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Things to Do in Downtown Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia Attractions

Welcome to Old City, considered the Birthplace of America, is where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. The area surrounding hotel is teeming with historic Philadelphia attractions, including Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House and many more. Browse the list below to find our favorite things to do in Center City Philadelphia and discover why Penn's View is a favorite among hotels in Old City, Philadelphia.

Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(800) 537-7676

At Independence Hall, visitors can explore Franklin’s Philadelphia where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. The building is open daily from 9am to 5pm for tours. This national shrine is considered by many to be America’s quintessential symbol of freedom.

Liberty Bell
600 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305

As a hotel near Independence Hall, Penn’s View also provides easy access to the Liberty Bell. The old cracked Bell can now be seen at the Liberty Bell Center in historic Philadelphia. Open year round from 9am to 5pm, the center also features historic documents and graphic images that explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell. Keep your camera handy to snap a shot of this historic piece of American history.

Franklin Square
6th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 629-4026

Visit one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn in the late 17th century. Originally called Northeast Square, the name was changed in 1825 to honor Benjamin Franklin. Legend has it that this is the spot where Franklin conducted his famous "kite and key" experiment in 1752. There are a variety of family-fun Philadelphia attraction onsite including a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 409-6600

The National Constitution Center brings the U.S. Constitution to life through a series of multimedia exhibitions, live performances, timely public programs and dynamic educational resources. The center is open seven days a week, except for major holidays.

Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 629-4026

Credited with making the first American flag, Betsy Ross is a key figure in America’s rich history. Tour the house, alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century, and then stay a while to learn more about Betsy and her life through interactive, historical programs.  The museum is also home to numerous special events, like historic chocolate making.

Elfreth’s Alley
126 Elfreth’s Alley 
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-0560

Known as our nation’s oldest residential street, Elfreth’s Alley dates back to the first days of the eighteenth century. Since 1702, the street has been home to more than 3,000 people. Today thirty-two houses, built between 1728 and 1836, line the alley, forming one of the last intact early American streetscapes in the nation. Elfreth's Alley is a National Historic Landmark District and one of the first districts that celebrates the lives of everyday Americans.

Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1111

This museum is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States, dating to 1824. Exhibits include the Science Center, holding the largest collection of artifacts from the Wright brothers’ workshop. Other attractions include Electricity, Changing Earth, and the museum is home to a planetarium and IMAX theatre.

Art Museum of Philadelphia
26th Street Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 684-7602

Considered one of the largest museums in the country, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its celebrated collections, special exhibitions, and enriching programs.

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215.640.0171

Founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation is an American educational art and horticultural institution in Philadelphia. The foundation possesses more than 2,500 objects, including 800 paintings. Primarily, these are works by Impressionist and Modernist masters, but the collection also includes many by leading European and American artists, as well as ancient works from other cultures.

Italian Market
9th Street between Christian Street and Washington Avenue

The South 9th Street Curb Market features various grocery shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops and butcher shop with an Italian influence. Intermingled with the market’s traditional produce vendors are upscale gift stores and gourmet shops.

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What's Nearby

Points of interest around the property
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Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
North Third N Third Street & Market Street 0.2
The Bourse at Independence Mall 111 South Independence Mall E 0.5
South Street Headhouse District 200 Pine Street, Philadelphia PA 0.6
Macy’s 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 1.1
Antique Row 1100 Pine Street, Philadelphia PA 1.4
Walnut Street – Rittenhouse Square Walnut Street & 18th Street 1.7
Franklin Mills Mall 1455 Franklin Mills Circle 15
King of Prussia Mall 160 N Gulph Road 17.5
Philadelphia Premium Outlets 18 Lightcap Road 32.6
Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
La Famiglia Ristorante 8 S Front Street, Philadelphia PA 0.1
Revolution House 200 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.1
The Franklin Fountain 116 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.1
Cuba Libre 10 S Second Street, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Sassafras Bar 48 S Second Street, Philadelphia PA 0.2
The Plough & The Stars 49 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Campo’s Deli 214 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Old City Coffee 221 Church Street, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Gianfranco Pizza Rustica 6 N Third Street, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Sonny’s Famous Steaks 228 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Amada 217 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
FORK 306 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
High St. on Market 308 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
City Tavern 138 S Second Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
Buddakan 325 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 0.4
Zahav 237 St. James Place, Philadelphia PA 0.5
Kisso Sushi Bar 205 N Fourth Street, Philadelphia PA 0.5
Moshulu 401 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA 0.6
Jim’s Steaks 400 South Street, Philadelphia PA 0.9
The Continental 2nd & Market, Philadelphia PA 0.1
Geno’s Steaks 1219 S Ninth Street, Philadelphia PA 1.8
Pat’s King of Steaks 1249 S. 9th St, Philadelphia PA 1.8
Cosmi’s Deli 1501 S Eighth Street, Philadelphia PA 1.9
Tony Luke’s 39 E Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia PA 2.6
Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
Elfreth’s Alley 126 Elfreths Alley, Philadelphia PA 0.2
Franklin Court 318 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
Betsy Ross House 239 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
Ritz East Cinema (Movie Theater) 125 S Second Street, Philadelphia PA 0.3
Ritz at the Bourse (Movie Theater) 400 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia PA 0.4
Ritz Five (Movie Theater) 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 0.4
United Artists Riverview Plaza Stadium 17 (Movie Theater) 1400 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia PA 1.5
Independence Visitors Center 1 N Independence Mall W, Philadelphia PA 0.5
Liberty Bell & Independence Hall 525 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 0.5
Christ Church 20 N American Street, Philadelphia PA 0.5
The National Constitution Center 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 0.5
United States Mint 151 Independence Mall E, Philadelphia PA 0

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Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing 601 N Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia PA 0.9
Philadelphia Trolley Works 1 North Independence Mall W Philadelphia, PA 19106 0.48
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Congregation Mikveh Israel 44 N Fourth Street, Philadelphia PA 0.4
Christ Church 20 N American Street, Philadelphia PA 0.5
Old St. Joseph’s Church 321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia PA 0.6
Society Hill Synagogue 418 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA 0.7
Arch Street United Methodist Church 55 N Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 1.3
Friends Religious Society 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA 1.4
Arch Street Presbyterian Church 1724 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 1.6
Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul 1723 Race Street, Philadelphia PA 1.6
First Unitarian Church 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 2
Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
Penn's Landing 101 Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106 0.23
Race Street Pier N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 629-3200 0.43
Independence National Park 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 965-2305 0.52
Franklin Square 6th and Race Streets Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 629-4026 0.66
Mario Lanza Park Catharine and Queen Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19147 1.07
Jefferson Square Park 3rd St. and Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 1.35
JFK Plaza 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd Philadelphia, PA (215) 683-0246 1.39
Dickinson Square Park East Moyamensing Avenue and South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 1.52
Rittenhouse Square 19th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103 1.81
Benjamin Franklin Parkway Benjamin Franklin Parkway 1.99
Julian Abele Park 22nd and Carpenter Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19146 2.76
Boathouse Row 1 Boathouse Row Philadelphia, PA 19130 2.9
Drexel Park 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104 2.92
Clark Park 43th Street and Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104 3.84
Bartram’s Garden 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard Philadelphia, PA (215) 729-5281 4.99
Awbury Arboretum One Awbury Road Philadelphia, PA 19138 (215) 849-2855 7.69
Fairmount Park Northwestern Ave Philadelphia, PA (215) 683-0200 11.58
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Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd. Langhorne, PA 19047 (866) 464-3566 23.57
Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 243-1100 3.64
Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131 (215) 581-3181 4.62
The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 448-1200 1.89
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1.77
Reading Terminal Market 51 N. 12 St. Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 922-3930 0.99
Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19136 (215) 335-9500 9.66
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens 1020 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 733-0390 1.39
Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
Jim’s Steaks 400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 0.89
Geno’s Steaks 1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 1.69
Pat’s Steaks 1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 1.74
Cosmi’s 1501 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 1.9
Sonny’s Famous 228 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 0.16
Tony Luke’s 39 E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 2.63
Revolution House 200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 0.1
John’s Roast Pork 14 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 2.1
Phillips 2234 Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 3.3
Dalessandro’s & Chubby's 5826 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 7.4
Campo’s 214 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 0.14
Shank’s 901 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147 1.09
Spataro,and By George & Carmen's 51 N 12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 0.99
Penn’s View Hotel
Front & Market Streets, PA, 19106,
Phone: 215-922-7600

Rooms & Suites

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Standard Queen

Standard Queen rooms in Old City feature a plush queen bed and may include private balconies with views of Market Street.

Standard Queen 2

The Standard Queen 2 features two queen beds with a private bath and free Wi-Fi. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Queen Patio

Boasting views of the Delaware River from its outdoor patio, this room features a queen bed and gas fireplace. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Premium Queen

Enjoy views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Delaware River from select Premium Queen rooms at our romantic Philadelphia hotel.

Premium King

Sleep like a king in the Premium King room in Old City, boasting a gas fireplace, spa bathtub and views of the mighty Delaware River.

Jacuzzi King

The focal point of our Jacuzzi King rooms are the marble spa bathtubs, providing a private oasis in the middle of Old City.

King Patio

Enjoy views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from a private patio in addition to a gas fireplace and spa bathtub. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Jacuzzi King View

Relax in your private jacuzzi or take in views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from your deluxe Jacuzzi King View room in Old City. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to...

Small Meeting Suite

Host intimate events furnished with a large dining table for eight guests and a king-bedded sleeping room. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.

Family Suite

Plan family getaways with ease with Penn's View Hotel, offering a spacious Family Suite with two queen beds. Please call the hotel at 215-922-7600 to book this room.