Philadelphia, PA

Old Philadelphia ‘Runseeing’ Tour & Society Hill

Philadelphia played an important role in the history of the United States. The beautifully preserved Old City features notable homes, buildings, and museums, many of which are run by the National Park Service. Adjoining the National Park area, the quaint, tree-lined streets of Society Hill should be incorporated into your route. These mainly residential streets are fairly quiet and have good (but uneven) sidewalks.

There are a few ways to run this historic area. We’ve mapped a 5k route that incorporates the principle visitor highlights and a section of Society Hill. Start at Franklin Square, and along the ‘Mall’: National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Franklin Museum, Museum of the American Revolution, and more.  Then, enjoy a tour of some of the attractive streets of Society Hill (Pine St., Spruce St.). We’ve also included a 1.25 mile ‘walking’ map of the most historic sites of Old Philadelphia.

Add-On: Run along the adjacent Delaware River Path on both the Philadelphia and New Jersey (Camden) side, connected by the Ben Franklin Bridge (1.5 miles, good running path). See our route there.

Essentials
  • 'Runseeing' tour is 3.1 miles (5k); Delaware River path is ~ 2 miles on NJ side, or more if crossing Franklin Br. to NJ
  • Franklin Square