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It’s just one square mile, but the area between Front to 7th Streets and Spruce to Race Streets covers three different neighborhoods, all jam packed with restaurants, galleries, shops and attractions. Each puts its own distinctive spin on history. And together, they make up Historic Philadelphia.
Here America’s most sacred historic sites (the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall) stand side-by-side with the hustle and bustle of a 21st-century city.
Old City brims with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars while Society Hill welcome visitors to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make the neighborhood so picturesque.
Don’t miss these hotspots
- Save The Date: Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary October 11-12 And October 25-26 With Free Tours Of 300+ Philadelphia Art Studios
- Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Launches Its Fall Season With Globe Theatre On Tour’s King Lear, September 24-27
- Weekend Picks: Giant Oktoberfest Block Parties At Brauhaus Schmitz And Frankford Hall, Fall Fest At Spruce Street Harbor Park, PHS Fall Festival, Pop-Up Greenway Block Party, Center City Restaurant Week, Fringe Festival’s Closing Weekend And More
- The Chester County Restaurant Festival Returns For Its 35th Year With Nearly 200 Vendors, A Beer Garden And More, Sunday, September 21
- The Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival Returns This Weekend, September 20-21, With Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Decorating, Pie Eating Contests And More
- Last Chance: The 2014 Fringe Festival Wraps Up Its Citywide Celebration Of Progressive Performing Arts This Sunday, September 21
- Now Open: Terror Behind The Walls At Eastern State Penitentiary Is Back And Scarier Than Ever, Beginning Today, September 19
- Tonight Picks: Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Mt. Airy Street Fare, Beer Gardens, StylePop At Dilworth Park, Feastival, Restaurant Week And More
- Save The Date: The DesignPhiladelphia Festival Returns For Its 10th Year October 9-17 With More Than 120 Events Showcasing Hundreds Of Artists And Designers
- Last Chance: The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes Of Paul Cézanne Closes At The Barnes Foundation This Monday, September 22
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Let history surround you in this revolutionary, new 3-D show
See Philadelphia’s history in a very new way! Liberty 360 in the state-of-the-art PECO Theater is Philadelphia’s first indoor, 360-degree, 3-D panoramic show, designed to the immerse viewers in the symbols of freedom.
Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience
Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America.
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. In the star-shaped Kimmel Theater, powerful music, a live actor and 360 degrees multi-media images tell the story of We the People.
Start at the Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.
Zoom around Old City and the Parkway on a motorized Segway
Whether it’s a tour of Old City or a ghost tour, Philadelphia Segway Tours is a great option for exploring the city in a different way.View More
Celebrate with special events and free admission to the Constitution Center
Constitution Day, held at the Constitution Center in Old City, features special events, educational activities, timely constitutional conversations with federal judges and an inspiring naturalization ceremony.View More
The birthplace of the American flag
Did she or didn’t she? Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag maker.View More
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.View More
One of Philadelphia’s most popular July 4th traditions moves to the Kimmel Center this year
Join Larry Blank and the Philly POPS! at the Kimmel Center for a patriotic celebration in honor of America’s birthday.View More
Design your own historical and cultural excursion in the City of Brotherly Love
Your Philadelphia Tour seeks to offer a different way to see and learn about the City of Brotherly Love: by putting the tour-goers in charge.View More
Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only
Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.View More
Haunting tour of historic Philadelphia
Developed and researched by university professor Joe Wojie, Grim Philly Twilight Tours offer an adults-only glimpse into Philadelphia’s past.View More
Pedal your way around the city’s top attractions
Big Red Pedal Tours provides guided tours of Philadelphia by day and night. Grab a seat on Big Red Pedal Tour’s unique Pedicycles to explore Historic Philadelphia or pedal your way through the city’s bar scene with an evening pub crawl.View More
The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood
What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.View More