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!
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.
The first Friday of every month art galleries open their doors and stay open late to welcome one and all....
Otto Design Group
3rd Street Gallery
Arden Theater Company
Artists' House Gallery
Biello and Muller Studio
Larry Becker Contemporary Art
The Clay Studio
Highwire Artists Inc.
Rodger LaPelle Galleries
Nexus Foundation For Today's Art
The Painted Bride Art Center
Temple Gallery/ Tyler School of Art
Wood Turning Center
The Works Gallery
Flotsam & Jetsam
Foster's Urban Homeware
Jasuta * Urban Interiors
Jonas Home / John Beirs Studio
Lost Highways Archive/Crosley-Deluxe Gallery
PARAGON Antique Chinese Furniture
Francis J. Purcell, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.