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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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Ranked #49 of 289 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is what Philadelphia is about, maintaining historic areas of the city, having inviting surroundings and just living American history. Don't miss it or the Fireman's Museum right next door!

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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Worth a visit but the museum has very limited opening hours. Historically important but spoilt by for sale signs on a number of houses.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This street contains history in a way no other street in the city can offer, but it exists in today's world as well. When we visited, there was a U-Haul truck there, close to the center of it, so our view of the entire street was limited. At the end of the street at N Front, there was an abandoned... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you're nearby detour a few blocks even and see this beautiful alley. 2 minute walk from Betsy Ross house also. One of a kind place

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Henderson, Nevada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Enjoyed the row houses built between the early 1700's and 1800's down a narrow alley. Too bad that the houses are actual residences, would have liked to tour inside of them!

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Weston, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A very lovely cobbled street, Elfreth Alley is the oldest residential in America. We did not visit any of the houses open to the public, they were closed on the day we went, but we talked to a couple who live in one of the beautiful colonial row house. What a treat! You can imagine how Philadelphia (or any colonial... More

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117 reviews 117 reviews
60 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The main title kind of says it all. If you're lucky, and there's one for rent, its even cooler, as you might be able to go inside and see what they look like.

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309 attraction reviews
547 helpful votes 547 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I walked down Elfreth's Alley as it is located very close to the Wyndham Hotel where were staying on a recent trip to Philadelphia. This is a historic and quaint little street. There are thirty-two buildings on Elfreth's Alley built 1720-1830. This is an small row of houses in Philadelphia that were built before the US became... More

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a small alley that really gives you a look back in time. Not much to do, but some nice little photo opportunities. The houses are very quaint and well maintained. I did not find much on this area, but was glad that we did.

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New York City, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Some houses are open to visit on certain days, but I didn't get to go inside any. It's a very cute little street. Only the exteriors of the homes are landmarked, so unfortunately people could buy them and totally change the insides. They're really just mostly historic facades. It was a quaint thing to see, but I wouldn't make a... More

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