If you’re looking to have a fun time in Philadelphia but don’t want to open up your wallet, no worries. There are plenty of ways to explore the city without spending a cent. Everything from historic places brewery tours, we’ve got you covered. Seasonal and special events are at the bottom.
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Last Updated: July 3, 2020
6. Independence National Historical Park
Independence Hall is where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Entrance to Independence Hall is by timed entry ticket only from March through December. No tickets are necessary for January and February.
Independence Hall tickets are FREE. There is no charge for same day distribution (non-reserved) tickets obtained at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit, but there is a handling fee of $1.50 per ticket if you want advance reservations.
10. Yoga on the Race Street Pier
Race St & N. Columbus Blvd, 19106, map
Free, hour-long yoga sessions are here on any given day of the week. They welcome your kids and pets to join you by your side, too! Depending on the day and season, yoga session times vary. Donations are welcome.
11. Spruce Street Harbor Park
301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, 19106, map
Hang out in a hammock at the Spruce Street Harbor Park. A perfect spot to disappear from the heat of the city and hide behind a book or your sunglasses.
13. Drexel University College of Medicine Bookstore
Challenge your nerves at the Drexel University College of Medicine Bookstore. On display is the dissected nervous system of Harriet Cole, the college’s former cleaning lady.
15. Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
148 N. 8th St, 19107, map
Have a shoe fetish? Check out hundreds of pairs of shoes dating back to Ancient Egypt at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Entry is free but you will need to schedule your visit in advance.
18. The Rocky Statue
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Center City, 19130, map
Run up the steps and then down again to take a selfie with the Rocky Statue! The Rocky Statue has been moved to an area at the bottom of the steps leading to the PhilaMOCA.
Map of Free Things to do in Philly
More Free Things to Do in Philly
- First Friday – On the First Friday of every month, rain or shine, over 40 art galleries open their doors from 5 – 9 pm. Most galleries are between Front and Third st or Market and Vine st.
- Barnes Foundation – free Sundays (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 19130-3602)
- Outdoor Movies – on the banks of the Schuylkill River at two different locations: the Walnut Street Bridge and the Wharton Street Esplanade at the Grays Ferry Crescent.
- Creative Mornings has an inspiring new guest speaker once a month.
- PHIT Comedy gives free intro improv workshops (2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
- Disc Golf is free at Sedgley Woods outside of Philly Open (33rd Street & Oxford Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121)
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They are freelance web designers and photographers who love finding adventure, both big and small. The two make a daily practice of sharing vulnerabilities, truth-telling, and side-splitting laughter. They’ve honed the art of traveling fast and doing all of the things that an adventurer can do in a day or two. The couple lives in Asheville, North Carolina and spend as much time as possible in the mountains.