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If you’re looking to have a fun time in Philadelphia but don’t want to open up your wallet, no worries. There are plenty of ways to explore the city without spending a cent. Everything from historic places brewery tours, we’ve got you covered. Seasonal and special events are at the bottom.

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25 FREE THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA

1. Pizza Brain

It’s a museum dedicated to one thing, all things pizza! (2313 Frankford Ave, 19125)

2. Bartram’s Garden

This garden has deep roots! It’s America’s oldest botanical garden. (5400 Lindbergh Blvd, 19143)

3. Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Take a free self-guided tour of the unfurnished home where Poe lived and we dare you to go into the basement! (532 N. 7th St, 19123)

4. Franklin Square

Hang out in one of the oldest parks in the city. It was sketched into William Penn’s original plan for the city. (200 N. 6th Street, 19106)

5. Institute of Contemporary Art

This is the place to get up close and personal with an original Andy Warhol painting. (118 S. 36th St, 19104)

6. Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park is a National Park unit, and some notable landmarks within the park are Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center (you can no longer ring the bell). Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s Entrance to Independence Hall is by timed entry ticket only from March through December. No tickets are necessary for January and February. Independence Hall tickets are FREE. There is no charge for same day distribution (non-reserved) tickets obtained at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit, but there is a handling fee of $1.50 per ticket if you want advance reservations. (Independence Hall: 520 Chestnut St, 19103 – between 5th and 6th; Liberty Bell: N 6th St and Market St, 19106)

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7. Yard’s Brewing Company

Free tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays only from 12 pm to 4 pm. (901 N Delaware Ave, 19123)

8. United States Mint

See coins being made! The tour is free and self-guided and takes most people about 45 minutes to do. (151 N. Independence Mall E, 19106)

9. Schuylkill River Trail

Walk the Schuylkill River Trail. Riverfront path provides easy access to the Schuylkill Banks.

10. Yoga on the Race Street Pier

Free, hour-long yoga sessions are here on any given day of the week. They welcome your kids and pets to join you by your side, too! Depending on the day and season, yoga session times vary. Donations are welcome. (Race St & N. Columbus Blvd, 19106)

11. Spruce Street Harbor Park

Hang out in a hammock at the Spruce Street Harbor Park. A perfect spot to disappear from the heat of the city and hide behind a book or your sunglasses. (301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106)

12. Reading Terminal Market

It’s one of the largest and oldest public markets in the US and has been around since 1893. Open 8 am to 6 pm every day.

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13. Drexel University College of Medicine Bookstore

Challenge your nerves at the Drexel University College of Medicine Bookstore. On display is the dissected nervous system of Harriet Cole, the college’s former cleaning lady. (2900 W Queen Lane, 19129)

14. The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Express yourself with a new medium at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. (1214 Arch St, 19107)

15. Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Have a shoe fetish? Check out hundreds of pairs of shoes dating back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Entry is free but you will need to schedule your visit in advance. (148 N. 8th St, 19107)

16. Chemical Heritage Foundation

Engage your inner scientist at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. (315 Chestnut St, 19106)

17. Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial

Bring a friend or meet a new one at the whispering bench at the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. (Kelly Drive at Girard Avenue, south of Girard Avenue Bridge, 19130)

18. The Rocky Statue

Run up the steps and then down again to take a selfie with the Rocky Statue! The Rocky Statue has been moved to an area at the bottom of the steps leading to the PhilaMOCA. (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Center City, 19130)

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19. Awbury Arboretum

It has been free and open to the public for nearly a 100 years. See the 55-acre grounds with beautifully manicured gardens once home to a Quaker family. (1 Awbury Road, 19138)

20. Fireman’s Hall Museum

Did you share in having a childhood dream of being a fireman? Well, you can continue the dream at the Fireman’s Hall Museum. (147 N. 2nd Street, 19106)

21. The Dream Garden

It’s made up of 100,000 pieces of Tiffany Glass in the lobby of the Curtis Center. (699 Walnut St, 19106)

22. Mount Moriah Cemetery

Visit the newly cleaned up Mount Moriah Cemetery where over 80,000 people are buried. (6310-6312 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, 19142)

23. John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

Explore the trails and over 300 species of birds spread out over 1,000 acres at this nature preserve. (8601 Lindbergh Blvd, 19153)

24. Gayborhood

Take a stroll thru this quaint neighborhood west of City Center. (NW corner of the square, S. Broad Street & Chestnut St, 19107)

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25. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Learn more history through a free tour of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Also, every month they offer a handful of free shows. (300 Broad St, 19102)

SEASONAL + SPECIAL EVENTS

  • First Friday – On the First Friday of every month, rain or shine, over 40 art galleries open their doors from 5 – 9 pm. Most galleries are between Front and Third st or Market and Vine st.
  • Barnes Foundation – free Sundays (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130-3602)
  • Outdoor Movies – on the banks of the Schuylkill River at two different locations: the Walnut Street Bridge and the Wharton Street Esplanade at the Grays Ferry Crescent.
  • Creative Mornings has an inspiring new guest speaker once a month.
  • PHIT Comedy gives free intro improv workshops (2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
  • Disc Golf is free at Sedgley Woods outside of Philly Open (33rd Street & Oxford Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121)

Which of these have you done? Did we miss anything?

MORE RESOURCES

  • Lonely Planet Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Foldable Map
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia

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They are freelance web designers and photographers who love finding adventure, both big and small. The two make a daily practice of sharing vulnerabilities, truth-telling, and side-splitting laughter. They’ve honed the art of traveling fast and doing all of the things that an adventurer can do in a day or two. The couple lives in Asheville, North Carolina and spend as much time as possible in the mountains.

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