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Elfreth's Alley

124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #44 of 285 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Considering how close this quaint little alley is to the rest of the more main stream sites in Philly, this would be a mistake to miss it. Spend anywhere from 5 minutes or more... We were there with our 7 and 9 year old mid to late afternoon, and the sun hit the left side of the alley with spectacular... More

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46 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Just strolling down the oldest street in American has meaning. The homes on the street are well mainlined and look good. Even though ones knows they are on the national registry, Its good to know that this part of history is being retained for generations to come. Strolling in and around old city to get to this location was good... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

great stopping place where there have been families in residence since the 17 or 18th century. For a donation of $5 you can get a walking tour of the tiny lane and a tour of a 17th century house. My guide talked for at least an hour giving history of homes owners, some insights into life in the alley during... More

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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577 reviews 577 reviews
289 attraction reviews
423 helpful votes 423 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I read the only Poor review of Elfreth's Alley, and I guess modern times have given people a need for more. This is (reportedly) the oldest continuously occupied residential street, nothing more - no vendors, gift shops, or other bright shiny objects. It gives you a glimpse of a neighborhood over 300 years old. I would have liked to visit... More

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Wadsworth, Ohio
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you are in the area, definitely make a trip to see this alley. So interesting to see how people used to live. There are other alleys worth seeing as well-Society Hill has quite a number. Walking around Philadelphia is a great way to see both the old and the new.

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Dallas, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Yes, it is a cute street with fine architecture, and yes, the houses are very old, but to me it was just average. Maybe because we had already walked miles and it was getting late, but after walking half the alley, you pretty much realize the houses are pretty much the same, and there are people living in them, so... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This street is the oldest residential street in the US. Families actually still reside on this street. Very interesting architecture

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Raleigh, North Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I just found this little street to be very interesting and quaint and wonderful to see in person. We were lucky enough to meet and chat a few minutes with a resident. I am so glad I was able to find it and walk through.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Looks like an alley from a movie studio -- stop by and take lots of pics. Fun place to visit; On saturdays there is a small museum to visit (wasn't open when we were there). Most historic places were opening up in July.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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256 reviews 256 reviews
166 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A pretty little alley full of beautiful houses that is famous for being the oldest continually inhabited street in the USA. Only a 5 minute walk from Penn's landing, the Betsy Ross House & Benjamin Franklin's Grave & 10 minutes to the Liberty Bell Centre. Worth the quick detour.

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