Camden Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Camden; our list of the best things to see, including Walnut Street Theatre, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and National Museum of American Jewish History.
  • The best place in Camden: Walnut Street Theatre

    Walnut Street Theatre

    825 Walnut St
    America's oldest theatre celebrated its 200th anniversary season in 2009. Shows regularly sell out, and travelers are advised to buy in advance. The theater is a self-producing, non-profit regional theater.
    City Center East food nearby
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

    118-128 N Broad St
    A school that has had an impressive roster of artist alumni in the past 200 years, including some of the best-known names in American art. Its museum shows works from past and present PAFA students and faculty, as well as regular special exhibits.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    National Museum of American Jewish History

    101 S Independence Mall E
    Near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the National Museum of American Jewish History is dedicated to chronicling the American Jewish experience.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Second Bank of the United States

    Second Bank of the United States

    420 Chestnut St
    The Second Bank was chartered in 1816, five years after the First Bank lost its charter. Initally located a block away in the same building the First Bank was in (see above), it soon relocated to its permanent home. Its charter expired in 1836 and wasn't renewed; it then functioned as an ordinary bank until it went bankrupt in 1841. The building then served as the Philadelphia Custom House from 1845-1935; nowadays it houses a portrait gallery (the People of Independence exhibit) containing artwork depicting various colonial and federal leaders.
    City Center East food nearby
  • Franklin Court

    Franklin Court

    316-322 Market St
    Printing office open M-F 10AM-3PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM; B. Free Franklin Post Office open M-Sa 9AM-5PM; underground museum currently closed for renovations until Spring 2013. Free. This area contains the remnants of Benjamin Franklin's house (torn down 20 years after his death), the first Post office (still in operation today), a Postal Service museum, an 18th century printing office, and a Franklin museum. U.S. Park Rangers conduct printing demonstrations and performances of Franklin's "Glass Armonica." Great for kids.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Congress Hall

    Congress Hall

    6th and Chestnut Sts
    This smaller building to the right of Independence Hall is where the U.S. Congress met from 1790-1800 when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. The Bill of Rights was ratified here, and it was the site of George Washington's second inauguration. A tour of the interior is a must, since much of the furniture and decoration is original.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • The Betsy Ross House

    The Betsy Ross House

    239 Arch St
    10AM-5PM daily Apr-Oct; closed M Oct-Mar. Suggested admission $3 adults, $2 children. This house, more than 250 years old, was the home of Betsy Ross. In 1777, Ross sewed by hand the first American flag, with its distinctive circle of thirteen stars. Visitors may tour the house independently, or purchase an audio guide for $5, and afterwards "meet" Betsy Ross and other colonial craftsmen in the courtyard of the house. A fun, low-key activity for children.
    City Center East food nearby
  • Independence Visitor Center

    Independence Visitor Center

    One North Independence Mall West6th And Market St
    This national park, covering several blocks of Old City Philadelphia, includes some of the Philadelphia's most famous historic sites, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's house and grave, and the house in which the Declaration of Independence was written. The park also includes a modern interactive museum, the National Constitution Center. The Independence Visitor's Center, where you must buy tickets to see Independence Hall, offers a wealth of information on historical sites and other attractions in the area. Costumed interpreters at the Visitor's Center are a great source of entertainment for children. The National Park Service provides a helpful map of the historical sites in the park.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Independence Seaport Museum

    Independence Seaport Museum

    211 S Columbus Blvd
    $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children/students/military; Pay-what-you-wish admission on Su 10AM-noon. This museum has lots of interesting displays regarding the maritime history of Philadelphia, from colonial times through the days of slave-trading to the Industrial Revolution. Admission to the museum, which has some lively, but rather sparse exhibits, includes tours of the USS Olympia, built in 1892 and the oldest steel warship still afloat, and the submarine Becuna, used in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. Other highlights include a mockup of a navigation room and a place where you can view woodworkers handcrafting rowboats. Children will find touring the ships great fun, and adults may find the museum exhibits and the views of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge interesting and relaxing.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Balcony at the Trocadero

    Balcony at the Trocadero

    1003 Arch St
    Typically features indie/alternative acts and local acts.
    City Center East food nearby
  • National Constitution Center

    National Constitution Center

    525 Arch St
    M-F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. $12 adults, $11 seniors, $8 children 4-12. Active military personnel and children under 4 enter free. This brand-spanking new museum, which opened its doors in 2003, bills itself as the most interactive history museum in America. A visit to the museum begins with a performance of "Freedom Rising," a multimedia presentation about the major themes and origin of the Constitution. Afterwards, visitors can experience the democratic process first hand and see exhibits like the 42 life-size bronze statues of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Fun for all ages. Upcoming special events and exhibits are posted on the Center's website.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Arden Theatre Company

    Arden Theatre Company

    40 N 2nd St
    The Arden contains a 360-seat mainstage theatre and a 175-seat studio theater. The company produces five or six plays each season, with an additional two plays for children. The Arden has received 44 Barrymore awards and was named Philadelphia Magazine's pick for children's theatre in 2007.
    City Center East restaurants nearby
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

    Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

    532 N 7th St
    A bit of a hike from the other attractions in Independence National Historic Park is the house where Edgar Allen Poe, author of "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," lived and wrote. Poe fans will find many activities to enjoy, including a video presentation of Poe's life, ranger-led tours, and perhaps an encounter with "Poe" himself.
    Poplar-Ludlow-Yorktowne food nearby
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

    Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

    3rd and Pine Sts
    The house of this little-known freedom fighter and military engineer who designed fortifications for the colonists during the Revolutionary War is now open to the public. Visitors can watch a video of Kosciuszko's career in Poland and the United States, see his bedroom, and view exhibits commemorating his accomplishments. Audio materials are presented in English or Polish.
    City Center East eat nearby
  • Le Bec Fin

    Le Bec Fin

    1523 Walnut St
    5-star French restaurant. A fine dining experience to rival anything New York has to offer.
    City Center West
  • The N Crowd

    The N Crowd

    The Actors Center257 N 3rd St
    Shows every Friday, the troupe has produced more than 300 performances of unscripted comedy. Travels to festivals and other parts of the country putting on fresh new acts every night.
    City Center East food nearby
  • The Shops at Liberty Place

    The Shops at Liberty Place

    on 16th and Chestnut
    Crew, and Express. Many professionals stop by to get a bite to eat at its large food court and some quick shopping during the lunch hour.
    City Center East
  • Claudio's Specialty Foods

    Claudio's Specialty Foods

    924-26 S 9th St
    This is actually two storefronts. One is a specialty foods shop with Italian and some Spanish goods but the second, smaller storefront is a "mozzarella factory." They produce mozzarella daily and it's among the best mozzarellas in the US. For foodies, it's a must stop, especially if you're already at the Ninth Street Market.
    City Center East


    124 N 3rd St
    M-Sa noon-7PM, Su noon-5PM. American and international lines compliment Sugarcube’s select vintage. A.P.C., Dunderdon, Gestuz, Frock! by Tracy Reese, Steven Alan, Pendleton, and Bing Bang Jewelry unite in this dynamic industrial lodge for men and women. Check out their website for detailed directions and visitor information.
    City Center East
  • Amada


    217-219 Chestnut St
    M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-11PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-1AM, Sa 5PM-1AM, Su 5PM-10PM. $20-$30 for entree. Excellent Spanish tapas cuisine; the standard against which all other tapas bars in the city must measure themselves. A large Spanish wine selection along with an enormous variety of tapas, some in traditional Spanish style. Also has an excellent cheese plate, great service, and is a good place for people-watching. Reservations are basically mandatory.
    City Center East
  • M-F 4PM-2AM, Sa-Su 11AM-2AM.
  • La Colombe

    La Colombe

    130 S 19th St
    Renowned Philadelphia-based coffee company's Rittenhouse cafe is a little slice of continental Europe in the City of Brotherly Love.
    City Center East
  • Buddakan


    325 Chestnut St
    M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-11PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-midnight, Sa 5PM-midnight, Su 5PM-11PM. $25-$35 for entree. One of the more well known restaurants in Philadelphia, it has a fairly good wine list and a focus on Asian food (many varieties). It is often considered one of the top ten to fifteen restaurants in Philadelphia.
    City Center East
  • Morimoto


    723 Chestnut St
    Japanese fusion cuisine from Masaharu Morimoto, famous as Iron Chef Japanese and currently on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Reservations are strongly recommended; dress is upscale casual, jackets are not required
    City Center East
  • Bob & Barbara's

    Bob & Barbara's

    1509 South St
    Classic dive bar atmosphere with PBR paraphernalia plastered on every imaginable surface—take a guess at what their drink of choice is. Known for its weekly drag show on Thursday nights (a must-see) but has added other events like a live band on weekends, ping-pong night, and Quizzo.
    City Center West
  • Yakitori Boy

    Yakitori Boy

    211 N 11th St
    A Japanese restaurant, with a karaoke bar and lounge upstairs. You can either rent private rooms, which are pricey but worth it with a large group of friends, or if you're brave enough, get your drink on and then sign up to sing publicly at the bar.
    City Center East
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