We love the United States is not a secret: on the blog have been published several posts about this beautiful city but not yet a list that contained the free things to do during a visit to Philadelphia.
1 – Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell is obviously one of the most famous attractions in Philadelphia and all over the United States of America, but did you know that it is also one of the city’s free attractions? Yes, we said free!
Located at the center of Independence National Historical Park at the intersection of Market Street, the Liberty Bell Center is open all year and offers visitors the chance to get to know this magnificent piece of American history.
A video presentation and various information sheets tell the origins of the bell, how it was damaged, its role in the course of history and its meaning today.
The Liberty Bell is displayed at the back of the center, the perfect place to take a picture.
2 – Elfreth’s Alley
Visiting Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited street in the United States, is like traveling through time. It is located in the old part of the city of Philadelphia, and although the cobblestone avenue was opened in 1702, the 32 buildings that flank the block were built between 1720 and 1830.
The street still retains the appearance of the colonial period and the houses still inhabited are private property. The free downloadable smartphone tours will guide you through this residential street, otherwise the Museum House and the Chairmaker’s House allow visitors to take a group tour for a small fee.
3 – Independence Hall
The Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1756 as the seat of the Pennsylvania province. It is one of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia and is also free.
Guided tours are organized on site and are available all year round. Starting in the east wing, the tours take visitors through the building, emphasizing the building’s fundamental elements.
The Second Continental Congress met here and the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Although tours are available all year round, tickets are required during the high season from March to December and are available at the Center Visitors.
4 – Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site
Did you know that you can explore the house where the famous author Edgar Allan Poe wrote and published some of his greatest stories? This national historic site, a three-story red brick house, located in the Northern Liberties district of Philly, was once home to Poe, his wife and, for about a year, even the mother-in-law.
Today, visitors can take guided tours of the caretakers and watch an eight-minute audio-visual presentation of Poe’s life, all for free. It’s a great way to see an unusual place when you visit the city wanting to spend a little.
5 – Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park is a pop-up (temporary) park along Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. It offers fun services such as hammocks, games in the garden, inflatable water seats, food and drink, music and good times for both tourists and locals.
Admission to Spruce Street Harbor Park is free, here Happy Hours are organized throughout the summer, along with music and special events. It’s a great way to start or end a weekend.
6 – Franklin Square
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is certainly one of the best places for children. In fact, the little ones can take a ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and try their hand at mini-golf.
This 18-hole course recreates the traditional stages of the city such as Elfreth’s Alley, the LOVE statue and the Liberty Bell.
7 – Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
For many tourists, one of the most recognizable and interesting landmarks to visit in the city is the Philadelphia Museum of Art staircase, better known as the Rocky staircase.
Everyone loves to feel the thrill of climbing steps as he did the beloved Italian-American boxer a long time ago. As long as you have breath, you can get on and off for free as often as you want! To end this exciting journey in the footsteps of Rocky Balboa, do not forget to take a picture with his statue on the side of the museum.
8 – United States Mint
Everyone loves money. Now you can learn the mystery behind the fascinating coin production process with a free, self-guided tour of the US Mint.
Located in the Independence National Historical Park, this property produces almost one million coins every 30 minutes. Even the banknotes are printed here. The audio stations are set up to guide visitors through the building. During the tour, you can stop and watch coins coining through a long window. The tours here last about 45 minutes.
9 – LOVE Sculpture
Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture has just returned to its post after the restructuring of the John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park. Also, just a few steps from LOVE Park is the equally large sculpture AMOR, the Spanish-language version of the LOVE sculpture, on show at Sister Cities Park. Obviously you cannot skip the ritual (free) photo with the most famous sculptures in Philadelphia!
10 – Walking Tour
Participate in one of the many walking tours organized with an autonomous constitutional guide.
Explore the city on foot, calmly, letting yourself be guided by an expert guide.
A tour called “The Good, The Bad, The Philly” begins at the Free Library Central Branch and leads to Logan Circle to discover some of the city’s hidden gems.