Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront

    Philadelphia waterfront historical aduio tour
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    25 Jan 2016
    Clock 40min      Length2mi
    8 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    This route explores the north central Philadelphia waterfront, focusing on what remains of this historic locale after the installation of Interstate I-95 in the 1970s, and relating (among other things) how early Quaker settlors lived in caves along the waterfront.

    Keep in mind that this area was where wheeling and dealing went on to encourage local, regional and national enterprise. It was where early American capitalists made their fortunes. It was where the individual American colonies were crafted into a nation. And it was also where terrible urban contagions began.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Ben Franklin Bridge, Wood Street Steps

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The start point is Christ Church in Old City Philadelphia, specifically at the wooden benches on the south side of church, on Church Street, near Second and Market Streets.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    There are several places at which to take in the Delaware River (and waterfront activity) along the way, as well as stop for bite to eat and relax.

    Best time of day:

    Anytime during the daytime.


    Be careful of traffic and crossing the streets. Make sure you bring a pair of headphones or earphones, as Interstate 95 and Delaware Avenue produce too much noise to do this tour using your phone speakers.


    Plus Write a comment


    Really well done and interesting tour exploring the waterfront and some of old city. A great tour for someone living in philly. Doesn’t hit the liberty bell or anything super touristy like that but is more of a history (take a look back in time) vibe. Very accomplished storyteller knows his stuff!

    Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

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