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Free Things to do in Philly

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Philadelphia the city of brotherly love. But is it the city of free offers? You bet it is. There are tons of free things to do in Philly that are both fun and entertaining for kids and adults.

You can recreate the epic scene from your favorite Philadelphia based movie. Or imagine you are 240 years in the past walking down cobblestone streets. You could even catch a glimpse of Betsy Ross or Ben Franklin. Franklin might even be carrying a kite.

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You will be surprised at all the wonderful things that are free to do in Philly. Below you will find a quick guide to some of the free things offered in Philadelphia.

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Independence National Historical Park Map

LOVE Statue

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Installed way back in 1976 in John F. Kennedy Plaza. The statue has now become a symbol for the city. Many locals in the area call the Plaza that the statue is on Love Park and most don’t even realize that’s not the official name.

Independence Hall

The birthplace of freedom, it turns out, is free. Just remember that freedom isn’t free.

While a visit to Independence Hall is free, a ticket is required to enter the building. Just head over to the Independence Visitor Center (also free) and grab your free ticket. Just note that they do go quickly.

Be sure to tour the whole building inside and out. You will find a large park behind Independence Hall and the Old City Hall to the left. Just remember while taking your tour inside do not act like Benjamin Franklin Gates (National Treasure).

Liberty Bell

No visit to Philly is complete WITHOUT visiting the Liberty Bell. This iconic symbol of Freedom is available to see for FREE. Seeing a piece of history that we have all learned about in school is such a treat.

You can get so close you could touch it. Of course you’re not going to touch it. But you will want to.

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Philadelphia Mint

Take a free tour of the United States Mint in Philadelphia, to see where over half of all US circulating coins are made. Watch the process from above as you read about it during your tour. Be sure to check out some of the historical and rare coins on display.

Smith Memorial Playground

The Smith Memorial Playground is a free playground for children 10 and younger. Note that the playground is closed on Mondays. This is a 6 1/2 acre playground which features a 16,000 square foot playhouse.

One unique thing you won’t find anywhere else is a Hundred year old wooden slide. How cool is that?

Art Museum Steps and Rocky

Who can come to Philadelphia and not pretend they are Rocky? Running up the Art Museum Steps and throwing there hands up in the air like they are the Champ?

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Be sure to turn around a look at the beautiful skyline.

After your run go find the Rocky Statue from Rocky III and snap your photo. It will be one that your friends back home will “hate” you for and will be totally jealous.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

The ultimate hang out stop has to be Spruce Street Harbor Park (see my review full here). Lay out on a hammock or enjoy a game of bean bag toss. If you would like a feast for your eyes be sure to check them out at night.

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Hundreds of multi-colored LED lights are hanging from the trees. Making for a relaxing spot on warm summer nights. The park is opened seasonal from mid May till September.

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Blue Cross River Rink

At the Blue Cross River Rink Summerfest and Winterfest you can stroll through an outdoor roller skating rink in the summer or ice skating rink in winter. While the activities here are NOT free, the atmosphere is.

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The skating rink, rides and games do cost money. However, the carnival like atmosphere is always a good time. This is also a good place to get those famous Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries.

Elfreth’s Alley

Elfreth’s Alley is the Nations OLDEST continuously inhabited street. Walk down the cobblestone street and see how colonial Philadelphia really looked. The street looks much like it would have back than. If you are visiting the first Saturday in December the Residents open their doors to the public to see the historical homes decorated for the holidays.

Franklin Square

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Franklin Square is consider the most family oriented squares in Philly. Originally called North East Publick Square, but in 1825 it was renamed Franklin Square in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

While the square is free some of the activates cost money like the carousel or mini golf. While not free but definitely worth a visit if you are here in May or June is the Chinese Lantern Festival.

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If you walk to Washington Square you can grab a look at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier.

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Philadelphia really is a wonderful place to visit. The city is full of history and fun things to see and do. Arguable some of the best things to do in Philly are free. You really can’t beat a good workout running up the Art Museum steps. Or falling in love by the Love Statue.

Can you tell me what American doesn’t want to visit the birthplace of the Nation at least once in their lives? Kind of seems UN-American.

As always thank you for reading and let me know what free things you like to do in Philly? I know there are so many more but I wanted to hit on the top 10 free things to do in Philadelphia. Remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest at KozmoPhotos. It will help you stay up to day with all the latest post and photos.

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