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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
The bourse

Art Star

The Bourse in Old City

The Art Star CRAP Bazaar is BACK and it is taking over one of the retail spaces at The Bourse for ONE WEEKEND ONLY - on 9/18 and 9/19. This yearly fundraising event is a funny take on our Art Star CRAFT Bazaar, though it will be nothing like that event. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57 there! 

20210918 00:00 20210920 00:00 America/New_York Art Star <p>The <a href="https://artstarphilly.myshopify.com/pages/art-star-crap-bazaar">Art Star CRAP Bazaar</a> is BACK and it is taking over one of the retail spaces at The Bourse for ONE WEEKEND ONLY - on 9/18 and 9/19. This yearly fundraising event is a funny take on our Art Star CRAFT Bazaar, though it will be nothing like that event. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, or 57 there!&nbsp;</p> 111 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Riverrink

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink

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

20210508 00:00 20210927 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>, Delaware River Waterfront&#39;s outdoor roller skating rink, is back again!&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 42, 17, or 33.</p> 121 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Fring arts

Fringe Festival

FringeArts

 This four-week-long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance takes place virtually and throughout Philadelphia beginning on Thursday.  The festival — which features more than 1,000 artistically daring performances — includes national and international performances curated by FringeArts, along with works produced by independent local artists. Catch it between 9/9 and 10/3. Best way there is SEPTA! Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or Bus Routes 17, 21, 25, 48, or 57.

20210909 00:00 20211004 00:00 America/New_York Fringe Festival <p>&nbsp;This four-week-long, city-wide&nbsp;<a href="https://fringearts.com/2021-fringe-festival/" target="_blank">celebration of innovation</a>&nbsp;and creativity in contemporary performance takes place virtually and throughout Philadelphia beginning on Thursday.&nbsp; The festival &mdash; which features more than 1,000 artistically daring performances &mdash; includes national and international performances curated by FringeArts, along with works produced by independent local artists. Catch it between 9/9 and 10/3. Best way there is SEPTA!&nbsp;Short walk from 2nd Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line or Bus Routes 17, 21, 25, 48, or 57.</p> 140 North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


Wellness cherry street pier

Wellness on the Waterfront

Cherry Street Pier

It’s back! Wellness on the Waterfront returns to Race Street Pier, with free fitness classes popping up all season long. Every Monday, Thursday and Sunday - enjoy a fitness class like yoga, pilates, or and strength training. Classes are socially distanced to ensure safety and take place at Cherry Street Pier during inclement weather. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33, or 42.

20210708 00:00 20210927 00:00 America/New_York Wellness on the Waterfront <p>It&rsquo;s back!&nbsp;<a href="https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/events/wellness-on-the-waterfront-presented-by-independence-blue-cross" target="_blank">Wellness on the Waterfront</a>&nbsp;returns to Race Street Pier, with free fitness classes popping up all season long. Every Monday, Thursday and Sunday&nbsp;- enjoy a fitness class like yoga, pilates, or and strength training.&nbsp;Classes are socially distanced to ensure safety and take place at Cherry Street Pier during inclement weather.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or&nbsp;Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33, or 42.</p> Cherry Street Pier, North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Artist and Artisans

Cherry Street Pier

Stunning views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge pair well with some fun open-air shopping at Cherry Street Pier’s Artist & Artisans Market, this Sunday - 9/19. Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33, or 42.

20210919 00:00 20210920 00:00 America/New_York Artist and Artisans <p>Stunning views of the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge pair well with some fun open-air shopping at Cherry Street Pier&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cherrystreetpier.com/event/2020/09/2021-artist-and-artisans-market/" target="_blank">Artist &amp; Artisans Market</a>, this Sunday&nbsp;- 9/19.&nbsp;Get there on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 2nd Street or&nbsp;Bus Routes 12, 21, 25, 33, or 42.</p> Cherry Street Pier, North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA 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


Spruce street

Summer Fun

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy hammocks, patio games, an arcade, mini-concerts and tasty treats while strolling the boardwalk on Philly’s waterfront. Spruce Street Harbor Park - open now thru 9/27 - is the perfect summer escape for visitors looking to relax and locals hoping to unwind. 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.

20210526 00:00 20210927 00:00 America/New_York Summer Fun <p>Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy hammocks, patio games, an arcade, mini-concerts and tasty treats while strolling the boardwalk on Philly&rsquo;s waterfront.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.delawareriverwaterfront.com/places/spruce-street-harbor-park" target="_blank">Spruce Street Harbor Park</a>&nbsp;- open now thru 9/27 -&nbsp;is the perfect summer escape for visitors looking to relax and locals hoping to unwind.&nbsp;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.</p> Spruce Street Harbor Park, South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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