Olde City, Philadelphia

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    Stroll around Olde City

    by Bavavia Written Jul 13, 2008

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    On a nice evening, especially a Friday evening, its nice to come to this part of town to just stroll around. Its full of little restaurants ( all kinds) , stores, coffee places, icecream , desert places......pubs, upscale lounges.....Plenty to see and do

    DOwnside: Parking. It could be expensive to park. I wouldnt recommend parking on street if you have a nice car. I parked in the garage and for 6 hours, it was $ 16. I guess thats not so bad, but its not great either!

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    Old City Squares

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 23, 2007

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    The Old City is full of public squares that often commemorate important people and events in American history. Most are near Independence Hall.

    Of course, Independence Square is by far the best-known. By the way, the statue there is of John Barry, an early naval hero.

    Not far away is a statue of Robert Morris, who helped to finance the Revolution. Also, close by, is a statue dedicated to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Don't overlook these little gems.

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    First Fridays

    by xstacey Written Aug 21, 2006

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    The first Friday of every month art galleries open their doors and stay open late to welcome one and all....

    222 gallery
    Otto Design Group

    3rd Street Gallery

    Arden Theater Company

    Artists' House Gallery

    Artjaz Gallery

    Biello and Muller Studio

    Larry Becker Contemporary Art

    The Clay Studio

    Dizyners Gallery

    Ericson Gallery

    Exhibit 231

    Gallery Joe

    Highwire Artists Inc.

    Hot Soup

    InLiquid.com

    Rodger LaPelle Galleries

    Locks Gallery

    Mum Puppettheatre

    Muse Gallery

    Nexus Foundation For Today's Art

    The Painted Bride Art Center

    Peng Gallery

    Pentimenti Gallery

    Rosenfeld Gallery

    Silicon Gallery

    Snyderman Gallery

    Temple Gallery/ Tyler School of Art

    Wexler Gallery

    Wood Turning Center

    The Works Gallery

    Design Arts:

    Berman Gallery

    Flotsam & Jetsam

    Foster's Urban Homeware

    Indigo Arts

    Jasuta * Urban Interiors

    Jonas Home / John Beirs Studio

    Lost Highways Archive/Crosley-Deluxe Gallery

    Lumiere

    Minima

    Mixed Company

    Mode Moderne

    Moderne Gallery

    OLC

    PARAGON Antique Chinese Furniture

    Francis J. Purcell, Inc.

    Scarlett Alley

    Tribal Home

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    "Once Upon a Nation"

    by Sue08080 Updated Jun 11, 2006

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    Grab a spot on a bench and listen to a storyteller spin tales of Philadelphia's Colonial days as part of "Once Upon a Nation." Distinctive curved wodden benches have been placed at 13 historic district locations.

    Listen to Ben Franklin under the mulberry tree at Franklin Court on Market Street, or to Free Quaker Timothy Matlack at the Free Quaker Meeting House on Arch Street.

    Other locations include Independence Visitor Center, National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church, Independence Hall, Carpenter's Hall.

    Tales are free.

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    Galleries everywhere

    by acemj Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    My mom and I were walking around within a couple blocks of my sister's old house in Old City and decided to try to count all of the art galleries. We lost track after hitting 20 or so. They're all over the place and really have some interesting pieces by local artists.

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    Bank Row

    by PhillyJohn Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Bank Row

    These old bank buildings were the financial center of the USA in the early days of the 19th century. They are very beautiful buildings and are still put to good use and have been restored to their original grandeur.

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    Old City Art Galleries.

    by acemj Updated Apr 19, 2004

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    There are lots of great, privately owned art galleries in Old City.
    There is a monthly event called "First Fridays" in which you can go from gallery to gallery and drink some wine and enjoy the people and the art.

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    Walking back in time

    by Phillylawyer_19107 Written Jun 20, 2003

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    Street in Society Hill

    Olde City is my favorite part of Philadelphia. If there weren't so many cars parked in the streets, one could really imagine stepping back in time, as those lovely little streets with their red-brick colonial homes just emanate the spirit of those days when a new country was founded right here in Philadelphia. Some of the wonderfully renovated houses are open for visitors, if you go to the Visitors Center on Market Street (across from Independence Hall), you can sign up for tours, which show you the interior of large mansions as well as those of more middle-class homes during Colonial and Federal times. Of course Independence Hall is always worth a visit. There are not many rooms to see, but the background of how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution came into being here are well explained by the tour guides.
    If you don't feel like doing any tours through buildings, you can enjoy taking a walk through the streets, just enjoying the atmosphere. When I still ived in Philadelphia, I used to do this quite often, some streets are really nice and quiet and extremely enjoyable.

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    You won't get lost in Old City

    by acemj Updated Jun 1, 2003

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    As you're walking around Old City, you'll notice signs like this one so that you won't get lost trying to find all of the historical sights.

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