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Free Things To Do In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most history-rich cities in America.

It’s home to the famous Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Museum of Art whose steps were made famous in the beloved “Rocky” movie and of course, Independence Hall where pivotal constitutions were once signed.

A trip to Philadelphia is sure to be a fun-filled adventure and if you’re looking for some inspiration on the best things to do in the city, check out our detailed guide below!

You’ll find our top recommendations of the best free attractions in Philadelphia, as well as the most highly rated paid attractions in the city of Philadelphia too!

Free Attractions in Philadelphia

Top Rated Philadelphia Attractions


Rocky Steps

Without a doubt one of the best free attractions in Philadelphia, and arguably one of the things that make the city so famous is the “Rocky” steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Made famous in the 1976 film “Rocky”, starring Sylvester Stallone, these 72 steps have become one of the city’s top attractions.

You can have fun timing each other running up the steps and seeing who can do it the...

Independence Seaport Museum Admission

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  • Learn about the seagoing history of the Americans by visiting this museum where you got to learn in an interactive tour.
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Franklin Square

For a must-visit place in Philadelphia that’s been designed in recent years specifically with kids in mind, make sure you head to Franklin Square for a fun-filled day of adventure!

At Franklin Square, known as one of the city’s original five squares, kids can ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, as well as spending hours playing in the giant action-adventure playground.

The square’s park is also home...

Philadelphia Museum of Art Ticket

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  • Make the most out of Philadelphia by seeing one of its most iconic sites where some of the world's greatest arts are stored.
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Liberty Bell

Can you believe that this iconic symbol of American Independence is totally free to visit

It’s situated inside the Liberty Bell Center and is open every day of the year, so visitors can get a glimpse of arguably one of the most important objects in America’s history.

Take the kids along and tell them about the remarkable stories behind the Liberty Bell and enjoy a free video presentation inside the Center which tells...

One Liberty Observation Deck Philadelphia Ticket

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  • Get a panoramic view of Philadelphia from a tower situated in the city's centre while also learning about the city.
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Independence Hall

Independence Hall is yet another place in Philadelphia that holds significant importance, not just for the city of Philadelphia, but for the whole of the United States as well.

History geeks will thoroughly enjoy seeing the building where the US Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated and signed.

It’s not the most interesting place to take kids to, but it is a great place in the city to visit if...

One Liberty Observation Deck Philadelphia: 48 Hour Sun and Stars Pass

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  • See Philly in a new and beautiful way atop this observation deck with its glory laid bare before you with this pass.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park

This urban beach situated in Penn’s Landing in Philly is a great place for people of all ages to hang out and enjoy themselves.

Spruce Street Harbor Park offers tonnes of fun activities such as lawn games, plenty of food and drink stalls, as well as local music performances which bring people together from all over the city, as well as the world.

It’s a great place to hang out as a family, in a couple or with a large...

Skip the Line: Museum of the American Revolution Admission Ticket

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  • An entry ticket to the museum of American Revolution where you get to understand the period through an interactive experience.
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Elfreth’s Alley

Thought to date all the way back to 1702, Elfreth’s Alley is an incredibly poignant historic street in Philadelphia.

There are still 32 houses on the oldest continuously inhabited street in America and it’s a great place to visit while in Philadelphia if you want to step back in time to the Colonial period and get a feel for what America was like hundreds of years ago.

It’s a history lover’s dream, and...

Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

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  • Get to choose from 30 Philadelphia historical spots that you will like to visit with this cost saving pass, rather than paying more when you get each pass.
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Blue Cross RiverRink

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This incredible free attraction in Philadelphia is truly one of a kind and offers visitors a unique (and free!) way of experiencing the city both during the summer and the winter.

The riverside pop-up village features an open-air Olympic-size ice rink during the winter holidays, complete with shining festive lights, cosy fire pits and arcade games for the whole family to enjoy.


One Liberty Observation Deck Philadelphia: Family 4 Pack

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  • Ascend into the skyline to discover the viewtiful Philadelphia sights, with the whole family!

    From 57 floors above street level, experience amazing 360 degree views of the City of Brotherly Love and beyond. From up here you will enjoy incredible views of City Hall, Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Fairmount Park, Love Park, Ben Franklin...read more

Benjamin Franklin Museum

While you do have to pay an entrance fee to visit the actual Benjamin Franklin Museum itself, there are plenty of attractions and exhibitions around the museum that are completely free of charge!

One of the best things to do in Philadelphia if you’re a history fanatic is to visit the iconic “ghost house” where you’ll find a cool steel structure that represents the former house of Benjamin Franklin and its...

Sesame Place Ticket

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  • Sesame Street® comes to life at Sesame Place®, with whirling rides, water slides, exciting shows and endless giggles. Dance and sing-a-long with your favorite furry friends in the Neighborhood Street Party. Your kids will learn about letters, numbers and friendship one of the of two street-stopping parades. Join the fun and celebrate being a...read more

Bartram’s Garden

One of the best free attractions in Philadelphia for those interested in all things flora and gardening, Bartram’s Garden provides a beautifully peaceful oasis where you can enjoy a morning stroll amongst the stunning shrubbery.

Set upon the riverside in Philadelphia, the beautiful botanical gardens offer a tranquil setting away from the busy and bustling streets of the city.

You can also see great views of the...

Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

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  • Save money on some of Philadelphia's best-known attractions with The Philadelphia Pass. Choose 1, 2, 3, or 5 days of attractions and tours.  Enjoy direct entry to attractions plus a 1-Day Hop On Hop Off tour. Simply save your pass (delivered as your 'ticket) on your mobile device and go – no voucher redemption...read more

United States Mint

If you’re looking for a fun and quirky free attraction in Philadelphia, then you definitely need to head to the United States Mint.

You can enjoy a free, self-guided tour of the US Mint where you’ll see the process where almost one million coins are produced every 30 minutes!

This attraction is great fun for everyone, and kids especially will enjoy seeing how the coins are made and where exactly they come...

Academy of Natural Science Museum Ticket

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  • Butterflies! – See live butterflies from around the world flying around this tropical garden exhibit.

    Outside In – geared towards kids from 3-8 and their parents, this offers visitors a chance to get hands-on with live animals.

    Dinosaur Hall – see skeletons of more than 30 species, including Avaceratops, Chasmosaurus,...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

There are many things you can do for free in Philadelphia like booking free entry into some Philadelphia museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.