The Absolute Best Free and Entertaining Things to Do in Philadelphia

When it comes to travel, many times seems like your wallet never gets a break. While there are often sites in cities such as Philadelphia that you'd like to see, affording them all (as well as lodging and food) can be quite a feat.

In the city of Philadelphia, there are quite a few venues that offer visitors free admission. The sites, many iconic historic powerhouses, deliver on value while not shortchanging you on educational or entertainment returns. For instance, did you know that you can stop in and snap a photo of yourself next to the Liberty Bell for no cost at all? True story. You can also walk the rooms of Independence Hall like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Second Continental Congress did, all free. The U.S. Mint will not require you to pay, nor will Christ Church or it's burial grounds. In case you are thinking all of the sites are historical, there are other activities available that will not require you to remember a thing from your school days.

Whether you're watching your wallet, or just looking to cut down on the cost of going from site to site, these venues offer up great opportunities to experience the many faces of Philadelphia, all on a budget. Make a deposit into your inner educational bank, beef up on your history, walk where famous changemakers walked. No one has to know you kept your George Washingtons to yourself while doing it.

Beer aficionados (or anyone looking for something a little off of the historical beat) won't want to miss a free tour of this beloved local brewery. Every Saturday, Yards Brewing Company opens its doors to tour-goers looking to learn more about...  Read More

Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania. It is one of Philadelphia's most popular attractions. It's also free. A guided tour is part of your admission, and they are available...  Read More

Boathouse Row is a historic site located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social...  Read More

Sometimes, you just need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Fortunately,a trip to Historic Bartram's Garden will do the trick, while keeping your bankroll in check. Located in West Philly, this free attraction is America's oldest...  Read More

Everybody loves money. Now you can learn the mystery behind the fascinating coin-making process via a free, self-guided tour of the United States Mint. Located in Independence Mall, this facility produces nearly one million coins every 30...  Read More

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site

Did you know that you can explore the house where famous author Edgar Allan Poe wrote and published some of his greatest tales? It's true! This National Historical Site, located in Philly's Northern Liberties neighborhood, was once home to Poe,...  Read More

If you're in town during the first of the month, don't miss a chance to explore Philly's incredible art scene. First Friday is a free open house that takes art enthusiasts through many of the galleries in the Old City Arts District. Found mostly...  Read More

Christ Church Episcopal Philadelphia

Take a stroll through Franklin Court to get to Christ Church, the first parish in Pennsylvania of the Church of England. This building was the place of worship for colonists like George Washington, Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin. Still in use...  Read More

Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is obviously one of Philadelphia's most famous sites, but did you know it's also one of the most memorable free attractions in the city? Yes, we said free! Located on Market Street, the Liberty Bell Center is open year-round and...  Read More

Take a step back in time (free of charge) when you visit this, the oldest continuously inhabited street in the US. It is located in Philadelphia's Old City section, and although the cobblestone alley here opened in 1702, the 32 buildings lining...  Read More


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