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8 Free Things To Do And Places To Visit In Philly

By Lauren Piot

8 Free Things To Do And Places To Visit In Philly

Who doesn’t like free activities?

Saving money is always a goal, so finding fun and free activities is always a plus. Luckily, you might be surprised about all the free things you can do and free places to visit in Philadelphia. We have gathered a list of some free things to do in Philly that are actually entraining.

1. Spruce Street Harbor Park

Located on the waterfront of the Delaware River, Spruce Street is Philly’s one-of-a-kind urban beach. With food trucks and beer gardens, but also hammocks to relax in, and benches to sit on, this is a lovely place to enjoy a summer evening. Illuminated lights come on once it gets dark so that you can enjoy the park all the way into the night too.

Where: 301 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. Watch an outdoor movie in a park

Many parks around the city are hosting free outdoor movie nights all summer. From PG to rated R movies, will be displayed onto huge projector screens for families and friends to enjoy an evening out of the house. Check out the link above to find out where these movies are playing.

3. Discover Philly’s artistic gems

Philadelphia is known for having artistic gems hidden throughout the city. Uncover the murals that celebrate BIPOC, or that are inspired by strong women, or the Lil Nas X mural in the Gayborhood. By visiting public artworks, you not only get to experience someone’s hard work, but you also get to explore the city!

4. Visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

Two of the most historic monuments in Philly are free to visit! To see the Liberty Bell there is no need to reserve tickets in advance, only to show up and wait for your turn to enter. For Independence Hall, timed ticket tour reservations must be made before visiting. Both these monuments are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

5. Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park is one of Philly’s most iconic parks. It has a large lush garden with chairs and picnic tables, and a fountain to cool off in during hot summer days. The Center City Park Program puts on events and shows at the park that any passer-by can observe. This is a fun landmark to visit to get some fresh air and enjoy the city at no price at all.

Where: 1 S 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. Explore iconic museums when they are discounted

On the first Sunday of every month, The Barnes Foundation offers free admissions. On Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and on the first Sundays of the month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has a pay-what-you-wish admission. Finally, the Rodin Museum is also a pay-what-you-wish admission year-round.

7. The Schuykill River Boardwalk

This 2,000 foot long concrete path that parallels the Schuykill River is the perfect road to bike through, rollerskate across, run, or walk on. With Philly’s skyline along the way, you get a pretty view of the city while exercising. 

8. Tour the Science History Institute Museum

Open Thursdays to Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the Science History Institute Museum has free admission. Learn about inventors, scientific discoveries, chemistry, life sciences, and engineering, and more for free! This museum offers a chance to discover scientific objects with rich histories, old fine art, photographs, and rare books that tell the story of today’s science.

Where: 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

[Featured image: Matt Stanley / Instagram]

See also: 12 Educational And Fun Things To Do With Kids This Summer In Philly