Schuylkill River and Boardwalk – Take a walk across the river on a scenic path from Locust to South Street. With the best skyline views around, you won’t want to miss this free walk through Philly.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art – On Wednesdays, you get to pay what you want at the Philly Art Museum. This means if you want to pay nothing, you can. You can even revitalize your mind with free Yoga outside the museum.
US Mint – Take a tour of the US Mint. I suggest going to during the week so you can see money being made in progress. When we went, they weren’t actively making anything, but it was still great to see in person. This was by far one of my favorite free things to do in Philadelphia.
TUSPM Shoe Museum – YES! A museum of shoes. Ladies sorry you can’t buy them!
Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum – If you like science, you will love the CHF. From rare books, modern journals, and oral histories to fine art, photographs, and ancient objects, the CHF is free to the public to explore.
Opera on the Mall – Independence National Park hosts beautiful free, big screen broadcasts of some of the best operas. If you want an inexpensive date night, the free nights at Opera on the Mall is a perfect place to go.
Congress Hall – This is where the House of Representatives and the Senate met from 1790-1800, and it holds too much history!!
Sugar Express – Everyone knows getting around an unfamiliar city is challenging. Hop on the Sugar Express for a free tour around the city. Of course, it’s just to take you to the Casino, but it goes right through Philly for a scenic ride.
Polish American Cultural Center Museum – Learn about the Polish culture and history.
Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course – The oldest remain disc golf course in the country. The courses are free to use but you must provide your own equipment.
The Rocky Steps – The 72 steps were made famous in the movie Rocky. Get some exercise and see the famous steps.
Benjamin Franklin’s Grave – The grave yard that holds Ben Franklin’s grave does charge to enter to view the graves. (don’t get me started on how wrong I think that is). But you can see Ben Franklins grave from the street, right across from Mint.
Self-Guided Mural Mile Tour – Pilly has over 3,600 murals around the city and this self-guided tour lets you see some pretty mazing ones!
The Love Sign – Located in love park s picture with this sign is on a lot of bucket lists so get yours in! This is one the free things to do in Philadelphia that is on people’s bucket lists just for the pictures!
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial – Named a hero in the Revolutionary war he was visited by many people here including Thomas Jefferson. Kids can also get a Junior Ranger book and badge at this NPS site.
SEPTA Transit Museum – Located at the SEPTA store at the 13th street station see the history from the last 100 years of Philly’s public transportation.
Christ Church – Opened in 1695 this is the church George Washington attended and you can even see where he would sit for church.
Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier – Located in Washington Square this monument was completed in 1957 to mark the grave site.
Thomas Mill Covered Bridge – Located in Fairmont Park this is Philadelphia’s only remain covered bridge.
Tour Yards Brewery – Another brew tour that seems to be one of the favorites.
Bartram’s Garden – This is the oldest surviving botanical garden in the country. Take in the 46 acres that are perfect for pictures!
Elfreth’s Alley– While you can’t drive down the street you can get out and walk the oldest residential street still around in the country!
Take a Stroll Through Chinatown – Yes even Philly has a China town! The sights and smells will leave you with something to talk about!
Second Bank of the United States – Check out the building that held the 2nd bank in the US. It is now an art museum.
Check Out Philly’s Squares – Much like the squares in Savannah GA they are a perfect hideaway in the city and great for people watching.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul – Often called the most beautiful church in the US this curch located on Logan Square is something to see!
Laurel Hill Cemetery – Laurel Hill is one of the few cemeteries to be marked a National Historic site. There are many influential people buried here, including Thomas McKean, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and 42 Civil War Generals.
Wanamaker Organ – Located in the middle of Macy’s Department store. This is the WORLDS largest and functional pipe organ.
Pizza Brain – This is the home to the largets collection of all things pizza-related, and it’s free to check out.
Wissahickon Environmental Center – Miles of hiking trails, and perfect for bird watchers. There is also a children’s library and a 200-gallon aquarium and many events some that require a fee.
Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum – I was joking when I said Philly as any kind of museum you want to check out! This one is a dental museum.
Self-Guided Philadelphia in the Movies Tour – Philly has been home to many movies and in this self-guides tour, you will find many areas that look familiar from movies like the Sith Sense, Trading Places, Rocky and more.
Declaration House – Stop by a see where Thomas Jefferson actually wrote the constitution in the summer of 1755. The house is now a museum.
The Thinker Statue and Rodin Museum Garden – There is a fee to get inside but the gardens outside are free, and they hold some fo the most famous pieces like the ‘Thinker Statue.”
Philadelphia’s War Memorials – There ate several war museums around the city and are a great tribute to the men and women who served. Stop by and check them out.
The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Located in the Comcast Center in downtown Philly this is a must see or any techie. The screen is the largest four-millimeter LED screen in the world and is 2,100-square feet. The clarity is something I can’t even describe you just need to see it. This location is extra popular around Christmas. This is one of the perfect free things to do in Philadelphia for any techie!
Boathouse Row – This is a row of boathouses (duh) that are over 100 years old. Take in all 15 boathouses.
Franklin Court – This is where Benjamin Franklin’s House once stood. The museum associated with it does require a fee, but you can see a metal frame where the house stood and glass boxes that show down to the original foundation.
Free Yoga – There is free Yoga every day on there is free yoga every day on Race Street Pier.
National Museum of American Jewish History – Visit the National Museum of American Jewish History & Congregation Mikveh Israel, 101 South Independence Mall East.
Free Tuesday Movie Nights – The Dell Music Center’s Free Tuesday Movie Nights are a must see. Doors pen at 6 pm and they show a different movie each night.
With so many free museums and things to do in Philly, it’s the perfect place to find family activities or come for a visit. What other free things to do in Philadelphia that I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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