(CNBNewsnet)(November 5,2018)--Visiting northeastern US doesn’t need to be expensive. While some cities provide expensive rates for museums and attractions, Philadelphia offers plenty of free activities for all the family to enjoy, so you won’t blow your budget when enjoying a fun day out with your nearest and dearest.
Whether you live here or are planning on booking a trip to the City of Brotherly Love in the future, here are 12 free child-friendly attractions in Philadelphia that the kids are sure to love.
1.Take a Tour of The United States Mint
Grab the family and head to the United States Mint, which provides visitors with a free tour every weekday from 9am until 4.30pm. It is the perfect opportunity for children to learn about the coin making process, as they’ll stand 40 feet above the factory ground, watching the intriguing process.
The 45-minute self-guided tour will also allow the whole clan to view historical artifacts, such as the first coining press from 1792. They’ll also have an opportunity to meet Peter the Mint Eagle, which is a real bald eagle that once lived in the first United States Mint.
2. Have Fun at a Pick Your Own Farm
While you might have fun picking a new outfit or cheap vape juice online, you can trust your kids will enjoy picking their own produce when in suburban Philadelphia. Not only can they pick various produce, but there are many free activities for kids to enjoy, such as an area to meet different farm animals. However, the farms are often closed during winter due to the cold weather and limited growth.
3. Go to an Outdoor Movie Screening
Forget visiting a movie theater and simply look for free outdoor movie events across the city. Various venues dotted around Philadelphia will host superb movie events, which can provide a fun evening for both you and your children.
For example, you should take a look at programs from the likes of Old City, Penn’s Landing or Northern Liberties. The Free Library of Philadelphia also regularly offers free indoor movie screenings.
4. Take a Stroll Through the Fairmont Park System
Explore acres upon acres of land at the Fairmont Park System, which often plays host to many fun and free family-friendly activities and events, so check their calendar before you visit. There are also many free biking and hiking trails to choose from, while the kids will enjoy hours of fun in the many playgrounds throughout the neighborhood parks.
5.Learn About US History at Independence Hall
If you want to educate your children on US history, there is no better destination to visit in America than Independence Hall, which is completely free. It was here the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed, which is why it is now one of 23 World Heritage Sites in the United States. While the landmark is completely free to visit, you must reserve tickets in advance from March to December to avoid disappointment.
6.Explore the Science History Institute
Encourage your children to develop a passion for science by taking them along to the Science History Institute, which is open from Monday to Friday. The museum allows visitors to learn more about the history of chemistry and its role in our daily lives, as they can enjoy both permanent and temporary exhibits, such as ‘Transmutations: Alchemy in Art’ and ‘Making Modernity,’ which are all free of charge.
7.Visit the Free Library
The Free Library is a must-visit when looking for fun things to do in Philadelphia. Not only can children take their pick from an endless array of books, but they can also attend science classes, author events, and local exhibitions. They will also have an opportunity to enter a reading contest, so it’s perfect if your child is an avid reader.
8.Attend a Free Concert
Many venues across Philadelphia regularly provide exciting, free events for all ages. For instance, you can attend a summertime concert at Penn’s Landing, a summer series at the Kimmel Center, or a concert at the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Winter also will not disappoint, as the Kimmel Center invites families of all ages to attend the Family Discovery Series, but for a small fee. The Lincoln Center also often plays host to free performances and concerts throughout winter, such as the Kazakhstan Astana Ballet Gala.
9.Explore the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
There is something for everyone at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, which offers free entry to all ages. For instance, you and your family can spend many a day at the refuge, as you can go cycling, hiking, fishing or animal watching across the 1,000-acre site, which offers 10 miles of trails and native wildlife.
10.Step Back in Time at Elfreth’s Alley
Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest inhabited street not only in Philadelphia but in the US, which you can find in the Old City section. The cobblestoned alley originally opened in 1702 and continues to offer 32 exquisite buildings that were built from the 1720s to 1830s.
While the homes are privately owned, it’s still worth taking a stroll down the street to experience what it would have been like to have lived through Philadelphia’s Colonial period – and there are even free cell phone tours to enjoy when walking through the street.
11.Run Up the Rocky Steps
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, which is due to its appearance in the many Rocky movies. So, you need to run up the “Rocky Steps” at least once, just like the fictional boxing champ did in the series.
12.Walk Through Franklin Square
Franklin Square should definitely be at the top of your list of things to do when in Philadelphia. Not only is it one of Philadelphia’s five original squares, but it is home to the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel.
Both adults and children can also have fun at the 18-hole Philadelphia-themed mini golf course, which features the city’s best-loved landmarks, such as the LOVE statue, Elfreth’s Alley. It’s also the perfect place to visit during the holiday season, as the square hosts many mesmerizing light shows to delight both young and old.