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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.
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- Penn’s Landing
- Philly POPS! On Independence 2014
- Your Philadelphia Tour
- Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley
- Grim Philly Twilight Tours
- Big Red Pedal Tours of Philadelphia
- Sonny’s Famous Steaks
- Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
- Independence National Historical Park
- Franklin Square
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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 joins Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other landmarks at the hallowed site of America’s birth.
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.
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
Exploring the impact of science and technology
The Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation explores the history of science and technology and the crucial roles they play in modern life.View More
The birthplace of American democracy
Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.View More
Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!View More