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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 #46 of 288 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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Weston, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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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
16 helpful votes 16 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

only a few minutes from the heart of Philly this quaint little street brings you back in time to what life was like 300 years ago - people living here now obviously love and cherish this row as it is maintained immaculately - no shops / eateries etc but if in vicinity would take a nose as it is lovely

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

hop into a time machine and go back 300 years and you will be transported to Elfreth's Alley to see some beautiful homes with packages from Amazon delivered by UPS as you do your walking tour. This is a must see when your in Philly.

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32 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

... and a big jump in the past ! I liked this small museum, close to "the people". I had a good sense of what life was at that time, thanks to the very well informed guide. It's a little bit sad that pictures are not allowed, why not ?

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Granite Falls, Minnesota
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142 reviews 142 reviews
60 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Not much to see, but a hisrorical little street. Neat to see if you are in the area...everything is houses, so no shopping or anything

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

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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