Your Destination Guide to Philadelphia

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Free in Philadelphia

Free in Philadelphia
Free in Philadelphia

© Bev Sykes

Many of the city's historic destinations are free, such as Independence Hall and the memorials, but Philadelphia offers lots of other free activities as well, including a visit to the historic and stunning Bartram's Gardens. Another favorite is the U.S. Mint – and don't forget the several museums that are free every day.

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Bartram's Gardens
  • Bartram's Gardens
  • John Bartram, Royal Quaker Botanist responsible for identifying and cultivating over 200 different species of plants, spent his entire life dedicated to appreciating nature and helping it thrive. Today, his historic home and 45-acre garden site, just west of the Schuylkill River on 54th St.
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City Hall
  • City Hall
  • The Philadelphia City Hall, although built in 1871, had its origins in William Penn's founding of the city in 1682.
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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • Edgar Allan Poe, the American writer of mystery and macabre, called Philadelphia home from 1837 to 1844. This historical site is the only residence that remains of the several Poe lived in during the time he spent writing stories and literary criticism in the city.
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Fairmount Park
  • Fairmount Park
  • Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is an oasis amidst the urban landscape, and the nation's largest landscaped park.
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Independence Hall
  • Independence Hall
  • Philadelphia is steeped in revolutionary history, and no site in the city is more visited by patriots interested in America's birth than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
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Independence National Historic Mall
  • Independence National Historic Mall
  • The home of two of the country's most revered symbols of freedom, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the Independence National Historical Mall is "the most historic mile" in United States.
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Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • The vanguard of the contemporary art scene since its opening in 1963, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is known for identifying promising artists and showcasing their work, even if controversial. Among the more famous exhibits was Andy Warhol's in 1965.
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Liberty Bell
  • Liberty Bell
  • The Liberty Bell personifies the freedoms guaranteed by the nation's Constitution, although it was commissioned and created several years before that august document was penned.
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Love Park
  • Love Park
  • Originally donning the name "JFK Plaza" during its establishment in the 1960s, Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture was installed amongst the granite steps and large fountain during the mid-70s, prompting this plaza to be better known as LOVE Park.
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Masonic Temple
  • Masonic Temple
  • The Masonic Temple's imposing cathedral-like facade stands as a monument to human achievement and to the history of the Masons, one of the largest fraternities in the world.
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Philly Murals
  • Philly Murals
  • How can you prevent graffiti on city buildings and infrastructure but still promote a passion for art and inspiration amidst a landscape of grey walls, abandoned lots, and low rent housing projects? Why, start a Mural Arts Program, of course.
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Polish American Cultural Center
South Street
  • South Street
  • People from all professions and persuasions mesh along the sidewalks of Philly's colorful South Street. The street draws a multitude of strollers, shoppers, diners, artists and bohemians with its variety of offerings.
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The Comcast Experience
  • The Comcast Experience
  • Inside the Winter Garden lobby of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia lies a striking 2,100 square foot video wall that blends creativity, energy, and technology to provide 18 hours a day of unique entertainment.
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U.S. Mint
  • U.S. Mint
  • The U.S. Mint, in its fourth incarnation since its inception after the passage of the Coinage Act of 1792, produces from 11 to 20 million coins annually and holds the nation's $100 billion worth...
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Valley Forge National Historical Park
Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Established through the unique curiosity and dedication of Philadelphia merchant William Wagner, the Wagner Free Institute of Science was conceived as a vehicle for Wagner to offer free educational science courses to anyone who would attend.
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