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Franklin Square, Philadelphia

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Franklin Square is open daily at 10 a.m., weather permitting, beginning March 1. Retail operations and SquareBurger resume hours beginning March 23.

Franklin Square is an outdoor amusement oasis in the heart of Philadelphia and just steps from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House. Thousands of visitors and residents alike visit Franklin Square for Philly Mini Golf - a Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course, the Parx Liberty Carousel, two state-of-the-art playgrounds, the renowned SquareBurger, and frequent free community events for kids!
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  • A must see if you're in the Philadelphia area. The show was amazing and it was nice to see all the lanterns lit up. My hubby enjoyed it very much  more »
  • We went during the Chinese lantern festival (during the day) which was pretty cool but the park itself was a let down. The kids rode the carousel (like any other carousel you've ever been on for $3 a ...  more »
  • The Chinese lantern festival was beautiful. The lights the atmosphere it was a beautiful perfect night. There are live performances. Themed drinks and food. You have to experience it first hand. Hurry...  more »
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  • Franklin Square used to be a place you'd avoid, but now it's a great place to bring the family while visiting Philadelphia. Activities include a carousel, playground (one for tots and one for older children), and miniature golf featuring Philadelphia landmarks. The playground is free, everything else has a fee. There's also a cafe serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and delicious shakes. If you're around in June, be sure to check out the Chinese Lantern Festival. The fountain in the middle of the square is one of the oldest in Philadelphia.
  • The Chinese Lanterns Festival is beautiful. Definitely worth seeing. But the food and restroom facilities leave a lot to be desired. Huge, inefficient lines. The line for food was more than 30 min. If you want beer, wine or cocktail it's a separate line and you cannot go with your drink on the food line. Bathrooms also very long wait.
  • This is a beautiful urban park with a lovely fountain, miniature golf, and ample seating. It is a nice visit any time but is extra-nice when it is decorated for cultural events like the Chinese Lantern Festival or for Christmas.
  • Great place to spend the entire afternoon! Grab a famous Square Burger and the monthly shake flavor and enjoy the sights from a table, fountainside. The mini golf is super cool with Philadelphia landmarks throughout. Just the right amount of sun and shade. I'd suggest going back to Square Burger for their deep fried Oreos, followed up with a carousel ride no matter what age! Very clean, and often hosting events for everyone. The Chinese Lantern Festival being a favorite! Worth the trip to spend the afternoon or just grab a shake and fries 👍
  • Very nice city park with a fountain, playground, and burger shop. We went on a Sunday evening for the Chinese Lantern Festival and it wasn't overly crowded. Restrooms leave a bit to be desired, but overall a good experience.