Fun and Free: Philly on a Budget
With plenty of free sights and activities, you don’t have to be rich to have fun in Philly. You can do all of the following for free — yes, you heard right, free.
Nearly all the sights of Independence National Historical Park are free, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, Carpenters’ Hall, Bishop White House, Library Hall, Philosophical Hall, U.S. Mint, and Edgar Allan Poe House.
Free self-guided walking tours are offered at the Independence Visitor Center. While you’re there, check out the free mini-museum and the film Independence.
On Sunday, pay whatever you wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
At select times on Sunday, visit the following museums for free: Independence Seaport Museum (10 a.m.–noon), Institute of Contemporary Art (11 a.m.–1 p.m.), and University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (all day Sept.–May).
Most art galleries are free, including the Morris Gallery in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, presenting rotating exhibitions of regional artists. The best time to visit the galleries of Old City is in the evening on the First Friday of the month, when the galleries are free and open.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition