Center City by Districts: Old Town/Cultural
If you plan to stay in the city to sight-see, perhaps I can acquaint you with the layout of the city. There are a number of center city districts:
The Old City Cultural District (the most historical square mile) and the Historic/Waterfront District are right next to each other bordering on the Delaware River. This is the most popular tourist destination and is accessible via rail, subway, bus, car, and ferry. If you are staying here, I recommend the Holiday Inn which is in the center of it all. This area also contains all of the most visited destinations: Penn's Landing, Elfreth's Alley, Betsy Ross House, U.S. Mint, National Constitution Center, Independence Visitor Center, Independence Hall (and many other historical landmarks), Liberty Bell Center, Friends' Meeting House, Christ Church, etc. Bordering on the south is South Street, which is a popular shopping area.
Something for everyone
If you're young, stroll up and down South Street.
If you're young at heart, stroll through Old City and the historic district. While there, have a cafe at Old City Coffee pictured here. It's one of my favorite spots. The Art Museum is world-class, the food sublime.
Christ Church interiors
Referred to as the "mother church" by many Episcopalians ...instrumental in organizing the Episcopal Church after the Revolution from the shattered Church of England.
The baptismal font in the back of the church was sent to Philadelphia in 1697 from All Hallow's Church Barking-by-the-Tower, London. It is the font from which William Penn was baptized.
There are burial stone markers on the floor which mark the graves of early noteable men.
Where it all began...
Independence Hall is the building where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the US Constitution was debated and signed. It´s the birthplace of the nation. Location: Chestnut Street between 5th & 6th Streets. Built: 1732-53. Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. Hours extended to 8pm in July and August and on Spring weekends. Also visit the Liberty Bell - A big bell that rang when the Declaration of Independence was first read in 1776.
He used the house of Gideon...
He used the house of Gideon Gilpin, a Quaker farmer, as his headquarters. This property was plundered by soldiers after the battle. Gilpin filed a claim for losses in September 1777, which included 10 milch cows, 1 yoke oxen, 48 sheep, 28 swine, 12 tons of hay, 230 bushels of wheat, 50 lbs. bacon, a history book, and one gun.