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The Ultimate List of Free Things to do in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Ultimate List of Completely Free Things to do in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. And, while there are many great tours, historical sites, and museums in Philly that cost money, there are also a ton of great things to do for free!

When I’m planning my trips to Philadelphia, I’ve found that there isn’t a complete list of free things to do in Philly. Some sites list a handful of free things, while others pad their list with a few “cheap” things to do. However, this list that I have made up has more than 60 completely free things to do in Philadelphia.


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So, whether you are looking for a free museum, a free outdoor activity, or free things to do with kids in Philly, there’s something for everyone on our list.

So, without further ado, here’s UncoveringPA’s ultimate list of free things to do in Philadelphia:

  • Independence Hall – Not only is Independence Hall one of Philly’s most well-known buildings, but it’s completely free to visit! Tour the building and learn about the Founding Fathers who once roamed its halls and the Declaration of Independence which was agreed to in this very building.
  • Free Tours of the Kimmel Center – The Kimmel Center is one of Philadelphia’s most well-known and beautiful concert venues. If you want to learn a bit more about the history and architecture of the building, the Kimmel Center offers free tours of the building everyday at 1pm. Tours last one hour and include visits to many of the theaters inside the center. More information can be found here.
  • John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – Philly might be one of America’s largest cities, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have several excellent outdoor spaces. Located near Philadelphia International Airport, this wildlife refuge is an oasis in the midst of urban sprawl for more than 300 bird species, as well as numerous mammals and reptiles. For human visitors, 10 miles of hiking trails, great bird watching, and even canoeing/kayak opportunities await. Click here for more information.
  • Mount Moriah Cemetery – At one point in time, Mount Moriah Cemetery was ownerless and abandoned. However, with more than 80,000 people buried here, this couldn’t last forever. While there is a cleanup effort underway at the cemetery, much of it is still being reclaimed by nature. Click here to find out more about how you can visit Mount Moriah Cemetery.
An overgrown grave in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

An overgrown grave in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

  • Student Recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music – Don’t let the thought of going to a student recital remind you of some horrid concert for elementary students. The student recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music are put on by some of the country’s most talented music students. Featuring primarily classical music, the recitals are a great option for those looking for high-quality music on the cheap. Concerts are held most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights during the school year. Click here for a full schedule.
  • Mario Lanza Institute Museum – Mario Lanza was a world-famous singer and actor during the 1940s and 50s. Born in Philadelphia, Lanza’s career influenced later performers like Luciano Pavarotti and Elvis Presley. Today, you can relive a bit of Lanza’s life and learn about his legacy at a free museum dedicated to his honor. Click here for more information about visiting.
  • Dream Garden – One of Philadelphia’s coolest public art pieces is shamefully under-visited despite being just a block from Independence Hall. Crafted of over 100,000 pieces of Tiffany Glass, the Dream Garden sits in obscurity in the lobby of the Curtis Center along Washington Square. At 15×49 feet, the Dream Garden is one of America’s most exquisite glass murals. More information about visiting the Dream Garden can be found here.
The Dream Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Dream Garden in the lobby of the Curtis Center.

  • Ice Skating at a Public Skating Rink – Like ice skating and have your own skates? Visit one of the city’s many public ice skating rinks during the winter months and skate ’til your heart’s content without paying a penny (If you don’t have ice skates, there is a fee to rent them. However, skating on the rink itself is completely free). For more information on skating in Philadelphia, click here.
  • Fireman’s Hall Museum – Located in a restored turn-of-the-century fire hall, the Fireman’s Hall Museum focuses on the rich history of firefighting in Philadelphia. Click the link for more information about visiting.
  • Liberty Bell – Located next door to Independence Hall might be Philly’s most famous item: the Liberty Bell. While it once hung in the bell tower of Independence Hall, it now has a place of honor inside its own building. Stepping inside to see this iconic bell is completely free for anyone.
Visiting the Liberty Bell is a completely free thing to do in Philadelphia.

Visiting the Liberty Bell is completely free.

  • Tours of Philadelphia Brewing Company – Want to learn how beer is made? Tours of the Philadelphia Brewing Company are offered for free on Saturdays between noon and 3pm. Visit to learn about the brewery and sample some of their great brews (unfortunately not free). Click here for information.
  • Awbury Arboretum – Once the home to a large Quaker family, the 55-acre grounds of the Awbury Arboretum have been opened free to the public for nearly 100 years. Stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens or take some time to study the large variety of shrubs and trees on the arboretum’s grounds.
  • Elfreth’s Alley – As America’s oldest, continually-inhabited residential street, Elfreth’s Alley already has an amazing amount of history along its narrow cobblestone street. While the street itself might be short, the beauty of the houses and its history make it a great destination for any history lovers visiting Philly. Click here for my full review of Elfreth’s Alley.
VIsiting Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Take a stroll down the beautiful and historic Elfreth’s Alley

  • Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse – Located in a purpose-built mansion and surrounding park, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse looks like one of the most amazing play areas for children anywhere. If you have kids in Philadelphia, this is a must-visit destination. Click here for more information.
  • Carpenter’s Hall – Carpenter’s Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most historic buildings. The site of the First Continental Congress in 1774, a Revolutionary War hospital, the 1st and 2nd banks of America, and Benjamin Franklin’s first library, Carpenter’s Hall has more history than most buildings twice its age.
  • Reading Terminal Market – If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience in downtown Philadelphia, look no further than Reading Terminal Market. Home to everything from Amish produce stands to authentic Asian cuisine, the market has something for everyone. True, it costs money to buy something from the shops and restaurants, but wandering through and experiencing the sights and smells of the market is completely free.
A visit to the Reading Terminal Market gives you the sights and smells of Philadelphia for free.

A visit to the Reading Terminal Market gives you the sights and smells of the city for free.

  • Jefferson’s Walking Tour of Philadelphia – Want to know more about the places that Thomas Jefferson frequented while he lived in Philadelphia? Check out this great free walking tour put together by the American Philosophical Society. Get some exercise and check out some of Jefferson’s favorite haunts at the same time. Click here to download the walking tour guide.
  • Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden – The Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden features 17 sculptures that showcase American life. The garden in itself is definitely worth visiting, however, it also has one more feature that is sure to intrigue: a whispering bench. Sit two people on opposite sides of the bench, roughly 50 feet apart, and they can hear each other whisper.
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum – Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum looks not at the history of America, but at the history of chemistry. Going back to the days of alchemy, the museum looks at home chemistry and how the work of chemists have changed our lives. Click here for my full review of the museum.
The interior of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The interior of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum.

  • Institute of Contemporary Art – This gallery that featured Andy Warhol’s first solo museum exhibition, so you never know what future megastar you might encounter at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Located on the grounds of the University of Pennsylvania, the museum features 12 shows a year, so there is always something new to see in their rotating display. Information about what’s currently on display can be found on the museum’s website.
  • TUSPM Shoe Museum – Run by the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine, the TUSPM Shoe Museum features hundreds of pairs of shoes from every conceivable era and interest. Shoes on display date back as far as Ancient Egypt, and there are many shoes from famous celebrities including Reggie Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Rivers, and several former presidents and first ladies. Admission to the museum is free, but needs to be scheduled in advance. Go to their website for more information.
  • Congress Hall – Another of the fantastic historical buildings in downtown Philly, Congress Hall was where the House of Representatives and the Senate met from 1790-1800. Site of the inauguration of two Presidents, along with many other events that shaped the founding on the country, Congress Hall is a fantastic and free thing to do in Philadelphia.
Congress Hall is a free thing to do in Philadelphia

Congress Hall was the site of many important events in early American history.

  • Polish American Cultural Center Museum – Whether you are a Polish American, or you just happen to be interested in the subject, the museum at the Polish American Cultural Center gives you the opportunity to learn about Polish culture and its history. For more information about visiting, check out their website.
  • Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course – One of the oldest existing disc golf courses in the country, Sedgley Woods is a 27-hole course located in Fairmont Park. While you must provide your own discs, the course is completely free to play. Click here for more information.
  • Rocky Steps – The 72 steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art was made famous by Sylvester Stalone in the movie Rocky. Today, thousands of people visit the steps each year to recreate Rocky’s famous run. Before leaving, make sure to get a photo with the statue of Rocky near the bottom of the stairs.
Running up the famous Rocky Steps is a great free thing to do in Philly.

Running up the famous Rocky Steps is a popular activity for both young and old.

  • Self-Guided Mural Mile Tour – In an effort to combat graffiti in Philadelphia, the city began what would later be known as the Mural Arts Program in 1984. Since then, over 3,600 murals have been painted all throughout the city of Philadelphia. Spend some time learning about some of them by taking the self-guided walking tour of the “Mural Mile” from the Mural Arts Program. Click here to download the tour and find out more.
  • Fabric Workshop and Museum – Despite its name, the Fabric Workshop and Museum doesn’t just focus on fabric. Instead, they encourage artists to use new mediums to express themselves. The museum’s collection includes a permanent exhibit of contemporary art as well as preliminary sketches of projects and videos of artists talking about their work. More information about visiting can be found here.
  • The Love Sign – Outside of a photo with the Rocky Statue, a photo with The Love Sign in Love Park might be the most iconic shot of Philadelphia. The Love “sign” is actually a piece of Pop Art by Robert Indiana. And, while the art piece can be found in other cities around the world, it’s most synonymous with the City of Brotherly Love.
Love Park in downtown Philadelphia.

Love Park in downtown Philadelphia.

  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial – Though not well known today, Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a hero of the American Revolutionary War, as well as a freedom fighter in his home country of Poland. Kosciuszko lived in this home after returning from fighting in Poland and while recovering from injuries received there. While in the house, he was visited by many dignitaries, including Thomas Jefferson. The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial also has the distinction of being the smallest national park in the country. Click here for more information about visiting.
  • SEPTA Transit Museum – Located in the SEPTA Store at the 13th Street Station, the SEPTA Transit Museum features information about the 100+ year history of public transit in Philadelphia. On display are a rotating selection of model subway engines and rolling stock, as well as information and memorabilia chronicling the history of SEPTA. For more information, go to their website.
  • Christ Church – Opened in 1695, Christ Church was the first Anglican Church in America, and years later, was the birthplace of the US Episcopal Church. During the time that Philadelphia was our nation’s capital, Christ Church featured a who’s who of founding fathers in their membership and regular attendance. If you visit today, you can still see where George Washington sat during his time as president. Also make sure to find the baptismal fount, which was the same one used to baptize William Penn as a child in England.  More information about visiting Christ Church can be found here.
The historic Christ Church in Philadelphia.

The historic Christ Church in Philadelphia.

  • Once Upon a Nation Storytelling and Reenactments – During the summer months, Once Upon a Nation has storytellers and reenactors stationed at various places around Philadelphia’s Old City that will help history come alive. The storytellers aren’t dressed in period garb, but do sit at various “storytelling benches” around the area telling the stories of less well-known people that shaped history in Philadelphia. The reenactors are stationed at places like the Independence Visitor Center and help bring history to life. For more information and a full schedule, check out their website.
  • Barnes Foundation – Right up front, let me say that the Barnes Foundation is only free on the first sunday of each month. However, for those looking to see one of the city’s best art museums without having to pay, this is a great program. The first come, first serve tickets to see the Barnes Foundation for free allow you to visit the entire museum space and see works by renowned artists like Renoir, Picasso, van Gogh, Cézannes, and many more. More information about the Barnes Foundation’s free First Sundays can be found here.
  • US Mint – Ever wondered where the money in your pocket comes from? A visit to the US Mint in Philadelphia gives you a great chance to see how coins are made. The self-guided tour starts with a bit of history about the US Mint before walking you through the process of making a coin. The highlight is the windows that give you the ability to look down on US coins being made. Click the link for my full review of visiting the US Mint in Philly.
Visiting the Philadelphia Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Take the free tour at the Philadelphia Mint.

  • Edgar Allan Poe House – Did you know that author Edgar Allan Poe spent six of his most productive writing years in downtown Philadelphia? Tour the home where he lived during his time in the city. Poe actually lived in several homes during his time in Philly, which is often described as the happiest years of his life, but only one building remains standing. Visit this home to learn about Poe’s life, writing, and legacy. Click the link for more information.
  • Philadelphia’s War Memorials – While small war memorials dot the city, two of the largest and most well done are located near Penn’s Landing. The two memorials honor those from Philadelphia who lost their lives in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The monuments sit next to each other and honor the more than 1,200 soldiers from the Philadelphia area that lost their lives in these two conflicts. For more information on visiting, check out the websites for the Korean War Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial.
  • Tour Yards Brewery – Of all the breweries in and around Philadelphia, Yards Brewery is one of my favorites. Free tours of their brewery are offered on weekend afternoons and give you the opportunity to see how Yards creates their excellent brews. Click here to read my thoughts on visiting Yards Brewery.
The tasting room at Yards Brewery.

The tasting room at Yards Brewery.

  • Bartram’s Garden – The 46-acre Bartram’s Garden is the oldest surviving botanical garden in America. Featuring meadows, nurseries, and an arboretum, the garden is a great place to go for a stroll and learn about botany. It’s also a great place to visit to gaze on Philly’s skyline. For more information about visiting, check out Bartram’s Garden’s website.
  • Harriet Cole’s Nervous System – If you want to see creepy human specimens, but a trip to the Mutter Museum isn’t in your budget, make your way to Drexel’s University College of Medicine bookstore to see the dissected nervous system of Harriet Cole. While it might look like a strange art project made of string, it’s actually the nervous system of the college’s former cleaning lady. This odd medical specimen can be found at 2900 W. Queen Lane in downtown Philly.
  • Take a Stroll Through Chinatown – I was quite surprised when I first discovered that Philadelphia had a Chinatown. Located in Center City near Reading Terminal Market, this heavily Chinese section of the city feels very different from the surrounding neighborhoods. Walking through this section and seeing the sights and sounds of Chinatown can be a fascinating experience for anyone not familiar with Chinese culture.

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  • Second Bank of the United States – The building that was once home to the 2nd Bank of the United States is now an art gallery that features an exhibit called the “People of Independence”. Featuring over 180 portraits of Revolutionary War soldiers, politicians, scientists, and many more, the exhibit gives visitors a great chance to learn about many of the lesser-known people who shaped American Independence. More information can be found on the National Park Service’s website.
  • Check Out Philly’s Squares – When William Penn founded Philadelphia, he created a grid system designed to give the city many parks and public squares. And, while development may have thwarted some of his plans, Philadelphia still has many great parks and squares. Whether you are looking to people watch, go for a walk, or for a place for the kids to play, there’s a great public square for you in downtown Philadelphia.
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul – Located on Logan Square is one of America’s most beautiful churches: the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The exterior of the building might look a bit drab, despite being the largest brownstone building in the city, but the interior is absolutely breathtaking. For those looking to learn more about the building, their website offers a free audio tour that you can download. Click here to read my full review of the basilica.
The beautiful interior of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

The beautiful interior of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

  • The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education – Designed to be an “island of green,” The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is one of the country’s first urban environmental education centers. The museum’s 400 acres include several miles of hiking trails, a children’s museum, seasonal butterfly house, and an art gallery. More information can be found on their website.
  • Philadelphia Center for Architecture – The Philadelphia Center for Architecture is the city’s hub for architects, and it features a rotating collection of free exhibitions. While the exhibitions do loosely relate to architecture, they cover a range of subjects that should interest most. Currently on display is a collection of vintage neon signs, beautiful photos of Philadelphia’s most stunning buildings, and a scale model of the city. Click here for more information about visiting.
  • Laurel Hill Cemetery – Visiting a cemetery might sound strange, but Laurel Hill Cemetery is more of an outdoor art gallery than a cemetery, at least as far as its living visitors are concerned. As one of the few cemeteries in America to be named a National Historic Site, Laurel Hill Cemetery is a great place to admire the lengths some will go to to be remembered after their deaths. There are also many influential people buried in the cemetery, including Thomas McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, 42 Civil War Generals, and, more recently, Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. More information can be found in my full article on the cemetery.


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  • Self-Guided Philadelphia in the Movies Tour – Want to see where some of your favorite movies were filmed? This self-guided tour from Discover Philadelphia is perfect! Featuring the locations of movies such as The Sixth Sense, Silver Linings Playbook, Trading Places, Philadelphia, and many more, this walking/driving tour will take you around to some places that might already look very familiar to movie buffs. Click here to find out more information about this free, self-guided tour.
  • Pizza Brain – Home to the Guinness Book of World Records-certified largest collection of pizza memorabilia and collectables in the world, Pizza Brain isn’t your normal pizzeria. The museum has a little bit of everything including a collection of music about pizza, pizza-related toys, and even a pizza cutter shaped like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. Unfortunately, pizza isn’t free when you inevitably get hungry, but the museum costs nothing to check out. Visit their website for more information.
  • Wanamaker Organ – Located in the middle of a Macy’s Department Store, the Wanamaker Organ is the world’s largest, functional pipe organ. Simply gazing upon the organ’s large pipes is quite impressive, however, visiting during one of the twice-daily concerts will leave you speechless. For more information, click the link to read my full write up about hearing the Wanamaker Organ
The beautiful Wannamaker Organ in the center of Macy's Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The beautiful Wannamaker Organ in the center of Macy’s Department Store.

  • Wissahickon Environmental Center – The Wissahickon Environmental Center is another of the city’s great public outdoor spaces. The center features several miles of hiking and walking trails, especially good for bird watchers. The environmental center building is open during the week, but is often filled with school groups during the year. When it’s open to the pubic, there’s a children’s library, a 200-gallon aquarium, and other events (some of which have a small fee). For more information about visiting, click here.
  • Joseph Fox Bookshop – Every city needs a great independent bookstore, and Philadelphia has Joseph Fox Bookshop. Since 1951, this store has been providing one of the best bookstore environments in the area. Browsing through the racks and racks of books is sure to inspire. Buy something if you want, but browsing and inspiration is free. Visit their website here.
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Grave – In some senses, Benjamin Franklin’s grave isn’t free to visit. However, for those looking to quickly pay their respects and move on, there’s no reason to pay the admission fee to enter the cemetery. Located in the corner closest to the Constitution Center, Benjamin Franklin’s grave sits right next to the cemetery’s fence (so close that you could probably touch it if you want). While there are many interesting people buried in the cemetery, there’s no need to pay if you only want to see Franklin’s grave.
Benjamin Franklin's Grave as seen from outside the sidewalk outside the cemetery.

Benjamin Franklin’s Grave as seen from the sidewalk outside the cemetery.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum – Part of the Temple School of Dentistry, the Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum features a collection of antique dental equipment that has been mostly donated by the school’s alumni and faculty. If you think going to the dentist is bad in the 21st-century, you should see what it used to be like. Visit their website for more information.
  • Declaration House – Many visitors to Philadelphia stop by Independence Hall to see where the Declaration of Independence was ratified, but few visit the nearby Declaration House. It was here, during the summer of 1775, that Thomas Jefferson wrote the draft of the famous document. The house is now set up as a museum to tell more about Jefferson’s time in the home. Click here for more information.
  • The Thinker Statue and Rodin Museum GardenThe Rodin Museum is one of Philadelphia’s best art museums. And, while it costs to get inside, many of the museum’s best pieces sit outside. The most recognizable piece is a cast of “The Thinker” that sits outside the museum’s gates along Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The garden area outside the museum is also free to visit during museum hours and features another handful of beautiful sculptures from French artist, Auguste Rodin. Visit their website here.
The Thinker by Rodin outside the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Thinker by Rodin outside the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Thomas Mill Covered Bridge – Located in the northwest corner of Philly, in Fairmont Park, is Philadelphia’s only remaining covered bridge. The 86-foot long bridge crosses Wissahocken Creek and is located in a quiet, remote spot of the park. Click for more information about how to get to Thomas Mill Covered Bridge.
  • Free Outdoor Movie Screenings – During the summer months, multiple venues set up large screens and host free outdoor movies. Some of the movies are a bit old, but some are newer, and most are great films for the whole family. Here’s a list to give you an idea what was offered during the summer of 2014, but simply do a Google search to find the current listing of movies and locations.
  • The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Located in the lobby of the Comcast Center in downtown Philly is the Comcast Experience. The screen is the largest four-millimeter LED screen in the world. At over 2,100-square feet, the screen’s clarity is something that has to be seen to be believed. Video programming is shown 18-hours a day, but the most popular time to come is during the Christmas season. More information can be found here.
The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall.

  • Free Concerts at the Kimmel Center – The Kimmel Center might be one of Philadelphia’s best performing arts venues, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t see some of their shows for free. Several times a month, the Kimmel Center puts on free shows encompassing many different musical styles and tastes. A full calendar of free concerts can be found here.
  • Boathouse Row – Visitors traveling into Philly from the west often drive by the beautiful Boathouse Row along the banks of the Schuylkill River. All 15 boathouses are over 100 years old and are still home to rowing clubs and other boating facilities. While the boathouses are unfortunately closed to the public, the buildings are unique enough to make a walk past them a worthwhile activity for anyone looking for something free to do in Philly.
  • Franklin Court – Franklin Court stands on the grounds where Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia home once stood. The excellent Benjamin Franklin Museum costs money to enter, but the courtyard is free. Inside the courtyard, you’ll find a metal frame that stands where Franklin’s house once stood. Several glass boxes allow you to peer down to the foundations of the old home. The printing office is also worth checking out. Park Service employees regularly operate the machinery and print out period manuscripts. More information about visiting can be found here.
Visiting the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Visit Franklin Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

37 Comments

  • Jenea

    Great list! I may use this as my free Philadelphia bucket list!

    • doucheyT

      No

  • Kylie Corbett

    On Sundays, the Philadelphia Art Museum is free! (excluding the special exhibits!) Donations accepted, but none required!

    • Jim Cheney

      That is true, Kylie, but since it’s “Pay What You Wish” and not actually free, I didn’t include it. Everything on this list is advertised as completely free.

    • kathy

      I believed they changed that…I think it’s now the first Tues. of the month…I remember taking my kids between 11 and 1 on Sunday when it was free.

  • Rhonda

    Great list! Thank you!

  • Wally

    Great list. Now I just need to get busy and start seeing some of these great things.

  • Katherine Heilman

    Don’t forget that Taller Puertorriqueño’s galleries are always free- come by and support Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture in Philly! http://www.tallerpr.org

    • Haydée Rivera Santos

      Fabulous!Great! Muy bien!Me gusta!

  • Mike Schriver

    If you do the Rocky steps at the Museum of Art, you may be able to get your photo of more than just the Rocky statue, as these guys discovered this past week…
    http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/strasburg-man-has-surprise-encounter-with-rocky-star-sylvester-stallone/article_6dc86294-a1d2-11e4-9e69-ab6175edb261.html

  • Marsha Tracey

    Very nice piece about things to see in Philidelphia.

    • Jim Cheney

      Thanks, Marsha! It was fun to put together such a complete list of free things to do in Philadelphia.

  • Monica

    Yes – the Dream Garden sits in obscurity in the lobby of the Curtis Center ! But this helps to enlighten folks – and if they can’t visit they can see it in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 movie Unbreakable – he uses it as a backdrop in a romantic restaurant scene with Bruce Willis and Robin Wright Penn.

  • John Q. Public

    Unfortunately the Drexel School of Medicine is hardly in downtown Philly. It’s actually in East Falls, which is easily a 15 minute drive from downtown

    • Jim Cheney

      Not all the things in this list of free things to do in Philly are in the downtown area, but rest assured, they are all in confines of “Philadelphia.”

  • Tony

    Jim, I like the list but is there some way to map the stops on google ?

    • Jim Cheney

      I don’t have a map of the places, Tony. That’s a good idea though. I’ll think about putting something together at some point.

  • Gail McDermott

    One of the most fascinating museums that I visited in Philadelphia is the Waterworks (located behind and down from Art Gallery on the river). A good part of it was free and so interesting. People forget that Phila. was the most populous city in America in 1800 and the first to pipe water to homes. It shows the original wooden pipes (hollowed out logs) and diagrams of the original system. Engineers came from all over the world to study it.

    • Jim Cheney

      That sounds really interesting, Gail. It’s amazing how many free things there are to do in Philly!

  • Andrea Chism

    Great List….. Thank You!!!!!

  • DIANE LOCKARD

    A friend and I want to explore these and check out her connections with family history. I am writing a children’s book set in Colonial times to present day.

  • geoffreyletters

    Stoked to see Sedgeley Woods Disc Golf Course on the list. I highly recommend disc golf to any and every one. To clear any questions up…
    Yes Discs cost money, as you can play with a standard frisbee, discs are weighted and cut much differently, in order to maximize glide, speed, fade, etc, that will frustrate you with the most addictingly fun challenge in a non competitive atmosphere…
    Other than that,food/beverage..it a free!
    If you’ve never played before all you will need your first few times is a mid range disc or a putter. And there are usually discs for sale in the afternoons.
    The only thing you have to do is have fun and #letitfly
    I have been throwing for 8 years, have played hundreds of Disc Golf courses the east coast to CA and Hawaii. Sedgley is a truly unique course, that will make you forget you’re in city limits. You will see a community of individuals, united by the disc, always willing to help a New thrower. A series of individuals that ranges from the young to the old, of all walks of life, from all parts of the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. From the banker to the union worker, the student to the homeless, the hipster to hippie, to the every-man, woman, child, dog….it doesn’t matter, all that matters is that everyone is smiling, forgetting their daily worries and having fun.
    Fairmount Park is full of awesome places to go for free and make your own fun. No other city park has more to offer, even with very little imagination…you will find yourself exploring and having fun, reminded that your in Philadelphia, only when the majestic skyline presents itself in your adventures.
    Make your own fun!

  • Denise Pettit

    Now you need to make us a list of where to park free in Philly!

  • Tommye Grant

    Great list. Good advice about Ben Franklin’s grave, though my husband and I paid to tour since it helps upkeep. We ways looked for the free and have fond memories of Philly free …just a walk along the pier, around South Street or through City Hall was a treat.

  • David Wenk

    HEADHOUSE MARKET SUNDAY MORNINGS 10-2 MAY-DEC.!!!!!!

  • Duncan B

    At the Pennsylvania Hospital at 8th St, ask to see the Operating Thester & Library. There is a cell phone tour of the great stuff there, and it’s free M-F.

  • Judith Robinson

    Great list Jim! Many places I enjoy…Wanted to just add to as to have folks enjoy our urban haunts …North Philly -Stephen Girard “America’s First Tycoon” left us a great gift -The college his estate created has a museum in Founder’s Hall – Free Tours on Thursdays- Mrs. Laurent is great! While in the area,also visit The Wagner Free Institute of Science… Ask about Free Adult classes … Connection ,William Wagner worked for Stephen Girard and was one of his closest proteges…Near by is Temple University Paley Library Urban Archives are available to view for Free !
    I love Philadelphia! So much to do- Fairmount
    Park, just take a walk…ala Philly Girl, Jill Scott Free!!! Thanks Jim !

  • pat s

    Nevermore shall you spell Edgar Allan Poe’s middle name “Allen”

    Love,
    BALTIMORE the real home of the Raven

    • Jim Cheney

      Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out, Pat. It’s been changed.

  • Ray Finkel

    I am sure you get lots of these comments, but don’t forget the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center. Free, great exhibits, and a fascinating look into the history of Philadelphia, and its water provision.

    • Jim Cheney

      Thanks for the suggestion, Ray. I’m always looking for more free things to do in Philly. Hoping to expand on this list one day.

  • Bob Reynolds

    Great list, but please let me add the James Turrell Skyspace at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse http://chestnuthillskyspace.org/
    You’ll never look at the sky again in the same way.

  • Michele Kaufman

    Somewhere I read about a garden boasting a variety of treehouses, playhouses throughout the grounds for children, but haven’t been able to locate it ever since. I believe it was in or around the Philadelphia area. Does anyone have an idea what I might be talking about?

    • Jim Cheney

      Probably Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Chester County. It’s not free, but does have tree houses and some play areas. If you are looking for free playgrounds in Philly, Smith Memorial Playground is listed above and supposed to be great.

    • Elaine Boyle

      You may be thinking of the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

  • Pat Shealy

    Great list. Coming in May for our visit. Hope to include many of these places. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Jim Cheney

      I hope you enjoy your visit and have a chance to check out many of the great free things to do in Philly.

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