SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown – The First Casino In the City

On September 23, 2010, the SugarHouse Casino opened its doors – the first casino to be located in Philadelphia itself, and also the first casino to open within a major U.S. city.

The SugarHouse Casino is located in what we would call Fishtown, a neighborhood north of Center City Philadelphia. The exact border between the two neighborhoods - Fishtown and Northern Liberties, the latter of which is located directly adjacent to Center City – is a matter of debate, even among native Philadelphians. But regardless of where Fishtown begins and Northern Liberties ends, gentrification is sweeping through the entire area, like wildfire.

Its unusual name stems from the fact that it resides in a former sugar refinery, a vestige of Philadelphia’s 20th-century industrial past, the Jack Frost Sugar Refinery.

Traveling to SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino is located at 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125.

SugarHouse Casino Is Not Walkable From Center City Philadelphia, And We Emphatically Wouldn’t Recommend SEPTA, As the Neighborhood Isn’t Great

SugarHouse Casino is 1.7 miles from Independence Hall and the like in Old City Philadelphia, which is too far to walk. There is SEPTA Blue Line service, that takes you to the Girard stop, at 2nd Street and Girard Avenue (Note: that is not the Old City stop, which is at 2nd and Market Streets).

Instead, Drive – SugarHouse Has Its Own 24/7 Parking Garage, and Parking Is Free

If you decide to drive, you can exit conveniently at both Interstate 95, as well as the Vine Street Expressway (Interstate 676), to reach SugarHouse. Parking is plentiful, safe (they have their own garage), available 24/7, and free.

Or, Take the Sugar Express – SugarHouse’s Own Shuttle Service – From Center City

SugarHouse has its own shuttle buses – the Sugar Express - that run to and from Center City – and in addition, there are Sugar Expresses that serve both South Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia.

SugarHouse on New Year’s Eve 2010 – A Place to Watch the Penn’s Landing Fireworks

SugarHouse’s riverfront walk is a great choice for watching the Philadelphia New Year's Eve 2010 Fireworks at Penn's Landing -particularly for families interested in either the 6:00 PM or midnight performances. (Although located a distance from Penn's Landing itself, SugarHouse will offer a tremendous view of the fireworks, from the north.)

SugarHouse will be offering gourmet hot chocolate, hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, and pretzels at its concession stands, at prices within reason. (Note: you can watch the fireworks from the riverwalk, regardless of age, but you have to be 21 to actually enter the casino, per se.)

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