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Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • Elfreth's Alley - very historic and perfect spot. This alley had seen so many famous Americans here - hard to imaging if one would try to count them all! The quality of construction is high and there'...  read more »
  • Of tourist attractions in Philadelphia one to Elfreth small from market Street Second Street North on your right there. It is a street is a small street that good atmosphere on both sides of the picture. Pleasant location is much better photography.
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  • We walked this quaint alley that many brides/grooms and wedding parties use for a photographic backdrop. It was wonderful to see these very old homes still in use and they are in the 1 million dollar ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Really worth taking a look at. These historical homes are amazing to view. Wasn't crowded at all when I went which was great. Some other landmarks in the area as well such as the Betsy Ross House so you can certainly find other things in the area to fill out your trip.
  • Probably the coolest little street in Philly. If I ever could afford to live there I would in a heartbeat. Feels like the street is right out of the 1700s.
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