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“Cool place to stop for 20 minutes” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley
124 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia PA 19106, 2nd Street Between Race and Arch, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-574-0560
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
Ranked #53 of 555 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Walking
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: America's oldest residential street was built in 1702 and is now designated a National Historic Landmark.
San Antonio, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“Cool place to stop for 20 minutes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Elfreth's Alley is very interesting to know it was the first residential street in America. It has a little gift shop and it offers a tour. We did not take the tour though. Without the tour no real signs or anything to inform you about Elfreth's Alley. A good quick stop though.

Visited July 2012
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“If you like period architecture you must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

It takes 15 minutes to walk around the street and the open garden, as well as into the house that is the "museum." I don't know if the tour is worthwhile or not as my timing was wrong for it. If you aren't into period architecture, do not bother...if you ARE then this street is unique, and you will find more to look at in the surrounding neighborhood.

Visited July 2012
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“Interesting and unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

It's literally a small alleyway with maybe 10 homes to it. The red door is apparently the one used in The Sixth Sense. We saw it on our own and again on two walking tours and pointed out as we drove by on the Big Bus. Easy to see and it's history of being the oldest continous living historic area (I'm sure I'm wording that wrong but you get the idea) is enough to make the very small effort to see.

Visited August 2012
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Rosemont, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Just walked by”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Old but nothing special. It's an example of colonial living, but still lived in. Lots more to see in Philadelphia with more history and relevance.

Visited May 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Small piece of living history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Charming townhouses on a small street. The homes are inhabited and open once a year to tourists. There is also a small museum. Great for photos.

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