Fun Free Outings in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, an exciting daytime adventure or a night out on the town doesn’t have to cost a dime. There are plenty of fun free outings readily available in the City of Brotherly Love. Whether your pleasure is historical sightseeing, musing over murals, or skateboarding x-games style, Philadelphia has got you covered. The endless list of free events gets a little longer each year as more and more businesses come forward and add their names. Philadelphia Freedom is quite an accurate description of this thriving city!


Beginning with historical sites, a visit to the Liberty Bell and a walk through Independence Hall is free for all who choose to attend. Independence Hall has been carefully preserved for many centuries. It was originally built in 1753 as a legislative dwelling for the Second Continental Congress and is most famous for being the site in which the Declaration of Independence was signed. A reenactment of the life of Benjamin Franklin at Franklin Court is yet another free history lesson.

Sightseers who come to Franklin Court should expect to witness a replica post office, museum, and print shop. Each replica structure has been manufactured to operate in the tradition of colonial times. Fireman’s Hall, another free admission activity, was designed to educate children on the topic of fire fighting and the staples of fire safety. This uniquely crafted replica portrays an in depth look at three centuries of fire fighting traditions.

Anyone with a love of outdoor recreation will never run out of things to do in Philadelphia. This city houses 186 parks, ranging from skate parks to dog parks, from scenic trail parks to wildlife reserves. Fairmount Park, a free park that stretches across 4,100 acres of greenery, is filled with scenic nature trails and bike trails, some of which were established prior to the Civil War. The Schuylkill River runs through this majestic landscape which is dotted with contemporary art sculptures and restored historical houses. Love Park, a modern adaptation of the term park in general, serves as a plaza surrounding a brilliantly lit fountain. Many city dwellers frequent Love Park to partake in free outdoor concerts and festivities.

In the upcoming winter months, free music concerts will be shifted indoors to the World Café Live thanks to WXPN’s Free at Noon series. The Philadelphia Free Library, which holds three spacious stories of free literature, also sponsors many free concerts and lectures.

There are so many free activities in Philadelphia that it would be possible to plan an entire season of events that don’t require you to pack a wallet. This city takes the term freedom to heart and it shows in their seasonal calendar. A quick trip to the Historic Philadelphia Center (just down 676 East from Granary Apartments) will provide you with all the information you need to get around the city. The pamphlets are free and plentiful.

About the Author: Cynthia Griffith got her start in the freelance world as a songwriter and has been juggling music, fashion and literature for almost a decade. In 2012, Cynthia published her debut novel, The Sun Village Project, which broke into the Amazon Top 100 at number 92 in April 2012. She is also the great, great, grand daughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and many other classic American tales. She hopes to follow in the family footsteps and looks forward to a life of writing and content creation.

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