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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
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Into the Woods

Arden Theatre

Into the Woods is on stage at the Arden Theatre Company from 6/2 thru 7/10. 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!

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πŸŽ‡ Free Museum Day

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

In partnership with Wawa, Welcome America Inc., enjoy FREE admission at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History on 7/4! The Weitzman presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. 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.

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πŸŽ‡ Free Museum Day

Christ Church and Burial Ground

This summer, Christ Church will celebrate “Signers Day” on July 3rd including free activities for families & special tours, Free Museum Day on July 4th including special tours and history hunts. A free concert given by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will be offered at Christ Church and a free performance of The American Revolution. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or hop Routes 17, 33. or 48.

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Museum of Illusions

Old City

Believe half of what you see. The Museum of Illusions opens a Philadelphia outpost in Old City on Saturday, 3/12, joining existing locations in Toronto, Paris, Chicago and New York. With over 80 exhibits meant to trick the eye, the attraction delights visitors with holograms, stereograms and optical illusions, all the while teaching about vision, perception and the human brain. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from Jefferson Station or ride SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street/Independence Hall Station. Bus Routes 5, 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, 57, and 121 also stop near the museum.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Delaware River Waterfront's outdoor roller skating rink, is back ! Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33.

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πŸŽ‡ Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Independence Hall

Kick off Philadelphia’s premier celebration of July 4th where it all began – Independence Hall – with a patriotic ceremony celebrating those who make Philadelphia, the region, and our country a better place.

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πŸŽ‡ POPS on Independence

Independence Mall

The Philly POPS continues its 44-year Independence tradition with POPS on Independence on 7/3. The POPS will perform an original program created and conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell, featuring three-time GRAMMY® nominated singer and songwriter Ryan Shaw. Get there on SEPTA. Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or hop Bus Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 47 or 57.

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