Philadelphia is the biggest city in Pennsylvania and is the fifth most popular city in the United States. Of course just because it’s popular doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg in the big city. In fact, there are tons of free things to do in Philadelphia as well. You can visit almost any kind of museum you can think of in Philly. No joke!
59 Free Things to do in Philadelphia
One of the best ways to save money on the paid attraction is with the Philadelphia CityPASS. You can read our experience with the Atlanta CityPASS. We highly recommend it! So for one low price is here what you will get to visit (plus your pick of as many of the free things below as you want!) You will visit The Franklin Institute, Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works, One Liberty Observation Deck, and the Adventure Aquarium OR Philadelphia Zoo. Plus you will save 45% over regular ticket prices!
Now on to the freebies!
The Liberty Bell Center – One of the most popular places in Philadelphia and it’s free! Learn about the historical background including myths and legends about the Liberty Bell. Stand in front of it for a great photo opp. Tip: This is one f te most popular free things to do in Philadelphia so get there first thing in the morning. It’s nothing to have to wait in line for an hour or more!
Ice Skating at a Public Skating Rink – If you have your own ice skates in the winter you can ice skate for free at many of the public rinks!
Mount Moriah Cemetery – This old cemetery was unclaimed for an extended period. While now clean up efforts are under way you can still take in much of the cemetery as one with nature.
Edgar Allen Poe House – This poet’s house is free to visit, but I suggest going early as parking was difficult to find!
Visit the Dream Garden – One of Philadelphia’s most beautiful public art pieces. It is made from over 100,000 pieces of Tiffany glass!
Fireman’s Hall Museum – Admission is free in to the Fireman’s Hall Museum where you can delve into the firefighting history in Philly. Play games with the kids to learn about fire safety and explore the rich history of the first fire station. This is one of my husbands favorite free things to do in Philadelphia.
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden – 17 different sculptures to take in and browse showcasing American life, along with the gardens.
Kimmel Center – Tour one of the most beautiful concert centers for free every day at 1 pm!
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse – This is a 6 1/2 acre playground for kids ages 10 and under and is 100% free. They have over 50 pieces for your children to play on. As you can get, this gets the kids votes for one of the best free things to do in Philadelphia.
Independence Hall and Congress Hall – This is both the birthplace of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Though this is always free to the public, you must pick up your tickets at the Independence Visitor Center.
Jefferson’s Walking Tour of Philadelphia – See Philadelphia though Thomas Jefferson’s Eyes with this free walking tour.
Carpenter’s Hall – Carpenter’s Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most historic buildings. It was 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. WOW!
John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum – 100% free to visit each day. Make sure to stop by the visitor center and get info on what to see during your visit!
Spruce Street Harbor Park – When visiting a big city, you can find yourself needing a little breather from time to time. Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect place to get a little R&R on a nice relaxing hammock.
Tours of Philadelphia Brewing Company – Great free tours on how beer is made on Saturday from noon – 3 pm!
Awbury Arboretum – This used to be the home of Quaker family, but no the grounds are free to stroll and take in!
Institute of Contemporary Art – With a new show every month just about there is always plenty to see!