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Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Philadelphia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Elfreth's Alley and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It is like a step back in time. You really do feel like you are back in colonial times and the houses are very picturesque. People do live there so it is important to be respectful to the residents.  more »
  • This was ok, but don’t feel like you must go see it. I wouldn’t go again. If you do go, try to avoid Saturday morning as it is trash day. People live here, and the trash sitting out makes it a little....  more »
  • Very interesting Spot. We stopped here on our way out of Philly hoping to find a Parking Spot close. We found a spot one block over. A twenty minute visit is worth it.  more »
  • Although the community is rather small, this neighborhood is worth a stroll because if it’s historical significance if nothing else. The neighborhood, the streets, and houses are all well maintained, and it feels like you are literally transplant it back in time to walk through. If you’re not used to walking on really old roads or cobblestone, my advice is to wear thick-soled sturdy shoes.
  • What is not to love about getting to walk down the first residential Street in the United States of America? Quaint, charming, and tucked away out of sight in old City. It really makes you feel like a bit of a giant, due to how tiny people were back then. All in all it is a very cool little street and is definitely worth a walk down.
  • Honestly not much to this tiny little alley but again, its iconic for being one of the oldest in the entire country. It's a quick walk from end to end but still fairly interesting. I hear that every once in a while a homeowner will open their doors for quick tours which I think is awesome, unfortunately it didnt happen while we were there.
  • Very pleasant spot! It was clean, quite picturesque, and great for pictures. However, do bear in mind that these are still private residences and that you are politely requested to behave and keep quiet!
  • Really neat little area to walk down. It has a museum, but it was closed when we were there. Most of the houses are privately owned, so you can't do any poking around, but it's really cool to just walk down the alley and see the old houses.

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