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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  • Great Park located between Chinatown and the Constitution Center. In the winter it was quiet. Many police and Government building, was a splendid atmosphere.
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  • A nice place to come on a Sunday or any holiday and just relax. Lots of areas for young kids to run around, while the adults can relax with a chilled beer or 2  more »
  • Tonight, 11.9.2017, we ordered two hot dogs with cheese and chili. After waiting 10 minutes for our order (hot dogs!), we were handed two hot dogs with a slight coloring of Cheese Whiz and about a tea...  more »
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  • Usually visit once monthly when wife gets hair dressing done at a local shop. Interesting venue as Festival displays change during the year. Child friendly atmosphere with many attractions for the little ones. Carousel open much of the time, many benches to relax, converse, etc. Multiple tree lined walks provide pleasant scenic interest. Right around the corner from Independence Mall. Restrooms available Apr - Nov. Free admission of course. Many flowers adorn the Square.
  • Winter holiday celebrations at Franklin Square have included an open-air pop up beer garden, and of course the fountain music-and-light show, with synchronised lights and music. Very quiet on weekends, but if you are in Chinatown, near the Convention Center, in Old City, or in the Independence Mall area, Franklin Square is within a walkable distance, so definitely check it out! The Philadelphia-themed mini-golf course and the carousel are always picturesque and worth a visit.
  • Franklin Square was beautiful. We went during the Holiday Light show Festival. It was nice. There is something to do for the whole family. Even if your friends want to meet up there is a beer garden.
  • Went for the holiday light show. Very cozy with tables with fire pits in the middle. Bars that serve alcohol and hot chocolate. Also s'mores and ginger bread house making stations. Train ride for the kids and a carousel. Live entertainment as well. Free to get in but food, drink and other items extra.
  • Parking on the street is expensive to go to Franklin Square. We went for the pumpkin giveaway. The line was all the way to the corner so we just let the kids go play. It was cool because we got to watch a real live Amazing Race. We will try and go back for another function.

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