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.



For many visitors to the City of Brotherly Love, one of the most recognizable and interesting landmarks to visit is the Art Museum steps. These steps were made famous in the Rocky movies, and folks love to run up the steps like the famous boxer...  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



One of Philadelphia's five original squares, Franklin Square is certainly one of the best for kids. Children can take a ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel that's located here before heading to the playground for a more active...  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



Spruce Street Harbor Park is a pop-up park on Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Offering fun amenities such as hammocks, lawn games, chairs by the water, food and drink options, music and good times to locals, visitors, friends, family and even...  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



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

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



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

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