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Benjamin Franklin Bridge

  • 5th and Vine Sts. Map It
  • Old City
  • Bridge/Tunnel

Published 02/01/2016

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When the bridge opened in 1926, its 1,750-foot main span made it the longest suspension bridge in the world. Paul Cret, architect of the Rodin Museum, was the designer. The bridge has been having some rust problems of late, but a massive, multiyear project has restored its glorious blue paint job. The bridge is most impressive when it's lighted at night. Start the 1¾-mile walk (one-way) from either the Philadelphia side, two blocks north of the U.S. Mint, or the Camden, New Jersey, side.

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5th and Vine Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Pedestrian walkway open daily Oct.–Apr. 6 am–8 pm; May–Sept. 6 am–9 pm, weather permitting
  • Weather and construction conditions may restrict access to the walkway. For updates call 856/968–2255 or 215/218–3750 Ext. 2255 (weekdays 9–5). All other times call DRPA Police Radio at 856/968–3301 or 215/218–3750 Ext 3301

Published 02/01/2016


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