Old City Philadelphia Is Packed with Attractions, Day and Night


Old City Philadelphia


Independence Hall at night, 5th and Chestnut Streets. Old City doesn't shut down when the historical attractions do - there's plenty of nightlife and foot traffic there.



Center City District Location - RED - Historic District - Old City


And here is where you can find a comprehensive guide, to all that Old City Philadelphia has to offer. While this page is still under construction, here is a (partial) list of some of the many places to visit in Old City, during your visit to Philadelphia...

Eventually, we will have a comprehensive page on each attraction, as well as some discussion of the hotels, restaurants, and nightlife, in this most vibrant and exciting neighborhood of Philadelphia...

A good resource, for getting started in Old City, is the official Old City Philadelphia web site.



Added, Sunday, August 29, 2010...

Looking for Somewhere to Stay? Take A Look At Our Comprehensive Guide to Old City Philadelphia Hotels

There's no better way to maximize your Old City Philadelphia experience, than by staying right in the heart of it. To help you, we've compiled our Guide to Old City Philadelphia Hotels - take a look at it, as it will be worth your while.


There is a highly eclectic selection of bars and restaurants in Old City - we have them summarized on the Old City Philadelphia Restaurants page - there will be something to suit everyone's taste, attire, and budget.

Also, for those of you, who are short on time, we've provided an itinerary for a single day in the city.

If you have only one day in Philadelphia, and you want to make the most of it - here's our recommended, self-guided One Day Tour of Philadelphia, which takes place in Old City and its major attractions for travelers.

A Partial List of Major Old City Philadelphia Attractions

The Liberty Bell - the enduring symbol of our nation's freedom.

Independence Hall - The birthplace of the nation.

Carpenters' Hall - constructed in the 1770s, and home to the First Continental Congress - which convened in 1774, and began the path to American independence.

Franklin Court - a fascinating museum devoted to the legacy of Benjamin Franklin - and you should get there as soon as possible, as it will be closing for renovations at some point in 2010.

The National Constitution Center is a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art museum, dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, which was debated and adopted in Philadelphia in 1787.

Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America - it has been inhabited since 1702!

The Betsy Ross House - Was it actually the birthplace of the American flag? Find out!

American Philosophical Society Museum - The nation's oldest learned society, founded by Franklin.

Second Bank of the United States - A masterpiece of Greek Revival architecture, it now houses an impressive art gallery, filled with 18th and 19th century portraits of prominent Americans.


Added Tuesday, August 3, 2010...

City Tavern - This is a meticulously constructed and researched replica of the original City Tavern, on its original site at 2nd and Walnut Streets. It is a high-end restaurant with tremendous ambience, authentic 18th-century menu offerings for lunch and dinner, served by waitstaff in colonial garb. Even if you don't eat there, it's worth it to go, just to see it and walk inside for a couple of minutes.


A Map of Old City Philadelphia, With Major Tourist Attractions Indicated


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