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Elfreth's Alley

Address: 124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
Phone Number: 215-574-0560
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$49*
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The Philadelphia Pass
80%
Ranked #45 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Fee: No
Owner description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

It's a nice Street but I think there are better things to do in Philly. It literally takes two minutes. Maybe check it out of you're jn the area.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The oldest, and quite possibly the most beautiful residential street in the country right in Old City. It is a very photogenic street that is pedestrian only with architecture that will make you feel like you are back in the 1700s. Highly recommend!

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Bakersfield, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were told by the locals to be sure and check it out. It was an absolutely charming neighborhood block that was beyond belief!!! This really made my trip feel complete! Its a little out of the way but so glad we went in search of!!!

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Herndon, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were there in the off season when nothing was open at Elfreth's Alley, but I was determined to find it and walk down the street. It was really cold and a little out of the way, but I wanted my kids to see this little street that is America's oldest residential street, I believe? I just wanted them to... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I totally loved this little street tucked in among the Old City of Philadelphia. Being the oldest continuously-inhabited residential street in America brought me here in the first place, but the fact that people of course still live there, and it hasn't been taken over by tourists made me love it even more. It is a very short street, adorned... More 

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Parkville, Missouri
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This street has been an actual, lived-in neighborhood since the 1700s. It is a real street, with beautiful (and beautifully-maintained) row houses that remind me of Beacon Hill in Boston. You can just walk up and down the sidewalks and check out the buildings; there is no admission charge. It's definitely worth seeing.

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It is exactly how it sounds...a very old street. Very pretty buildings architecturally, but it is narrow and potentially crowded. If you are close, swing by and take a peek. If you miss it, then don't sweat it. The pictures really do it justice.

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A friend and I stumbled upon this while out and about in Philadelphia and I was so in love with the quaintness of it all! I felt like I was in a movie, everything was so darn cute. The pumpkins on the front steps, the American flags hanging by the doors, the brightly painted doors with matching shutters - I... More 

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Tulsa
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38 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Just stopping by to see the Alley is worth it, but we took the tour ($5), where the guide takes you into one of the building maintained as it was in the 1700's, as well as giving you extensive history. It was really entertaining and informative.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Although it is a really cool street, being the oldest in America, that's all it is. It's a really narrow street with narrow row homes on it. It's worth a walk down if your doing the old city tourist thing but by no means a main attraction.

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