Visit Historic Philadelphia To Explore A New Self-Guided Trail, Expanded Programming And More

Discover more of Philadelphia's original city this summer...

In 2015, more than 4 million visitors went to Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, stopping at must-see sites like the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and the Independence Visitor Center.

Philadelphia’s historic district, though, encompasses so much more than only these important destinations.

This summer, our new Historic Philadelphia initiative aims to help visitors discover more of the district that was the heart of Philadelphia’s original city and experience not only its major historic sites but also its wonderful museums, amazing restaurants, beer gardens, shops, galleries and more.

The Historic Philadelphia district encompasses the Delaware River waterfront, Old City, Society Hill and Independence National Historical Park, with the official boundaries running from the river to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard streets.

New Historic Philadelphia Programming

This summer, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. adds brand-new programming to its already busy schedule.

That means additional storytelling benches throughout Independence National Historical Park, the return of a popular puppet show, colonial crafting and gaming, meet-and-greets with History Makers and other activities.

(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Experience living history in Historic Philadelphia with programs like…

  • New Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches
  • Colonial Kids Quest puppet shows
  • History Maker meet-and-greets
  • Colonial crafting
  • Historic Philadelphia Trail

    We here at Visit Philadelphia created a 24-stop Historic Philadelphia Trail to guide visitors to the essential historic and cultural sites and attractions.

    The self-guided trail is available here on and in print on a new Where magazine map, which is available for download right here.

    The new 24-stop Historic Philadelphia Trail takes visitors on a self-guided exploration of Philadelphia’s original city.

    Historic Philadelphia Pass

    For the 2016 season, a new discounted pass gives purchasers one-time admission to the National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House and Christ Church Burial Ground, along with two days of rides on the PHLASH Downtown Loop.

    The pass is $18 for adults ($37 value) and $13 for children ($27 value). It’s valid for two days and can be purchased beginning May 25 at the Independence Visitor Center or at


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