Getting Around Philly

Dated: February 3 2016

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On Foot

Year after year, Philadelphia is rated as one of the best walking cities in the country. And it’s no wonder why – the city layout is simple to master and our neighborhood streets are filled with fun and diverse shops, restaurants, museums, parks and people.The compact Center City boasts founder William Penn’s easy-to-follow grid street design. It spans just 25 blocks between two rivers – the Schuylkill and the Delaware. In between, the north/south streets are numbered and the east/west streets have tree names (e.g., Walnut, Spruce, Pine).

In addition, Center City has five main parks or squares (Franklin, Washington, Rittenhouse, Logan and Center), conveniently spread out so as to serve as perfect rest stops during your day out. Curb cut-outs make the city stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Colorful directional signs called “Walk! Philadelphia” have been added throughout Center City that will help you navigate even better. Center City District, the organization responsible for “Walk! Philadelphia,” also populates the streets with uniformed goodwill ambassadors who act as strolling concierges. These ambassadors answer questions, give directions and stay in radio contact with Philadelphia police to promote public safety.


And when the feet get tired, there are plenty of options for getting around town – some practical, some just plain fun.

By Bicycle

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