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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