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Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

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Get an up-close look at one of the nation's oldest residential streets at Elfreth's Alley, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Head to the narrow cobbled lane and wander among its antique row houses dating from as far back as 1728. Admire the brick construction of the 32 historic colonial-era homes and explore the area, replete with reenactors, shops, and other businesses. You can even stop by the local museum to learn more about the street's past both before and after the United States' independence. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Elfreth's Alley can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful and free, I highly recommend a short visit to walk down this historic and small pedestrian lane. Don't miss the even smaller alleyway, Bladen's Court, that juts north from the alley. There i...  more »
  • This street is the oldest, continuously inhabited street in America. It's narrow, as many streets were then. Go down the side street, also--a street built for only 2 houses--and read the history on th...  more »
  • This small cobbled Alley is straight out of the 18th century, gives us a beautiful view of the architecture of the time. The visit is very short but really nice... to do during a stay in Philadelphia.
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  • I have seen many streets in my time. Some of them are very long, and some of them are not. Some of them are paved, and some of them are not. Some of them are new, and some are not. This street could probably be considered to fall under the "not" category. In a good way. No really, it was good.
  • Worth the visit. The colorful houses and cobblestone streets give a fantastic view of what old Philadelphia looked like. While a touristy area, it felt more like the homey neighborhood that it was. The Alley gave a more intimate perspective at what the area was before modernization.
  • This is a beautiful and tiny section of Philadelphia, and it's touted as oldest residential street in America, regardless of the truth in that claim, it's a pretty street.
  • A very cool street. To think that some of our founding fathers probably walked on the same stones. Amazing. And thank you top the residents who did all the restoration.
  • I'm posting a bit much because this area is a gem and I had to make up an itinerary after not finding a similar resource. We had a great trip after parking at 2nd/Lombard. We walked N through the Shambles, picking up St. Peter's Way until it's terminus near Zahav (100% legit!). Check out the Physick House, and walk up to Elfreth's Alley (oldest occupied city street in USA 1702, Old Oraibi in Az is oldest (far older, >~1100 inhabited settlement/non-street), the harbor (over viaduct on the east end of Walnut). Parking garage's seem to run ~$20 for 3 hours, we luckily took 1st spot we saw, paying ~$5. Parking around Society Hill is not a good bet, at least not on Mother's Day ha.